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If you are using Windows 10 for personal or business, chances are you’ve received a pop up message from Microsoft that you should upgrade to Windows 11. Depending on what your IT department suggests or your personal preference, you may decide, it’s time to upgrade or wait a while. Our CIO has told us, that this initiative, will come from our IT department, which essentially means- they are going to wait until all the bugs are worked out before making the switch, company-wide.

If you are on the fence about whether you should upgrade to Windows 11, here is an article about the 3 things we hate and love in Windows 11, by expert, Mark Hachman and his team at PC World:

“1. We love: The Settings menu

Nearly a decade after the new Settings menu appeared in Windows 8, Microsoft has finally made a real effort in not only filling out the Settings menu with more options, but also organizing it well. Microsoft has done away with the “home” screen of the Settings menu, relying instead on a left-hand nav bar. A “breadcrumb” navigation system has been added to the top, so you can skip back and forth inside of a particular directory. Search exists, too, of course. Finally, each page of the Settings provides dense information without being overwhelming, with drop-down menus and graphics to assist you. It’s quite useful.

For years, Microsoft’s Windows Settings menu has wrestled with the legacy Control Panel. If you need to do something, where should you look? In Windows 11, you’ll find most of what you’re looking for inside the Windows 11 Settings.

2. We love: The Out of the Box experience

You may only see the “Out of the Box Experience” (OOBE) once while you’re setting up a new Windows 11 PC, but it’s a triumph. Setting up a Windows 11 PC takes just a few minutes, and Microsoft uses those to its full advantage, taking you on a virtual tour of Windows 11’s key features, including ones that you may not encounter without some poking around. It’s clean and professional—perhaps a bit too professional—but it’s a night-and-day improvement over the Windows 10 experience, which wasn’t bad to begin with.

3. We love: Widgets

I’m warming to Windows 11’s Widgets. Widgets, the ginormous panel that slides out from the left-hand side of your display, contains all sorts of useful information: local weather, your calendar, photos that you took on this day a few years ago, and so on. Yes, there’s a lot of fluff, as the overriding Microsoft Start service will feed you a lot of gossip and other extraneous news if you don’t configure your settings appropriately.

On the other hand, I’ve criticized Windows 11 for its lack of life, and Widgets (and the updated Xbox app, complete with cloud gaming for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers) is where the fun lives.

4. We hate: The new Start menu

Yes, Microsoft removed the lively Live Tiles. But the real crime is simply the poor organization of it all. In Windows 10, you can click on the Start menu and see your grouped app icons and documents next to an alphabetical list of your apps. In Windows 11, apps are first dropped into the secondary “All apps” overflow menu. From there, you can then add them to the main Start menu, a.k.a. “pinned apps.”

5. We hate: The lack of local accounts

If you already use a Microsoft account to log into your Windows PC, this won’t apply to you. (Logging in with a Microsoft account requires you to put in a personal Microsoft email address and password such as jo******@ou*****.com, uniquely identifying your PC.) But if you’re the type of person who prefers (or perhaps demands) to use a “local” or “offline” account with an anonymous login, you won’t be able to do that with Windows 10 Home. And no, the old “router trick” doesn’t work, either.

6.We hate: The lack of browser choice

Many people use the built-in Edge browser. Many more users, however, use Google Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi, Opera, Brave, or the other niche browsers that we’ve covered in our best browser roundup. Yes, you can download Chrome and use it as you wish. But if you want to make Chrome the default browser on your PC, that one-click “set as default” option that was available in Windows 10 has vanished.

Instead, you’re presented with one of the most obtuse options screen Windows has ever presented, which asks you to set your browser choice by individual file type. No, there’s no option to “select all.” If you’d still like to switch file types, Microsoft will then ask you, yet again, if you’d like to try Edge instead. It’s clingy and extraordinarily passive-aggressive, and it absolutely tarnishes the entirety of the operating system”.

So, should you upgrade? Some experts have suggested you should upgrade, if you are a heavy multitasker, or if you simply want a better aesthetic-looking Windows. If you have an IT department or consultant, ask them. Chances are they have been testing Windows 11 and may the answer that’s best suited for your organization.

About ATS

ATS offers a broad portfolio of time and attendance solutions that streamlines the collection, calculation, and reporting of employee hours for workforce management and eliminates the manual tasks of payroll preparation, increasing efficiency and reducing errors in corporate payroll departments.

Thousands of organizations across North, Central and South America and Europe- including more than half of the Fortune 500 – use ATS TimeWork OnDemand, Workforce Planning, Employee Scheduling HR and payroll solutions to manage their workforce. ATS cloud services offer rapid deployment, support services, software updates, and enhancements; and consulting and training services.

