File sharing is by far the most popular use of cloud services by small businesses but most are sticking to on-premise spreadsheets or word processors, according to new research from IT social network Spiceworks.
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If your small business uses QuickBooks 2011 or earlier versions of the software, you might not be supported on the new OS.
The new feature sends photos, texts and other information to customers or prospects automatically, based on their check-in location.
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Revel Systems, which develops POS solutions that work with Apple's iPad, has come out with a $1,999 product for delivery vehicles.
The managed services offering covers a gamut of support needs -- from installation to security remediation to data backup plans.
Table support and new management capabilities support small companies grappling with the BYOD movement.
Despite new high-profile clients like Lowe's Companies, 90 percent of the cloud service's users are small businesses.
Initial services will include anti-malware and network optimization offerings, each priced at $1 per user per month.
The number of targeted attacks focused on SMBs doubled in the past six months, according to new research from Symantec.
SSDs, now a common option for new tablets and notebooks, can help small businesses boost performance of aging hardware.
Small businesses can integrate the cloud-based project management application with Google Apps and Quickbooks.
Online eco-footwear company Sanuk views its builds contact list by more than 5,000 organically, so far.