Top 5 productivity solutions for Windows 8
Here are five great Microsoft productivity solutions which could give your business the boost it needs in 2013.
Businesses of all sizes are relentlessly focusing on improving productivity, through the introduction of new technologies, management styles and operational processes. Here at Microsoft, we like to think we can offer insight into all three - but it's on the IT side where we really specialise.
When we talk about improving business productivity, much of the focus tends to be placed on Windows 8 - our flagship operating system - and Office 365 - the online software suite. The introduction of these solutions has empowered businesses like never before, enabling them to fully capitalise on the cloud and hosted services.
At Microsoft we're constantly innovating, and a range of exciting solutions are available to Windows 8 and Office 365 users. Each of which has the potential to add value to your organisation. Let's look at five of them - Visio 2013, Project 2013, SkyDrive, Skype and Internet Explorer 10 - in a little more detail.
Microsoft Visio 2013
A diagramming and vector graphics application, Visio 2013 allows users to visualise, explore, and communicate complex information. The latest version enables you to create professional, versatile models that organise and make sense of data. Visio 2013 also includes tools designed to make teamwork simpler, such as the ability to work together on the same diagram at the same time and improved commenting capabilities. Real-time data can be placed right on the shapes of your model, with vibrant icons, symbols, colours, and bar graphs providing a clear view of the information.
Microsoft Project 2013
Project 2013 allows users to easily plan tasks and collaborate with others from almost any connected location. The project management system is designed to work seamlessly with other Microsoft applications and cloud services, making it much easier to keep on track. Project 2013 also allows you to create point-in-time status reports and project reviews, while it is also possible to make calls or send instant messages using Lync. This helps to ensure everyone is kept in the loop.
Microsoft's cloud-based file hosting services allows users to store, access, and share thousands of documents, photos and Microsoft Office files online. You simply need to drag files from your desktop and drop them into SkyDrive, where they will be subject to password protection. It is possible to create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents with SkyDrive, and then share them via Hotmail, ensuring trusted third-parties have access. This makes team-working and collaboration - both in and out-of-hours - much easier to manage across multiple sites.
Skype's VoIP software has been around for a decade in one form or another, and continues to gain in popularity as more companies recognise the benefits of making calls online. Firms can call and conference with other Skype users for free, and also reduce the cost of phoning mobiles and landlines. The solution also allows you to share information and ideas using instant messaging, file sharing and group video, offering a range of communication options.
Internet Explorer 10
The latest version of Internet Explorer has been designed specifically with Windows 8 in mind, and as such, is tailored towards the needs of touch-screen and mobile users. However, IE 10 also works with Windows 7, meaning most PC users have the opportunity to take advantage of faster and more secure browsing, The browser is ultra-responsive, and designed to improve the user experience, with a single box serving as both the address and search bar.