Get all the IT you need to start a business, without breaking the bank

Even if your shiny new business will never involve writing lengthy proposals and reports, the chances of your never needing technology are slim. Everyone needs to write letters and send out invoices. You’ll always want to make phone calls, and then there’s the website which could rake in enquiries. So how can you get all…


Can avatars substitute for colleagues in video-conferencing?

‘Location liberation’ Not Microsoft-speak but all part of the video-conferencing, telepresence, webinar technological revolution. The latest development – out of Japan – is a somewhat creepy tele-operated android, which apparently helps you to actually ‘feel’ the presence of another person. This must-read BBC story says, “Professor Ishiguro’s system uses a motion-tracking webcam to transmit your voice,…


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…


Non-tech, >15 PCs? Tell us your Microsoft success story!

The PR bods here at Microsoft are looking for innovative / cost-saving case studies and / or customer quotes on implementing Microsoft solutions – Windows 7, Office 2007 (or 2010 if you’re using the free beta version) or Business Productivity Online Services. You need to have fewer than 15 employees and come from a non-tech…


Small firms see the benefits of web hosting

News story on the Microsoft small business site – Small firms see the benefits of web hosting. Here’s a quote from the latest news stories “This could be the year that sees a web hosting revolution fully kick into gear, according to one commentator.Clodagh Murphy, director of business at Eclipse Internet, said small and medium-sized…


Thinking about hosted services? Free Webinars 9 & 12 February

You’ve heard about cloud computing or hosted online services but aren’t quite sure if it’s relevant for your business? If you’ve got 5 PCs or more it’s definitely worth considering. Microsoft Gold Partner Adventi is holding two free webinars on 9th and 12 February, running from 9.30 to 10.15 am. You can join either of these…


Staff stuck at home? Try a Microsoft Online Service FREE for 30 days

The big freeze shows no signs of easing. With ice compounding the problems of snow, and temperatures of -18o in some areas, few people are travelling unless they absolutely have to. Offices and schools are shut and there’s more snow on the way. Great for the kids – they get an extended holiday, but for…


Email shaped to fit your business

Email has changed – take a look at our new Microsoft website and find out how. Mail solutions have become more flexible, scalable and economical and you can choose the option that suits you – hosted, on-premise or a mix. Did you know you can now get a web-based or hosted email service directly from Microsoft…


Free Cloud Computing briefing, London, 2 Dec 9.30 – 1.00pm

Open the gates to the cloud – that’s what Microsoft Gold partner contentandcode aim to do at a free briefing in London on 2 December. The event will provide an opportunity to learn how the cloud computing evolution, coupled with your current desktop experience, will help you be more productive and save costs to help…


Prices down 40% for hosted online services

As Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) is expanding, so the powers that be have dropped pricing by a massive 40%.   Prices (minimum of 5 PCs) start from just £6.69 per user per month, and for that, you get a messaging and collaboration solution that will: ·        Decrease your business’s collaboration costs ·        Reduce…