News from Kinetics

Not as exciting as last month, but still pretty cool!

Last month we highlighted the new 'dictation' feature in Office - Outlook and Word, and it seems heaps of our readers and clients have embraced it! This month, we've looked through all that's new with Office 365 and we're going to highlight some useful but less exciting features. With a KAMBIUM subscription, we'll help you stay up to date,  we'll [...]

We’re going to be hearing about data privacy for a lot longer yet!

I don't know about you, but every day I open emails and articles about data security and our obligations in business.   It's feeling a little overwhelming, but on closer inspection, most of the conversation is pretty sensible. The headlines have been  the data breach legislation in Australia and the GDPR in the European Union.  That resulted in a [...]

Overloading in Outlook?

Is your inbox overflowing?  Once things move down the page, do they disappear, accompanied by the nagging guilt that you should have done something? For many people, their inbox becomes part of their filing cabinet, and that's obviously not what it is supposed to be. Office 365 has introduced 'Focussed Inbox' to Outlook.  If it just seems to be [...]

Letter from Microsoft Inspire – Vegas 2018

It wasn’t just the weather that was hot. Microsoft is hot right now, and given how much we all rely on them for the tools to run our businesses, that's an exciting prospect. While there weren't specific announcements, what I found encouraging was the consistent progress under CEO Satya Nadella.   In contrast to the last regime that wanted to do [...]

The best new thing in Office that no one knows about (Shush – don’t tell)

Spoiler alert- you have to read the full article - and good news alert – the article is really short! Office 365 keeps changing. Updates and upgrades happen when you aren’t looking. While many of them are pretty trivial and only impact a few people, some updates are HUGE! Most people are busy and they don’t have time to experiment, actually [...]

When does Windows 10 become Windows 11?

When Microsoft released Windows 10, they said it would be the last version – but that hasn’t stopped them enhancing it.  The updates available in the April 2018 (Version “1803”) release continue to refine it in small but useful ways that add up to a significant improvement.   Unfortunately, the update is significant and while it installs [...]

What’s in an Antivirus? ( or, when is ‘free’ the most expensive option?)

  It is not uncommon for us to be asked why a business needs to purchase antivirus when Windows 10 already includes antivirus. It's true - Windows comes with a 'free' antivirus - Windows Defender is free with Windows and has been for some time. A few years ago, Microsoft was getting a lot of heat about Windows devices getting infected.  [...]

Sneaky devils – how insecure email led to a $150K loss

Recently I was lucky enough to spend some time with a group of my Ozzie peers.  One of the things we did was share problems and solutions. During those discussions, I heard of the following hack. The IT Company I was talking to had a smallish client.  They had five employees and their biggest cost was shipping/transport, with around $AUS150,000 a [...]

Keeping up with One Note

I reckon that OneNote's being used by about a third of the people I see in meetings.  And that means that about two-thirds of people are missing out! I've been a big OneNote fan for ages because OneNote conquered my personal chaos of unstructured notes and paper everywhere.  For the last several years, I've been able to find things, and that's [...]

South Pacific Pictures – Case Study

  South Pacific Pictures is New Zealand’s largest screen production company and has an international reputation for producing world-class TV and film. The company is best known for series like Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, Westside, The Brokenwood Mysteries among others, and for movies such as Whale Rider and Sione's [...]