Tech Thursday (3/29): Intermedia Now Offering Office 365, Adobe FormsCentral and PayPal Makes Dollars and Sense, Sprint and DIDMO Bring Magmito App Creation Tool, RIM Introduces BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for PlayBook Tablet

Intermedia Now Offering Microsoft Office 365

 

Adobe FormsCentral and PayPal Makes Dollars and Sense

 

Sprint and DIDMO Bring Magmito App Creation Tool

 

RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

 

Cloud Services Provider Intermedia Now Offering Microsoft Office 365

 

– Baseline Microsoft Service Integrated with Intermedia’s 24/7 Support, Migration Assistance, Business-Critical Features and Proprietary Cloud Services – 

 

New York, NY – Intermedia, a global leader in cloud services and the largest Microsoft Exchange hosting provider, today announced it is now offering a Microsoft Office 365 plan to its direct customers and advisor resellers. The Office 365 plan is in addition to Intermedia’s Office in the Cloud™ suite of plans. Trusted by 50,000 small and medium-sized businesses and well over 400,000 premium users, Intermedia’s Office in the Cloud combines popular Microsoft services such as hosted Exchange 2010, Lync and SharePoint 2010 with Intermedia’s management tools and other cloud services including security, backup, mobility, voice and more. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Intermedia is among only a few organizations offering an Office 365 plan, which is geared towards customers looking for an integrated suite of cloud services that includes Microsoft Office and Office Web Apps.

Delivered over the Internet from Microsoft’s datacenters, Intermedia’s Office 365 includes:

  • Microsoft Exchange Online: Email, calendar and contacts.
  • Microsoft Lync Online: Secure, business grade instant messaging and audio and video conferencing.
  • Microsoft SharePoint Online: Centralized document and information sharing.
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus: The latest versions of familiar Office applications – Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft OneNote.
  • Microsoft Office Web Apps: Online companions to Office applications allow users to access, view and edit documents directly from their web browser.
  • Intermedia’s white-glove 24×7 support, complimentary migration to the cloud, innovative and easy-to-use control panels.
  • Intermedia’s growing suite of proprietary cloud services including: PC Backup, Fax via Email and SpamStopper Pro.
  • Customer are able to add on Intermedia cloud services such as Encrypted Email, Hosted PBX and Conference Bridges for a more robust unified communications offering.

 “With Intermedia’s Office in the Cloud suite of plans, and now Office 365, we offer businesses a number of choices so they have the cloud service solution best tailored to their needs,” says Michael Gold, president, Intermedia. “We’re excited to combine Microsoft’s Office 365 with Intermedia’s value-added, proprietary cloud services and support in order to help businesses realize the cost-effectiveness and power of cloud computing. Businesses that demand the highest level of customer service, reliability, security and control choose Intermedia. Whether they run their business on one of our Office in the Cloud plans or Office 365 from Intermedia, they have 24×7 phone access to our unparalleled expert and highly responsive support team.”

Businesses set up and manage Office 365 using Intermedia’s HostPilot® Control Panel – an intuitive control panel that enables administration to be delegated to non-technical staff. All Intermedia services are managed through HostPilot, giving businesses access to best-of-breed cloud services, but sparing them from having to use multiple control panels or pay multiple bills.

For customers interested in a fully integrated suite of cloud communications and collaboration services, Intermedia offers its Office in the Cloud bundles. Office in the Cloud combines Exchange 2010, hosted Lync and SharePoint 2010 with proprietary solutions from Intermedia for backup, compliance, mobility, voice, and more. Intermedia is recognized as the premium support provider, with an average phone response time of less than one minute and an intuitive HostPilot® Control Panel that even non-technical staff can manage. The company’s Cloud Concierge™ team assures Office in the Cloud customers have a secure migration to the cloud. Hosted Exchange 2010 is backed by a 99.999% uptime service level agreement and secure infrastructure spanning seven datacenters.

 

Adobe FormsCentral and PayPal Makes Dollars and Sense

 

Since the launch of Adobe FormsCentral just over a year ago, we’ve worked to expand the service with compelling options while staying true to one simple goal—making it as easy as possible to create, distribute, and collect information with features that help our customers improve their business results.

Today, with the addition of PayPal’s Express Checkout to FormsCentral, adding a payment field to forms is a snap.  Express Checkout accepts payments from a variety of popular choices:

  • PayPal
  • Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express)

Whether you are creating a new form or modifying an existing one, PayPal Express Checkout makes sense for multiple business and organizational uses.  For example, event organizers can collect registration information and let attendees pay for a conference or workshop sessions in one stop.

In addition:

  • Non-profit organizations can create donation forms to collect money from their supporters.
  • Freelancers or small businesses can create intake forms and collect a deposit or upfront payment from clients.
  • Clubs and associations can collect new or renewal membership fees.
  • Authors can sell and renew subscriptions to newsletters, articles, or other documents.
  • And much more!

Ease of use remains key—just like the other features in FormsCentral, you don’t need to know HTML or hire an expensive Web designer to create an online store to process a payment. FormsCentral and PayPal do all the work.  And, all of the data you collect via the form and purchase information is stored in a single, secure place.

