Microsoft releases Microsoft Office for iPad

After years of speculation, Microsoft has finally released some of its well-known Office applications on to Apple’s App Store. The apps have been designed specifically for the iPad to deliver a feature rich experience. The release will help to keep Office as the world’s number one productivity suite as more users adopt iPad and Android based tablets.

The three apps deliver a very feature-rich experience including many familiar functions from the popular desktop version of Office. The performance is generally very smooth and impressive throughout.

Although the free-to-download apps allow users to view their existing office files, users will need to purchase an Office 365 subscription if they would like to create new documents or edit existing ones, starting at £79.99 per year.

Who is it for?
If you already subscribe to Office 365, it’s a no brainer; you’re already paying to run office on 5 computers & tablets so the Office for iPad app is a nice freebie. Those without an Office 365 subscription, however, may see this as a steep investment. Here are some of alternatives:

Documents To Go

This comes in a standard version (£6.99) and a premium version (£11.99). The main difference between the two is that the premium version allows users to create PowerPoint presentations rather than just view. Here are some of the plus points:

Compatible with Cloud services e.g. iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive
One purchase includes both iPhone and iPad versions – If you are an owner of both, this could be a worthwhile investment
Free desktop version available for synchronisation


This free app from Google allows you to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files for free. Once you sign in with your Google account, documents can be saved to your Google Drive which can then be accessed from any PC when you log in to Google. Here are some of the plus points:

  • No purchase required
  • 15GB of free online storage
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Second hand drives still contain old data

A recent investigation by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has found that 1 in 10 second hand drives still contain data from the original owner. Do you really know happens to your used equipment ?

How can you prevent this happening to you ?

There are several free tools available that can run through the drive to permanently remove the data, one of our favourite is eraser. These tools can be time consuming and you do have to be careful when using them to make sure you run them on the correct drive.

Another option is physical drive destruction. You can do this yourself or get a specialist company to do this for you. If you want to do
it yourself, remove the drive, unscrew the casing to expose the disks, put your goggles on and smash them to pieces. You data is now gone !

If you get a specialist company to destroy your drive for you, they can collect from you and provide you with a certificate to say the drive has been shredded.

You can read more here

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ESET Partner





Start Technology are proud to have been awarded Partner status for ESET products.


ESET NOD32 Antivirus protects you at the highest level while you work, social network away, or play online games. The 5th generation of ESET NOD32 Antivirus packs enhanced detection technology and security features straight out of ESET development labs for the protection you can rely on.


If you would like any more information on the product, or to organise a free trial, please contact us at or 0845 612 2400


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Start Technology wins new contract

Start Technology, which has its head office in Bridgnorth and opened a further base in Shrewsbury earlier this year, has been awarded the work from Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

The sports partnership, which encourages physical activity to be part of everybody’s life in the county, has recently moved onto the Battlefield Business Park, where Start has its office.

“We were approached by Energize to configure and install a small business server and network all pcs, laptops and printers in their new headquarters,” said Chris Walker, technician at Start.

“The work was undertaken to ensure that on the day they moved in all systems would be automatically configured and there would be minimal disruption,” he explained.

“While the office move was in progress we provided assistance such as transferring all files and outlook data, including emails and contacts, and our team was on hand to answer any questions and provide mobile phone support.”

Chris Child, chief executive of Energize, commented: “As a partnership reliant on effective and efficient communication – usually through IT – our move and transfer of systems was a little daunting.

“However, Start Technology made everything feel very easy from the beginning. We were up and running using the new system and emails by 10.30am on the day we moved so none of our customers even noticed the change.

“Nothing has been too much trouble and the Start team have always been on hand to help.”

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Office Move Support

BoxesStart Technology provide full support for a smooth office transition away from the previous in IT providers. When planning an office move it is important to have a smooth transition; the main points to consider for IT include server installation, network setup, desktop PC and laptop reconfiguration and telephone support. Start Technology have supported multiple office moves and would like to provide the below advice for your assistance.


When moving in to a new office, telephone providers may need a month to provision your office move. If you are planning on keeping the same number or having your previous number forwarded; you will have to discuss this option with your provider.

Start Technology’s sister company Loud Mouth Phones specialise in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems. VoIP is a phone system which is delivered over the internet which can reduce monthly costs using VoIP phones compared to BT Featureline Standard. For further information on VoIP phones visit Loud Mouth Phones.


