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Windows 8.1 to address issues

It is fair to say that Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system, Windows 8, has had a mixed reception since its introduction. One of the biggest complaints has been the touch-centric nature of the new “Modern” start menu when used with a traditional mouse and keyboard. Microsoft aims to allay some of the concerns with a […]
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NCS Golf Day a Big Success

  NCS customers enjoyed the balmy July weather recently as the second NCS golf day was held at Blackburn Golf Club. Everyone that attended thoroughly enjoyed the golf and the sunshine, plus the opportunity to win some prizes. NCS would like to thank the following vendors for their generous donations of prizes for the event:- […]
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NCS announce extended helpdesk hours

From the 1st of July, the NCS support desk will be available from 8am in the morning.   This extended trial period will run for three months. This will allow customers to contact the support staff an hour earlier than the current start time of 9am. If the trial proves to be successful then we will […]
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Welcome To The Apprentice – NCS-style

We don’t have anybody called Sir Alan working here, but we’d like to welcome Chris Rawstron. “Little Chris” started working at NCS as an apprentice in December 2011 and has now been taken on as a full-time employee. Chris is a First Line Technical Support Engineer so if you have an IT problem, he will often […]
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NCS invest heavily in new service desk system

We never forget that we are a business, just like our customers are. That means we also have to invest in IT to keep moving forwards. After extensive research, we will soon be moving to a new, fully-integrated package called Autotask. This software will handle all our customers’ support calls, manage support contracts and renewals, and […]
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Windows XP end of life draws near

  If you’re still using Microsoft software with “2003” in its name, you’ll need to have a conversation with us shortly. Users of Small Business Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 need to start planning the replacement of these popular software programs. Furthermore, the popular and still widely used operating system Windows XP will also […]
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NCS “Pinpointed” by Microsoft

NCS were used as an example of how to do things right at the latest Microsoft Partner Conference in Manchester.   In a demonstration of Microsoft Pinpoint, the online tool that allows customers to find a suitable partner, NCS’ profile was highlighted as being a particularly good example with a high level of detail. This is just reward […]
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NCS customers get on the bus

This month saw Microsoft and HP visiting NCS’ offices in Rawtenstall on the Westcoast Technology Bus. The double-decker mobile demonstration suite was packed with the latest and greatest products that a modern business should be taking advantage of. NCS customers had the chance to get hands on with the current line up of devices from HP including the business-orientated Elitepad Windows 8 tablets. […]
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HP & Microsoft Coming to Rawtenstall

NCS in conjunction with leading distributor Westcoast will be providing a free mobile training session on the Westcoast Bus at our office in Rawtenstall. On board specialists will be available to answer any questions you might have and give you the chance to get hands on with the products. Demonstrations will include the latest tablets and notebooks from […]
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Windows 8 to answer “Bring Your Own Device” issue

One of the biggest headaches facing network administrators currently is the use of personal laptops and PCs to access the corporate network. Many employees now feel it is their right to use their own laptop rather than one supplied by the employer, however this brings it’s own security issues. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) opens […]
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