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We’re just drafting the January edition of Smart Business, our monthly email newsletter. If you don’t already subscribe, you can sign up here, it’s free, easy, and our news, tips and advice will keep you up-to-date with Microsoft technologies and industry trends. This month, we’ll be featuring two ‘expert’ articles, volunteered by Microsoft Partners here…


You’re asking – the Small Business experts are replying

Got a business-related IT question? Ask the experts on Facebook and you’ll get a prompt, authoritative reply from a panel of Microsoft Partners who are accredited Small Business Specialists. Here are a couple of questions received to date: “What is your view on using online applications as opposed to having a server and running software…


You ask – our experts answer

Thanks to Jane Buswell who has just posted the first question on the new Facebook/AskTheExpert page. And she’s had an immediate and thorough response from our Microsoft Small Business Specialists. If you would like to post a question – business not tech support – you’ll need to have a Facebook account. Simply go to the AskTheExpert page…


Ask the Experts via new Facebook page

  Got an IT-related business question? Need some expert advice from someone you can trust? Ask our panel of experts on the new Ask The Experts on Facebook. All are Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist Partners, which means they are trusted providers of the best quality services and technology support to small businesses, and all are…


New on the site

It’s been a busy and productive month here in Microsoft SmallBiz land – take a look at the new resources we’ve just published: Office 2010 page – incorporating a ‘Help me Choose’ tool if you’re unsure which version would best suit your business New from Microsoft Gold Partner ZipTech Services, an article on how and…


Business networking: can’t get by without it

Business Networking is essential and not just for the extrovert or the sales man or women any more. We all do it in one form or another, whether at exhibitions, breakfast clubs, LinkedIn, Twitter or even on the train in the morning commute. At heart most of us are social creatures and networking is not…


How to target new customers

Keeping existing customers and attracting new ones are core activities for small businesses: there’s an interesting case study on the BBC site today – How to target new customers . In this instance, Ganesh Selvarajah, a Business Link Adviser offers some advice on this to a small retail/mail order/online business selling christening and holy communion…


New resources on Microsoft’s Small Business website

New on our small business website are a couple of great articles on SEO and upgrading to Windows 7; plus, we’ve had a bit of tidy up and introduced a couple of new pages to help you navigate our resources. Why upgrade to Windows 7?  – Dan Simpson, Client Services Manager, P1 Technology Partners, answers…


Low-cost ways to maintain and protect your computers

On the BBC site today is a story entitled Reboot for UK’s ‘oldest’ computer. Britain’s oldest original computer, the Harwell, is being sent to the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley where it will be restored to working orders. It first ran in 1951 and lasted until 1973 – quite a lifespan! If your house…


Ask the Expert: Hosted technology is affordable and hassle-free

Our ‘Ask the Expert’ question for June is answered by Ann Merrick, Managing Director of Infineo, a Microsoft Partner and Small Business Specialist. The question is: We’re a small group of busy people trying to grow our business as quickly as possible. We’re conscious that we need to use technology to help achieve this, but…