Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Houston 2013

Impressive search functionality enhancements on Windows 8.1–Let’s hear you say Search Hero.

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Re-Imagine With Microsoft at WPC13

Later this week, the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 ( #WPC13 ) will happen in Houston. Last year’s keynote address gave me some stirring moments. Here are some of my take-aways. Steve Ballmer and team once again demonstrated that this tech giant is stepping boldly forward. Will Ballmer and team up their game in 2013?  (Incidentally, if all you see below is a square white space, that means you will view this post on my slideshare channel)

The Growing Needs of Today’s Small Business

As the challenges of running a small business press business owners to be more resourceful, I found a collection of themes for success. Balance Work and Life, Work Smarter, Improved Security, Increase Competitive Advantage, Stay Connected and Mobile, Easier Technology Management, Stay in Control, Technology that just Works. One place to explore these themes is Honest Intentions.IMI helps Business Owners

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Personal Productivity Tip: Use Your Smartphone or Tablet

Handheld Mobile devices area great way to increase your productivity.  You can do many things faster than booting up your laptop or desktop. You can explore many additional tips at Honest Intentions.Mobile Productivity Sharing

Boosting Productivity

Things you can do with Office 365 on smartphone and tablet.

  1. Create, store, share Office docs online in a browser, available wherever your team is working
  2. Work better together with file sharing
  3. Secure your docs and messages from viruses and malware
  4. Team communicates with enterprise-grade email and calendar sharing
  5. Directory Services integrated to manage credentials, permissions, single sign-on
  6. Web Conferencing made easy, connecting immediately or scheduled
  7. Hosting online meetings with multi-party HD video conferencing
  8. Cloud syncs data on PCs, Google Androids, Apple iOS, and Windows handhelds for simple file sharing

 

Microsoft Gets Cloud Mojo

Are server costs stopping you from upgrading to the latest communication and collaboration tools? If you find server upgrades too costly yet spend too much time managing your servers, then we have good news for you.

Intentional Management Offers Greater ProductivityMicrosoft Office 365, a cloud-based productivity service hosted by Microsoft, provides anywhere access to your familiar Office applications, email, calendar, video conferencing, and most up-to-date documents, across your devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. With Office 365, you get the latest Office client and enterprise-ready tools, best-in-class virus and malware protection, a financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee, automatic backup, and server patches without the need for infrastructure upgrades—all for a predictable monthly fee.

These products have been time-tested and refined to meet the highest expectations of information workers.  Did you know that Word has been used over 30 years?

Comparing Your Business to the Sentiment of U.S. Small-Business CEOs

I find it instructive to note any correlations that may explain opportunities or an impact on my business at a local level.  The sentiment results of a national survey, like the Wall Street Journal/Vistage is a good place.  Here’s a monthly survey result measuring the sentiment of U.S. small-business CEOs and owners about the economy.  How does its picture compare with your growth results?

WSJ Vistage LogoRespondents are limited to businesses with annual revenues of $1 million to $20 million. The findings are analyzed by Dr. Richard Curtin, University of Michigan. Read more about the survey.