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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

HAFNIUM Attacks on Microsoft Exchange Servers

HAFNIUM Attacks on Microsoft Exchange Servers

The recent discovery of four defects in Microsoft’s Exchange Server software came too late to prevent a rash of stolen emails, but that doesn’t mean you need to remain vulnerable to this attack. Below is the story so far, and how you can help protect your business.

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Windows 10’s Action Center

Windows 10’s Action Center

Windows 10 has available for almost five years. Have you ever used the Windows 10 Action Center, though? If the answer is yes, good for you. If the answer is no, it is time to talk about the nearly hidden part of Windows 10, and tell you how you can use it to your advantage.

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A Look at Windows 10’s Timeline

A Look at Windows 10’s Timeline

Microsoft Windows has been a staple of personal computing for almost 35 years. When Microsoft retires their Windows 7 OS in a few weeks, they will be left with only two PC OSs functional: Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Below is a look at the Windows 10 OS and when to expect Microsoft to release a new OS.

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All Your Business Needs to Know About Office 365

All Your Business Needs to Know About Office 365

It would be difficult to find anyone who works on a computer who hasn’t utilized at least one of the applications in Microsoft Office. Office has been a staple for professionals, students, and home users for decades. Over the last few years, Microsoft has reinvented how businesses can collaboratively use Office to enhance productivity, security, and adhere to compliances.

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2 Rare Microsoft Patches

2 Rare Microsoft Patches

To keep your organization's network secure from threats your software working effectively, patching the software it uses is absolutely imperative. The reason is that the threat landscape is constantly evolving. Recently, Microsoft announced that they have released an emergency out-of-band security update to fix two security issues, an atypical act for the software giant. 

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Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365

Microsoft provides solutions that have a reliable history of being assets when businesses adopt them; however, like most solutions, what may fit well for one business may not fit well for all. 

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The Azure Cloud Platforms can Help Your Business

The Azure Cloud Platforms can Help Your Business

Microsoft is arguably best known for its operating system and productivity software, but these days one part of its organization is growing faster than any other: its Azure cloud platform. Below is a look at the Azure cloud, some features that businesses use it for, and how it can fit into your IT strategy.

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All You Need to Know about Active Directory

All You Need to Know about Active Directory

Active Directory is an item in most Windows Server operating systems. In other words, if your company has a Windows server, you probably have Active Directory, which basically hands out access permissions to your users as they are logged in to the network.

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Details to Know About the End of OneNote 2016

Details to Know About the End of OneNote 2016

Microsoft is discarding OneNote 2016 in favor of the OneNote application bundled with Windows 10. The note-taking app will still be supported until October 2020, with extended support offered after that, but Microsoft will not be adding any additional features to it; instead, they'll be putting all of their efforts into making the version bundled with Windows 10 the definitive version. Some details to keep in mind when making the switch between these two solutions are listed below.

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SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are Losing Support on July 9th

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are Losing Support on July 9th

SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2, two of Microsoft's most utilized relational database management systems, will be losing support on July 9, 2019. If your organization continues to use one of these titles for its database management, you are running out of time before you need to upgrade. Below we take a look at what the software is used for and what options are available to you going forward.

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Microsoft Office Support Joining Google Docs

Microsoft Office Support Joining Google Docs

Businesses usually have to make a critical choice about which brand of productivity software they will utilize for day-to-day operations. Two of the heavy hitters in the modern business landscape are Google and Microsoft implementing their respective productivity solutions. While the choice of which service to work with seems exclusive, Google is making strides to break down this barrier and allow certain file types to be edited in Google Drive.

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How to Get the Most Out Of Microsoft Word

How to Get the Most Out Of Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a vital player in today's word processing programs, mostly due to the many tools and capabilities that are imperative for users. You can utilize various techniques to adjust Word so that you can get the most use out of it. Let's take a look at these techniques.

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The History of Microsoft Word

The History of Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word has been one of the most popular software titles in the history of personal computing. Despite substantial competition, millions of people utilize it every day as their daily word processor. Let's take a look at the history of Microsoft Word, and how it became such a powerful and popular software title.

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The Difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365

The Difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365

Microsoft is a juggernaut in the increasingly competitive business world with its many, many solutions for businesses of all sizes. With so many options, it can be tricky to figure out the right solution for your organization. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure that out on your own; Macro Systems will help you understand the difference between Microsoft’s Office 365 and Microsoft 365 solution.

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Some Word Tips that Could Come in Handy

Some Word Tips that Could Come in Handy

There are so many tricks hidden in Microsoft Word that you constantly have chances to show off how much you’ve learned. These abilities could make or break your job performance under the right conditions.

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Some Real Concerns About the Bing Search Engine

Some Real Concerns About the Bing Search Engine

With a limited market share that is one-third the size of Google’s, you would think that Bing would be trying to keep controversy away from a user’s search results. Nonetheless, the Microsoft search engine has recently experienced a few notable PR disasters that may be enough to persuade some not to use it.

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Microsoft OneNote Can Keep Your Business Organized

Microsoft OneNote Can Keep Your Business Organized

Microsoft OneNote is a very helpful application in the business world; it has a variety of features and capabilities to assist in keeping you and your employees organized. Below we'll review how OneNote could realistically serve as your project management tool. 

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How to Edit a PDF Document with Microsoft Word

How to Edit a PDF Document with Microsoft Word

If you’re looking for an alternative PDF file-editing software, the newest version of Microsoft Word will suffice. Not everyone wants to make an Adobe Acrobat invesment; if don't either you can turn to the reliable all-purpose word processing software to edit your PDF files.

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Windows Ink Adds A Further Element To Your Business Computing

Windows Ink Adds A Further Element To Your Business Computing

Your technology is a gateway to productivity, and Microsoft has managed to put together a solid way to use it with their latest operating system. In Windows 10, you can use Windows Ink to doodle or write notes on your screen while using a Microsoft application like Word, PowerPoint, or OneNote.

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Is the New, Stripped-Down Version of Windows 10 Practical for SMBs?

Is the New, Stripped-Down Version of Windows 10 Practical for SMBs?

Google Chromebooks run a streamlined version of the Chrome OS to offer users a relatively decent browsing experience, despite the device’s limitations. But what if Microsoft created a similar operating system? Well, they did just that with Windows 10 S, which is designed to be used with less processing power than the current operating system.

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