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Price cuts, new features coming for Office 365 small biz customers

Microsoft is still keen to shift its perpetual-license Office customers over to the Office 365 subscription model, and to that end it's planning a shakeup of its Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses to offer customers more value and greater flexibility. Beginning on October 1, Redmond will launch three new Office …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2014
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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

Small Business Server from Microsoft is "going off the air." With Dell's announcement of unavailability access to the last remaining copies will prove ever more scarce. If you are a managed service provider that specializes in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) I recommend you shake down your suppliers and build up …
Trevor Pott, 11 Jul 2013
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UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling

Small businesses in Britain are missing out on the government's £1.2bn taxpayer-funded broadband deployment project, a lobby group warned today. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) complained in a report titled The fourth utility (PDF) published this morning that 45,000 companies in the UK remained stuck using dial-up …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2014

NASA's 2015 budget plea: Jobs, pork, small business – OK, science

NASA would receive $17.46bn as its share of the Obama administration proposed budget for fiscal 2015, released on Tuesday, down from the $17.65bn it's receiving this year, but healthily up from the $16.87bn it managed to scratch out in sequester-squeezed 2013. That is, if NASA can convince members of Congress that it would be in …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Mar 2014
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

In response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest. Michael Wilkinson rightly rebukes me for not including hardware tools in the discussion, with the BOFH's signature cattleprod being first to mind. Malle-herbert …
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014

Small-biz bosses: Want staff plans from Obama Care site? See ya in 2014!

The beleaguered US HealthCare.gov portal has been dealt yet another setback: small-business owners will not be able to use the medical insurance marketplace to buy plans for staff for another year. Known as the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), the service was supposed to be used by small companies with fewer than 50 …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2013
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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

While Microsoft is happy with the “appification” of Windows, and prepares to go-live with Windows 8.1 on October 18, it's created a gap between present and future that could be a stumbling block for a bunch of small ISVs. The kind of company that lives between the consumer and the enterprise will still be able to create and ship …

Vulnerability leaves Cisco small biz routers wide open to attack

A number of Cisco networking products for small businesses contain critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to gain root access to the equipment, the networking giant has warned. The affected products include the WAP4410N Wireless-N Access Point, the WRVS4400N Wireless-N Gigabit Security Router, and the RVS4000 4-port …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2014

Enterprise storage vendors cosy up to small businesses

The storage landscape is changing. The storage products and skills needed for a small firm have so far been very different from those needed in large enterprises. Yet we now have some storage vendors delivering enterprise-class products aimed at workgroups, while some enterprise buyers choose mid-range products to save money. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014
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UK brings in small-claims court for intellectual property

Small-biz bosses in England and Wales will find it easier and cheaper to protect their intellectual property from today. That's the promise by Blighty's business minister Michael Fallon, who yesterday launched a new way to use the Patents County Court (PCC) to settle small claims of up to £5,000 without getting expensive …
Anna Leach, 02 Oct 2012
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HP offers enterprise fatness to small biz bods in bulked-up sales push

HP's latest MSA 2040 array is one of those cases where midrange enterprise array features have trickled down to an SMB-class product, the MSA being HP's entry-level drive array range. Meg Whitman's company is also boosting its channel programmes to get resellers selling faster to small and medium-sized businesses. In detail the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013
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The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

The UK government is way off its target of sourcing a quarter of its IT gear and services from small businesses by 2015. That's according to a report out this month by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that criticises the government's ICT strategy. The panel, chaired by Labour backbencher Margaret Hodge, interviewed …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2013

8 in 10 small UK firms hacked last year - at £65k a pop: Report

Over 80 per cent of small businesses in the UK suffered a computer security breach last year, according to new government research. And the proportion of large firms that reported attacks has reached a whopping 93 per cent. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' 2013 hacking survey found that 87 per cent of small …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
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Chancellor lands paper cuts on Blighty's small biz

