Newsletter 2011.06

Welcome to the METHOD IT Newsletter for June 2011

Promotional Web Apps for iPad

Apple’s iPad2 is the perfect portable tool for sales and marketing staff out in the field. Presentations and interactive brochures can be operated by you or your customers with simple touchscreen gestures.
Did you know that it is possible to create such custom applications in HTML5 without having to go through the App Store?

Try it out now: Go to the METHOD IT Homepage on your iPad, touch the arrow-in-a-box icon in the Safari toolbar and select ‘Add to Home Screen’. Done!

MS SharePoint Intranet Solutions

Microsoft’s feature-rich and incredibly powerful SharePoint 2010 is fast gaining popularity among our clients as an office intranet solution. Its web-based interface works across all major browsers and operating systems, even Smartphones.

Global Content Management

METHOD IT has recently been contracted to provide Content Management solutions for the Asia-Pacific region websites of a multinational company. Let us take the stress out of managing content and campaigns across multiple sites and languages by acting as the ‘gatekeeper’ for your global websites and web-based applications.

Tips & Tricks

Social Media Dashboard

Trying to promote your business through Social Networks but finding the whole process of keeping them up-to-date too time consuming?

‘HootSuite’ gives you centralized access to all your accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. in an easy to use web interface.
One message can be posted instantly to all accounts and scheduling makes it simple to stock up a week’s worth of posts in advance.

We’re particularly fond of the free app version for iPhone, iPad and Android.

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Outlook 2010

Keyboard shortcuts are one of those things people know exist, but then still fall back on using the mouse. Just a few minutes spent learning some shortcuts for common tasks in Outlook 2010 could speed up your daily workflow immensely.

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News from the Web

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Apple WWDC 2011 Keynote

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 was held from June 6th-10th in San Francisco. Announcements made in the keynote include the launch of iCloud, iOS5 and Mac OSX Lion later this year. iCloud will offer a free 5GB worth of storage for iTunes, email,calendar and contacts data and push it to all your devices, keeping everything in sync. iOS5 looks set to address many of the common complaints customers have had when using their iPhone or iPad.

Windows 8 Interface Preview

Earlier this month Microsoft released an incredible preview video of the revamped interface planned for Windows 8. Interesting to note that the look-and-feel is influenced by Windows Phone 7, similar to the way Apple is adding iOS features to Mac OSX Lion.
Both systems demonstrate how mobile usability conventions are now being ported to the PC, signaling greater adoption of touch-based interfaces and the end of the desktop file system.

Google Apps Upgrade and Browser Support

It was announced last month that Google Apps customers will soon gain access to a wider range of applications beyond the regular communication and document collaboration tools. The transition to this new service is due to be completed the week of June 16th.
Google Apps have also updated their browser support policy. From August 1st applications will only support the current and prior versions of IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

LinkedIn IPO

LinkedIn, the business Social Networking site with over 100 million users across 200 territories, traded its first shares on May 19th under the NYSE symbol ‘LNKD’.