Starting up a new business venture is both, exciting and a little daunting. You want to get going and start getting customers, but you have a long list of things to sort out, set up and sign off before you can raise those shutters. At this point, you need a simple but effective IT solution that leaves you free to take care of all the other business factors.
How Microsoft can help
Given below are some solutions that could be just the technology you need to get up and running on a start-up budget. However, if you are unsure about what technology solution would best meet your business requirements you can get expert advice from Microsoft Specialist Partners. They are familiar with the challenges you are facing and can help you find the solutions that are best for you.
Get started with the right PC
Choosing the right PC is probably one of your immediate plans. Windows 8 Pro extends the PC’s capabilities beyond workstations to any place--the neighborhood cafe, the train, even the living room. Just choose the device that’s right for you—a desktop, a tablet, or a hybrid. The beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch-enabled tablets and lightweight notebooks, to PCs and large, powerful all-in-ones with high-definition screens. With Windows 8, you don’t have to choose between a touch device and a hard-working PC because you can have it both ways. And whether you like to stay put or work on the go, you can enjoy the power, convenience, and versatility of Windows across a new wide range of hardware.
It’s also powered by the cutting-edge Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft’s fastest and most secure browser to date.
Always connected wherever you are
As a company getting off the ground, your key priorities are getting your business information organized and accessible away from your office and sharing documents easily and securely with customers and suppliers. You can do all this while keeping your IT simple and manageable. Windows Server 2012 R2 has many solutions for your business, from stand-alone operating systems to complete solution suites that can be tailored for your business.
The more professional your business looks, the more seriously your customers and suppliers will take you. The new Office lets you create highly professional documents, presentations and spread-sheets without needing specialist skills. With a modernized, clean, and fluid user interface, it works great across all devices, whether you're using touch, mouse and keyboard, or pen.
The new Office helps you keep track of things with the calendar, email, task and contact features – everything you need to run your business professionally. You can schedule a meeting, send an email, start an IM or voice and video chat, or host a multiparty HD video conference in a few clicks.
The new Office also takes full advantage of Windows 8 Pro to deliver a touch-optimized experience, while its fast and fluid interface puts your most-important documents, applications and people right up front for quick access.
Businesses that require more advanced features can consider Office 365, a powerful subscription service that gives you access to Office applications plus additional cloud services like business-grade email, shared calendars, internal and external sites, and videoconferencing.
Still on Windows Server 2003?
Support for Windows Server 2003 ends in 2015. It’s time to upgrade. To maximize the life cycle of your next server, we strongly recommend you upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2.
Have you also considered...
If you’re starting a business in e-commerce, website or application development, you may need to consider a strong and flexible back-end infrastructure. However, your start-up probably cannot afford heavy investment in servers and IT management. That’s where Windows Azure comes in. It enables you to build, host and scale applications in Microsoft datacenters, where you pay only for the resources you use, so you don’t have to deal with up-front expenses or long-term commitment.