|Microsoft introduces @outlook.com|
In the mid 2000s Microsoft was more or less stagnant. Windows, despite numerous releases, still looked more or less the same, and Office hadn’t received a decent upgrade in a long time. Things looked grim, but Microsoft has managed to turn things around. Windows 8 and related products are a drastic departure from the Microsoft look, even Hotmail has had a makeover.
In late July Microsoft quickly announced and released @outlook.com, their new cloud based email service. If a Web based email service from Microsoft sounds familar, it is, as Outlook.com is a reinvented and drastically improved version of Hotmail.
Outlook.com has completely ditched the clunky, outdated layout Microsoft has used for Hotmail for years and released something that looks 100% modern, and maybe even a little spaceage. The general opinion is that it looks fantastic. For Gmail users, it looks instantly familiar, with files and folders on the left-hand side of the window, your emails in the center and addons on the right-hand side of the screen.
Hold on, isn’t that exactly the same as Gmail? Yes, and for a reason: it works really, really well. However, Outlook.com does improve on Gmail with integration of a large number of features including:
How do I get an Outlook.com account?
Outlook.com looks like a viable competitor to Gmail, and because it’s a Microsoft product, it’s a near certainty that it will be a heavily supported platform that can and will attract many businesses and other organizations. If you’re interested in learning more about Outlook.com, please contact us.
|Slow Internet? You may be able to fix it|
In many parts of the world, the Internet is quick enough to allow businesses to operate solely in the cloud with relatively few problems. There are however issues with many Internet connections, and at times the service can slow to a crawl, leaving many managers wondering what is going on and how to fix it.
|Security of the cloud can be an issue|
One of the biggest technical issues plaguing companies around the globe is security of their systems and information. The vast majority of companies store their data on computers, with many moving some or all of i0t onto the cloud. When employing the cloud, companies have to trust the provider’s security, which has come under attack with increasing intensity in the past few years.
|Social selling, social media’s next step|
Brick and mortar stores are on the decline, the vast majority of people in many countries now prefer to shop from the comfort of their own home, over the Internet. One medium of online sales that many small businesses haven’t explored to its fullest is social media. There are many marketing benefits to using social media, and almost all lead to sales.
|BYOD success depends on 4 steps|
As the lines between work and personal life blur, some professionals have been using their personal devices for work, and companies should allow this. Allowing employees to use their own devices for work is known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and has both positive and negative benefits. It’s a moot issue for many companies so if you’re considering adopting it in your business, there are some important steps you need to take.