Press Release: BBB Accreditation

posted Jul 3, 2012, 1:54 PM by Jeremy Cote   [ updated May 1, 2018, 9:59 AM ]

Cotes is pleased to announce that we've passed muster -- the Vancouver, BC, chapter of the Better Business Bureau has determined that we meet and/or exceed the standards for business accreditation by BBB for the year of 2012/13. BBB Code of Business Practices represents standards for business accreditation by BBB. Businesses based in the United States and Canada that meet these standards and complete all application procedures will be accredited by BBB.

Press Release: Cotes is now Google Apps authorized

posted Oct 1, 2011, 12:20 PM by Jeremy Cote   [ updated Jul 3, 2012, 1:55 PM ]

The day has finally come! Cotes Technology Solutions has been approved as an authorized reseller of Google Apps. We've been using the product ourselves for almost four years and have been selling it to customers for two. Businesses of every size can benefit, but it is an especially good fit for Small Business and independent contractors. We've got a section on our website now that's dedicated to Cloud Services, where you can learn more and sign up for a free trial and we'll be listed on the Google Apps Marketplace as a Canadian business implementation specialist shortly. But you don't have to wait any longer -- contact us today!


posted Jun 25, 2009, 12:07 PM by Jeremy Cote   [ updated Feb 28, 2011, 5:28 PM ]

Microsoft's Windows Vista was a disaster in every way. Even if you're one of those people who said, "it's not that bad," and commenced using it daily, in reality Microsoft lost a HUGE amount of market share to Apple (and, to a lesser degree, Linux) as a direct result of the marketing fiasco that was Vista, to say nothing of the actual quality issues.

So it is with bated breath that some of us have been waiting for the big M's next offering: Windows 7. That's right, they've gone back to numbers.
(And, depending on who you talk to, '7' may not even be the correct number to give this iteration of Windows. But that's neither here nor there. What matters is how it performs.)

Full disclosure: I avoided Vista like the plague. Oh, I tried to migrate to it, if for no other reason than I needed to learn it so I could better provide support for it. And I learned it, all right. So well, in fact, that I went back to XP just as soon as I possibly could. However, I gave ol' Bill the benefit of the doubt again earlier this year (Lord knows he really didn't deserve it after his previous efforts) and commenced downloading and installing the beta of Windows 7 (fyi #1: a beta is a pre-release version of a product, often released to a select audience to garner feedback and flush out bugs before its official release). And low and behold.. it was good! Since then I've been using 7 -- first the beta and now the release candidate (fyi #2: RC comes after beta and is usually the final pre-release version) -- on my workstations and home computers, full-time. All of the bad things that Vista was, it ain't. All of the good things that Vista brought to the table remain intact, if not improved upon. Finally, here is a worthy successor to Microsoft's former offerings, and also a worthy competitor to Apple's Mac OS and the various Linux offerings available.

As of June 26, 2009, any computer built by Cotés and sold with a Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate license is eligible to receive a complimentary Windows 7 upgrade directly from Microsoft when it is officially released in October. That's right.. the new OS, completely free! To be clear, this applies to custom-built systems; some notebook vendors may also be participating in this program, but details have yet to be released.

So if you've been holding off purchasing a new computer, whether a business machine to replace an old clunker, a flashy new gaming system for the newest games or a back-to-school workhorse -- you don't have to wait anymore. Avoid being taken advantage of by a company looking to sell off old stock before the new stuff arrives. We've got you covered!

[stand-alone upgrade pricing info coming soon!]

Just a reminder...

posted Jun 13, 2009, 3:40 PM by Jeremy Cote   [ updated Jun 13, 2009, 8:44 PM ]

check out the scavenger hunt on the Cotés facebook group under 'News'.  We've had a few people track down the easter egg so far.

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