Microsoft Windows 11 – what does it mean for Farmplan customers?

From 5 October 2021 onwards Microsoft have announced that all new equipment will come pre-installed with Windows 11.  To ensure we at Farmplan are providing customers the very latest products and software, all Windows PC’s we supply will also come with Windows 11 and programs across our Cropping, Livestock, Business & Accounts, Hardware and Training portfolios will support this new version.

Windows 11 will offer users a clean new design with a central start menu and taskbar.  Working from home will become easier with video conferencing and group chat solution Microsoft Teams integrated directly into Windows 11.  In addition, Windows 11 will allow users to install and run Android apps directly within the Windows desktop. The Android apps will be integrated into a redesigned Windows Store.

Although Windows 11 will be offered as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 PC’s, Microsoft have stipulated strict security and specification requirements for the upgrade.  Generally speaking equipment purchased prior to 2018 will not be permitted to upgrade.  You can find out more information on Windows 11 on the official Microsoft web page here

To learn more about Farmplan’s range of computers and accessories click here or call our sales team on 01594 545000.

e-learning platform passes 300 users as course catalogue grows

Farmplan’s e-learning platform, the latest addition to the software services portfolio, has seen over 300 users take advantage of the courses available so far, while there are plans to continue to add courses for each topic that will further enhance a customer’s experience with their software.

The courses have been designed to complement but not replace 1-2-1 training and offer a more holistic approach to knowledge, covering everything from getting started, data entry and time saving tips, as well as best practice.

Currently, the platform has 20 courses available to customers across our product range, including a few courses available for users of the brand new Business Cloud accounting software.

Adam Joslin, Training Manager at Farmplan, said: “At Farmplan, we want our customers to realise the full potential of their investment in our software. The arrival of e-learning adds greater depth and value to our current excellent support and training services. Being able to learn and engage with the platform in the office, or on a mobile device via the app, brings a whole new level of accessibility to the knowledge of our expert trainers.

In addition, building a good foundation of knowledge via our e-courses can help our customers add even more value to 1-2-1 training sessions. The way we all want to access information and learn is changing – we already have in excess of 300 users signed up and growing in just a few months. Feedback has been excellent, with users citing ease of access and navigation, as well as great content as their favourite features.

Our e-learning platform offers a great new way to make the most of the software, all backed up by the same fantastic support team that Farmplan is known and trusted for.”

If you’d like to find out more about the current courses available and to sign up, click here.

Hardware Drop-in Session: listen again here

Our virtual ‘drop in’ sessions focus on a different topic each month, based on seasonality, changing weather conditions and topical industry news. Recently we ran a session on IT Hardware covering how we can support your business in selecting the right IT equipment, security and anti-virus, cloud storage, domain and email setup and more.

Join Adam Joslin, Ben Hatton, John Scotford and Tom Marshall as they talk through a range of topics, including why it’s a good idea to update your IT, how you can operate securely, recommended specifications and what we offer. 

To watch other drop-in sessions click here.

To find out more about Farmplan Hardware click here, or call our sales team on 01594 545000.