Cybersecurity: A Small Business Guide

You already know that small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks, but what can you do about it? How familiar are you with the common security pitfalls for small businesses, and do you know how to avoid them? Check out this article for an overview of the most common types of cyberattacks. It also details cybersecurity best practices targeted at protecting small businesses against data breaches.

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Fluid is being pushed by Microsoft to improve productivity in Teams, Outlook, and OneNote

So, what are fluid components? In this scenario fluid components are intended to help “hybrid” remote teams with synchronous and asynchronous work.  

As part of Microsoft’s continuous push to transform how people interact with documents, the firm will expand the usage of its Fluid components to a wider variety of productivity and collaboration products, including Outlook, OneNote, and Whiteboard. 

Fluid components, dubbed “atomic units of productivity” by Microsoft when they first debuted two years ago, are tiny applications like tables, charts, and lists that can be put into other Microsoft 365 products and updated in real-time by numerous users. 

Although it has been sluggish to roll out the capabilities, Microsoft said in May that the components will be included to the Teams chat function. Fluid components will be added to Microsoft Teams meetings, as well as the Outlook, OneNote, and Whiteboard applications, as part of the plans announced last week. The ultimate objective is to improve user meetings. 

The emphasis is on the establishment of meeting-related “components,” such as a common agenda, with discussion points automatically uploaded to a dedicated OneNote page and made available via Outlook email and calendars. During a meeting, notes and tasks issued in Teams may be synchronized back to OneNote for all attendees to see. 

Fluid components in Outlook, OneNote, and Whiteboard will be available in a private preview this autumn, with wider availability expected “early next year,” according to a Microsoft spokeswoman. Only Microsoft 365 business users will be able to use the functionality. Fluid components of Teams’ conversation are presently in private preview, with a full release planned for August. 

Fluid components in Microsoft’s collaboration and productivity tools represent a trend away from separate files and toward a more flexible and collaborative approach to documents in Microsoft 365. 

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Windows 11 appears to be a problem in need of a solution

We got our first look at Windows 11 this week courtesy to an unplanned breach on a Chinese server. While we may argue the morality and practicality of downloading Windows 11 and checking it out for yourself (for the record, you shouldn’t), one thing is certain: the new version of Windows will appear a lot sleeker than Windows 10. 

Long lists of web applications and complicated menus have been phased out in favor of rounded edges and widgets. There’s only one problem: none of these features are required by Windows. It’s always a delicate balancing act to come out with a new edition of a programme. If you make too many changes, the software will become unintelligible. If you don’t change anything, there’s no incentive to update at all. 

IT Company won’t pass judgement on Windows 11’s functioning until I have a chance to test it out. However, based on the images, it appears like Microsoft is attempting to emulate the MacOS look. My colleague Henry T. Casey pointed out that the style is more like ChromeOS, but the premise remains the same: Microsoft believes Windows should be more modern and minimalist. 

The problem is that, to my knowledge, Windows customers do not desire an operating system that looks like an Apple shop. Windows has never been known for its attractive user interface. Windows, on the other hand, shines in two areas: simple navigation and extensive under-the-hood choices. 

The more Microsoft attempts to minimize these features, the more it drifts from the core of the Windows experience. The Start menu, the taskbar, the streamlined desktop shortcut, and even the clock in the bottom-right corner were all introduced in Windows 95. Since Windows 95, the basic visual framework of Windows has remained unchanged (with a few notable digressions). 

If you put a person born in 2010 in front of a Windows 95 PC, they should be able to run applications, save documents, and find files rather quickly. (They could be perplexed as to why they have to use Netscape to access the Internet and why a talking paperclip is guiding them through Microsoft Word.)  

Microsoft, on the other hand, did a fantastic job designing Windows 95. The firm set out to build the most understandable and easy operating system imaginable, and it succeeded right away. In general, the finest versions of Windows so far have been those that have kept faithful to the architecture of Windows 95. Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 10 are among them. Conversely, the most troublesome Windows versions to date have been those that have attempted to reinvent the wheel. Windows ME, Windows Vista, and Windows 8 are among them. 

Of all, it’s not as if Microsoft could have simply stopped at Windows 95. OSes require regular upgrades for a variety of reasons, including usability, hardware compatibility, software optimization, and security. Furthermore, certain Windows innovations, like as the search bar and the graphical Documents folder, have made the OS truly better with time. Connecting to the Internet, adding a second display, connecting a printer, and taking a screenshot are all easier now than they were in 1995. 

Nonetheless, I believe it is fair to state that Windows 95 was a forerunner in terms of the present look and functioning of the Windows operating system. Over the years, this method has required minor adjustments, but never a complete overhaul. 

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Beautiful Nordic views have been added to Microsoft Flight Simulator

Asobo Studios, the developer of Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series consoles has added some new touches that gamers will love just in time for the game’s debut next month. 

This upcoming ‘World Update V,’ according to The Verge, will focus on the Nordic area, especially Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, adding breathtaking views to an already aesthetically gorgeous title. 

The payout for some additional focus on landscapes and metropolitan areas with detailed architecture for you to fly around showing off anything from old castles to modern stadiums, towers, and bridges was just unveiled in a brief clip. 

The expanded locations include “100 airports and 77 carefully selected sites of interest,” according to the team. The teaser features the Lego House and Frederiksborg Castle, as well as the Arctic Cathedral and Sarek National Park. 

The Xbox release date has been set for July 27th, following multiple upgrades that have optimized the game and even reduced its massive initial installation size. 

If you want the whole Nordic experience, it’s now available in Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish, according to The Verge. Anyone with a competent PC may get this latest update for free. 

Microsoft is popular for its Microsoft Office 365 with which you may communicate from anywhere and operate in a safe environment. It boosts productivity and aids in the growth of your company. It allows you to save time and money while receiving worry-free IT support. 

IT Company offers you exceptional service that is tailored to your company’s needs. Our specialists will offer you with first-rate assistance and ensure that your software is up to date and optimized so that you can get the most out of your technological investment. 

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How Confident Is Your Business In Recovering From A Breach?

Did you know that 90% of small businesses ignore data protection? Does this shock you as much as it shocks us? But implementing a proper security system is easier than you think. Check out this article to learn more about how you can build a strong defense against cyberattacks. And contact our team to help you level up your cyberattack defense.

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