George Osborne has promised small businesses that their tax returns in 2012 will be simpler. The admin-slash is one of several measures in today's Budget speech intended to make things easier for small and medium businesses. The new return will simply ask businesses to report the cash passing through them rather than more …
Anna Leach, 21 Mar 2012
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Microsoft finally rolls out small biz badge for resellers

Microsoft's small biz competency will be rolled out in June – almost two years after the revamped Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) hit the channel. The scheme will replace the Small Business Specialist Competency (SBSC) in a bid to underpin sales of software delivered via both on- and off-premise models. Julie Bennani, general …
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2012
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Sage 'satisfied' as squeezed small biz still puts out

Sage the British software juggernaut said that its trading results had held up since 1 October, despite the strain on its core customer base in small businesses. In an interim manager's statement CEO Guy Berruyer described Sage's performance in the past three months as "satisfactory": “In the context of a macro-economic …
Anna Leach, 24 Jan 2012
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Virtualization for small business: Where's the pay-off?

Does Virtualization pay off for small business? Small and medium-sized businesses are virtualizing their servers, but at a much slower rate than larger enterprises. Some are put off by the high licensing costs, some can't spare the time to do it, some don't know how to. If you're in one of these categories, join us on November …
Phil Mitchell, 09 Nov 2010
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Forget Dropbox, here's Drobo-box: Small-biz array meets Barracuda cloud

Security appliance maker Barracuda Networks has agreed to marry its online file-sharing service to storage biz Drobo's box of hard drives called 5N. People can upload and download files to and from Barracuda's Copy cloud, and share their data between desktop computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices and Microsoft's …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013

Zero-day hits Symantec endpoint products

Get patching, sysadmins, there's a zero-day in Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). This US-CERT advisory is alerting anyone who ignored Symatec's note about the issue. CVE-2014-3434 is a local access vulnerability with a public exploit. A client buffer overflow can cause a blue-screen-of-death on the client, which could also …
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Information Technology Supplier Advocate job abolished

Australia has abolished its Information Technology Supplier Advocate, a Canberra-based role designed to help small biz jump through the hoops of government contracting. The incumbent, Don Easter, finishes work next Monday. The position of Information Technology Supplier Advocate was created in 2010 when, as Labor Senator Kate …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014
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MS offers Security Essentials to small business

Microsoft is extending the availability of its freebie Microsoft Security Essentials to small businesses from early next month. The application - which provides protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software - was launched as a basic scanner available to consumers at no charge last September. From October, …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2010
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German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

Cheers and laughter could be heard late last night through the walls of a small Hamburg office as staff celebrated an unlikely win; their punt to build a NSA-subverting server that encrypts everything a small business might do in the office had made bank with a record-breaking $US1 million in crowdfunding sourced in 89 mins. The …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jun 2014
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Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp

Researchers have unveiled 15 zero day vulnerabilities in four home and small business routers as part of the SOHOpelessly Broken hacker competition in DEF CON this week. Four of the 10 routers offered for attack including the ASUS RT-AC66U; Netgear Centria WNDR4700; Belkin N900, and TRENDnet TEW-812DRU were fully compromised. …
Darren Pauli, 13 Aug 2014
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Telstra cozies up to small end of town

Telstra is investing AUD$600 million over the next five years to upgrade its network for the delivery of advanced business services. The carrier commissioned a study by IDC into the small business sector which found that the move to digital services in the sector was being held back by outdated technology. Telstra CEO David …
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Sage looking to mind Mind Your Own Business' business

Geordie accountancy specialist Sage is in the race to buy Australian firm MYOB (from Mind Your Own Business) which offers similar services down under. The deal could close for as much as A$1bn (£637m) according to sources quoted by Reuters. MYOB has been in business for over 20 years and claims a million Aussie and Kiwi …
John Oates, 16 Aug 2011
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Small business denounces extra red tape

The British Chambers of Commerce has warned that changes to paternity leave and retirement rights introduced this week will damage the start of the UK recovery. From yesterday British men will get up to six months paternity leave, if their partners return to work early. And from Wednesday the default retirement age is retired. …
John Oates, 04 Apr 2011

