Ask CyberGuru: What is the difference between the desktop and web versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint?

Ask CyberGuru: What is the difference between the desktop and web versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint?

Ask CyberGuru

In this month’s Ask CyberGuru, we are asked, “What is the difference between the desktop and web versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint?”.

Whilst Microsoft includes the desktop version of Office as part of both Office 2016 and most editions of Microsoft Office 365, if you are looking for an alternative, the web version may be a possible solution.

The web versions allow you to create documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and to save them in OneDrive. You can access these documents any time you wish to on practically any device and your work is saved automatically. You can also share and edit documents in real-time with others and they can see the changes you are making.

The web version is free if you have a Microsoft Account, although functionality is somewhat limited. Having an Office 365 licence gives you greater functionality and the feature set in the online versions is improving on a regular basis. However if you want the full functionality you have come to expect from Microsoft then the desktop versions of Office 2016 and Office 365 remain your best option.

If you need help with Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2016 products, please contact us.

Considerations when starting a new business: Protecting your business name

Considerations when starting a new business: Protecting your business name

Considerations when starting a new business

I often speak to people who are thinking of starting their own business. When I speak to them, they are usually in the early stages of identifying their goals, purpose and objectives. They are still working out what they want to do, and how to progress forward.

From the starting point, it is worthwhile considering ensuring your protect your business name. First task is your register your business name, which is performed through ASIC. Secondly, is the trademark, which is applied through IP Australia. Both websites offer the ability to search and register/apply online.

Once you have done this, it is worthwhile then securing your domain name and website hosting. This can be done through ourselves, CyberGuru. You can then look at establishing a presence online or at least a single page providing your contact details and a brief description of your business.

If you are Queensland-based Business, I would suggest looking at the Small Business Digital Grants and Small Business Entrepreneur Grants to help finance your project.

Also, both Queensland and Australian Governments have “one stop shop” portals for small businesses to find more information about starting and running a business. The Business.gov.au Business Queensland websites are valuable places to bookmark in your internet browser.

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru, Chris Jeffery, is an Advisor with the Australian Small Business Advisory Service, and an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion. If there’s any way he or CyberGuru can assist your business, please contact us.

Spring clean your smart phone and tablet

Spring clean your smart phone and tablet

Spring clean your smart phone and tablet

When was the last time your smart phone and tablet device received a spring clean? If it is starting to get a little slow then perhaps these tips will help.

Backup your photos and files

When was your last time you backed up? One of the most popular uses of phones these days is to store your important memories, however it shouldn’t be the only place you have them. Backup your photos and files up using either a cloud-storage location, such as OneDrive, Dropbox or iCloud, or better yet save them onto your computer as well. The more locations which you have the photos and files saved means that you have a better chance of having them back in case they are accidently lost. It may be also worthwhile obtaining a memory card to save these onto if you are using your device’s memory. This can help you increase space on your device and improve the speed.

Remove unnecessary apps

Do you still have the original Crazy Birds on your smart phone or tablet? Do you have multiple apps that serve the same purpose? Are there apps you have installed but actually got around to using? It is likely you haven’t used it in some time. If you are looking to reclaim some valuable memory, then remove any apps that you haven’t used for over six months. They can be redownloaded from your chosen app store should you wish to revisit it down the track. That way you can download the newer apps onto your phone.

Improve your device’s security

How often do you check for updates? If you haven’t done so for a while, it would be worthwhile checking whether your smart phone or tablet needs updating. Like computers, operating system and apps to the latest version can improve their reliability and performance. You may even find that there are new features! You may also wish to change your password/PIN and consider installing an internet security software.

When was your last device checked up? CyberGuru can assist you in performing spring cleaning of your smart phone or tablet. If you haven’t already done so, it would be beneficial to also spring clean your computer and website as well. If we can be of assistance, please contact us.