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Petrel Computers are Microsoft Small Business Specialist, this allows us to ensure you are fitted with the correct software from the start that allows growth and stability in your business.

Windows Small Business Server 2011

Small business doesn’t have to mean limited business. With Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011, you get a complete solution designed for customers who want enterprise-class technologies in an all-in-one package that is tailored to small business needs and priced accordingly. Windows SBS Server provides an ideal solution for businesses with 75 or fewer users, and Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-On offers a flexible and cost-effective solution for deploying additional servers.

  • Get the best first server for your business with SBS 2011 Server: Take advantage of comprehensive support for your small business of 75 or fewer users with this server designed to facilitate the connection to the cloud and integrate with on-premises and online services. SBS 2011 Standard includes Microsoft Exchange 2010 as well as Microsoft SharePoint 2010.
  • Protect server and client data: Back up your data easily to internal or external hard drives.
  • Enter your business network securely: Use Remote Desktop Web Access to access your network safely.
  • Stay connected with mobile device support: Work from your Windows Phone 7 or other Internet-enabled phone.
  • Stay flexible with SBS 2011 Premium Add-On: Even with minimal IT resources, you can easily access a second application platform when your business grows. This allows you a full Microsoft SQL Server Platform for all you application as well as Microsoft Terminal Server needs.
  • Keep your network healthy: View your PC and server status, antivirus status, Microsoft software updates, and backup progress—all in easy-to-read reports.
  • Simplify IT and manage your server easily: Run multiple components and technologies from one interface and spend less time on server management with simplified setup and maintenance.
  • Migrate quickly and easily: Make the switch with minimal downtime using enhanced migration tools.

Windows 8

Windows 8 is a totally new version of Windows that, in addition to the traditional desktop, also includes a new-style interface for use with touchscreens - whether that's on a touchscreen laptop, all-in-one PC or tablet.


Key Features:

  • Fast boot time: The load and boot up speed has improved significantly over Windows’ predecessors. This is partly due to the better resource allocations to applications and the system. When compared to Windows 7 desktop CPU, Windows 8 has an even speedier boot time.

  • Share information: Connect with other computers running Windows 7 and share data.
  • Innovative and Dynamic Desktop: The tiles-based interface, or the Metro UI, will be the first thing you see upon logging in to Windows 8. At first glance, the UI seems to go intuitively with touchscreen devices like tablets and smartphones. Indeed, in such devices, you tap on those apps to open them. The grid layout seems to facilitate such interactions. Needless to say, you can customize your grid by adding and arranging applications.

  • Improved search function: 8 has no search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Heck, it doesn’t even have the trademark Start menu! That doesn’t mean that there’s no convenient search function available. All you need to do is to type anything, and a search box will appear from the right and give you the results. The search capability is even stronger this time, displaying all the matching apps and files instantaneously.
  • Windows to go: Of the entire list here, this is one feature that offers the most convenience to users. Windows To Go allows users to make a copy of their OS complete with their settings, wallpapers, files and even apps, into a USB thumb drive. Plugged it into another computer with Windows 8 already installed, and you can boot up the PC and make it look exactly alike the OS you normally use, with all settings intact.
  • Windows Live Sync: Similar to Windows To Go, the new Windows 8 will provide Windows Live syncing, such that users can login on any Windows 8 PC with ‘Live ID’ and get back their own personalized settings on it. The desktop will look the same every time the user login on a PC with their Windows Live account. Migrating to a new PC is probably made easier when the user has all the essential settings synced.

Windows 7

An operating system that performs both at work and at home must be secure, straightforward, and fast. Windows 7 helps you simplify everyday tasks with smart, intuitive features. It gives you more time to focus on the things that matter: your customers, your people, and improving your business.

  • Share information: Connect with other computers running Windows 7 and share data.
  • Run Windows XP productivity applications: Run Windows XP Mode directly from your Windows 7 PC.
  • Solve issues on your own: Use powerful diagnostics and troubleshooting to resolve any problems.
  • Protect your data: Get help with security from built-in backup features.
  • Simplify tasks: Find what you’re looking for with faster searching, fewer clicks, and easier browsing.
  • Stay connected: Access your in-office network quickly and more securely, wired or wireless. Windows 7 Professional requires the following:
  • Required Processor

1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processorMicrosoft SharePoint 2010

For people to work well together, they need to share information easily. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes that happen by providing a single location where you can collaborate on documents, set up websites, and share reports based on your latest performance figures.

