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Windows XP Support Ending Soon

As you may have heard, Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows XP, effective April 8th of this year. There is no reason to panic about this, but you do need to start planning for the eventual replacement of your XP computers - especially if they are part of your point-of-sale system network.

The big problem with losing Microsoft support is that security updates will no longer be available. Those updates protect against viruses and malware. Most anti-virus and anti-malware companies plan to continue to support XP for now, but they can only detect and remove bugs; not prevent them. Another problem is that other software providers will start to discontinue support for XP.

So, what should you do?

Before April 8th, make sure your anti-virus software is current on your XP PCs; add anti-malware software, if you don't already have it; and make sure that you have a very secure firewall. These things are even more important once support for XP is discontinued.

You should also start budgeting for eventual replacement of your XP PCs and POS terminals.

Finally, if you have XP PCs or terminals that are part of your POS network, check to make sure that your existing POS software supports PCs running the newer Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system.  If not, you'll need to begin budgeting for a software upgrade, too.

If you have any questions about any of this, or would like to take this opportunity to explore an upgrade to NCR CounterPoint, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Integrated E-commerce is Better Than Ever

NCR has just released its new integrated E-commerce option, NCR Retail Online.  This version is based on Magento technology and is packed with state-of-the-art features like category landing pages, layered navigation, wish lists, ratings and reviews, search suggestions, email alerts, and shipping to multiple locations.  The integration with CounterPoint is better, too, as uploads to and from the website happen automatically.  Click here for more information.

 

We've Moved!ACSL Offices

After over 30 years in downtown Seattle (20 of them in the same building!), we've moved to North Seattle.  Our new office space is a few blocks north of North Seattle Community College, on Meridian Avenue.  Northgate Mall is due east of us on the other side of I5.  Our new address is 10303 Meridian Avenue N., Suite 103, Seattle, WA, 98133.  Our phone, fax, and email addresses remain unchanged.

Our office is on the southwest corner of the first floor.  It is great to look out the window and see more trees than buildings.

 

NCR Announces Silver!

NCR Silver is an entry level point of sale "App" with a "Cloud" back-office that helps retailers Run their Business, Connect with Customers, and Sell Anywhere.

NCR Silver is a good fit for small business owners looking for: NCR Silver Bundle

  • An easy solution for tracking sales, profitability, and customers

  • Targeted marketing capabilities to communicate with their customers and grow their business

  • The ability to sell anywhere - in their store or away from their store.

Click here for a YouTube video or here for a brochure.  Call us for fast answers:  800-270-2275 x701.

 

 

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