Laplink Sync is Hitting the Shelves

It’s official - boxed versions of Laplink® Sync™ have been shipped to local software retailers!

Laplink Sync allows you to keep your files, folders, photos, and videos synchronized between multiple devices, including: Windows® or Mac® desktops, Android™ smartphones and tablets, and Apple® phones and tablets. Laplink Sync is a safer alternative to other synchronization solutions because it doesn’t rely on the cloud or require an internet connection.

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Laplink Sync Beats Out the Competition

Recent analysis compared Laplink Sync to a variety of competitors. Although Laplink Sync™ was released just one month ago, it has already proven to beat out competitors with superior peer-to-peer connectivity options, more secure synchronization, enhanced features (like easy conflict resolution), and the most comprehensive, free customer support available.

As a peer-to-peer synchronization product, Laplink Sync offers a safer sync process than cloud-only solutions. Where cloud-based options are vulnerable to server availability and forces you to rely on Internet connectivity, Laplink Sync gives you the option to connect their devices directly. This keeps your information more secure and greatly reduces the risk of losing your data.

Laplink has also partnered with Intel to give even more connectivity options to users like you. By integrating with Intel’s Common Connectivity Framework, something no other sync product does, you are able to connect and sync your music, photos, and other files with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more.

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Living in a World of Multi-Screeners

You’re probably multi-tasking while you read this blog. Whether you’re reading on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, chances are you’re checking one of your other devices for an email, project update, text, or Facebook notification. The reason for this, according to a study done by Google, is that we’re rapidly becoming a world chock full of multi-screeners.

What exactly is a multi-screener? A multi-screener is someone who owns and is using more than one device at the same time. Do you play games on your tablet while you watch TV? You’re a multi-screener. Do you check your phone for texts while working on a project on your PC? You’re a multi-screener.

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According to the study, 90% of all our media interactions are screen-based. These interactions are divided primarily between four different types of screens: smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop, and TV. While the study shows that each device has its own personal benefit (smartphone for communication, PC or laptop for work, TV and tablet for entertainment), it also shows that 90% of consumers use multiple devices sequentially to accomplish something over time. Maybe you take a cool photo on your smartphone and transfer it over to your tablet for some editing. When you’re done, you transfer it over to your PC to print it off on professional, glossy paper.

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The TOP 10 Reasons to Use Laplink® PCmover® Enterprise

Often I am asked to name the top 10 reasons why our customers select PCmover Enterprise. Each organization has different requirements, which means not all these reasons are applicable to every situation. However, from many discussions and customer feedback, I have comprised this generalized list:

  1. PCmover copies applications from an old PC to a new PC and “installs” them automatically, even between different versions of Windows. This is actually not easy. No other product available offers this feature. Most competing solutions move data and settings only; or if they move applications, the usage scenario is very restricted (e.g., copying an image of the old PC to a virtual machine on the new PC).
  2. The Policy Manager in PCmover Enterprise allows the IT administrator to easily structure the migration of applications, data, and settings to the specific needs of the organization, department, or user group. Migration options for PCmover can be pre-defined in a policy file that allows the end-user or IT staff to execute the actual migration of applications, data, and settings while still being controlled by the administrator. The Policy Manager, unlike many IT tools, is easy to learn and requires no third-party consultants or programmers. An IT administrator can create a policy with minimal training, providing full control with flexibility to execute from a centralized location or to do so in a decentralized process. And PCmover will provide reports and notifications to supervisors. The result is “IT Managed migrations even for unmanaged PCs” which only PCmover can deliver.
  3. PCmover saves organizations a minimum of $300 dollars per desktop deployed or upgraded. In general, PCmover generates savings for any organization, from businesses to educational institutions to government agencies. In some extreme examples, we have customers claim that PCmover has saved them over $1500 in logistical costs per new PC deployed/ A migration could be performed locally in a remote location without sending IT personnel or shipping loaner PCs back and forth – all while allowing the IT administrator to remain in full control of the migration. Laplink has published several white papers on the subject. Continue reading

Windows 8 – Ramping Up for Another Beta Candidate

Here at Laplink we love new technology. As a software company it’s in our blood to be on the hunt for interesting or impactful developments in the tech world. And as a Gold-Certified partner of Microsoft, much of the software we create helps to better the experience users and businesses have with Microsoft products. Because of these two points we are very excited about Windows 8 and what it will mean to consumer’s world-wide. And if Windows 8 is doing anything, it’s generating some impactful discussion. Just check out this recent developer’s blog post regarding some recent UI changes. It’s more of a short-novel than a blog post, but interesting none-the-less.

