A drawing of white clouds in a blue sky with the words Office 365 and One Drive at the top
One Drive and the Office 365 Cloud

We had a meeting at the end of October to hear JP Wilson, from Matrix Technologies, present the ways their company can help you move into the cloud and get rid of your NAS or workgroup server.  I can also help you with that, by the way.

At the beginning of the meeting, we conducted a brief poll of the membership to see how many of us had run the Windows 10 upgrade from either Windows Vista, 7 or 8.1 and how successfully it went.  The results were not encouraging: out of a total of 33 upgrades run directly by professionals in the field, only 22 worked.  Often we were able to roll back the update using System Restore, but a 33% fail rate sounds pretty dangerous to me.  This underscores the advise I would give to my clients that now is not the time to upgrade your computer to Windows 10.  I usually advise people to upgrade when they buy new equipment. Which is to say: don’t upgrade your OS.

As a side note, there were an additional 20 computers that were brought in to OCCA members to get one of us to try and fix a bricked upgrade.  The success rates on those were even lower, since the users had often made things worse through poor preparation or trying to make their own repairs.

When the speaker got up to speak, we heard a little more about pricing and other options for Office 365, but as often is the case, it was the discussion among the members that really brought out the best new ideas.  Jeremy Christensen recommends using Intellesync for conversion of Exchange to the cloud. Another member noted that GsynchIt gives two-way communication from Google Apps to Outlook, which is huge, because there are so few ways to back up your Google data.