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Iomega Replaces Top of the Line NAS Storage

Company touts NAS array that offers small business big storage features for a smaller investment.

Is a Low-cost Calling Plan in the Plans for Office 365?

Microsoft small business services in the cloud may soon add inexpensive international calling.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 for SMB Markets

Small businesses gain enterprise-level capability, and may be the key to success for Microsoft's new cloud-based Office 365 suite.

Data Growth Doubles Down Around the World

The rapid data growth is nothing new, but the rate at which it's growing is staggering. Take a look at the numbers and ask yourself if your business ready.

Microsoft Launches 'New, Moderized' SkyDrive

Microsoft refreshes SkyDrive, its free online storage service, with a performance boost and improved navigation making it both faster and easier to use.

Will 2012 Be the Year of Windows 8?

Windows 7 has barely lost that new OS smell, and yet recent hints from a Microsoft exec point to a new operating system in time for the 2012 holiday season.

Imation Offers Small Business Removable Storage Library

Data backup hardware geared for small businesses provides high-capacity storage solution.

Mobile Rumor Mill: A Microsoft Tablet at Long Last

Well, it's a demonstration, not an actual product for sale – yet. Here's what the rumor mill has to say about Microsoft's take on a tablet PC.

Study Says Both Cloud and NAS Appeal to SMBs

In-Stat predicts that small business use of network attached storage will grow significantly, and that a combination of NAS and cloud storage makes perfect sense for SMBs.

Intel Debuts 'Hybrid Cloud' Service for Small Business

Intel enters the cloud services business with its focus on small businesses. The hybrid platform provides cloud-based managed services while keeping data on-site.

Wi-Fi Hard Drives for Mobile Devices

Seagate's announced the GoFlex Satellite, wireless external hard drives designed to store data from -- and stream data to -- mobile devices.

Microsoft Promises Faster Update Cycle for CRM

Major updates will be a thing of the past as more frequent updates refresh Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Is Big Brother Watching Your Smartphone?

Microsoft responds to questions about how it uses customer location data collected from Windows phones.

Will Google Rescue Netbooks?

Google's take on the netbook -- dubbed a Chromebook -- debuts in mid-June. Will it make people forget about tablets?

Iomega Announces New Small Business Storage Options

Iomega's designed three new flexible, high-performance storage devices designed for the needs of small business.

350 Million Windows 7 Licenses Can't Be Wrong

Sales of Microsoft's Windows 7 surge to new heights. Is your small business on board or on the fence?

Microsoft Office 365 Available for Public Beta

The newest cloud-based subscription service is now available for any small business to try -- for free -- while it's in public beta.

Dell Launches New SMB Server and NAS Options

Dell aims to provide enterprise-level capabilities to SMBs with entry-level servers and high-capacity network attached storage.

First Windows Phone 7 Update Arrives

Microsoft has begun a gradual roll-out of the first major update to its Windows phone 7 mobile devices.

ShareFile Offers SMBs Enterprise-quality File Sync

ShareFile announces Enterprise Sync, which aims to give small and medium businesses the ability to constantly synchronize or to schedule synchronization of files.

Microsoft Ships Small Business Server 2011 Release Candidate

The latest version of Microsoft Small Business Server has reached the final stage of testing before it's released to the public.

Microsoft Releases CRM Services in the Cloud

Microsoft now offers its customer relationship management (CRM) software as a cloud computing service, a first for the company, and an indication that cloud computing has come of age.

SMB Security: 'Borrowing' Wi-Fi, Saving to USB Drives

Pressed for cash, some small businesses store mission critical data on easily-lost media like thumb drives and CDs.

Microsoft, Intel and NEC Team on Digital Signage Platform

The tech giants are working jointly on a next generation platform they say will give marketers greater flexibility to leverage interactive, digital content in digital signage.

Microsoft Clarifies Small Business Server Names, Prices

Small businesses are starting to gain access to the kinds of business tools that large corporations take for granted -- Microsoft is one of the vendors looking to mine that largely overlooked market.

Microsoft Rolls Out Office for Mac 2011

The latest version, which includes Outlook email designed especially for Macs, is designed to work with Office 365, Microsoft's new cloud-based productivity suite.

Power.ME Brings Project Management to the iPhone, iPad

As more iPhones end up in mobile small business professional's pockets, they've become much more than cell phones combined with music players -- how about a professional project manager?

CDW Survey Says Small Business IT Spending to Rise

More small business owners are buying those extra PCs they've needed, and that's driving a loosening of the purse strings. Plus, Microsoft Windows 7 may be contributing to that trend.

Dell Rolls Out Servers, Storage for Small Business

Dell looks for stronger spending on business IT infrastructure for small business computing -- rolls out new network attached storage options, new small business servers and wireless gear.

LinkedIn and Windows Live. Good Together?

