What to Expect From Windows 10
By: ARCIS | 07.21.15

Last September, Microsoft announced that their latest operating system, Windows 10, is set to drop at the end of this month. With the release date fast approaching, we wanted to take some time to update our readers on what to expect from Microsoft’s self-proclaimed “last operating system”.

Users that are familiar with Windows 8 will know that one of the most common complaints was the start menu, or lack thereof. With Windows 10, Microsoft has told us that they will change the start screen of Windows 8 and implement a new, fully customizable start menu. It will function like the one in Windows 7 but will include the feature we all loved about the start screen of Windows 8 – live tiles. Fortunately, the start screen will not be entirely abandoned. Windows 10 is fully aware of how the start screen is currently used. When a mouse and keyboard are detected, Windows 10 will be in something called “Desktop Mode” which most of us will see. But, when those items are removed and a touch screen is used to navigate, “Tablet Mode” is activated which replaces the new start menu with a redesigned start screen. After all, the start screen was designed for easier navigation with a touch interface. This adaptation is especially useful for Surface users. You also have the option to enable the start screen when in Desktop Mode if you so desire.

Another great improvement is the addition of Cortana into desktops. Cortana is the Windows phone version of Siri for iPhones, or Google Now for Android devices. However, it will not be limited to handheld devices anymore, and can be used on your desktop for anything from setting tasks, to mapping a route for your next road trip. Think personal assistant, built into your desktop. Cortana will even respond to voice command, and can be used for searching both the web and your computer.

Windows is also creating a new, streamlined, user friendly browser called Windows Edge. Some big improvements will include faster browsing/searching, an integration of Cortana within the browser, and a brand new sharing process for users which will make it easy to share notes/thoughts within social media and through email. Microsoft also promises a much more secure browser than Internet Explorer has been in the past, including a new login process and defense against memory corruption.

Last but not least, Microsoft has made it clear that Windows 10 will be its last operating system. This doesn’t mean that the operating system users will get at the end of this month is it, but instead Microsoft will improve and change their operating systems through small, incremental changes, instead of widely publicized launches.

Hopefully this answered some of your questions about Windows 10, and what to expect later this month when it rolls out. If you have any questions, or would like to talk further about Windows 10, please shoot us an email at info@arcistg.com or give us a call at 330-236-1011!

Users who wish to upgrade to Windows 10 on July 29th can do so by “reserving their upgrade”. Instructions/requirements for this can be found here.



 Source: Microsoft. "Windows 10 Features - Microsoft". Microsoft, 30 Sept. 2014. Web. 10 July 2015.

Video Blog #1 - Useful Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcuts
By: ARCIS | 06.30.15

In our first video blog post, ARCIS Engineer Rochelle goes over useful shortcuts to remember when using Microsoft Word!


Check Out the NEW ARCIS VIDEO!
By: ARCIS | 12.05.14

ARCIS would like to give a big thanks to Bob Lung, Brent Harvey, Burke Hummel, and Denise Ryder for participating in the video and being loyal clients of ARCIS!


The New Way to Connect!
By: ARCIS | 08.04.14

The virtual connection for You, Co-Workers, & Documents

With Lync, you can have one-on-one conversations, and you can bring anyone else you want into the conversation. 

Lync has implemented personal automatic updates, which means that your Lync profile will let others know if you are in or out of the office, what is new with you, or your office updates, along with a picture of yourself. You can disclose as little or as much information as you would like. 

Lync has it set up so you can upload any other type of Microsoft document right into the conversation without leaving it (Eg. PowerPoint, Word, Excel, OneNote). Documents can be viewed by everyone in the conversation or just one person that you chose. You can also allow others to make changes to the documents.

At ARCIS, we use Lync constantly throughout the day and have found it to increase productivity and communication throughout the office! We really recommend implementing this software at your place of business, and if you have any questions on how to do so, don't hesitate to get in touch!


Avoiding the Spy!
By: ARCIS | 05.02.14

Is your computer running slow? Are you not able to get onto the internet?

  There are 4 main points that should be followed on a regular basis in order to prevent spyware from occurring.

First, always use a Firewall. If you don't know what a firewall is, it simply means to help put up an extra lock on your computer instead of just your login password.

Second, take the time to Update your Software. I know, sometimes it may be an inconvenience to stop checking social media or downloading music, but it is one of the most important gifts that you can give to your computer.

Third, Take time to Adjust the Security Settings on your web browser. We suggest to have your settings on medium or high. By doing this, you are controlling how much information your computer is accepting from a website.

Last, it is important to Download and Install an Antivirus Software. We recommend using Trend Micro Antivirus to protect your computer from spyware.


Use a Firewall

Update your Software

Increase Security Settings

Add Antivirus Software


Remember, we are always just a phone call away at 330-236-1011 if you have any questions about these four tactics, or need any help implementing them on your computer!