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Comparing Sheets and Excel for Your Consideration

Comparing Sheets and Excel for Your Consideration

Spreadsheet-generation software is one of those tools that effectively offers all businesses some level of utility. Having said that, different business circumstances may lead to one title being a better option for your operations. Let’s compare Microsoft Excel to Google Sheets to see which one may work better for you, based on selected features and processes.

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Tip of the Week: Try Microsoft Word Templates

Tip of the Week: Try Microsoft Word Templates

Many people know about Microsoft Word. In fact, it has become effectively synonymous with word processing nowadays. However, fewer likely know about the templates that Microsoft Word offers, and how they can be customized to your particular needs and preferences. This week, our tip is committed to fixing that.

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Shadow IT Is a Problem, or Is It?

Shadow IT Is a Problem, or Is It?

There has been a lot made about business network security over the past couple of years. One variable you often hear about is the danger that businesses face from the prevalence of employee-downloaded software on their network. This is what we call Shadow IT, and it can be a real problem. Conversely, under the right circumstances it can be a clear benefit too. Today, we’ll take a look at Shadow IT.

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How Can Customer Relationship Management Elevate Your Business?

How Can Customer Relationship Management Elevate Your Business?

Businesses deal in relationships. They have to create a relationship with their clients and customers to keep them coming in the door, whether they are serving other business needs or consumer ones. Of course, it can be hard enough to manage all of the relationships in one’s personal life… how can one possibly add business relationships into the mix?

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Patching in Cloud-Hosted Software

Patching in Cloud-Hosted Software

Ever since it started to be looked on as a reliable computing option for businesses, cloud computing has been exceedingly popular. Businesses and individuals use cloud computing platforms for their infrastructure needs, their application deployment, their file sharing and storage, and for redundancy to protect their business, but have you ever wondered how the cloud platforms themselves are kept up to date? Today, we will look into it. 

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Tip of the Week: Managing Your Project Starts With You

Tip of the Week: Managing Your Project Starts With You

Project management is key to the success of all businesses. Luckily, there are great software options that can do a lot for you, if used correctly. Today, we look at project management and share tips to help make sure you are using the software correctly, further organizing your business and success of projects. 

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Make Sure You Are Using Supported Software

Make Sure You Are Using Supported Software

Any organization that is running unpatched versions of older Windows operating systems is playing with fire… period. Therefore, it’s your prerogative to make sure you’re adequately protecting your business’ data, and one of the most important ways you can do this is by ensuring your infrastructure is properly maintained.

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Microsoft Pulling the Plug on Support for Key OS Titles

Microsoft Pulling the Plug on Support for Key OS Titles

Microsoft’s place as one of the forefathers of modern computing is solidified, and one reason is that most PCs in the world run Microsoft Windows OS. In fact, some figures have reported that the number of Windows run PCs compared with other OS’s to be about 9-to-1. With that many computers relying on Windows OS, the software giant has made a habit of updating their offerings with the capabilities of the hardware produced to run this OS. As a result, they can’t support older software titles forever. It just so happens that two of the most utilized operating systems Microsoft has ever created are approaching their end of life date. They are Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Tip of the Week: Embrace the Right Software for Your Business

Tip of the Week: Embrace the Right Software for Your Business

It is not unusual for the business that has been in business for a while to have used a number of software titles that either are completely ineffective, or are known to be security risks. The use of cheap, or free, software is prevalent among individuals and organizations that don’t realize that it pays to have a software strategy in place. For this week’s tip, we’ll talk about software and how something so crucial to the success or failure of a business needs to be taken seriously.

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Learning Coding is Simple with the Right Resources

Learning Coding is Simple with the Right Resources

Regardless of whether or not you handle this facet of your business for yourself, the knowledge of how to code is becoming increasingly useful - and there are more and more resources available to help you gain this knowledge. Below, we review some that you may consider leveraging to improve some of your skills.

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Intro to Your Tech: Software as a Service

Intro to Your Tech: Software as a Service

The public cloud is a massive industry with around $150 billion in annual revenues. Nearly half of that revenue is tied up in software as a service which has grown by about 20 percent a year for the past five years, and now makes up for over a third of all applications used in the world. Today, we will take a look at software as a service (SaaS) and why you should consider it, if you don’t use it already.

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Who’s Responsible for Patches? Everyone!

Who’s Responsible for Patches? Everyone!

Applications and software solutions can be difficult to manage for some businesses. If you don’t have a dedicated IT department that is responsible for deploying patches and security updates, it’s not out of the ordinary to have software that’s not running the latest versions or updates. This presents a major problem in the form of security issues.

