Monday, November 30, 2009

Office 2010 beta

We're going to see two different versions of Microsoft Office 2010 next year.  One will be a free online version with limited features, and the other will be the standard full-blown version with many new additions.  I think both will offer new ways to connect with people and share information and data. 

There are no plans right now to use either one next year in D211, but we will continue to monitor the situation as Office 2010 gets closer to its release date.  For now, feel free to get a closer look at Office 2010.  You can download the Office 2010 beta or read about the Top 10 benefits of using Office 2010.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Life expectancy of a laptop computer

A recent study by a company that sells extended warranties on electronic items found that approximately 1/3 of all laptops will no longer function after three years due to either mechanical failure or accidental damage.  D211 often buys 3 or 4 year warranties with all computers.  However, it might be to our advantage to purchase computers that have a better chance of survival even if it means paying more for the product.

Below is one of many charts found in the report.  I've included links to the blog written by Christopher Null as well as a link to the entire report by SquareTrade.