Strengthening our Support to You

This year, we have had numerous discussions with clients and new customers regarding reviewing their IT infrastructure.  Whether based on better economic figures, or simply about end of life of hardware and software upgrades. This has demonstrated an uplift in our sector, which provides momentum to us to further invest in skilled personnel and … [Read more...]

Free Windows 10 upgrade release date announced

Select Microsoft customers will be able to download Window 10 for free from 29th July, the software company has revealed. Any user running Windows 7 or 8.1 on their device will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost from this date – provided they reside in one of the 190 countries covered in the terms of the promotion (yes, the United … [Read more...]

Facts about the iPad Pro – if rumours are to be believed

The release of the highly capable Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro is ruffling more than a few feathers over at Apple. With its own iPad Pro expected this year, someone is cranking up the hype. So here are all of the leaks, gathered together in one place, to give you a better idea of what to expect from the new tablet. The biggest iPad … [Read more...]

Government to increase powers to monitor phone and internet use

New laws proposed in the Investigatory Powers Bill will allow spies and police to have greater power to monitor the public’s phone and internet use. Civil liberties campaigners are against the new powers, as they believe that they would infringe the privacy rights of UK citizens. A similar bill, known as the ‘snooper’s charter’ was almost … [Read more...]

Lifetime Learning – skills for Life

Training in the latest IT skills and technologies is a necessity to ensure we offer the highest levels of consultancy and technical helpdesk support to our customers. Bradd Merner, one of our support team is about to embark on Microsoft’s MCSA Solutions Associate certification. To achieve this qualification he will have to demonstrate his … [Read more...]

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...]