10 factors to consider when upgrading to Windows 8.1

Win8.1PreviewPC users have traditionally relied upon an iOS or Android companion device to reap the productivity benefits of BYOD, but the touch-enabled interface enabled by Windows 8 eliminates the numerous challenges of this approach.

With the Windows 8.1 update scheduled for general availability in mere months, it’s important to understand what to expect from the new system. Windows 8.1 provides enterprise-level upgrades that give users a consistent computing experience across devices, but it may require infrastructure upgrades to experience the full benefits of the platform.

A significant upgrade

While 8.1 is not a completely new operating system, it is a significant upgrade, and shouldn’t be viewed simply as a service pack.

Below is a list of 10 ways that Windows 8.1 can benefit the enterprise:

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10 steps to adding a timeline to an Excel 2013 Pivot Table

Get to know Excel’s new timeline tool for PivotTables, step by step.


Excel 2013 includes a new timeline tool for PivotTables. A timeline lets you filter records by dates, similar to a slicer. In this 10-step article, we’ll generate a simple PivotTable, add a timeline, and explore the different ways to use it to filter data. Combining PivotTables, timelines, and slicers is a great start to an interesting and easy-to-use dashboard.

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Top 20 jQuery plugins – August 2013

When John Resig developed the jQuery library back in 2006, he can’t have imagined that it would become the most popular Javascript library on the web, or that it would have tens of thousands of plugins written for it. But it’s true to say that jQuery, above all other libraries out there, has been embraced by the web design community. It’s so popular and pervasive that some developers feel JavaScript itself is threatened, such is the tendency to use jQuery when plain JavaScript would work.

Below we’ve rounded up 20 of our favourite jQuery plugins. Have a look, and let us know in the comments if we’ve missed your favourite!

01. MixItUp


MixItUp is a CSS3 and jQuery filter and sort plugin. Essentially, it enables you to quickly sort and filter through categorised content with beautifully fluid animation. Ideal for blogs, portfolios or even eCommerce stores, it’s also free for commercial use.

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10 steps for a successful BYOD adoption

Bring-your-own-device doesn’t have to be a disaster for your organization. Plan ahead and create a good policy with these tips.

byod-workersBring Your Own Device will happen. Your company will find the benefits outweigh the possible headaches brought about by this change in the way we approach business technology. For many IT administrators, BYOD is a nightmare in the waiting. The security, the policies, the data loss and network bottlenecks – it all spells disaster.

It doesn’t have to. With a little advance work, you can prepare your company for a successful BYOD adoption. Let’s take a look at just how you can manage this.

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10 common-sense rules for end users and those who support them

Some things never change in the workplace. Users make mistakes and support has to fix them. Revisit these common-sense rules to reduce the headaches.


Whether it’s opening unsafe files, experimenting with settings, or otherwise wreaking havoc on their desktops, end users are their own worst enemy on a PC.
It doesn’t have to be that way. With a little education, those same end users can stop the destructive behavior they unleash on their machines. Before that education can happen, they have to know exactly what they’re doing wrong. After much thought, I have devised a list of ten common sense “rules” end users should follow in order to keep support staff from spending all of their time cleaning up avoidable problems.

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See your ASP.NET app’s server interaction thanks to Glimpse

Glimpse lets you see what’s happening on the server for your ASP.NET application, all within the browser and with no changes to the application.

What is going on?

We’ve all been in this situation: The code looks right and the page is displaying correctly, but execution isn’t matching expectations. You dig into the code and use the Visual Studio debugger among other tools.

The ability to see what’s happening on the server is valuable in this type of situation, and that’s where Glimpse enters. You add Glimpse to your Visual Studio application, and it opens a window in the web server. Debugging HTTP requests is possible via Fiddler or by using browser tools, but Glimpse offers more features and is tightly integrated with Visual Studio.

Getting and using Glimpse

Glimpse is available as a Visual Studio Extension via NuGetGlimpse requires at least ASP.NET using at least .NET 3.5, IIS 6.0 or above, and IIS Express or Visual Studio’s Web Development Server.

The Glimpse home page prominently lists the three basic steps for using it within an ASP.NET application. The first step is adding it to your Visual Studio solution by way of the NuGet package manager. Right-click the solution and choose Manage NuGet Packages. Figure Ashows the available Glimpse packages found via the search box (upper right corner).

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Adding Glimpse to a Visual Studio ASP.NET project via NuGet. (See an enlarged view of the image.)

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Purchase your custom Go Daddy domain directly through Office 365

You can now purchase a custom Go Daddy domain name directly from within Office 365 and Microsoft will automatically set it up for you.  If your organization already has a Go Daddy managed domain name, you can update Office 365 to start using that domain name directly from within Office 365, too.


You can buy a new domain or add a previously purchased custom domain name right from the Office 365 admin center.

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