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February 2010

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Welcome to the first IBIT Monthly Update!

One of the things we like to do is to keep you up-to-date with all the latest in small business IT so we’ve decided to formalise this in a monthly newsletter

Every month, as well as summarising any important news we’ll also pass on some useful tips and tricks to help make your computing experience that bit easier as well as letting you know of any special deals that you may want to be made aware of

If you decide at any point you’d rather not be on the mailing list then drop us a message and we won’t bother you again!

Conversely if you can think of anyone that will benefit from receiving this newsletter ask them to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     

The newsletters will always be stored on the website at for future reference

Feedback is always great so if there is anything you’d like to see here please get in touch 



Andy Parkes

Technical Director

IBIT Solutions



Website launch

The new IBIT website is live!

We felt the website was overdue a makeover so we’ve put some work into updating the style and making the website more of a resource than just an online brochure.

The site has a content management system which means we can add information much more quickly and easily

We also have a blog section ( which will contain all our latest news as well as being the home to many of the items in the newsletter

We're still kicking the tyres and giving it some polish but we wanted to launch it as soon as possible

We hope the site will be of some use!


Tips and Tricks

 Each month we’ll bring to you a little bit of knowledge that can help during your working day

This month we start with

Microsoft Outlook – Delay email sending

Did you know that when you press the send button you can choose not to have the message delivered straight away?

The first question you are probably asking is “why would you do that”?

A good example is bulk email, sending a message to a large number of recipients can take a long time and potentially cause messages from other people on your network to be delayed. It might be better to schedule the sending of your newsletter until after hours

This is really easy to setup, read the full article on the website


Useful Website – Motorway traffic planning

There are lots of useful resources on the Internet for checking to see what traffic is like before you travel. The highways agency recently released a great resource for checking traffic between two motorway junctions. You can even look at the traffic cameras!

Read the full article on the website!



IBIT Solutions contribute to the local IT Community. As well as helping others it also helps keep us up to speed on all the latest best practices, products and allows us to form close relationships with vendors such as Microsoft, Symantec, Trend Micro

Our very own Andy Parkes recently took over joint leadership of the Association for Midlands for IT Professionals (AMITPRO)

Visit to see what they are up to!



Our recent introduction of security alert emails has been a great success, the security alerts will remain independent of the newsletter so any information can be distributed on as and when basis

The alerts will also be published to the security section of our website at

The security section of the site will have live information of any current threats

If you're not on our security alert mailing list and you'd like to be added please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Products – Windows 7

You may be aware of recent release of Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 7

After having “problems” with Windows Vista Microsoft took on a lot of feedback and came back with a vastly improved product which is ready to use and has lots of features that can help keep you productive.

Windows XP was actually released in 2001(!) and is currently no longer under mainstream support by Microsoft

Click through to the website to learn about some of new features in Windows 7 or feel free to contact us and have a chat about it