London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

You'll never Adam and Eve how many people are apparently set to buy a new .london domain name. According to a YouGov survey, more than 200,000 small businesses are preparing to pin their web address to the capital when the new domain launches on 29 April. The date of the launch was finalised today, prompting a flurry of quotes …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Feb 2014
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O2 offers small biz small price support

O2 is offering its small business customers a variety of set-up and support services for mobile or other technology kit. Prices start at £6.83 per user per month. O2 reckons that more than half of small firms get staff to set up their own kit and some 65 per cent of companies have no professional tech support. Firms can also …
John Oates, 23 Oct 2009
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Australia's eMinister has policy-crush on UK's Liam Maxwell

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has offered a little more detail on his plans for electronic delivery of government services and the way Australia will procure the kit required to deliver them. Writing in The Guardian Australia, Turnbull detailed a meeting with Liam Maxwell this week. Neelie Kroes, the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014
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Redmond reinstates infosec mailing list after Canadian law panic

Microsoft has resurrected its Lazarus security mailing list, following apparent confusion over Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) that came into effect on July 1st. Redmond reversed an announcement Friday that it would shutter the Advanced Notification Service mailing list which would have forced email fans to get their infosec fix …
Darren Pauli, 01 Jul 2014
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Facebook: We now have one million real admen stalking you. Huzzah..?

Facebook claimed it has – for the first time – surpassed 1 million active advertisers who used the network in the last 28 days. The company told Reuters that many small biz outfits were using Facebook to display ads. However, the Mark Zuckerberg-run company, which is trying to bolster its sales, declined to tell the newswire …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jun 2013
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Western Digital to offer Windows-based small storage

SOHO, SOHO, it's off to work we go... Western Digital is using Windows Storage Server to build a small office storage offering. The SMB storage market is set to grow faster than the general IT market and WD wants a piece of that pie. WD will base its SOHO (small office, home office) offering specifically on Microsoft's Windows …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2011
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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

Dell has started accepting Bitcoin as payment for stuff. The PC giant, which notches up about $60bn in annual sales, said on Friday it is testing a feature that lets customers pay for gear with cryptocurrency. "We’re piloting bitcoin, the world’s most widely used digital currency, as a purchase option on Dell.com for consumer …
Jack Clark, 18 Jul 2014
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Cameron gets small biz adviser

David Cameron has appointed Lord Young his enterprise tsar, tasked with ensuring that small and medium-sized businesses get a fair share of government spending and are treated fairly by legislation. Young, who replaces Lord Sugar, has been asked to write a "brutally honest" report on how government and smaller firms interact. …
John Oates, 01 Nov 2010
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Currency moves cost small biz dear

Small business owners in the UK blame currency movements for threatening their ability to export goods - or at least to export goods profitably. A survey of 365 business owners by the Forum of Private Business found 63 per cent said currency movements are a restriction on overseas trade. Just 31 per cent complained about …
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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Cisco goes for small, small business

Cisco is increasing its small business focus with the launch of a new suite of products and certification for resellers going after small business customers. Select Certification is an entry point for Cisco resellers. After training and exams, resellers also get access to Easy Lease, Cisco's leasing programme, to provide small …
John Oates, 04 Apr 2007
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Australian Win 8 launch fails to mention business

Microsoft has officially taken the wraps of Windows 8 in Australia, without ever once mentioning a reason businesses would consider an upgrade or showing a single pixel of the 'classic' desktop. Your correspondent has attended every Windows launch since the year 2001 and cannot recall one ever being so devoid of mentions about …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2012
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More than just snow hurting small biz

Yesterday's fall in GDP cannot be blamed on mere bad weather and shows the government must do more for small businesses or risk a double-dip recession, business lobby groups have said. Yesterday, the Office for National Statistics said the GDP fell by 0.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 0.7 per cent growth in …
John Oates, 26 Jan 2011
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Microsoft taps up hardware pals with small biz server release

