When purchasing software, do you ever think about the end-of-life cycle for that particular program? If you’re like everyone else, you probably don’t.
The thing is, all software has a cycle – a period of time when the company will support that particular version of the software.
So what you purchase today won’t always be supported.
Typically software is no longer supported when there are several newer versions out, or when the software is so outdated that it no longer functions properly on newer computers, whichever comes first.
In early April, 2013, Microsoft announced its plans to phase out support for a few of their older software, a change that could leave businesses (and individuals) in the lurch.
Microsoft’s determination for phasing out software is fairly clear cut – they promise to support their products for a minimum of 10 years, with 5 years of mainstream support, and 5 years of extended support.
And next year, on April 8, 2014, Microsoft is phasing out support on a few (still) popular products:
- Windows XP
- Office 2003
- Office 2008 – Mac Version – support ends April 9, 2014
So what does this change mean for businesses? Well, nothing and everything.
Of course you can continue to use your outdated products, as technically they will still work just like they did before. However, problems requiring support through Microsoft won’t be fixable, and over time you could see even bigger issues.
The larger reality is that if you’re still using these older operating systems and office products, you could probably stand for an update. Newer operating systems, though they require a small learning curve, run faster and help you produce more than their older counterparts. Additionally, newer software boasts better features, and increased security through patches, bug fixes, and software updates.
Though it would require a bit of an initial investment, upgrading your office, particularly if you are still using any of these programs, will end up saving you in the long run in time and money made back due to increased productivity.
If your business is still using these outdated software products, give us a call today. We can help you evaluate which newer versions are right for your business, and help get them implemented and installed so that you aren’t affected by this change.
If you’ve had your email address for any length of time, you’ve probably used it to sign up for all sorts of services – newsletters, coupons, store savings cards, and more. And while it’s helpful to receive information like this in our email, it creates its own sets of problems – like a cluttered inbox.
As time goes one, there will eventually come a time where you’ll want to unsubscribe from everything, or simply create a new email address to avoid dealing with all this extra email.
However, the problem with manually unsubscribing is that it is time consuming, often requiring multiple clicks and accessing different webpages, to take yourself off a mailing list. And creating a new email address isn’t much better, because of the time it takes to educate your important contacts on the change.
So what do you do when you need to mass unsubscribe from emails? Depending on your email address, you have a few options.
Use a Service
Unwanted email from mailing lists is now such a large problem that services are being created to help you easily and quickly manage everything. Generally, all you have to do is sign up with a service, follow a few prompts, and they’ll manage the rest.
Currently these types of services are only available for web-based email accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL, etc. Check the particulars of each service to determine which service interfaces with which email.
Services that handle unsubscribing include:
Unlistr – for iPhone / iPad only
Use Your Email Program’s Filtering Options
Many email programs will allow you to filter your inbox just by searching. To quickly and easily sort your mass mailings and newsletters, try searching for the term “unsubscribe” to pull up a list of all emails with an unsubscribe link.
Of course, you will still have to manually unsubscribe from each mailing list, still making the task a little time consuming.
These are just a few ways you can easily unsubscribe from mass emails. Do you have a favorite way to easily unsubscribe from services? Leave us a comment to let us know your tricks.