So what do you need to get started?

Just upgrade or subscribe to a paid account of FormsCentral and use your PayPal Premier or Business Account. We provide a link to the PayPal website so you can create an account if you don’t already have one.

You can also watch this video to see how easy it is to add payment fields to your forms.

 

Sprint and DIDMO Bring Magmito App Creation Tool To Millions of SMB Subscribers

 

– Small businesses can now create cross-platform mobile apps to engage customers-

 

Stockholm, Sweden– DIDMO, architect of award-winning Magmito, the cross-platform mobile application creatortoday announced that Sprint Nextel  (NYSE:S), the mobile carrier with 53 million U.S. wireless subscribers, has introduced Magmito for Business, featured in Sprint’s Biz360 program for small and mid-size businesses. Now available, the Magmito for Business Web-based platform gives Sprint customers a simple way to create and promote rich and engaging mobile apps that work on virtually every handheld, including feature phones. With prices starting at $9.99, Sprint SMB subscribers can access the tool at http://sprint.magmito.biz

“Sprint’s launch of the Magmito for Business app creation platform speaks to the growth of the do-it-yourself developer category and the small and medium-sized business need for mobile tools direct from the carrier,” explained DIDMO’s CEO Ted Iannuzzi. “Magmito was invented to support those audiences. With a low price and reach to feature phones and smartphones, Sprint and DIDMO give businesses the simplest way to date to get in the mobile marketing game,” Iannuzzi added.

A Sprint SMB subscriber can create an app in minutes to promote a conference; create a retail promo; support a real estate listing; explain new product features; train salespeople, and more. Best of all, programming knowledge is not required. Apps may include text, images, video, maps, RSS feeds, feedback forms and click-to-call. Once ready to publish, users select from several distribution options suited to the needs of small businesses, such as auto-generated QR code, social media add-on, select app stores, or email. Magmito For Business apps can be purchased in a one-year subscription for $99.99. 

“With a new study proving how small businesses save nearly $18 billion in employee hours with the help of mobile apps, it is the perfect time for Sprint to provide our subscribers with an easy-to-use platform to create their own apps through our Biz360 offering,” said Jaime Jones, Sprint senior vice president. “Sprint prides itself on providing customers with the widest variety of mobile phones to meet ever-changing needs and Magmito’s ‘Develop Once, Publish Anywhere’ methodology ensures this reach to both smart and feature phones.” 

Unlike other solutions of its kind, Magmito’s system uniquely delivers the optimal viewing experience for each phone type via native app and/or Web app. With Magmito for Business, a small company has broader reach than even its larger competitors that create content solely for smartphones. “The growth in mobile marketing can be compared to the Internet over a decade ago,” said DIDMO’s vice president of business development, Angelo Biasi. “Now power begins to pass from big brands and budgets into the hands of small businesses with platforms like Magmito and partnerships with forward-thinking carriers, who are breaking down barriers to entry.” 

Magmito for Business, available from Sprint, is found at http://sprint.magmito.biz and will be marketed to subscribers as part of its Sprint Biz360 program.

 

RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

 

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Mini Keyboard™, a new accessory for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.

The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is ultra-portable and comes complete with a stylish convertible case that doubles as a stand for the tablet.  In addition to a full QWERTY keyboard, it offers an integrated touchpad that allows users to navigate and control the BlackBerry PlayBook as easily as using the touch screen on the tablet itself. When the keyboard is active, the PlayBook tablet’s virtual keyboard remains hidden, freeing up 100% of the display for the task at hand.

“Whether you’re typing email, creating documents, surfing the web or using other apps, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard and its integrated carrying case is an ideal accessory,” said James Poulton, Director, Advanced Accessories.

  • Powerful Multi-touch Control – The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard comes equipped with a touchpad that supports BlackBerry PlayBook gestures. The touchpad also offers additional gestures similar to the standard mouse and touchpad controls on a laptop, including a single tap to simulate a mouse click, a two finger tap to right-click, and a two-finger up or down swipe to scroll vertically.

  • Ultimate Portability – The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is ultra-portable and lightweight, measuring less than 6mm thick.

  • Security – The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard connects to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet via Bluetooth®, and features 128-bit encryption to keep the data passed between keyboard and tablet secure.

  • Powered and Ready When You Need It – The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard conveniently uses the micro-USB charger that comes with the BlackBerry PlayBook (one less charger to carry), and the keyboard battery lasts up to 30 days on a full charge.

  • Third Party App Support – The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is a great productivity enhancer. It works with the new BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 Messages, Contacts and Calendar apps as well as Documents To Go, and provides an optimal user experience for third party apps such as Citrix Receiver, which allows users to remotely access their Windows desktop and apps from the tablet.

Availability
The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is now available for pre-order internationally at www.shopblackberry.com for US$119.99. In Canada, it is also available for pre-order exclusively at The Source – www.thesource.ca.

You can view a demo video of the new product here.


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Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (www.virtasktic.com), an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.

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