Microsoft Price Rises

Microsoft have announced a “pricing realignment” in October intended to “highlight the benefits of our pricing for a cloud-first world”. We think this means  continuing the squeeze on those resisting the move to the cloud! Unfortunately we will see 10% increase in the price of Office and various on-premises editions. Get your upgrades in early!

Office 365 Changes

Just a reminder that from October 2018 Microsoft will be blocking weak security traffic. Your systems need to have TLS 1.2 or above enabled or you will no longer be able to access your Office 365 services online.

If you use any of these versions start planning your upgrade NOW!

  • Android 4.3 and earlier versions
  • Firefox version 5.0 and earlier versions
  • Internet Explorer 8-10 on Windows 7 and earlier versions
  • Internet Explorer 10 on Win Phone 8.0
  • Safari 6.0.4/OS X10.8.4 and earlier versions

There may be others so do check carefully.

GDPR Ready

Rather than load our customers’ inboxes with more unread GDPR email, suffice it to say that our privacy policy and terms of trade are available on our website should you need them or be suffering from insomnia. We are GDPR compliant!

Once all the dust has settled we will be asking all our clients to sign our current terms and conditions as a matter of good form. Some of you have been clients for 20+ years from the days when paper was a thing so it is due a formal refresh but right now is not the time!

Email Volumes up 25%, Thanks GDPR!

Analysis of our antispam service system shows a steep rise in email volumes this week. We estimate that we are seeing 25% more email traffic than normal. This appears to be due to a mixture of businesses making one last use of their non-opt in email lists before GDPR and opt-in emails or privacy policy statements. Interestingly even at this late stage there are a significant volume of opt-in email where there is absolutely no need for them to be sent, either due to companies mis-understanding the rules or in a wish to be super-cautious. Privacy policies being issued makes up the balance of the increase but once again of debatable use or interest. We can’t help feeling this was not the intended effect of the new rules!