Microsoft kicked its Windows Small Business Server 2011 out the door yesterday. The company released to manufacturing the Standard and Premium Add-on versions of the software. MS volume licence customers will get their hands on the products early next month, and Redmond said a trial copy will be available for download in mid- …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2010

Cost-cutting pays off for Symantec as profit lifts

Software security, data management and protection behemoth Symantec has cashed in on hacking fears with an upswing in product sales, giving itself a revenue and profits lift. Revenues for its first fiscal 2015 quarter, which finished on 4 July, were $1.74bn, up a mere 1.5 per cent on a year ago, and a more flattering 6.4 per …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2014
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Resistance is futile: mobile working is on its way

It is happening now, but is it happening under your guidance or under your nose? It can be scary tooling up your employees for online collaboration. Paranoid business managers and IT directors have their reasons to avoid it. Take your pick: security, control over employees and complexity are all valid excuses to keep staff at …
Danny Bradbury, 09 Jul 2014
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Chancellor's cuts should spare small biz

Ending tax relief for small business will send thousands of small companies into administration, the Chancellor is warned today. The Time to Pay scheme was introduced to help offset the impact of the credit crunch in late 2008. It allows small firms to defer tax payments and has already been used by 200,000 firms which have …
John Oates, 18 Jun 2010

AT&T dangles gigabit broadband plans over 100 US cities

Keeping pace with rival Google Fiber, AT&T has announced a possible expansion to its GigaPower broadband internet service. The company said that it would be looking at plans for bringing its gigabit service to 100 new cities in 21 metropolitan areas around the US. The proposal would include major population hubs such as Los …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2014
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Better Business Bureau offers rogue script browser peril

Rogue scripts on the scam advice website Better Business Bureau have sparked security concerns. The issue was brought to our attention by Kevin, a server security consultant who said he informed BBB of the apparent problem on Saturday. "I noticed a javascript redirect on the BBB Blogs site that seems to attempt to spawn an …
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2011
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Small biz would pay more for simpler tax

Small business owners would pay more tax, if the system was simpler and it cracked down on tax avoidance by their competitors. Smaller firms believe they're at an unfair disadvantage compared to bigger companies. Most smaller companies also complained that the tax system deters them from hiring more staff. Phil Orford, chief …
John Oates, 17 Jan 2011
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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

The UK government has launched a new campaign aimed at changing attitudes to online security among consumers and small businesses, dubbed Cyber Streetwise. Cyber Streetwise is urging people to take five actions in order to protect themselves and others from cyber crime: Use strong, memorable passwords Install anti-virus …
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2014
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Small biz quakes as Budget shadow looms

Business expenses are already going up - even before expected tax rises in the emergency Budget come into effect. The Forum of Private Business has joined the chorus of advice for George Osborne - but then he did ask the public to help him choose what to cut. The group asked why, although there has been a suggestion of cuts to …
John Oates, 10 Jun 2010
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Small biz calls for end date on enhanced 17.5% VAT

Small business lobbyists are calling on Chancellor George Osborne to review the 2.5 per cent hike in VAT once the UK budget deficit is back under control. From today the top rate of VAT goes up to 20 per cent. Retail analysts have warned that the real impact of this is likely to be price rises of between five and eight per cent …
John Oates, 04 Jan 2011
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Turnover at the top in Oz telco-land as AAPT, Huawei, Optus, lose top brass

Two plush offices just became available in Australian telco-land, with the departure of C-level executives at AAPT, Optus and Huawei. The latter company has that current CEO Guo Fulin has been “promoted to a regional role within Huawei” in line with the company's “global practice of rotating senior executives through different …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2014
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Telstra, not Turnbull, at fault in Twitfight

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull stands accused of telling small business owner Julia Keady to move to another home if she wants better broadband, but that interpretation of the exchange between Turnbull and Keady is not correct and ignores the golden rule of any transaction: buyer beware. Here's the pair of …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2014