A tip that can put you on cloud 9

Are clouds on your company’s horizon? If not, maybe there should be. No, we don’t mean the nasty rainclouds that have dominated our economy for the past two years. We mean the clouds of the computing world, where your hardware and software reside ‘in the ether’. Well, actually, the hardware is located in the data…


Ten tips for advertising online with Microsoft adCenter

This post first appeared on HP’s Business Innovation blog – check it out for more business tips and advice. Microsoft adCenter is a great way to advertise your business and its products online. Check out our article How to advertise and sell online for more tips. 1.      Match your ad to your business. Make sure…


If it looks too good to be true..... it’s probably fake

We’re talking software here of course. Piracy is a constant problem – not just for Microsoft but for all our legitimate partners who not only have to compete honestly in a tough market but also fight the rip-off merchants. A recent thread on avforums highlights this with yet another example of someone who thought they’d…


Proven anti-virus protection - free - with Microsoft Security Essentials

Viruses, spyware and other malicious software is a real and growing problem – and just as your business PCs should be protected, so should your home computers. Microsoft Security Essentials offers comprehensive malware protection and automatic updates, and best of all, it’s free. Your PC must be running genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials…


Advice on deciding programs and licences a small business may need

If you’re unsure of which particular programs you may or may not need, and don’t know whether or not you could benefit from buying multiple licences, take a look at our Licence Advisor Tool. Easy-to-use wizards will guide you through your software and program requirements, and help you choose the solution that’s right for your…


Check out our new ‘How to Buy' section

Preinstalled? Hosted services? Volume Licensing? Or boxed from a retailer? Trying to figure out the best way to buy Microsoft products is not always easy but our new ‘How to Buy’ section is designed to make whole decision-making process a lot simpler.  Depending on the number of PCs you’re looking to buy, various buying options…


Inside Licensing Webcast: How to get most value from Microsoft software

Recently, I published a post about two options for buying Microsoft software – Open Value and Open Licence. On Thursday 4 October there will be a webcast delivered by Microsoft across the pond containing the latest info on how to buy MS software (i.e. how to buy through Volume Licensing to manage costs and how to…


Licence to kill: The perils of buying fake software

Ram Dhaliwal at the Business Software Alliance (BSA) warns that many businesses are taking unnecessary financial and security risks by using unlicensed software.  He says: It is essential for business operations that software they use is legal and licensed… [by not buying licensed versions] businesses may miss out on getting access to additional functionality and…


Windows Vista and Microsoft Licensing courses

“School’s out for summer,” a bedraggled-looking Alice Cooper memorably sang.  Education will be making a glorious return in September.  Back by popular demand are 4 Windows Vista events – Vista After Hours – held in England and Scotland.  To register, click on the links below: 20 September – Manchester 25 September – Newcastle 27 September – Falkirk…