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Laplink wants to save you from Windows 7 today

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PC migration leaders Laplink Software has released a Windows 7 Migration Kit to ease the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for the millions of people and companies that haven’t yet made the switch. 

Globally, around 28 percent of the estimated 1.3 billion active Windows users are on Windows 7, with many refusing to move, even as the ageing operating system reaches its end of life. Laplink is offering users an 80% discount on the bundle purchase price if it is purchased today, January 14: the day Microsoft formally ends Windows 7 support.

According to a recent survey of Windows 7 users, almost half indicated they like Windows 7 and don’t want a newer version of Windows. The top underlying reasons to keep using Windows 7 were fear of the unknown with Windows 10, the cost of upgrading, and problems with moving to Windows 10.

After January 14, Microsoft will keep Windows 7 fully patched, but only for Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise users who have purchased Extended Security Updates (ESU), and the cost of this service will quickly surpass the expense of moving to Windows 10. Most consumers who are users of Windows Home have no further support option available, so any new security threat will mean increased risk.

According to Olaf Kehrer, CEO of O&O Software, a pioneer in system optimization for Windows technology, the issue of who gets security patches after January 14 could become a sensitive issue for Microsoft.

“If a major security flaw is found in Windows 7 and Microsoft provides an ESU fix to their paying customers, there could be enormous public pressure on Microsoft to provide that security patch to all Windows 7 users,” explained Kehrer. “Users will argue that the patch is not new functionality, but rather something that should have been present in Windows 7 all along. However, Windows 7 users without ESU should not assume they will get bailed out, as I expect Microsoft will resist the pressure by responding that Windows 7, like most products, had a limited warranty and that January 14 date has passed.”

Laplink’s Windows 7 Migration Kit is designed to lower the risk of continuing to use Windows 7 and to ease the transition to Windows 10 for both businesses and home users. The kit includes specially priced services and support designed to help companies migrate from Windows 7 and provides protection and support as they complete the process, even after support from Microsoft ends.

“It is possible to keep using Windows 7 indefinitely, but at some point, there will be a nasty exploit,” says Thomas Koll, Laplink Software CEO. “Clearly it is risky to keep using Windows 7, but it’s impossible to predict the magnitude of that risk. Every day after January 14 the odds of an exploit happening increases. That’s why industry experts recommend moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10 now, and Laplink is committed to making that transition easier.”

On Tuesday, January 14, Laplink will be providing deep product discounts to ease the transition which include:

  • The Windows 7 Migration Kit – Software bundle that includes PCmover Professional, SafeErase, and DiskImage for $19.95, a value of $130.
  • PCmover Professional for under $15 compared to normal retail of $60.
  • For IT personnel and small businesses looking to migrate, Laplink is offering a 5-use license of PCmover Business for under $50, a discount of 80%.

To learn more about the end of support for Windows 7 and how to ease the process of PC migration, please visit https://www.windows7migrationkit.com/.

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DStv Now adds free education to ‘lockdown channels’

In its response to the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa, DStv is offering 16 free channels on its streaming app

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Two new channels have been added to a free service being provided on DStv Now, the online version of DStv. 

In response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, DStv owner MultiChoice worked with local and international news channels in mid-March to add 24-hour news coverage to the DStv Now free service.

The company says the intent was to help all South Africans stay up to date with announcements and developments, and the results so far are encouraging. Usage of the service has increased 20% since the lockdown began, and peak usage is up 80% compared to pre-crisis peaks. 

 Now, in another step to help families through the lockdown period, MultiChoice has added additional educational content to the free service with the Mindset PoP channel. This channel features educational programming covering the entire General Education and Training (GET) phase, including Early Childhood Development (ECD), as well as a key focus on the Grade 4 – 9 curriculum. 

The channel aims to prepare children for when schools reopen. Mindset PoP will deliver live lessons daily, with six fresh hours every day. A website is available for parents to download worksheets and information sheets to work through with expert teachers. Lessons are based on the South African Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and are also aligned to the Cambridge curriculum.

“We’re extremely grateful to all of the channel providers for being so willing to work with us to help all South Africans through this unprecedented lockdown period,” said Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of the Connected Video division of MultiChoice. 

“Thanks to their support we’re able to keep people informed, keep kids’ educations going, and keep people entertained.”

The full list of channels available to non-DStv customers on the DStv Now free service is:

100 – DStv

180 – People’s Weather

238 – SuperSport Play

313 – PBS Kids

317 – Mindset PoP

320 – Channel O

343 – TBN

400 – BBC World News

401 – CNN

402 – Sky News

403 – eNCA

404 – SABC News

405 – Newzroom Afrika

405 – AlJazeera

414 – Euronews Now

417 – africanews

To sign up for the DStv Now free service, go to http://now.dstv.com 

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FNB Connect cuts data price by 55%, offers 1GB free

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FNB Connect has reduce its data prices by up to 55%. It is also doubling customers’ data on Lifestyle plans without any price increase.

This weekend, FNB Connect will also give all its customers 1GB of free data during the national lockdown, with a validity period of 30 days. This lockdown data allocation is in addition to the Free Connect allocations that customers with qualifying transactional accounts receive monthly.

“This will enable our customers to save on telco spend, which is a regular feature in household budgets,” says Raj Makanjee, CEO of FNB Retail. “Access to affordable and free data goes a long way in assisting our customers navigate difficult times and is also aligned to our ethos of offering real help when it’s needed the most.”

Shadrack Palmer, FNB Connect product head, says: “In our efforts to provide our customers with more value for their money, we’ve reduced our mobile data prices and doubled the data bundles on most of our Lifestyle plans, to give our customers more reason to connect anywhere and anytime. This is needed now more than even, as South Africans are observing the 21-day national lockdown, with many strapped for cash during these challenging times.”

The new data prices and doubling of the Lifestyle plans are to be repriced as follows:

“Since the launch of our Free Connect offering in July 2019, we’ve tried to remain consistent to see how best we can incentivise our customers when they need it most,” says Palmer.  “As FNB Connect, we understand the pressures customers are facing financially and are committed to providing better value at every opportunity.”

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