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Tip of the Week: 7 Useful Google Chrome Extensions

Tip of the Week: 7 Useful Google Chrome Extensions

There’s a reason that Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. First introduced to the market in 2008, Chrome’s global market share is nearly 60% and climbing. One of the factors that make Chrome so popular is the ability to add ‘extensions’ to the browser. Primarily developed to enhance user experience through improved functionality or additional features, extensions are small applications that can be added to the browser's tool bar. To continuously create extensions that keep up with the needs of users, Chrome is “free and open source” software. Open source means that Google releases the browser’s source code to developers who are free to use it to develop extensions.

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Make Sure Your Software Is Licensed, Or The BSA May Come Knocking

Make Sure Your Software Is Licensed, Or The BSA May Come Knocking

Despite what some songs say, the best things in life aren’t always free. Take, for instance, your software. If you or one of your employees find and download a “free” version of some business-critical application instead of properly purchasing a license, you risk catching the eye of the BSA.

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Tip of the Week: Five Programs No User Should Be Without

Tip of the Week: Five Programs No User Should Be Without

There are countless applications and programs available for your business’ workstations, but do you know which ones you absolutely shouldn’t be without? You’ll want to make sure that you have the following programs installed on your business’s workstations. Doing so can drastically improve productivity and efficiency.

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The Top 4 Technology Issues Every Business Must Plan For

The Top 4 Technology Issues Every Business Must Plan For

Managing a business is difficult enough without technology issues getting in the way of operations. Therefore, when an issue does pop up in a company’s IT, it can be a very frustrating experience for everyone involved. Here are a few common issues that have been known to trip up businesses more than they should.

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Tip of the Week: How to Get Rid of These Windows 10 Apps that are Bad for Business

Tip of the Week: How to Get Rid of These Windows 10 Apps that are Bad for Business

Windows 10 sure does come with plenty of helpful, pre-installed apps. However, the OS also comes with its share of useless apps that most working professionals have no need for, and will likely never open. What are these useless Windows 10 apps and how can you get rid of them?


If you’re using your device for business purposes only, here are a few of the apps you’ll likely want off your PC.

Xbox
The Xbox app is a nice attempt by Microsoft at platform congruence by connecting the Xbox gaming experience with user PCs, mobile devices, and social networks. While fans of Xbox might get a kick out of the app, the vast majority of business owners probably don’t want to pay their employees to play videos and check in on their high scores.

Office Hub
This app was originally bundled with Windows 10 as Get Office. Recently, Microsoft changed the app to Office Hub. The move to upgrade Get Office shows that Microsoft may have bigger plans for this app, but for now all you can really do with it is view recent documents, open Office apps, and get support from Microsoft. So really, it’s not very useful if you already use Microsoft Office, and even less so if you don’t.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Microsoft has been bundling Windows with solitaire for as long as we can remember. Keeping with this tradition, Windows 10 comes with the Solitaire Collection app, which includes the solitaire game, along with other games, and online access to even more games. Essentially, most business owners frown on employees playing games on company time, so removing the Solitaire Collection app may be in your company’s best interest.

Various Bing Apps: Finance, News, Sports, Weather
Okay Microsoft. We get it. You want everybody to use Bing. Unless you’re an avid fan of Bing, you likely already have a favorite source to get your finance, news, sports, and weather information. If this is the case, then these Bing apps are fairly useless and you may want to remove them.

Use PowerShell to Remove These Useless Apps
Microsoft has pre-installed these apps for a reason, and they don’t want to make it easy for you to remove them. To give you an idea of Microsoft’s intentions, consider the fact that you can’t uninstall these apps with a simple right click, and (in a break with past versions of Windows) the Windows 10 Uninstall menu item is purposely missing. However, just because Microsoft makes it harder to uninstall their pre-installed apps, doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.

Note: When removing these apps and other pre-installed apps, be sure to carefully research the ramifications of removing them since some apps are deeply integrated with Windows 10 and may therefore negatively affect the overall performance of your OS. For example, even if you don’t like Cortana, you shouldn’t remove it (and good luck turning it off).

To uninstall these apps, you have to use PowerShell. To open Windows PowerShell, type powershell in the Cortana search box and right-click the first result in the list. This will allow you to run the PowerShell app as administrator.

Next, to remove the Xbox app, at the PS prompt type (or copy and paste) the command Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage and then press Enter.

This will remove the Xbox app. Upon exiting PowerShell and returning to the Start Menu, you should no longer see the Xbox app displayed.

To use PowerShell to remove the other apps mentioned above, use the following commands:

  • Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage

Use the Start Menu and Settings Menu to Uninstall Other Apps in Windows 10
Of course, what makes the apps so difficult to uninstall is that they come pre-installed with Windows 10. Apps that don’t come pre-installed can be uninstalled more easily by using the Windows 10 Start Menu and Settings Menu.

With these apps gone, you’ll have space freed up on your hard drive, and a PC that’s less cluttered. For more tips on how to improve the efficiency of your computer, be sure to subscribe to Seattle PC Consulting’s blog!

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