Microsoft had an existing strategic partnership with Nokia, so what's different in 2013 with the purchase of its devices and services unit compared to the 2011 partnership?
From bits-and-bytes to brick-and-mortar, entrepreneur Howard Lo looks at how tech impacts a small business.
Howard spent 14 years in the tech industry working as a programmer, evangelist, and community manager for Microsoft. In 2009, he had lived his "dream" of middle-management long enough and opened a Japanese restaurant called Standing Sushi Bar. Trading in stock grants and software licenses for raw fish and cash, he enjoys mixing his passion for technology into the daily hustle of small business.
We're used to using the computer to collaborate with colleagues. What if your job means you're hardly online such as with restaurant staff? What are the tools that help an HQ coordinate and connect offline locations and teams?
Instant intranet? Forget spending thousands setting up an internal staff Web site, just use a Facebook group. Hacks go a long way for a small business.
With so many different accounts and IDs, what's the best way to get a customer to interact with you? The answer might be in hashtags, says ZDNet Asia blogger Howard Lo.
Businesses should rejoice the arrival of Facebook hashtags as it makes finding out what people are posting much easier.
Big changes in the update to Windows 8 shows Microsoft is taking feedback to heart.
What if your company required every employee to wear Google Glass? Some of the potential applications could include quality and safety checks, security, and note-taking.
Microsoft insists Windows 8 is beautiful, flexible, and fast. And it's true when you're touching it correctly.
Continuous communication across any device in any style you want--Facebook's messaging features make it the best choice for staying in touch.
Facebook Home co-opted Android, took over messaging, and gives you reason to keep staring at your phone's screen.
The shuttering of Google Reader raises an issue--is your product too dependent on other companies' services?
Google's decision to retire Google Reader has sparked outrage. Get over it.
Singapore government's mandate to increase efficiency and productivity in the services sector will lead to less human touch and more app interaction.
Google's overpriced and feature-limited new Chromebook Pixel is the best thing to happen to Microsoft's Surface Pro.
Companies shouldn't resist the growing call to let employees use their own devices for work. It saves money, makes employees work more, and increases happiness. Stop fighting it!