Firstly a quick reminder that we have changed our office phone number. We had a number of customers tell us that they could not get through to our old “700” number so we have changed it to the number that you see at the bottom of this page – 902 906 200.
In the last month there have been a couple of major new releases that you may be interested in hearing about. AVG have upgraded their award winning, free (for non-commercial use) antivirus software and a “small” software company called Microsoft have released a new version of their operating system called Windows 7. This month we have a brief look at both of these.
It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since I was recommending that you upgrade to the new version of AVG 8.5! They have done it again – and now its version 9 that you should be running.
If you already have the “old” version you will start to receive notifications from AVG that you should be upgrading. Yet again, they are using this as an opportunity to extol the benefits of upgrading to the “paid for” version of their software. There are of course benefits in doing this, but you don’t have to. If you are happy with the free version that you are running at the moment then you will be just as happy with the new free version. The way to upgrade is to type the link shown below into your web browser’s navigation bar (the bit at the top where all the www stuff goes). We have made the link shorter and therefore easier to use so that you can get the update easily, without having to plough through the AVG website. It is http://tinyurl.com/yh4akgk
Just type the link and press enter and the download will start automatically. All you have to do is save it and run it after it has downloaded. It will then automatically uninstall the previous version and upgrade you to the new version 9.0.
Now Microsoft (yes, that small software company from the US) in a recent study showed that their estimated net value in 2009 is upwards of 97 billion dollars. They have released the latest installment of their desktop operating system, this time called “Windows 7”. Have you ever wondered why a company worth so much clearly doesn’t spend any money on a logical version naming convention? First we had Windows 3.1, then Windows 3.11 (ok, so far so good) then it all went wrong with Windows 95 (from 3.11 to 95 in one version change – quite a jump!). Then comes Windows Millenium quickly followed by Windows 2000 – where is the sense in that? Then we moved to Windows XP followed by Windows Vista and now we have Windows 7.
There is absolutely no guessing where they are going next – Windows 5????
Anyway, enough ranting! Other than the fact that they can’t come up with logical names, they have, in my opinion, done a much better job with this version than they did with Windows Vista (and I was a fan of Vista!). If you have recently bought a computer then its highly likely that you can upgrade for free – have a look at http://tinyurl.com/m5g963 for more information. If your computer came with a Spanish version of Vista installed and you follow the right steps and register your new computer on the UK website then you could even be lucky enough to be sent the English version of Windows 7 – (result eh, Kira?) If you don’t get a free upgrade and you would like to see whether your computer will cope with Windows 7 then go to http://tinyurl.com/no4xb7 where you can download a small tool that will check your system for you and advise you whether its a good idea to upgrade or not. That’s about it for another month – keep the emails coming in for topics that you would like to be covered.