We’re certainly getting closer to the rumored October release of Windows 8 (though nothing has been officially announced). In the next few weeks there is expected to be much more discussion regarding the final version and remaining beta candidates of Microsoft’s newest OS. Back in April we were told that the Windows 8 Release Preview would be landing in early June, and it just so happens that on June 6th Microsoft’s Steven Guggenheimer will be delivering a keynote address at Computex TAIPEI. Hopefully it will be here that we get a good preview or even a release announcement for the Release Preview of Windows 8.

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The Ease of PCmover

First off we’d like to thank everyone for their comments on our weekly prize post. You guys rock! The winners have been notified, but luckily there are still weeks more of prizes so don’t let up.

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We here at Laplink just plain love good software. Finding (or in our case building) software that eliminates unnecessary headaches or confusion when interacting with your PC is our goal in life. For many years we’ve had our focus turned to PC migration. The transferring of files, settings and applications is what we know how to do better than anyone (humble, but true brag). Every once in a while though we want to give it up to those articles/bloggers out there who also give out a helping hand to users looking to avoid the pain and tedium of transferring to a new PC and/or OS.

Usman Javaid over at addictivetips.com wrote an article describing how to easily transfer files and settings using the native Windows Easy Transfer (or WET) utility on Windows. We really enjoyed the article as it helped give people an insight into what they might need to prepare for if they wish to upgrade to Windows 8. If you’re looking to upgrade to Win 8 or Win 7 for that matter, it gives a very detailed look at the WET option for transferring.

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Microsoft Announces a Two-Year Countdown for Windows XP

Laplink Offers Solution for XP Deadline

In a recent post on The Windows Blog, Microsoft has called for users still using Windows XP to upgrade now lest they be left without critical support when Microsoft terminates Extended Support for the long-lasting operating system.

Sayonara XP support, hello Windows 7!

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Everything You Need to Know About Syncing

Lifehacker Article Expounds on Syncing Options: We Say, “Look to PCsync.”

With Google Drive being released, there has been a lot of discussion about online storage programs and which ones better allow for syncing files. Is Google going to oust Dropbox out of the cloud-based storage game? Do we have a David v.s. Goliath case on our hands or are these two companies evenly matched?

Intense online-storage battles aside, we’re more interested in how we can help end-users sync their data locally. There are consumers that want to bypass using other companies’ servers or the cloud to store and sync their sensitive data.

The fine folks over at Lifehacker put up an article detailing the different options for syncing files between computers while avoiding storing data online. If someone wants to sync their data without having to upload personal information to the cloud, what can they do? With more and more people today owning multiple PCs and smart devices, the issue of keeping data up-to-date amongst all of them is more relevant than ever.

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Upgrade to Windows 7 for Under $1

There are still a lot of people using XP, especially businesses. We wanted to make it less expensive and easier than ever to make the move. So right now, if you choose PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant for your “in-place” upgrades, you can get it for under $1 a license. Check out the offer here.

We are also hosting a webinar on August 10th that will talk all about this campaign and how you can make the move to Windows 7. Register for the webinar here.

Don’t put off the transfer to Windows 7 any longer, let us help you make the move now!

To Encrypt or Not to Encrypt… ENCRYPT!!

As many probably know, we recently released new encryption software called PC Lock™. This software makes encryption easy for anyone, but do a lot of people still think that the process is reserved for secret agents and spies? Probably, but that’s not a personally smart way of thinking. Computerworld UK just posted a story the other day that could affect millions of people in the region.

The story discusses that an UNENCRYPTED laptop containing medical data for 8.63 million people had gone missing from a hospital in London. The laptop included details on 18 million hospital visits over an unknown period of time.

Can you imagine being one of those 8 million people? Going to the doctor is a very private matter and you rely on the hospital taking the correct measures to make sure your private information is kept that way. This goes for the information that you have direct control over as well.

With the growing number of data insecurity cases, such as the hack on Sony’s® Playstation Network™ leaving millions of people’s information open for the taking, it is more important now than ever to take control. While not everything is in our direct control, it is important to take strict measures to make sure that our information is never out in the open where others can access it. This is where encryption, and PC Lock, comes in to play.

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