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Adobe Creative Cloud: less cloud computing, more the new lock-in

Adobe Systems announced today that its flagship Creative Suite product would cease to be available for purchase under a perpetual license, and instead only be available under a monthly internet-activated rental scheme. Accompanying this change is the news that the Creative Suite brand itself would be eliminated, with Creative Cloud being the sole brand for the product going forward.

Using Microsoft Office 365 Home editions for business use?

Business owners may have noticed that Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium can be purchased for the quite reasonable price of NZ$165.00 RRP per year—which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more. The software can be installed on up to five PCs, plus mobile devices—seemingly ideal.

Microsoft dropping support for Windows XP and Office 2003

As reported by Ars Technica, April 8th 2013 marked the one-year countdown from when Microsoft will cease support for the Windows XP operating system (OS) and Office 2003 products.

New Zealanders losing up to two working weeks a year sitting in traffic

According to a recent study by TomTom and referenced by Stuff, New Zealanders spend “...up to 92 hours a year caught up in peak hour traffic”. Undoubtedly, for businesses with staff commuting to offices in major metropolitan areas, average transit times of 45 minutes both in the morning and evening are now commonplace.

The risks of using unlicensed software in your business

Commercial software licensing remains a complicated and arcane issue for many business owners. Unless you have spent a great deal of time and effort designing and implementing a comprehensive business software asset management plan, the chances are that you are non-compliant in some way. Many business owners choose to take a blasé view of software licensing, and perceive the chance of “getting caught” as being low to non-existent.

Google shuts down Google Reader

There's been widespread dismay over the past day with the news that Google has decided to shut down its popular Google Reader application.

Owning your business social networking presence

The rise in popularity of social networking services (“social networks”) has given businesses the ability to quickly and easily connect with an online audience of millions. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ allow businesses to create dedicated online “pages”, without having to separately set up and manage a web server. The associated cost is generally zero, and the process of creating a page very straightforward.—fit for business email?

In the last few days Microsoft has officially moved their new webmail service out of testing and into a fully supported product. The Microsoft and Outlook brands have a great deal of cachet amongst large corporate users, so we'd expect a certain level of interest from businesses looking to use as an alternative to ISP or web company-hosted email. Customers may also be looking to switch from competing webmail providers such as Google's Gmail.

When cloud computing goes wrong

IBM's recent New Zealand data centre outage highlights the risks of consolidating all of your business applications in the cloud platform. As widely reported in several news outlets, the outage severely affected many local businesses and schools. As quoted from this report in the New Zealand Herald:


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