Techies have been riding Microsoft pretty hard recently, but the majority of businesses still deploy MS technology, so it can’t all be bad, right?
Below are five things Microsoft is doing right, according to the TechRepublic:
- Office Web Apps
Officially launched in June, this free service is available at office.live.com. The cloud-based system includes four applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Each runs smoothly, even on non-Microsoft browsers, and every user gets 25 GB of free storage.
- Mobile sync
While Microsoft’s mobile strategy may be muddled, there’s one thing the software giant does that other companies do not — cloud sync. Everything created or downloaded on a smartphone is synced to Microsoft’s servers. That way, users can access their data from anywhere, whether on a laptop, desktop or smartphone.
- Free malware protection
Microsoft recognizes that Windows is a huge target for malware. That’s why it launched its comprehensive Malware Protection Center in 2007. And for businesses, the Security Essentials package is a free anti-virus and anti-malware application that eats up less memory than most third-party software without sacrificing protection.
- Outlook 2010
Microsoft Outlook is more than an e-mail platform — it’s also a powerful collaboration tool. And its 2010 upgrade has many useful improvements, including faster performance, the ability to link multiple Exchange accounts, an “Ignore” button for blocking entire message threads and the ability to share a calendar with external organizations.
Here’s a little-known-fact: SharePoint is Microsoft’s fastest growing business software product of all time. Although it seems to offer an endless array of functionality, it’s widely used in the development of company intranet sites. When integrated with Microsoft Office, SharePoint is easy to use and provides IT professionals with a seamless content management system.