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The iPad's arrival in 2010 was supposed to herald the beginning of the post-PC era. While the iPad's initial success was notable, and it remains the best device for some tasks lawyers do, iPad sales have slowed.

This may be because "real work" for most lawyers still requires a personal computer (Windows or Mac). This can be a desktop, traditional clamshell laptop, or, increasingly, a 2 in 1 convertible like the Microsoft's Surface Pro series.

Introduction: We're proud to welcome colleague Stephen Fairley as guest author for this month's newsletter. Stephen has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to growing effective marketing strategies in law firms. As we begin to look towards the new year, what better time to hear from him on what to tackle in order to grow your firm in 2016.

It's difficult to stay on the plateau in business-either your revenues are increasing or declining and you can guarantee your expenses will increase every year. As you review your 2015 revenues, did you meet your financial goals? Did you exceed them? If you aren't pleased with how much you made or want to significantly improve in 2016 what will be different about what you do this year?

Dropbox rolled out an enterprise version of its web based file-sharing network this month to combat concerns that it is not a secure platform for businesses, including law firms.

Dropbox has been criticized by a variety of sources that it is not secure and therefore not a trusted consideration for business use. Prior to this release, Dropbox was one of the top blacklisted consumer apps by MobileIron, based in Mountain View, CA.

Historically, Dropbox users are individuals. Looking at their brief history, it is clear that Dropbox evolved primarily as a way for consumers to collaborate and store data in a cloud-based folder system. That is a start, but business users, such as law firms, need more.

Affinity Consulting loves to help improve the lives of our customers. We thought you might enjoy getting to know about the lives of some of our team members who help make that happen. Each month we will feature another member of the Affinity Team. Get to know us!

Meet Bryce Phillips, Legal Technology Consultant. Bryce has been a part of the Affinity Team since 2011 when he joined the IT Department in our Ohio office. As he says, "a little luck and a lot of hard work" has brought him to being an integral part of Affinity’s Document Management Team. Bryce loves telling everyone that he “hasn’t worked a day since 2011” when he began helping our clients realize their potential through the training and software we provide. Outside of Affinity, Bryce and his wife Katie enjoy spending time with their 10 year old son, Brennan, at their lake house. They spend most of their summers there boating and cooking out. Bryce also enjoys coaching and helping out on his son’s little leagueteam, winning 2 local championships.

Microsoft's recent hardware announcement had one big surprise - the new Surface Book. It is Microsoft's first laptop. But it is a laptop with an added feature - a removable screen to use as a tablet.

My own use case for this form factor? I plan to work with the Surface Book in laptop mode as my primary travel computer. Then I will detach the screen to use it as a tablet at oral argument of my appellate cases. Others will have different use cases for the detached tablet mode Microsoft calls "Clipboard." In theory, it could be a Windows alternative to Apple's upcoming iPad Pro.

Affinity Consulting loves to help improve the lives of our customers. We thought you might enjoy getting to know about the lives of some of our team members who help make that happen. Each month we will feature another member of the Affinity Team. Get to know us!

Meet Michelle Motyka, Senior Legal Technology Consultant. Michelle joined Affinity in September, 2007. After working as a paralegal for several years, Michelle returned to school for a Masters degree. She supported herself working part-time as a Litigation Support Specialist and become very interested in legal technology and training. She joined Affinity with critical practice management and time, billing and accounting experience and training. Michelle currently works with the Ohio office of Affinity and has been married to husband Andrew for 11 years. They have three "fur babies" - a dog named Monty and two cats, Howie and Sunny.

Michelle has many favorite stories about Affinity, but selected the following as her 2012, Michelle and 9 other female Affinity co-workers participated in the Disney Princess half-marathon. She laughs about their training before the race, "I believe we may have “trained” by going for one walk ahead of time." They crossed the finish line before the time was up and had a fun weekend participating, but she acknowledges what it all meant to her: "I think it says a lot about the strength of the women of ACG that we took on the challenge and made it happen."

LegalAnywhere is a software and services company providing secure collaboration and file sharing solutions for law firms. LegalAnywhere recently announced a change to its product line up that will make its services more attractive to small and mid-sized law firms. There are now two separate and affordable services targeted to smaller firms. LegalAnywhereConnect© is an extranet product while FirmConnect© is an intranet product.

We asked Partners, Consultants, and Staff at Affinity to name the tech for which they are most thankful this Thanksgiving season. The responses were varied and fascinating. Some picked the latest gadgets. Others went with software or web-based services.

Read on to find out which tech products are valued most by our Partners, Consultants and Staff. You may find your next favorite tech item on this list.

Don't you just hate it when the title to a paragraph or section of your document ends up on the bottom of a page while the paragraph itself starts on the next page?

Many Word users will simply add hard returns before the title to push onto the next page. That is the wrong way to solve this problem. This month we show you the right way.

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