If you are considering a time and attendance solution for your organization, chances are you’re being bombarded with choices. And, having choices is a good thing. But as you explore your options, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is whether to select a cloud-based time and attendance or one that will be installed locally on your server and workstations within your organization.

The basic difference between a solution installed on your server (or as its commonly referred to, “on-premise”) and a cloud time and attendance is clear:  a solution installed on your company’s server is typically managed your IT resource/consultant, while a cloud time and attendance—is provided as a service. This type of deployment brings with it a range of flexibility. For example, cloud time and attendance data is managed centrally by the vendor and is accessed by customers through any web browser (in the Internet “cloud”) including; Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge

Here are some key factors to consider when deciding whether to deploy a cloud time and attendance or one an on-premise.

Cost of Ownership
An on-premise time and attendance usually require large upfront and ongoing investments to purchase and manage the software, hardware, servers, to run it. If, for example your organization does not have internal and/or an experienced IT team that means additional costs that you may not have budgeted for. And, when its time to upgrade, your IT resource has to go through the arduous steps of reinstalling the time and attendance and any customizations that were installed on the previous version.

ATS Time and Attendance in the cloud, initial costs are typically lower, when compared to an on-premise, because the software is configured and deployed using your company’s specific requirements.  ATS hosts and maintains the IT infrastructure, thus, ensuring your system is always running with the latest updates without breaking your previously implemented configurations. And, with a predictable, pay-as-you-go subscription model this can make cash flow management and planning much easier for companies.

Why Time And Attendance In The Cloud?

Deployment
Deploying time and attendance requires careful planning and takes time. ATS time and attendance in the cloud, offers superior advantages when compared to an on-premise deployment. In the world of on-premise deployment a company has to install an IT infrastructure, and additional hardware to maintain the application. With ATS time and attendance in the cloud, it can be deployed across multiple regions, provinces, divisions, subsidiaries and countries thus, avoiding associated costs with those rollouts. When you select ATS time and attendance in the cloud, it usually takes 2-4 months of roll out compared to the12 months it takes to implement an on-premise solution.

Always On, Anywhere Anytime
With ATS time and attendance in the cloud that means you gain instant access to a suite of workforce management tools that your teams need to make more informed decisions. The solution provides real-time data that can be accessed via the Internet anywhere at any time. That means that staff at your company can see accurate information on smart-phones, tablet devices and laptops while they travel or telecommute. And, whether your workforce is located in the same building, different locations, or on the other side of the globe — ATS time and attendance in the cloud deployment means you’re all working in unison.

When it comes to deploying ATS time and attendance in the cloud, you can count on ATS for the experience you expect. This agile deployment methodology is combined with innovative cloud computing technology, and deep domain expertise, working with customers across industries and geographies, to streamline your cloud deployment and speed your time to value.

Every business is unique, so taking the time to consider how different your time and attendance deployment options will affect your company is critical. To learn more about deploying ATS time and attendance in the cloud solution, contact us.

The ongoing debate about the advantages of a cloud based solution and whether it can help businesses achieve its objectives while lowering operational costs continues. Some have argued, in the past, that the cloud was a “Johnny comelately” with no staying power. Cloud based services have not only eclipsed this argument but they have become an attractive option for mid-large enterprises that find the value in adopting a solution that cuts down on IT infrastructure.

Apex Time Solutions provides an integrated software-as-a-service (saas) workforce management software that includes the following modules: overtime equalization, forecasting, employee scheduling, labour analytics, job costing, employee self-service and benefit accruals. The core application of TimeWork provides functionality for data integration to such solutions as; talent management, payroll, enterprise resource planning, human resources information systems and customer relationship management.

ATS TimeWork is robust, simple to use and adapts to needs of industries in many verticals. Our cloud time and attendance solution alleviates your IT burden, risk and the variables associated with on premise deployments. You experience peace of mind with predictable costs, reliable system availability and regular software upgrades and maintenance with ATS time and attendance cloud solution.

Here are three reasons to deploy an ATS cloud time and attendance solution:

Portability – Allow you to access business intelligence data through the cloud in real-time. ATS Cloud time and attendance captures employee time and helps promote consistent policy enforcement while also helping companies comply with local, provincial and federal labour laws.

Implementation Independence – ATS workforce management domain architecture lets companies configure their applications environments with different legal entities and site combinations while consolidating different instances.

Software Access- Anywhere, Anytime –ATS cloud time and attendance can be access through any computer, Smartphone or tablet PC with Internet access. Browser compatibility includes: Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Opera.

If you are still not convinced about the power of ATS cloud time and attendance, contact us and we will put you in touch with some of our customers. To learn more, download a demo, or go to our website.