In this issue
||Double Referral Program
||FTS Training Series
||Windows 8 preview
Windows 8: Is it a Game Changer?
Microsoft will be releasing the latest version of their Windows operating system, Windows 8, later this year. This OS is unlike any version of Windows we have come to know. How? It’s designed with mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) in mind.
According to the Microsoft website, “It's Windows re-imagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices.”
Metro User Interface
One of Windows 8’s most hyped features is Microsoft’s Metro UI. The Metro UI has been used on Windows 7 phones and is also the layout of the Xbox 360 dashboard. The Metro UI features a new tile-based start screen that strongly resembles that of the Windows Phone. Each tile represents an application, and each of those tiles can display relevant data about the application, i.e. number of unread emails on the e-mail app, or the current weather on a weather app.
Aside from the Metro UI, Windows 8 will have a few new features such as “legacy”, which enables users to run non-Windows 8 apps from a Windows 7 style desktop. However, in the consumer preview of Windows 8, the start orb has been removed in favor of a "hotspot" in its place which lets you switch between your most recently used apps.
Please forward this newsletter to anyone else in your organization who might be interested!
Double Credit for Your Summer Referrals
As you all know, the summer can be a tough time to find new business. It’s no different at IT Solutions. Traditionally, we meet with fewer potential clients in the summer for lots of reasons (people would rather take a vacation than talk to us). So this year we decided to make an offer to our existing clients that could help us both.
We normally offer $1,000 to any client that refers us to someone who becomes a client. We also offer $1,000 to the new client – to help make the point that almost all of our business comes through referral. But since the summer is so much quieter we’d like to double that offer between now and September 1st.
Any client that refers a new company to us between now and September 1st will receive a $2,000 credit if that company becomes a client at any point in the next year. And the company you refer will receive a $2,000 credit when they become a client, too.
We hope that this is the right incentive for you to reach into your contact list and pick out a few companies that you think we could help. If you feel that we’ve improved your business through technology, please let someone else know about us so that we can do the same for them. Thank you for your continued support!
Upcoming FileMaker 12 Training Series
IT Solutions FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is back!
This three-day FileMaker Training course is designed for beginning and intermediate FileMaker developers who are ready to take their current solutions and skills to the next level.
You should consider taking this course if you are:
- Familiar with the basics and want a solid grounding in key FileMaker development principles.
- Comfortable with FileMaker Pro and want to advance your development skills.
- A developer and want to fill in any gaps in your knowledge.
- Planning to become a FileMaker 12 Certified Developer.
Master the Essentials of FileMaker 12
Date: Wednesday, August 22 – Friday August 24, 2012
Time: 9:30 an - 4:30 pm (lunch provided)
Location: IT Solutions Headquarters
414 Commerce Drive, Suite 150
Fort Washington, PA 19034
** 20% discount per student if you register before July 15, 2012 - that is a $300 savings! **
For more information, including a full course outline or to register, visit the training page of our website or contact us at email@example.com.
Quick Tip: How to Use Field Codes in Microsoft Word 2010
Field codes are one of Microsoft Word’s key elements, frequently used by many users. If you have ever inserted a date or a page number to a document, you have used a field code. Despite their heavy use, many people are unaware of how they actually work.
What is a Field Code?
A field code is “smart” text – when used, they can update when needed. There are hundreds of various codes for various purposes, one of the most common being the code for the current date – 29at24-Ti1824 Pictu??24. Any time the field updates, the information within the field updates.
What Do They Do?
Field codes enable you to:
- Build a document automatically in response to information provided by the user.
- Insert information about the document into the document itself.
- Perform calculations.
Name: Sam Kramen
Title: VCIO Coordinator
Education: B.A. Human Resources, Minor in Spanish, Penn State University
Home: West Chester, PA
First job: Computer hardware sales rep
Little known facts about you: I changed majors twice in college, and still ended up in a field outside of my studies (marketing, then Spanish, then HR).
Word that best describes you: Level-headed
Like best about your job: Ability to touch on many facets and functions within the company, keeps things new and interesting.
The most important lesson you’ve learned: Patience builds relationships
If you weren’t a VCIO Coordinator, what would you want to be? Hockey Coach
Life motto: You never learn anything if your mouth is moving.
Person most interested in meeting: Gordie Howe
Most influential books: Dan Brown books - reinvigorated my enjoyment for reading after dreading it during and before college.
Favorite blog/ website: CNN and NHL blogs
Favorite musicians/bands: Grateful Dead & Led Zeppelin
Favorite movies: Quentin Tarantino films
Favorite TV show: Boardwalk Empire
Favorite restaurants: Fogo de Chao and High Street Café in West Chester
Favorite vacation spot: Disney World
Favorite way to spend free time: Disc Golf and spending time with friends & family