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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: How to license out one of your products

    If you have limited production facilities, or you need to concentrate on developing a new product, you may be thinking about licensing out the production of an ‘older' line to free-up resources. You may still be earning significant revenue from it and have commitments to existing customers that prevent...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 customer success stories

    We’re just publishing some great new content on the Microsoft Small Business website. If you go to the Library , you’ll find four new videos from UK small business customers, explaining how Windows 7 is saving them time and money. You’ll also see one from a Microsoft Small Business Specialist, Peak Support...
  • Blog Post: Can you make money by giving things away?

    I tried scuba-diving (in a pool) once and clearly remember how difficult it was to take that first breath. It wasn't logical - you're underwater so you can't breathe. There's a similar logic barrier to overcome amongst businesses today, who are considering giving away products that they've previously...
  • Blog Post: How to buy Microsoft software

    I’m sure you know that Microsoft doesn’t sell direct to consumers, but sells instead through various channels, retailers and partners. We’re aware this can be frustrating so we’ve developed a special ‘ How to buy ’ section on the Small Business website, designed to help you decide exactly what you want...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing

    Hands up everyone who knows what cloud computing is. Not many I suspect. Basically, it's taking your data storage and systems online so you don't have to worry about premises, IT admin, overheads etc. You subscribe to online services for monthly subscription fees, buying only what you need, when you...