  • Get information you need anywhere: Access SharePoint data through PCs, browsers, and mobile devices.
  • Reduce workloads: Creating SharePoint sites—My Sites—is simple with predefined templates.
  • Access through the cloud: SharePoint can be deployed on-premises or accessed as a cloud-based service.
  • Easy to control: The solution is easy to manage, giving you more time to focus on business.
  • Lower costs: Your Company can reduce your costs by consolidating intranet, extranet, and websites.
  • Gain deeper insight: You can access information in your databases and key applications via SharePoint without any technical expertise


Microsoft Exchange

With Microsoft Exchange you get email, calendar, and contacts, and you can help protect your PCs against viruses and spam at no extra cost. Above all, you give employees anywhere-access to their inboxes from PCs, the web, and mobile devices while avoiding the costs of running on-premises software.

  • Get started quickly: Full interoperability with the same Microsoft Outlook and Office programs that your users are already familiar with makes it easy to get started and be productive right away.
  • Increase capacity for business: Each user gets a massive 25 GB of mailbox storage as standard and can send attachments as large as 30 MB.
  • Improve security: Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange offers multiple filters and virus-scanning engines to help protect your organization from spam, viruses, and phishing scams.
  • Work online: Use Windows Phone 7, iPhone, Android, Palm, Nokia, and BlackBerry devices.
  • Lower storage costs: Get a greater choice of storage hardware options with Exchange Server, including Direct Attached Storage and Storage Area Networks, and support for less expensive disks that can dramatically lower overall storage costs
  • Share calendar and contacts: Compare calendars to schedule meetings using Exchange Online.


Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is a strong and flexible operating system with options to suit the specific needs of your business. Hyper-V virtualization features help your business to save time and reduce costs.

  • Get the most essential features at a lower cost: Windows Server 2012 Essentials is easy to operate and provides remote access, PC backup, and security features at a lower cost than other offerings, so it is the ideal first server for your business.
  • Organize it all from a single hub: Find tools to manage users, computers, and sites across multiple domains in the Active Directory Administrative Centre.
  • Reduce environmental impact: Use less material and hardware by deploying more virtual machines.
  • Deploy your apps on the superior Internet platform: Easily deploy and manage internal-use or client-facing scalable web applications.

Microsoft Office 2010

Work smarter and faster. With Microsoft Office 2010 you can communicate more effectively and increase your productivity using tools that are more intuitive. You can access your information whenever you need it with Microsoft Office Web Apps, and it’s even simpler to analyse your data with easy-to-use tools in the Office 2010 applications.

  • Manage budgets for home or office in Microsoft Excel 2010: Sort out finances with spread sheet templates designed to make it easy for you to manage business.
  • Connect to your customers, calendar, and team: Stay in touch with Microsoft Outlook 2010 from virtually any PC or smartphone, and use the Quick Steps feature to execute your most common actions in one click.
  • Organize and present your ideas, photos, and projects: Create, edit, and showcase presentations and slideshows in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.
  • Post and share documents online: Access and edit documents and presentations with Office Web Apps for Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint.
  • Edit photos and video within PowerPoint: Make changes to photos and video (add controls, adjust length, and apply effects) without leaving the application.
  • Manage and sort notes in Microsoft OneNote 2010: Quickly find the commands you need in the customizable ribbon, and locate the note you’re looking for with the search wheel.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Use Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and its built-in tools to create a flexible data platform for managing your business information. With multiple editions available, you can build an infrastructure to meet your exact needs and give personnel access to data when and where it’s required. Build analytical models from virtually any data source across your organization and give your employees access to insight that will help them drive your business forward.

  • Simplify management: Get centralized management with Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
  • Offer self-service business intelligence: Help employees get the insight they need faster.
  • Consolidate your data: Stop data from disappearing in programs and spread sheets.
  • Enjoy excellent performance: Make your data constantly available to employees.
  • Recover information easily: Access important data quickly if a problem occurs.
  • Connect to the cloud: Start building and extending database applications in the cloud.
  • Build reports: Connect the dots between finance, sales, and operations by building custom reports combining multiple data sources and providing dynamic visualization.


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