6. Verizon looks to expand 5G home broadband offering
Verizon’s CFO says it plans to target a broader audience for its new 5G home broadband product following the adoption of global standards for the technology. As a result, the wireless carrier recently launched 5G home broadband in Houston, L.A., Indianapolis, and Sacramento, California, providing high-speed connections without having to lay cable, and it will offer 5G-enabled handsets in the first half of 2019. The company expects to get 30 million households connected in the next few years. (Source:
U.S. News & World Report
Why this is important for your firm and your clients:Verizon is expanding 5G commercially and for residential use – both affect your business because you’ve got people (I’m sure) working both from home and in the office. 5G connections will bring faster speeds, shorter data delays and faster data connections for you and your workers. It will enable web-based technologies, like Internet of Things devices, artificial intelligence, robotics and augmented reality tools to work faster and more seamlessly.
7. Microsoft’s strategy: Force enterprises to buy every traditional Office upgrade
In a new round of support policy changes, Microsoft can now stop enterprises that use workarounds to cut costs when they license MS Office Suite. The company changed the end-of-support for Office 2016’s right to connect to cloud-based services as it rolled out Office 2019. According to a Microsoft announcement, organizations that want to run the traditional version of Office with Office 365 will need to license every version without skipping, ensuring the company a continuous revenue stream for Office. (Source:
Why this is important for your firm and your clients:Here’s the bottom line: if you or your people are using an older, on-premise version of Office and you’ve been connecting to cloud-based features like OneDrive or Skype, then you’re probably not going to be able to do this in the very near future unless you upgrade to an Office 365 license. You better talk to Microsoft or your tech firm about your licensing options for 2019.
8. Find out if your old Apple devices qualify for repair
Apple has announced it will launch a Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot program that could extend a product’s eligibility for repairs from five years to seven years (see the current
vintage and obsolete products
page on its website). Included now are the
and mid-2012 MacBook Air models, and additional models such as the iPhone 4S and MacBook Pro will be added to the eligible vintage repair list on November 30, followed by MacBook Pro models from 2012 and 2013 on December 30. (Source:
Why this is important for your firm and your clients:If I hear any complaint about Apple products, it’s almost always about cost. Yes, they’re great, but they’re expensive. That’s why this program seems like an excellent idea, particularly for small businesses on a budget. Squeezing a few more years of life out of a MacBook or iPhone may be way more cost-effective than replacing them.