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Microsoft's Windows 10 future



I was reading this report on the Microsoft financial report here

Most of their revenue now comes from cloud-based products like Office 365.

Still, they are doing well out of Windows 10 updates. I am not surprised as its an excellent product and as a result, we have upgraded almost all our clients to Windows 10, but Microsoft has only about a year and a bit, of these upgrade left as Windows 7's free support which is very limited now will end on the 14 January 2020. 

The article does state that Microsoft "has no intention of leaving money on the table, even if there never will be an explicit Windows X-to-Windows Y transition" but what does that mean for Windows, we still do not know?







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Big windows update coming


Microsoft's plan obviously is that Windows is going to be no longer Vista, XP, Windows 8, etc its just going to be soon Windows 10. We are not expected to buy new versions of windows what we will be getting are many updates to Windows 10 released over time.So Microsoft released Windows 10, they promised us with updates for life.

As Microsoft has this rigid timetable of releasing major updates and security fixes on the second Tuesday of the month. They now have the next version on Windows 10 ready for release.

Unfortunately, nobody at Microsoft has a calendar, so they have decided to release it in April. The second Tuesday is the 11th of April. Next Tuesday, the Tuesday before Easter. However, that is Tuesday United States time, which for all extents and purposes is Wednesday Australian time.

That is when the Windows 10 update may start downloading, some systems may take a bit longer to get the update than others. So if your Internet and computers are slow over Easter, they are probably downloading and installing a new version of Windows 10.

Then there is the inevitable restart and something is bound tono longer work afterwards. Which Murphy's Law will demand that your point of sale system will slow down right in the middle of a weekend when everyone really does not need this headache too.

Thank you, Microsoft.

If you have a Professional edition of Windows 10. There is an easy way to stop this update being installed now and delay getting the update over Easter by setting the following option.

Details on how to check if you are not sure whether you have Windows 10 home or professional is here.



If you haveprofessional now please.

Click on Start
Click Update & Security
Click Advanced options
Tick the box “Defer feature updates”

This option is supposed to defer new Windows features and upgrades for several months. How long several months is not defined anywhere so I cannot tell you how long that is. You will still get the new Windows 10 Creators update version, just not over Easter.

If you have Windows Home, there is a hack that can stop the updates over Easter so you can do it later. To use the hack, I do not suggest anyone tries this who is not an advanced user of windows. Details are available here.


This is a great program and I use this software on my laptop so that Windows does not overload my laptop by doing updates when I need the computer for work NOW.


What Should I Get for my point of sale Hardware


If you want to know what you have go control panel > system and you will get a screen like this one.

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Check the arrows for where you can get the specs.

Now assuming that its time for an upgrade, and you want to buy new hardware for your POS software, here is what I would recommend as your minimum specifications.

As buying a computer for business is not the same as buying a computer for home. At home, if my computer goes down tonight, and I have to wait until tomorrow for an engineer to fix it, is not serious. If a server goes down in the shop for a few hours, it can bring the shop to a halt. The other problem is that you are paying for time. Say, for example, a computer takes 3 minutes longer a day to do its work over four years that 3 minutes would cost you about

360 days x 3 minutes x $26 hour / 60 minutes x 4 years = $1,872.

Of course, modern computers are saving more than 3 minutes a day.
Now the operating system, I recommend is Windows 10. Not only does it run the fastest and latest SQL 2016. Its is also that Windows 7 is already out of mainstream support and has only about two years left of support which is not long enough as most of us buy a computer for 3 to 5 years. Windows 8, I do not recommend at all as do few others, which leave us with Windows 10. Plus of course, why buy something new, to have something old like Windows 7.

This does present a problem in that Windows 10 uses a lot more RAM than previous versions of Windows. I have noticed on a 4GB RAM computer about half the RAM is just being used by windows 10. However, it seems that extra RAM is required even by people now on Windows 7 as some of the updates have caused their RAM requirements to go up too, that is partly why the old computers are slowing down. So I would recommend as the price has dropped that you insist on RAM of no less than 16GB, and I would strongly recommend the new DDR4 RAM as its faster.

For the hard drives, it depends what important to you if speed is all powerful, then get the SSD, which will give you less space, then an HDD but faster speeds, if, however, you need lots of storage, then select the bigger mechanical HDD (Hard Disk Drive). On both systems, our software runs well.

As far as CPUs, I would not recommend anything under 3.30 GHz. Anything less is just too slow today.

Video card generally in point of sale is not so important as the graphics are rarely that demanding so I would not be so concerned about that.

Monitor size is a hard question, Often it depends on what can fit in a spot if it's too big, and it does not fit, then the monitor is useless. Another point I find is that people have very different preferences. It really worthwhile checking out a few sizes to find the one suitable for yourself. Now if you have older people that will be using the monitor, particularly if they are a bit of a distance from the monitor remember they have to read the screen too so maybe get something a bit bigger. Then the other problem you have to balance is that if it's too big, extended use can hurt people's eyes.

I hope this helps; any questions let me know.


Google Earth Pro


Less than a week ago, Google Earth Pro was $399. Now Google has announced that is going to be free.

So now people are ringing us up to ask us if our software integration with Google Earth will be affected if the update to Google Earth, so I tested it out and there is no problem in either the windows or DOS version. This is because the integration goes through Google Map.

If you do deliveries, house calls or pick up products, I am sure you will find the latest version of Google Earth Pro is a big improvement and well worth getting. I find it useful before going to an appointment in a new place to look at the address on Google Earth, so I know what the area and place will look like before I get there.

If you have not yet got it, Google Earth Pro is available here.







Google map update


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Since we released the google map integration a year ago, much has changed. So recently, we upgraded our integration.

Now when you call an address in our software, you can see now, a directions box (see the blue arrow).

Once you enter your starting or ending point, up pops a screen with directions how to get there. This is handy for someone that is not sure of the quickest way to get there.


Now note you notice the little man in orange with the red arrow pointing to him. If you click the arrow and move him around, he shows you a picture of what the location looks like. I find it useful going to a place to see this so I know what my destination looks like.