Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

July 27, 2016

        Windows 10 released on July 29th, 2015, and was said to be free to all Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users for the first year. If Microsoft holds onto that statement, you will have two days left to upgrade your computers for no cost. After that, it may cost as much as $150 per license for the basic package! So, should your company make the switch to Windows 10? How about at home? For the kids? The gamer? We will go over the pros and cons of each of these below, starting with your business.

        When thinking about upgrading anything for your business, a big part of the decision comes down to cost. You sure can't beat free right? Well not so fast, because when we talk about upgrading hardware and software for your business, there are a lot of hidden costs that you may incur if you are not careful! For example, do you use any custom made applications that may not be compatible with Windows 10? If you switch to Windows 10, and your CRM software fails to make the jump as well, how much will that cost you? What about your financial software? What happens if payroll is buggy? Is someone on your team able to go through each piece of software and make sure it is Windows 10 compliant?

        The second thing to thing about, is your computers themselves. Are you sure that all your machines can handle Windows 10? If the answer is no, then which ones will have to stay on their previous operating system, and is that going to be a problem moving forward? Luckily, there is an easy way to check each computer and make sure they are compliant! The minimum required specs for running Windows 10 are 1GB RAM for 32 bit, 2GB RAM for 64 bit, DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 GPU, and a 1GHz processor or faster. Now, as with any minimum requirements, I recommend doubling that to be safe. Not sure what that means? No problem! call me and I will be more than happy to explain it to you! Also, The Windows Club has a very good article on making sure your PC can run windows 10!

        So what about my home PC? Well, your home PC very much depends on what your specs are (see the above paragraph) and also on who you are. My biggest mantra in upgrading things is this; Do you really need to upgrade? Why? See, I believe in the adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Computers very much fall into that category for me. Do you just surf the web all day on Chrome? Then why upgrade? Now, on the other hand, if you are playing the latest video games, and want the latest tech out there, than of course upgrade to Windows 10.

        When it comes to your home PC, if you are content with Windows 7, than stick with it. No need to upgrade (well not yet at least, but there will be once Microsoft stops supporting it as it did with XP recently) to Windows 10 if you are happy. If you want to try out Windows 10 and see, there is a very nice feature Microsoft has added in which allows you to try Windows for 30 days and revert to your previous operating system at no penalty.

        At the end of the day, it is going to come down to personal preference whether you upgrade or not. Many are scared to adopt new technologies (for very good reasons, ahem, Vista), and don't want to have the hassle at home or in the office. If you are unsure what to do when it comes to Windows 10, then absolutley and let us talk through your options together!



                --Alexander J. Woods, President and CEO of Woods Tech Solutions.

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WTS Website Finally Gets Face Lift

July 21, 2016

        If you have been a visitor to the Woods Tech Solutions homepage in the past, you will notice that we have finally given our site an upgrade. We hope you enjoy a new, much more responsive and clean woodstechsolutions.com, and we hope you will take some time to click around! We decided in the end to completely scrap our old site, and put our efforts into creating a brand new site using BootStrap. So what does this mean to you, our customer? Well, it means that the client side of our page has gotten a much needed layout redesign as well! All the same features you love are still there, with a few extra goodies as well!

        If you haven't visited our page before, then welcome! Please take some time to click around on our Homepage, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

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WTS Partners with PayPal©

July 10, 2016

        At Woods Tech Solutions, we are always finding ways to make getting great development work affordable. That is why we are excited to announce we are partnering with PayPal to offer easier ways to pay, and also offer deferred payments through PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL)! PayPal is the most reputable online payment processing services, with a BBB (Better Business Bureau) rating of 'A+' . In business since 1998, PayPal had a revenue of $9.24 billion in 2015. We feel that PayPal will add an extra layer of ease, as well as security for our clients.

The PayPal Pay Later service allows online merchants to offer a transactional credit account with flexible financing options to buyers at check out – even if a buyer doesn’t have a PayPal account. Financing options, such as no payments for 90 days, give merchants new and powerful ways to market to online shoppers.

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        No PayPal account is needed to use the PayPal Pay Later tool, or to make a payment of any kind through PayPal. Also, customers who are currently on payment plans, or who prefer to send regular checks through the mail, can continue to do so. We do urge our client base to consider using the PayPal service however, as we also offer PayPal Purchase Protection© to all of our customers. It is just another way to make sure you are secure in todays digital age!

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        Again, we are excited to begin using this service, but in no way will it become mandatory to use the PayPal payment options. Any customer who wishes to receive paper invoices, or pay through a check in the mail can absolutely continue to do so. Woods Tech Solutions is excited to bring you new options, and to make it easier for you to get great development that can stick to a tight budget!

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