Welcome to ESP Projects! We are a growing company based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and we provide IT Support, Web Design, Cloud Computing and other IT Services to any organisation. Whether you are a small or medium sized business or you are a third sector charity, we have IT solutions that will suit you. We will work locally, regionally or even on a UK-wide basis. Our clients include all manner of companies from small home businesses, to complex operations based across multiple offices. You can see what some of them say about us here.

ESP is committed to the concept of ‘Ethical IT’, and will always seek to build long term relationships based on trust, value for money and high quality solutions that are sensitive to your needs and budgets. You can read more about the ESP ethos here.

Talk Talk Hack – What you need to know

Whilst ESP has very little to do with Talk Talk at a business level, we are providing this information for the many concerned home users.  Potentially ALL Talk Talk users data may have been breached.

Talk Talk have announced that potentially all of their users data has been breached following a  DDoS attack (allegedly by a ‘Russian Jihadi group’) that took the Talk Talk website down on Wednesday.  There is a chance that the following customer data, not all of which was encrypted, has been accessed:

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the new browser coming bundled with Windows 10, being very similar to internet explorer but with new and improved features. Microsoft Edge now uses an extension system, much like rival internet browsers Firefox and Chrome. It is now streamlined to be much faster than internet explorer.

Because this new browser has been completely rebuilt in a new engine, this browser no longer supports plug-ins such as active x. Internet Explorer is not being gotten rid of entirely. It will still exist as there will be a need for compatibility with older technology.

Action Centre


All the former Charms functions are contained in a new Notifications panel, called Action Center. When you launch Action Center, a full-height bar appears on the right of the screen – it’s designed to match the Notifications setup in Windows Phone. Most of these functions are standard to us from iOS and Android; features such as toggling Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Location on and off, but it’s great to have.



What is Cortana?

Cortana is your clever new personal assistant. Cortana will help you find things on your PC, manage your calendar, track packages, find files, chat with you and tell jokes. The more you use Cortana, the more personalised your experience will be. To get started, type a question in the search box on the taskbar. Or select the microphone icon and talk to Cortana. (Typing works for all types of PCs, but you need a mic to talk.)

Windows 10 Continuum

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For years, Microsoft has put the Windows name on phones because it’s a familiar brand, but with Windows 10, it’s also the name of the operating system you get on the phone. Most of the time it doesn’t look like Windows 10, because the interface that looks right on a notebook or large tablet is hard to see on a small screen.

But because Windows 10 for Phones is the same operating system core (Microsoft even calls it OneCore), you can plug in a keyboard or a mouse and even a screen to your phone – and when you do, the same Continuum experience that switches a notebook into tablet mode switches the phone into PC mode.

Windows Hello

Windows Hello

Your Finger or Your Face?

Microsoft have released Windows 10 and within it is a feature called Windows Hello, this is biometric authentication which can provide instant access to your Windows 10 Devices (Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors). With Windows Hello, you’ll be able to just show your face, or touch your finger, to new devices running Windows 10 and be immediately recognized.  And not only is Windows Hello more convenient than typing a password—it’s more secure!  Our system enables you to authenticate applications, enterprise content, and even certain online experiences without a password being stored on your device or in a network server at all.

Help – My Computer is Running Slow – Maybe it’s the Disk!

We all know that feeling of opening your favourite most used program only to be presented with the dreaded spinning circle advising us to ‘please wait’. Even trying to open just a couple of your most needed applications only for your computer to be brought to its knees doing so.

It’s infuriating, especially when there’s no indication of anything actually happening other than said circle mocking you as it whizzes around happily. One of the main culprits for causing these symptoms is the speed of your hard disk; when you are opening programs and files, the disk has to search for and load a lot of information, older drives can only do this at a certain pace so they have to queue tasks which results in a slowdown for you.

Windows Server 2003 – End Of Life

Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 is due to reach the end of it’s life in July 2015, meaning that Microsoft will no longer support the software with further patches or security updates. This end of life includes all versions of Windows Server 2003 and all the sub-editions of the product: the Itanium x64 editions, the Compute Cluster Edition, the Datacenter Edition, the Web Edition and the Enterprise edition.

Responsive Design

Responsive Design

Here at ESP, we are often asked about Responsive Design with regards to a website; what it is, how it works, and why it’s something that we think is crucial to the success of a new website amongst its visitors.

Traditionally websites have been viewed on a PC (or Laptop) with the aid of a mouse for navigation. But nowadays more and more people are using a variety of devices such as smartphones and tablets, and using their fingers or perhaps a stylus to navigate instead. This change means that the way the website displays its content has to be thought about from a multi-device perspective.

Windows XP End Of Life

Windows XP

As you may be aware from the previous articles, Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft from Tuesday 8th April 2014.

What does this actually mean to your business and are there any risks to your network?

The simple answer is yes, the end of Windows XP support from Microsoft opens the door to major security risks to your network.