Week in brief August 28 2012

Category: News

All the smaller – and occasionally weird, wild, bizarre or hilarious – business-related news to emerge this week from Australia and across the globe.

Facebook has recently redesigned its small business site, which is now available in English, German, Spanish, French, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish and Chinese. Facebook says the redesign aims to better help SMEs business owners reach more customers and grow their business. The redesign’s goal is to provide even more in-depth tips, tools and tutorials for SMEs on Facebook and updated content on the site now includes the latest information on product launches, advertiser best practice guides, success stories, and more. Check it out here. facebook_logoLG

www.zdnet.com reports that Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 Essentials, its small/mid-size business server, will be released by year’s end. Windows Server 2012 Essentials is Microsoft's intended replacement for Windows Small Business Server and Windows Home Server and is a hybrid on-premises/cloud server that will have a 25-user limit.

Despite the Poms running rather rampant at the London Olympics, as was expected, research by RSM Tenon – and reported on www.thisisnottingham.co.uk – indicates that most SME owners, in the East Midlands at least, don't think that the Games will have any positive lasting impact. Says RSM Tenon, “Only one per cent of businesses in the region said they think the Olympics will have a positive long-term impact on them. This is seriously outweighed by 80 per cent that said it will have no long-term impact on them, and 14 per cent that said it will have a long-term negative impact. It was always going to be difficult for SMEs to know if the Olympics would produce any lasting effect…we're still hoping for a boost to tourism and overseas investment.” What’s that they say about Poms and whinging…

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