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UK government snubs Microsoft Office, moves to open standards

Earlier this year we covered reports of a UK government proposal to adopt open source and open standards-based software across all of their departments. In short, they were seeking to reduce reliance on a very limited selection of IT vendors, and an associated huge spend on the Microsoft Office software suite.

"I Love Product Activation!"

Said no business owner, ever. In working with customers, we're regularly exposed to the questionable practice of vendors forcing businesses to prove the authenticity of expensive proprietary software—which the business has legitimately paid to use. While product activation is marketed to businesses as a seemingly minor measure against software piracy, the stark reality is that it leaves your business open to the risk of productivity being severely crippled—and often at the most critical times.

WordCamp Auckland 2014

Apertura Designs recently attended WordCamp Auckland 2014—a local event in the global series of conferences for WordPress customers, developers, and enthusiasts. We heard from a fantastic series of speakers covering a variety of WordPress-focused topics. Of particular interest were sessions with a small business focus, the highlights of which we're covering in this blog entry.

Zero-cost business website management using your smartphone

In previous blog entries we've highlighted the incredible benefits of using an open source content management system for building your business website. In particular, websites hosted on WordPress.com come with a tonne of great features—including automatic search engine optimisation. In this blog entry we'll look at another compelling advantage of using WordPress: easily managing your website from your smartphone or tablet.

Optimising WordPress.com websites for search results

We've recently blogged about the benefits of basing your business website on an open source CMS such as WordPress—especially when compared with other closed source alternatives. While recently assisting business owners on getting their websites up and running, we've been asked about how well WordPress.com-hosted websites work with popular search engines—such as Google and DuckDuckGo.

Cool tools: Thunderbird Saved Search folders

Continuing in our series of Thunderbird power tips, today we're going to highlight the Saved Search folders feature. This is especially useful for folks wanting the same functionality offered by Microsoft Outlook—but without the cost, complexity, limited operating system support, and licensing hassles.

Adobe Creative Cloud outage costs businesses time, money

Small businesses paying to use Adobe's rental-only Creative Cloud product were left reeling after a recent outage resulted in their staff being locked out of the software.

Ubuntu running on Dell Latitude business laptops

We've recently been trying out Ubuntu running on Dell's next-generation Latitude range of business laptops. In particular, we've been using the Latitude 15 3000 model—an affordable device well-suited to small business use.

Adobe Muse compared with open source for business websites

We've recently fielded requests from readers on the topic of building business websites with Adobe Muse—a web design application that is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. In this blog entry, we'll cover our thoughts on Adobe Muse and its suitability for small business websites—specifically when compared with competing open source web Content Management System (CMS) products.

Cool tools: send huge email attachments with Thunderbird Filelink

As part of a continuing series of blog posts highlighting useful tips and tools for businesses, we are once again going to revisit the Thunderbird email client.

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