Windows Live, Microsoft's online small business software, adds social media capabilities by teaming up with LinkedIn.

Microsoft Updates Office Web Apps -- Again

The free online version of Office gains several new features of interest to SMBs, including the capability to easily embed PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheets in a blog or Web page.

Dell, Trend Micro Partner on Small Biz Security

Small businesses often lack an IT staff and the proper security for their PCs and laptops. By partnering with Trend Micro, Dell hopes to change that and tap an underserved market at the same time.

Microsoft Plans Free Security Essentials for Small Businesses

Using Microsoft Security Essentials at home and want to run it on PCs at your small business? Soon it will be legal to do it.

Intuit Helps iPhone Users Accept Credit Cards

QuickBooks maker updates its GoPayment credit card service with an add-on card reader for iPhones and an updated software app that, among other things, lets the customer sign with a finger.

Microsoft Readies Small Business Server 7 Beta

The upgraded server bundle updates all the major components, such as Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint 2010 and SQL Server 2010 R2.

HP Debuts a ProLiant Small Business Server

HP builds a small business server for companies with fewer than nine employees and no internal tech support.

Dell Says Goodbye to Windows XP

After nine years, Windows XP is finally fading into computer history. Dell plans to drop the OS from its computer configuration options starting this month.

Small Business Ecommerce Trends: Shop by Smartphone

3DCart's affordable shopping cart technology lets you add mobile ecommerce capability to your small business website.

Palisade Bows Compliance in the Cloud for SMBs

How do you ensure your business complies with industry regulations when it's not big enough to have an IT person? Palisade Systems says it can solve that problem for many SMBs.

Cut your Mobile Phone Bill: Use Prepaid Phones

It may seem a little counterintuitive, but prepaying for mobile phones can save serious money, one small business advisor suggests.

Intacct Rolls Out Project Accounting in the Cloud

The cloud-based small business accounting software vendor brings a new module for service delivery firms and project-based businesses, and announces a partnership to integrate Intacct's software with a leading project management system.

Microsoft Previews Small and Home Business Servers

Coming soon from Microsoft: the 'Aurora' Windows Small Business Server and an updated 'Vail' Windows Home Server beta.

Spiceworks 5.0 Beta Adds New Help Desk Features

Spiceworks already provides free IT management software, an idea that has proven popular, and now it's upgrading its support for help desk and other network management features.

Central Desktop Aims to Undercut SharePoint

Central Desktop already stores users' documents in its own hosted cloud. Now, it's providing a toolbar that gives users access to those cloud documents from inside their favorite Office applications.

Small Business IT Survey: Optimistic But Overloaded

The results of a recent survey indicate that small and medium businesses see the economy strengthening, but still ponder how they can best leverage their technology dollar.

Search Advertising Services for Small Business

American Express and Clickable partner to provide small businesses with a search advertising platform built especially for them.

Apriva, AT&T Help SMBs Accept Payments on Mobile Phones

As businesses become more mobile, small businesses especially need to provide services that customers expect, such as paying with a credit or debit card, without a lot of hassle.

Dell Debuts Integrated Security for Midsized Businesses

For medium-sized companies that can't afford enterprise-class security, Dell aims to put it all together as one-stop-shopping.

Electronic Funds Processing for Small Business

As more financial transactions are handled entirely electronically, automated clearing house service providers reach out to a largely underserved market -- small businesses.

LifeSize: HD Video Conferencing for Small Businesses

As the recession continues, everyone, especially small businesses, is looking for ways to save money -- one way is to cut down on travel costs. How to do that? How about HD video conferencing -- no, really.

New Smartphone Apps Let SMBs Access Files Online

Egnyte, a vendor of cloud file storage for small businesses adds support for access via smartphones, including iPhones and iPads.

Microsoft Adds Cloud Services to Small Business Server

Microsoft has been talking up cloud computing for big businesses, but what's up for smaller companies? Microsoft has a cloud opportunity for them, too.

Microsoft's WebMatrix Targets Small Business Web Design

In a move to make website development more accessible to small businesses and non-technical users, the software titan now offers an all-in-one free bundle of simplified developer tools.

Survey Finds Online Talent Marketplace Popular with SMBs

How can a small business survive, much less thrive, in a down economy? One strategy may be to outsource some of the work you'd have to hire someone to do internally.

eVoice Adds More Mobile Apps

eVoice mobile apps help SMBs manage business communications and project a professional image on the road (and in the office, too).

Windows 7 Promises Quick ROI for SMBs

Plus, the latest numbers show that Microsoft sells seven copies of Windows 7 per second.

DotMobi Offers GoMobi Mobile Domain Tools

New service offering for mobile websites aims to simplify the process of setting them up.

Constant Contact MarketPlace Helps SMBs Find Help

If you're a leader in email marketing for small businesses and want to increase loyalty and brand awareness, what do you do? If you're Constant Contact, you build an online marketplace.

