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Microsoft Is Moving To A Chrome Browser…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Microsoft is building its own Chrome browser to replace Edge.

In an effort to improve web compatibility for Windows, Microsoft will soon announce that it is building its own Chromium browser to replace the default on Windows 10. The reason is that the underlying browser engine (EdgeHTML), introduced in 2015 with a redesign to replace Internet Explorer and compete with Chrome and others, has had a hard time keeping up with Chromium—so the company realizes it is finally time to move its default Windows 10 browser to Chromium. (Source: The Verge)

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On CRM: How Salesforce Wants To End Spam

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One of the most essential uses of a CRM system is email. It’s still the primary form of business communication and good CRMs track both inbound and outbound emails and connect them to accounts, contacts, leads and opportunities so that teams can have a view of all communications. Those same CRM systems also use email for marketing campaigns and mass communications.

But as essential as email is, there’s still a giant spam problem. According to SpamLaws.com, an internet security research site, approximately 14.5 billion spam emails are sent every single day, making up about 45% of all emails sent.

So now Salesforce.com is now stepping in to fix that problem – and they plan to use blockchain to do it. Read More…

iPhones Could Get Hit By Tariffs…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Apple falls after Trump suggests iPhones could get hit by tariffs.

After President Trump suggested that 10% tariffs could be placed on mobile phones and laptops made in China, Apple Inc. shares lost about a fifth of their value.  Earlier in the same week, Apple briefly moved to Number 2 as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company when overtaken by Microsoft Corp. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Instagram Is Purging Fake Likes And Followers And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Instagram to remove fake likes, followers and comments.

Facebook-owned Instagram has announced that it will take action on accounts that generate inauthentic likes, comments, and followers. It claims that machine learning tools will help it eliminate this type of activity and advises users who’ve shared their account details with third-party apps to reset their passwords. Users will receive an in-app alert informing them that their account has generated inauthentic activity, and the removal process will be complete once they log back onto Instagram and change their password. (Source: The Indian Express)

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On CRM: What If You Don’t Want A Cloud Based CRM?

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What if you don’t want a cloud based CRM application? What if you just want to buy and install the software in your office? Believe it or not, I regularly run into businesses that ask me these questions.  It’s not that they’re averse to the cloud. But they have reasons why they would prefer to keep things in house.

For example, we have one client with offices around the world and a strong internal information technology team that has built a fast network and who claims that their applications running on their intranet are actually faster than the ones hosted by outsiders. I have another client who has created a very customized order processing system and wants something in-house to integrate with it. There are some smaller companies that have perfectly good servers and networks and prefer using those. Read More…

Microsoft Is Cracking Down on Office Licensing…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Microsoft’s strategy: force enterprises to buy every traditional Office upgrade.

In a new round of support policy changes, Microsoft can now stop enterprises who use work-arounds to cut costs when they license MS Office Suite. The company changed the end-of-support for Office 2016’s right to connect to cloud-based services as it rolled out Office 2019. According to Microsoft’s latest announcement, organizations that want to run the traditional version of Office with Office 365 will need to license every version without skipping, ensuring the company a continuous revenue stream for Office. (Source: Computer World)

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Your Old Apple Devices May Qualify For Repair…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Find out if your old Apple devices qualify for repair.

Apple has announced it will soon launch a Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot program that could extend a product’s eligibility for repairs from five years to seven years (see the current vintage and obsolete products page on its website). Included now are the iPhone 5 and mid-2012 MacBook Air models, and additional models such as the iPhone 4S and MacBook Pro will be added to the eligible vintage repair list on November 30, followed by MacBook Pro models from 2012 and 2013 on December 30. (Source: CNET)

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