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Microsoft says new processors will only work with Windows 10
From July 2017 most new computers will come with Kaby Lake Intel Processors or AMD Bristol Ridge. These processors only support the
Schools ICT will be supporting schools with the upgrade of the RM Finance Software to version 8.30.
In order to begin the process, please download the folder below to every PC or laptop that has RM Finance installed by clicking on the link and allowing the folder to download.
If you have any problems, please contact the Schools ICT Helpdesk on 01609 536086.
There has been a bit of confusion about using Egress and various confusing messages, we have written this to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
What is the Egress Secure Email Service?
Egress (SES) is a way of sending secure emails by encrypting them, so the information and any attachments are secure.
Do I need to send secure emails?
From time to time schools are required to pass on personal pupil information via email to external agencies, other schools, parents, governors etc. To comply with the law, emails containing any personal data need to be sent securely.
Windows 10 has been out for over a year now, and during that time has settled down to become a very reliable operating system. Many organisations are still reluctant to move on from Windows 7 but, unless you have a critical piece of software that will only run on that particular operating system, there is really no reason not to move on to Windows 10 now.
- SIMS is now fully supported on Windows 10.
- RM Finance will run on Windows 10.
- Windows 10 is designed to work with Office 365.
- Microsoft Edge now supports extensions (Anniversary Update required).
- Windows 10 starts up more quickly and shows better performance generally.
- Windows 10 is more secure, and has BitLocker encryption built in.
Urgent Battery Safety Recall & Replacement Programme
Toshiba Europe GmbH has announced a voluntary replacement programme with respect to certain battery packs on selected Toshiba notebooks shipped between June 2011 and December 2015. Potentially affected battery packs were sold with new notebooks, as accessories or used as replacement batteries in the course of repair. Any potentially affected battery packs might overheat and could pose a potential burn or fire hazard risk. As a result Toshiba will be offering a free replacement for all potentially affected battery packs. This is a worldwide issue affecting notebook batteries regardless of where they were purchased.
Urgent Battery Safety Recall & Replacement Program
On the 14th June 2016 HP initiated a battery safety recall and replacement for cetain notebook computer batteries as they have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. The affected batteries were shipped with specific HP or Compaq Notebooks between 2013 and 2015 and may also have been supplied as purchased accessories or warranty replacements. This is a worldwide issue affecting notebook batteries regardless of where they were purchased.
Microsoft AC power cord recall for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and certain Surface Pro 3 devices
As of 22nd January 2016, Microsoft has issued a voluntary recall notice on a number of AC power cords relating to certain Microsoft Surface devices following concerns that they can overheat if they are sharply and repeatedly bent, or wound too tightly, over an extended period of time.