Windows 11 introduces new features… and other small business tech news this week


Here are five things in tech that happened in the past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1: Windows 11 is rolling out a new wave of features.

Microsoft is releasing new features for Windows 11 as part of the company’s “continuous innovation” model. Features, which will be introduced via Release Preview, include a new nearby sharing option for devices, taskbar overflow, Suggested Actions, and File Explorer. The first feature will begin rolling out to Windows 11 users in October and to additional users in November. (Source: ZDNet)

Why this is important for your business:

Did you know that Windows 11 has been out for a year? For me, and my business, there is no compelling reason to force an upgrade on my staff, even with these new features. Most of us use Windows 10 with no problem, as long as Microsoft stays up to date with updated security releases. But, sure as death and taxes, we will eventually be in the world of Windows 11. However, I wouldn’t worry about switching to Windows 11 until it’s time to replace the hardware. Anyway, you will have no choice.

2— Jotform Sign is launched as a new automated player in the electronic signature space.

Leading online forms SaaS solution Jotform recently launched a new eSignature product with automation features. The new product, called Jotform Sign, allows businesses to easily send documents with less setup time than traditional options. Jotform Sign uses automation features like helpful integrations, unlimited customization options, and advanced field detection. (Source: PRNewsWire)

Why this is important for your business:

There are a lot of players in the document signing space, but I like what Jotform offers for several reasons. For starters, it is more affordable given the features it offers compared to its competitors. I like the ease of use of Jotform. I like how simple it is to set up custom forms with automation and integration with existing applications. There’s a reason so many of my clients already use Jotform to capture data from their websites: It’s a very easy-to-use platform that makes sense for many small businesses.

3: A laid-off IT administrator crippled his former employer’s network using old credentials.

An IT systems administrator recently caused a major disruption to his former employer’s operations. The Hawaii-based financial company terminated Casey K. Umetsu’s contract in 2019 after 3 years of working there. Umetsu then used old credentials to access settings on the company’s website and make changes that caused several days of outage. He said that he did this in an effort to convince the company to rehire him for a higher salary. (Source: Bleeping Computer)

Why this is important for your business:

Doesn’t this story make you wonder? He made me wonder. Who, in 2022, fires an employee, no less than someone from the IT department, without taking the necessary steps to completely remove that employee’s access to systems? If you plan to fire someone, be sure to plan ahead and make sure that employee doesn’t have access to your data.

4 – Here are 19 Google Advanced Search Operators you need to know.

Digital marketing and advertising technology website Search Engine Land recently highlighted 19 advanced Google search operators that will help business owners gain valuable insights to help inform marketing efforts. Some of the operators include site, cache, related, “inanchor” and “allinanchor”. You can see the full list and descriptions here. (Source: Search Engine Land)

Why this is important for your business:

This is one of those articles that will come in handy when you need to perform a specific search on Google and don’t get the results you need. Bookmark it and share it with your employees. I did.

5— The innovative AI platform Buildots has been named ‘Building Software of the Year’.

The Buildots construction software platform was recently named “Construction Software of the Year” at the prestigious London Construction Awards. Buildots uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to dramatically improve construction efficiency. (Source: PRNewsWire)

Why this is important for your business:

Some of the exciting features include a 360° helmet-mounted camera to collect data that helps teams make critical decisions, a consolidated dashboard of critical information, and scheduling and automation tools. It is a good platform that deserves consideration if you are in the construction business.


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