Monthly Newsletter Autumn Edition Microsoft introduces Windows Vista The next generation of Microsoft Desktop Operating systems is just around the corner and comes packed with a myriad of new and exciting features. Known as Windows Vista, it is due for release before Christmas 2006. Windows Vista has many new features such as an updated graphical user interface called Aero, improved searching technology, a number of new security features, and completely new networking, audio, print, and display engines.
The familiar Windows Start button has been replaced by a blue Windows orb and a new Windows sidebar inhabits the right hand side of your desktop, similar to the Macintosh dock bar. This Windows Sidebar can hold Gadgets , which are small applets designed to display specific sets of data such as the local weather details. Windows Vista also includes the latest version of Internet Explorer which supports tabbed browsing and will be less susceptible to Spyware.
A collection of new Windows applications come standard with Vista, such as a new Windows Calendar and Windows DVD Maker. Many of the major changes between Windows XP and Vista are at a sub-system point of view. Improved Firewalling and networking and a new disk subsystem are two ... more. less.
of the more significant improvements.<br><br> All of these new and improved features promise a more stable and user friendly user experience for both business and home users. What 9s to come in March 2006... A number of interesting projects have come on line in the last few weeks, giving the Syncretize team some great new challenges from a technology and planning perspective.<br><br> We have taken on a number of new roles, as well as delivering software projects in the field of Quality Assurance and Vendor Managed Inventory services. The formats for devel- opment of these projects vary from HTML, Squid and MySQL to Microsoft .ASP and .NET environments. The national rollout projects continue under the guidance of Bronwyn Linders, and the final details for the launch of the Procyon range has now been confirmed under the guid- ance of Tony Studans.<br><br> Meanwhile, discussions with a view to providing a more comprehensive service coverage across the country continue and we are pleased to be in a position where there will soon be some very exciting news with the announcement of our first strategic partnership. We place great emphasis on our client relationships and there will be a consultative ap- proach to this development. On another technology front, we are continuing to develop our relationship with our communications partner 3 CMCC, and enter into the world of corporate VOIP with a very solid product called SoftBX.<br><br> Syncretize engineering resources have received formal train- ing in this product and we are very impressed with the quality of the software. We are now able to provide both engineering and training support services on the product. If you would like to know more about any of our projects, or the SoftBX product range, please feel free to contact us.<br><br> And thank you for your continued support! Page 1 4Issue 5 Issue 5 413th March 06 9 Index Page 1 " Company News: What 9s to come in 2006... " Microsoft introduces Window Vista Page 2 " Internet Worms Prevent- ing problems&?<br><br> " Procyon: It 9s a Network 9s Swiss Army Knife " Monthly Specials Monthly Newsletter, 13th March 06 9 4Issue 5 Page 2 4Issue 5 Procyon: It 9s a Network 9s Swiss Army Knife When you look at the Procyon literature found on the Syncretize website, you will find it is very useful in the roles of firewall, VPN, anti-spam, anti-virus, web cache, web site accelerator, content-filtering, net- work monitoring and remote access. Is that enough for you? Well wait, there 9s more.<br><br> Recent installations of the Procyon at our client sites have yielded two more important functions; the Pro- cyon can now combine two broadband services and present them to the network as one unified broadband connection, and, secondly, the Procyon can also per- form traffic smoothing. A number of Syncretize clients have found it cheaper to choose a second ADSL service in preference to pay- ing top dollar on a premium high speed service. In- stead of dividing their network so that one half re- ceives one service and the other half gets the other service, the network is better served by unifying the two ADSL lines.<br><br> This arrangement delivers better per- formance, and avoids network complications in ad- dressing two broadband services. When asked about how he tried to configure his network to accept to broadband services, our client 9s network manager said cmy head hurts d. If you are running Microsoft Exchange, you will be enjoying the benefits of a dedicated email server solu- tion.<br><br> However, there is a dark side to Exchange; if you were send a broadcast email either with a lot of re- cipients or with large attachments, Exchange will dutifully send them all as quickly as possible. Whilst this is noble of it, it does it without regard to the rest of the network and its needs. A large outgoing email will consume whatever bandwidth you 9ve got until all emails are sent.<br><br> Depending on the size of the project, this could slow down your broadband access for any- thing from a few minutes to a few hours. The solution to this is to use a Procyon as a ctraffic cop d, which intelligently prioritize the email traffic to a level of your choosing, i.e. high, medium or low priority.<br><br> Your email project will churn away happily in the background, and your users will probably never notice it running whilst they are doing their work. Internet Worms preventing prob- lems&? We have all heard of the worms that circulate the internet and cause us all grief and havoc, but is it possible that the same tech- nology could be used to make everything a little bit easier?<br><br> An IT firm in Miami are currently working on worms that will seek out unprotected machines, 8infect 9 them and then patch the hole in the software through were they came through preventing further attacks from malicious software. Although this does sound just like another worm spreading amongst through the internet, these will be slightly different. These worms can be tailor made to any network situation.<br><br> They will be primarily designed to run on an internal network in con- trolled conditions. The worms can be programmed so that once they have 8infected 9 a PC they will then spread in the same way to other machines, but only to the ones that have been specified by the programmer. Alternatively they can first ask a 8server 9 for permission to infect and patch a machine.<br><br> Once this technology has been brought in, patching PC 9s in the workplace may well become a thing of the past. However with all new software developments there may be some bugs to iron out, and obviously there will always be someone who will find a way to exploit it. But this is defiantly a step in the right direction to pre- venting the malicious attacks that plague life on the internet.<br><br> Monthly Specials Valid until 13th April 2006 HP Compaq dx2000 MT $1299 ex PN: DDPK010JAN For more details visit www.syncretize.net and click the 8Specials 9 link