Case study: Software developer uses cloud to launch media monitoring tool for FT.com

In partnership with the Financial Times, software developer and Microsoft Partner, Newgrove, wanted to use Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to build a cloud application for advertising customers of FT.com to analyse digital media spend. Using Windows Azure, Newgrove built an application, which analyses data from millions of pages of advertisements. FT.com is using the solution – rebranded…


Case study: six-man telecoms agency improves responsiveness and customer service

Amphigean required a system that could support its employees in communicating more effectively, helping them provide a better service to customers. Excalibur Communications, a Microsoft Partner, assisted the firm in moving to Microsoft Office 365, delivering the latest Microsoft communications technology over the Internet. With Office 365, employees can hold virtual meetings, saving time and…


End of Support for Microsoft Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Office 2003 will be reaching end of support in April 2014. We want to help you avoid the risk of running an unsupported version of Windows and Office, and to assist with your IT planning for 2012. Please click here to understand the potential risks involved with the…


Meerkats and Avatars: showcasing SME tech startups

On show at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge earlier this month were 17 exciting new technologies, including: A device for measuring how people walk, which is useful for athletes in training but also for older people who have difficulty walking – the idea being to prevent potential falls. 3D automatic reconstruction of tunnels to…


Microsoft Dynamics CRM special offer price expires 31 Dec

Don’t lose out if you’re thinking about subscribing to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. The special introductory offer price of £22.75 per user, per month expires at midnight on 31 December, at which point the price reverts to £29.50 per user per month. If you subscribe before the 31 December deadline, the whole of your 12-month subscription…


Mumpreneurs balancing childcare with business

The advent of high-speed broadband, cloud computing and e-commerce has made it easier than ever for people to start a small business. Using the Internet, entrepreneurs can bring their goods and services to a potentially huge market, with very little initial outlay. And for people with responsibilities outside of the workplace – mums in particular…


New Office 365 videos show the benefits of cloud for SMBs

We’ve just published six great new Office 365 videos that clearly demonstrate the benefits of cloud computing for small businesses. Microsoft Office 365 for small businesses offers a simple set of web-enabled tools for small businesses, independent consultants, and professionals looking for business-class productivity services. Combining the tools people know and use today, Office 365 provides virtually anywhere…


How to avoid phone phishing and email scams

We’ve had 3 mails to the small business centre over the last couple of days, all from customers who have received phone calls purporting to be from Microsoft tech support, saying they had identified a problem with the recipient’s computer. These scams have been operating for some years now. THESE CALLS ARE SCAMS. DO NOT…


The Techno 12 Days of Christmas

Twelve stylish and up-to-the-minute presents for the whole family; even the bah-humbug business guru. Equally, if you’re too busy making a buck to traipse through the shops, you can mop up some ideas for bargains right here. 1. Office 2010 Home & Business Perfect for: Mum Take a look here: The Microsoft Store Estimated Retail Price:…


Hidden Gems #6: Pivot Tables

This month’s Hidden Gem is a timesaver, a powerful business analysis tool, and a persuasive sales technique. It is included in every edition of Microsoft Office, so you probably already have it. It encourages clarity, simplicity and makes understanding information simple for everyone. And yet few small businesses know about it. So, what on earth…