Microsoft Releases Beta of New Hotmail

Along with additional features, the new Hotmail e-mail service also supports the new Office Web Apps.

Microsoft Releases Office 2010 to SMBs, Consumers

Last month, Microsoft began shipping Office 2010 to corporate customers. Today, the software giant makes it available to small- and mid-sized businesses through retail outlets.

Microsoft Debuts Free Office Web Apps Early

Small business owners may benefit from using cloud-based Office 2010 Web Apps to edit and share documents -- but will most still use the PC version?

Producteev Simplifies Task Management

A small business software company aims to seamlessly integrate task management apps into the business communications tools you use every day.

VM6 To Ship Updated SMB Virtualization Software

The latest upgrade to VM6's VMex small business virtualization package aims to streamline the user interface in order to help customers reduce operating costs.

Microsoft Drops Small Business Phone Software

Despite Microsoft's attempt to get in on the ground floor of small business unified communications, the company now admits it was a losing battle.

Yahoo Maps Out Move to Microsoft's adCenter

Microsoft and Yahoo give advertisers a timeline for moving to Microsoft's ad management system in time for the holidays, but leave an out just in case the transition doesn't go as planned.

Free Windows 7 Compatibility Tool for SMBs

Microsoft and ChangeBase partner to provide solutions that let small and midsized businesses fix compatibility problems with older applications when they migrate to Windows 7.

Microsoft SMB Specialists See 2010 Spending Rise

This year will likely be a busy one for Microsoft's Small Business Specialist partners around the globe, according to a survey of SMBs' IT spending plans.

Microsoft Launches 'Fix It Center' for SMBs

Following up on its Fix It Button, single-click bug fix technology, Microsoft aims to simplify tech support for small businesses with a more extensive automated diagnostic system.

Microsoft Outlines Bing Spring Update

As winter blows itself out and spring blossoms, Microsoft's troops are digging in to provide compelling new features and updates for its Bing search engine.

Microsoft Chases Windows 7 Battery Drain Problems

Some people say Windows 7 made notebooks' battery life fall to as little half an hour.

Is Microsoft's Office 2010 'a Couple of Months' Away?

CEO Ballmer drops a hint that the next version of Office could ship early, while Microsoft finally makes the systems requirements for the product official.

Microsoft Pulls Copies of Word Following Injunction

i4i injunction kicked in on Monday, so where were Office and Word Updates?

Windows 7: 10 Common Upgrade Problems

One tech support company provides a heads up on the glitches you’re most likely to run into when upgrading your systems to Windows 7.

Microsoft Office 2010 to Arrive On Time

Plans to make MS Office 2010 available to the general public are right on schedule. Nothing says productivity like a June launch.

Microsoft Cashes Out of Office Accounting Software

When Microsoft pulls the plug on its Office accounting software, some current small business customers may receive a few more years of support. But for others, it’s time to look for alternative bookkeeping solutions.

Microsoft's Serving the Smallest SMBs

Its new Foundation Server aims to cater to the smallest of small businesses.

Windows Live to Share Site with Office Live

In a move meant to get more people using its 'Live' services, Microsoft says it will merge Windows Live and Office Live.

Survey Finds Small Business Optimistic on 2009

Microsoft and Elance target those same small businesses with an Office Live Small Business offer to help them beef up their Web presence.

The Evolution of Microsoft's Live Services

Microsoft preps new and updated services to turn Windows Live into a communications hub for its customers.

Microsoft Server Bundles Almost Ready

Microsoft readies two new and updated server bundles designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses.

Microsoft's New Math on SMB Servers

As the company inches closer to releasing Essential Business Solutions bundles, officials disclose pricing, including a price jump.

On Again, Off Again: XP SP3 Back On

A week after holding off on public release of Windows XP's last service pack, the company has at least a short-term solution to a last minute glitch.

Will Microsoft Stream Office to Customer Desktops?

Speculation on whether Microsoft will offer Office as a software service in coming weeks abound.

Dynamics CRM Ready For Its Close-up?

Microsoft rolls out its hosted CRM solution, but it's also a harbinger of what's to come.

Microsoft: XP Not Out to Pasture Yet

Ultra low-cost PCs may mean Microsoft's aging operating system still has a few more races left to run.

Microsoft 'Response Point' to Get Service Pack

Microsoft plans to roll out later this year the first service pack for Microsoft Response Point VoIP phone system for small business.

Microsoft: How Does 'Free' Sound?

Microsoft introduces an update to Office Live Small Business that makes most services free – charges fees for others.

Got Vista? Get the Latest SP1 Candidate

Microsoft's long-awaited Vista service pack inches closer to the door, with a public test-drive now available.

Microsoft Widens Hosted CRM Preview

Microsoft is widening the preview of its hosted CRM Live service and rolling out new and updated features for its Office Live Small Business offering.

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