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The Future of Windows

Image courtesy Microsoft.

 

Microsoft's annual "Build" conference is taking place as I type this blog post (April 29th to May 1st).  On the first day of the event, Microsoft unveiled their new mandate to bring Windows 10 to one billion devices.  This is a lofty goal, but definitely one that Microsoft is prepared to meet.

 

Not only is Microsoft targeting their own, typical platforms for Windows 10 (Windows PCs (desktops and laptops), Surface tablets, Windows Phones and XBOX game consoles) but they also promise to make porting iOS and Android software to their operating system a much easier process than was ever available in the past.

 

Now, as someone familiar with porting software between platforms and very much aware of the many tools available to build software for multiple platforms right from the start, I do take this announcement with a grain of salt.  However, I also think Microsoft has a chance to really shine in this effort. They are in need of a big win after the generally unappealing reaction they received with the introduction of Windows 8.  I've been a fan of Windows 8 from the start, but I know it's not for everyone.  So does Microsoft.  Windows 10 already feels much more like Windows 7 along with the nicer features Windows 8 brought to the version 6 builds of Windows.

 

Another interesting move that has the web development community abuzz is the fact that Microsoft has scrapped their age-old Internet Explorer web browser for a fully rewritten masterpiece named "Edge".  Check out the following video for more information.

 

Do you have any thoughts on Microsoft's massive push of Windows 10 and its various enhancements and refinements?  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

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Congrats on Your New Site Key Rehab!

I would like to congratulate Key Rehab on the launch of their new site!  

 

Everyone from both the REM and Key Rehab teams deserves a congrats on a job well done!

 

Here is a brief snapshot of their new site:

 

 

If you would like to see the new design please visit the Key Rehab website here.

 

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Random Musings

Have you ever noticed yourself nodding,

and silently acknowledging what the person is saying over the phone then realizing the person on the other side can't see you nod?

 

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Redesigning Our New Website

Redesigning REM’s website was about getting more than a new look and feel, it was about expressing who we are and expressing the guiding principles that we all embody.

Below are the steps we took to get started with our redesign.
 

Plan:

We started by taking a step back and looking at our current site. What was good and what was not so great about it. What are we now trying to achieve? We knew a strong plan now would help us along the way. We knew a successful redesign was more than just about creating a new look; it’s about presenting who we are and the awesome work we do!
 

Scrape Our Current Content:

What stays and what goes? We needed to take inventory of the content on our site, but we knew it had to be sliced in half. This was a tougher job than we initially anticipated and required Rob to spend the time slicing and dicing out any unnecessary content. Great job Rob, I know how tough this must have been!

 

The Design:

After analyzing our current site and new goals we had a flood of ideas to start sketching and making some wireframe mock ups. We then started mocking up the layout to present to everyone here at REM.

We kept our new design clean and professional by using beautiful fonts, stunning imagery, graphics and video! Updating icons and focusing on our gallery was an important piece of the puzzle. Our client designs now shine from our featured client on the homepage to Our Work in the Portfolio.

 

Build and Implement our Revised Content:

Based on our initial concept it was time to build the new site and implement our content. This was made easier by our latest team member, Christine. She helped populate our new pages and provided her design skills to make each page shine.

Rem Web Solutions’ newly redesigned site it now live for everyone to check out. Click here to visit our portfolio or contact us about your next design project.

 

 

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We are hiring a Junior Web Developer / Designer

We are excited to start looking for the newest memeber of the REM team. 

 

REM is looking for a junior web developer / designer that is ready to prove their skills in the technical aspects of web design and development.  The successful candidate will be instrumental in launching numerous new websites every year and will have their name attached to every project!  

 

If you prefer to work as part of a high performing Web Design team that puts bold ideas in front of hundreds of customers each year then REM wants to talk to you.  We blend all the excitement and flexibility of a fast moving industry innovator with the stability andbenefits of a company that has been thriving for more than 14 years in this community!

 

If you want to find out more click here!

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Congrats on Your New Site Tsuruoka Kai Karate Do K-W!

I would like to congratulate Tsuruoka Kai Karate Do K-W on the launch of their new site!  

 

Everyone from both the REM and Tsuruoka Kai Karate Do K-W teams deserves a congrats on a job well done!

 

Here is a brief snapshot of their new site:

 

 

If you would like to see the new design please visit the Tsuruoka Kai Karate Do K-W website here.

 

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Quick Link to the Image Editor

I’m going to start by saying that I love WebWiz@rd 4.0.0!

 

There are a number of wonderful updates that have been made to WebWiz@rd with the recent launch of our updated CMS, and over the coming weeks I'm going to blog about some of my favourite changes.

 

A number of our updates decrease the amount of time it takes our clients to manage their websites.  This was obviously an important consideration when determining how our updates would take shape, because we understand that although our clients want their sites to look and function amazingly, they don't always have a great deal of time to maintain their sites.

 

One of the new features that I really appreciate is the addition of a new icon and link within the File Manager.  At the top of each image, there is a new icon which if clicked, loads the image directly into the Image Editor and of course directs the user to the Image Editor as well.

 

Nice.

 

(Oh my goodness, what a cute puppy!)

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Loved Video Games Live In Toronto

 

I had a chance to attend Video Games Live on March 7 (coincidentally my birthday) and had one heck of a time with my family.

 

Massy Hall, Viking Jesus, Tommy Tallarico and a capacity crowd congealed to form a 3 hour rock opera that hooked us at the opening Castlevania retrospective and didn't let us down, or let us go until the crowd finished belting out "Still Alive" from portal.

 

I got caught up in the excitement of the night and snagged a shirt for Jill, Kylie, and I and have to conscientiously make sure we never put them on at the same time for fear of becoming that family.

 

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Holiday Hours April 2015

 

REM Web Solutions will be closed on the following days for the holidays:

 

Friday, April 3

Monday, April 6

 

We will reopen on Tuesday, April 7 for our regular business hours.

 

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!

 

 

 

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Taking Ownership In Software Development

 

Bugs; software can (and will) be full of them from time to time. At REM, we take ownership of the solutions that we provide to our customers. Part of that undertaking involves standing behind our solutions even if something fails to meet our own strict standards.

 

We are trained to handle failure in a calm and calculated manner.  When a bug report is filed for one of our customer's websites it is treated with a high level of priority.  REM stands behind its products and services and always looks to increase the success of its customers through the success of our software.  We own our mistakes just as we own our successes.  If a problem is found in any area of our expertise, the brightest mind for that specific area is put to the task of unearthing the route cause of the problem and then fixing the problem so that it no longer affects the customer in any negative way.

 

REM owns bugs. We hunt them down and eradicate them with tried and true methods that have served us well over the years.


We will build you great software and we will stand behind it.  We own our work.

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