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Why Free Payroll Software Probably Isn’t Right For Your Business

It costs nothing, but you get what you paid for


For businesses on a limited budget, the idea of using free payroll software might seem appealing. It is, after all one less thing to pay for. But there are some good reasons why you might not want to, and why Opera 3 Payroll would be a better fit.

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Windows 7 And Windows Server 2008 Reach End Of Life In Less Than A Week

What should businesses do to make sure they're covered?


In less than a week, on Tuesday 14th January 2020, Microsoft will end extended support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Beyond this point, it will no longer issue security updates for any of these operating systems, having already stopped introducing new features when mainstream support ended.

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3 Telltale Signs Your Legacy Systems Need To Be Replaced

Over the years, a business and its key operations may become reliant on ageing hardware and software systems. Known as legacy systems, the time comes when these systems' operational value is outweighed by the challenges of keeping them running optimally. Many businesses face this situation, including large organisations.

Decision-makers can be reluctant to change legacy systems for many reasons. These include cost and disruption to operations, particularly when a system performs a function that is bespoke to the organisation. Yet the risks involved in continuing to use legacy systems are considerable. Look out for the following indicators, which are warning signals that the time has come to replace them.

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19 Great Windows Key Shortcuts (Plus A Couple Of Not-So-Great Ones)

It’s not just a key you accidentally press sometimes.


If you ever want evidence of how much Microsoft Windows has become part of everyday life, just look down at your PC keyboard. Unless you’re using a Mac, you’ll find Windows has its very own key. How many other operating systems can say that?

But the Windows key is also somewhat misunderstood. Some regard it as an annoyance, a key that, when accidentally pressed, opens the Start menu no matter what the user is already doing. And opening the Start menu is probably the entirety of what most people use the Windows key for.

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It's National Coding Week 2019!

What better time to learn to code?


Today marks the start of National Coding Week 2019. Every year, the National Coding Week organisation promotes the importance of digital skills in the workplace, working with businesses, schools and libraries on events throughout the UK.

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Are Your IT Solutions Too Complex?

Simplification can be helpful, but only if you do it right.


IT is complex – there’s simply no getting away from that. But just how complex it needs to be is another matter entirely. Far too often, businesses have IT solutions that are badly in need of simplification, but because they don’t realise this fact, they struggle on with what they have. So what’s the solution?

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Do You Need An Electronic Document Management System?

Why deal with hard copies if you don't have to?


Do you ever find your desk at work buried under bits of paper? Maybe a pile of customer orders here, a heap of invoices there – and more than a smattering of timesheets to deal with. Not only is it messy and terrible for the environment, it also makes finding anything a nightmare. So how do you solve the problem? With an electronic document management (EDM) system.

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5 Cool Technologies That Never Took Off

Sometimes, an interesting idea just isn’t enough


The graveyard of history is littered with technology products that failed because they were awful. Like the Nintendo Virtual Boy, an early virtual reality console with terrible graphics and a tendency to give users headaches. Or the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, with its tendency to explode and catch fire.

But not all failed tech products are bad. In fact, they can actually be pretty cool but, for one reason or another, they just don’t make it. Here, we tip our hats to five technologies and products

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Should You Use Open-Source Software For Business?

Why saving a few quid on software might not be such a good idea.


Using open-source software for business purposes can seem like a good idea for one simple reason: it’s usually free. When you’re trying to keep down expenses and boost margins, a saving of hundreds or even thousands of pounds can be hard to ignore. But like most things in life, it’s a bit more complicated than that…

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Why Opera 3 On Subscription Could Be Perfect For Your Business

Should you buy Opera 3 outright or pay monthly?


Pegasus Opera 3 is not only a powerful software solution for business; it’s also extremely flexible. It’s modular, it can be customised with add-ons, and it can be paid for in a variety of ways, including a one-off payment or instalments. If neither of those are right for you, though, then you might be better off with Opera 3 on subscription.

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