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UK government plans to replace Microsoft Office with open source

In a great piece of news from The Guardian, the UK government is looking to make the switch from Microsoft Office software to open source.

Cool tools: pinnable windows in Ubuntu

Our latest blog entry on lesser-known tools and tips for boosting business productivity refers not to an add-on or third-party functionality, but an integral part of the Ubuntu operating system (OS). Ubuntu's beautiful user interface allows the customer to independently pin any open window so it always appears on top of all other windows. Let's briefly look at why this is such a terrific feature for business use.

Run Windows in Ubuntu with VirtualBox

In previous blog entries, we highlighted the imminent end of support for Windows XP, and how Ubuntu can function as a superior (and completely free) replacement. In this blog entry, we'll explore an innovative, easy method that businesses looking to make the switch to Ubuntu can use to retain Windows XP if needed.

Cool tools: Google Calendar support for Thunderbird

Many businesses using Google Apps to host staff email prefer to connect to email accounts using dedicated software such as Thunderbird. This enables a "best of both worlds" scenario: the huge capacity and professional support of a business-grade Gmail account, coupled with the stability, flexibility, and powerful extensions ecosystem of Thunderbird—and not to mention full offline access to email in an internet outage.

Debunking the ongoing Linux usability myth

Pat Pilcher, writing for the New Zealand Herald today outlined alternative operating system (OS) choices in the face of Windows XP's imminent end of life. It's a useful article, and touches on the options available for migrating off the Windows platform altogether.

The best defence against CryptoLocker?

CryptoLocker is certainly one of the most concerning pieces of malicious software produced in recent years. Most likely developed by organised criminal enterprises, CryptoLocker works by using industry-standard data encryption technology to completely prevent access to your files and and folders.

Choosing open source for your business website

We've recently advised several small businesses and startups on recommended CMS products for website hosting. We'd like to share some of our thoughts with you in this blog entry.

City of Munich ditches Microsoft Windows and Office

TechRepublic UK recently reported on the successful conclusion of the City of Munich's massive, multi-year project to migrate to free and open source software. The article makes for compelling reading due to the sheer scale of the migration (Munich is Germany's third largest city), and the factors which ultimately lead to open source replacing the proprietary status quo.

How not to future proof your business

We recently spotted an article authored by Debbie Mayo-Smith in the New Zealand Herald titled "Future proof your business". The gist of the piece is how businesses can use nominally free or affordable technology tools and services to improve the efficiency of business processes.

France's Ministry of the Interior enjoys massive savings with open source

In what will be reassuring news for small businesses interested in making the switch to open source, France's Ministry of the Interior has announced cost savings on the order of five times cheaper in switching to the Mozilla Thunderbird business email client:


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