Networking Equipment & Internet Connections
Prior to an office move check that there are enough connections for telephones, internet connections, printers and faxes; you may be looking at WiFi within your office. This has to be taken in to consideration, Start Technology will provided networking equipment and advice to ensure that the most efficient and effective network is set up.


Servers and Workstations
If you are moving to a new office that does not have a server to support the network infrastructure or you already have a server setup within the new building. Start Technology can provide support with the previous server or recommend a server which benefits the network infrastructure.
Start Technology will also set up desktop PC’s and laptops to ensure that minimal disruption during your move.


For further information regarding IT issues please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we can discuss how our services could help you.

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New Client – Energize Shropshire

Energize Shropshire LogoStart Technology are glad to welcome a new client on board; Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin – the county sports partnership for Shropshire. Energize Shropshire were moving office’s from across Shrewsbury and required support with the move as they were previously supported by a in house IT provider.

As a Start Technology client Energize Shropshire were provided full support with the office move to ensure a smooth transition. Start Technology installed a new server and constructed a personalised network infrastructure to enabled Energize Shropshire to seamlessly move offices. Start Technology will support Energize Shropshire with all computer and networking queries; while providing personal visits to ensure that all equipment is continually updated.

Chris Child, Partnership Director for Energize STW commented on the support provided during the office move.

“As a partnership reliant on effective and efficient communication, most usually through IT our move and change of system was a bit of a worry but START made everything feel very easy from the beginning.  We were up and running using the new system and e-mails by 10.30am on the day we moved so none of our customers even noticed the change.  Snagging has been the same since then – nothing has been too much trouble and START have always been there to help.”

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Special Offer – Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Start Technology are able to offer the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus at a special price to all of our clients (including staff), and anyone who has dealt with us as a company. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a lightweight (345g) compact tablet that can be operated with a single hand across the 7-inch display. The tablet uses the Google Android Honeycomb platform which includes the complete Google mobile service (Google talk, Gmail, Google maps and YouTube are just a few).

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a Wi-Fi enabled tablet which has 16GB of memory that can be expanded using a MicroSD card.

The homepage hosts two main features: live panel and Mini Apps

  • The live panel hosts live minute to minute information including e-mail, favorite websites and social network feeds.
  • Mini Apps allows you to consolidate 7 of the most regularly used features such as phone, messages, calendar and calculator.

One of the main features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the Peel Smart Remote App, this app can sync with infrared devices to be used as a remote control. One use for this app is to be used with your television, digital box and entertainment system; this will provide full graphical listings of programmes in your hand.

It is powered by a mighty 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus allows seamless multitasking, faster webpage loading and smoother user transitions.

We only have 3 tablets available to sell at the special price of £170 + vat. If you are interested in purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus or would like some general advice on tablets, this is the perfect time to contact Start Technology.

If you are interested in our weekly updates and our special offers, like our Facebook page. We will keep you up-to-date with current technology information and all our available special offers.

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Working with School Computer Systems

We have engineers that are now CRB checked and have certificates to allow them to work in schools. We have applied and past the tests to allow us to provide IT Support in schools where they require CRB aproval. We have experience working with school computer systems and will be able to give the right level of help and support required.

If you have any IT issues in the education arena please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we can discuss how our services could help you.


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Special offers and lastest news on Facebook

Please make sure you are linked to our face book site at  to see all our latest news and offers. If there is anything you would like to know about to help you with your IT, let us know and it could be the next blog article.

We will try and find a really good offer every few weeks and post it on our website and facebook page, so please be sure to check back and like us on our facebook page.

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Microsoft Sharepoint Development and Support

Start Technology can provide specialised support on Microsoft SharePoint 2007 or 2010. Are you currently a SharePoint user and
looking for technical support or looking towards SharePoint as collaboration solution for your business?

Microsoft SharePoint is an online user based system which can be used as a very effective collaboration tool.  SharePoint can increase collaboration between departments within a business by enabling teams to work on projects within a secure environment. You can share documents, update calendars and create announcements that automatically generate alerts for your colleagues. These few simple tasks can improve productivity in your company. The deployment of SharePoint in a company can be as small as a team that are based around the county that would like to improve communication. For an example: A training company could use SharePoint to upload and share documents that you use for training materials, update calendars on the move when training dates are being booked and announcements for your colleagues on training sessions or feedback.

SharePoint is fully customisable and is accessed using the internet and user log on details. SharePoint provides the ability for users to
work on projects when they have access to the internet.

For further information or support on SharePoint please contact us.

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