Why Internet Explorer 11 is the right browser for business

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Today, Microsoft released a Developer Preview version of IE 11 for Windows 7. Newer doesn’t always equal better, but IE 11 has some power under the hood that business users will benefit from.

To some extent, a browser is a browser. They all render and display content from the Web. However, since IE 8 Microsoft has invested significant effort and resources to push the envelope and expand the browser's capabilities. In a world where business is increasingly done online and in the cloud, it makes sense to have a browser that can deliver rich content and interactivity.

Internet Explorer 11 continues to push the envelope of
what a browser is capable of.
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Chromecast: At home in the boardroom as well as the living room

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Google caught the world by surprise yesterday with the unveiling of Chromecast. The tiny media streaming dongle is aimed at consumers and presents a serious challenge for Apple TV, but it’s also a great tool for small and medium businesses.

By now, you’re probably aware of the basic details regarding the Chromecast. It’s a small device that plugs in to an HDMI port on a TV or monitor, and it’s able to stream content from services like Youtube and Netflix, as well as music and movies from Google Play, over a wireless network connection. The device can be controlled remotely from an Android or iOS mobile device, or through the Chrome browser on a Windows PC or Mac.

Mike Homnick
A Chromecast for your meeting room will be $35 well spent.
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4G wireless now a necessity for businesses

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Sprint and AT&T both unveiled new 4G coverage zones today. The realm of 4G wireless networking continues to grow with each passing week, and for business users it has matured from a luxury to a necessity.

Sprint finally introduced 4G/LTE coverage in New York (or at least part of NY)—obviously a major wireless market. Meanwhile, AT&T added 4G coverage in eight new regions, bringing AT&T 4G service to a total of 336 markets across the United States.

Wireless providers continue to expand 4G/LTE coverage across the nation.
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It’s a New (Virtual) World with Windows Server 2012 R2

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Microsoft recently rolled out Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview. The update for Microsoft’s flagship server OS includes a number of features to improve and enhance managing virtual servers with Windows Server 2012.

Virtual servers are crucial for small and medium businesses. Most SMBs don’t have an IT department or data center to work with and need tools that simplify management and allow them to operate an entire IT infrastructure from a single box. Virtual servers allow businesses to maximize the value and productivity of their investment in hardware.

With Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, Microsoft has streamlined the performance of Hyper-V. Replication between virtual servers is faster, and more frequent, and Microsoft has added more disaster recovery options. The new Hyper-V also allows you to assign QoS (quality of service) to prioritize disk access for virtual machines that need it more, such as a database server.

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Evernote goes head-to-head with OneNote with new features

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Evernote isn’t pulling any punches in its continuing effort to challenge Microsoft OneNote. With updates for the Windows desktop version, as well as the iOS and Android apps, Evernote is adding a variety of features that will benefit business users, and make a compelling case to drop OneNote.

Android users have long been able to view Microsoft Office files with the Evernote app. The new update, however, makes Evernote much more functional because users can now edit attached Office files as well using the OfficeSuite app.

Evernote 5 for Windows contains over 100 updates and improvements.
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Surface RT can help small businesses reduce IT costs

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Microsoft caved to market pressure and sagging demand this week by slashing the price of the Surface RT tablet by 30 percent. The Surface RT is better-equipped for business than rival tablets, and at $350 ( $470 once you add a Touch or Type keyboard cover, which it requires to be truly functional) it straddles the line between tablet and PC, and could help business customers rein in IT costs.

The Surface RT isn’t for everyone. It can’t run traditional Windows software, so businesses or users that depend on specific applications or custom software can’t just toss out their PC and use a Surface RT. For a variety of use cases, however, a device with email, Web access, and Microsoft Office is sufficient.

The Surface RT can replace a Windows PC for many users.
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OneNote MX update makes app more business friendly

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Microsoft pushed out an update for OneNote MX—the OneNote app for Windows 8—which makes the app more useful for business users. The new OneNote MX can connect to OneNote notebooks on Office 365.

OneNote MX is a great tool, but it has had limited functionality for business users. The issue is that OneNote MX connects by default to the SkyDrive associated with the Microsoft account used to log in to Windows 8. That’s fine for personal use, but businesses prefer that data be created and stored where it can be centrally managed and shared, rather than being spread across multiple personal SkyDrive accounts.

The update for OneNote MX enables users to connect to OneNote notebooks stored in an Office 365 SkyDrive account.

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