3M Touch Systems invites Astec to InfoComm 2015

InfoComm2015 is the largest audio-visual exhibition in the US, with the latest in hi-tech wizardry on show for the tens of thousands of visitors to marvel at. We have once again been invited to share the 3M stand to demonstrate our interactive retail solution which utilises 3M Touch Systems’ latest screen technology.  Our solution integrates … [Read more...]

‘Back to the Future’ tech predictions that came true

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the classic sci-fi film, ‘Back to the Future’, as well as the year when protagonist Marty McFly time travelled into the future and discovered all sorts of strange technology. Some of the ideas may have appeared a little far-fetched at the time but the film’s sequel did manage to make some scarily accurate … [Read more...]

Microsoft unveils edgy new browser

Internet Explorer has become something of a joke in tech circles over the past few years with a wide variety of commentators lambasting its sluggishness and unreliability. Once the world’s most popular browser (perhaps by default), it has been overtaken by Google Chrome and is hotly pursued by Mozilla’s Firefox in the usage tables, forcing … [Read more...]

Countdown to Windows Server 2003 end of support

Further to last year’s end of support for Windows XP, consumers are now facing the final months of another Microsoft product support cycle. Extended support for Windows Server 2003 ends on 14th July 2015 and, despite Microsoft first announcing this line in the sand back in April 2013, we understand that many organisations are yet to formulate a … [Read more...]

Eager Young Minds

We at Astec believe that there are a tremendous number of talented young people living in our area who are leaving school or college after their ‘A’ levels, many still don’t know what pathway to take to a career. As a Microsoft Silver Partner, one of the ways we offer opportunities for motivated, bright young people is through the Microsoft … [Read more...]

Astec Continues to beat IT Support Industry Benchmarks

We have again outstripped the UK IT Service Support benchmarks* during the first quarter of 2015.  The data compiled through Autotask, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of process automation systems, is used by thousands of IT companies’ customers across the UK. The surveys which are automatically sent to customers immediately after a service … [Read more...]

Cyber criminals increasingly targeting cloud services

More people than ever are now storing documents in the cloud, so cyber criminals are now targeting these services to nab people’s credentials, according to security specialists Proofpoint. The most common email-related threat Proofpoint detects are phishing scams to steal information from Google Apps, which are particularly vulnerable to this … [Read more...]

New Surface 3 the thinnest and lightest yet

The recently announced Surface 3 from Microsoft will be the thinnest and lightest iteration yet, the manufacturer has said. Similar to the Surface Pro 3, the new model is crafted from the very same premium materials and offers a similar look. The only real difference is its size – the Surface 3 being not only more efficient but also more … [Read more...]

Microsoft Word: Three features you didn’t know existed

Of all the different Microsoft Office applications, Word is perhaps the most commonly used. It has an extremely rich feature set; one that allows you to achieve all kinds of things with your text and imagery. To realise its true potential, though, you’ll need to delve a little deeper than the Font and Paragraph sections. Below are a few of the … [Read more...]

Astec Our Challenge is Constant – ‘Best of Class Service Delivery’

At Astec, we continue to challenge ourselves to provide the highest levels of consultancy and service to our customers, see the IT Support Industry Benchmark story.  This ensures we continue to up our game and better the industry’s benchmarks for service delivery. To do this, we are expanding our technical team, with opportunities within our … [Read more...]