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Microsoft Surface RT, a surface of windows?

Well I finally got a deep dive on a Windows RT Surface device (with a Red keyboard!) and at first it had quite a bit going for it. I understand there is a lot more RAM than an iPad (2 Gig vs 512 Meg) and the "Metro" interface was a lot happier than on the Windows Phone 7. I agree that Metro seems a solution for a problem no one was having but with touch it makes some sense.


Opening a legal Word document and seeing it properly rendered was fantastic, and this alone could be a killer feature.

But after the first flush of working with a very Windows like experience and an IE like Web I struck my first major issue. Using a common security authentication I could not log on as I got IE errors. You cant run the ActiveX controls etc as this is not Windows per-se.

Most tellingly (I feel vindicated for my pronouncement of its death!)  a really cool Micsosoft BI Site we worked on with Silverlight did not work. Thats right no Silverlight support!

One of the annoyances with Windows Phone is that even if you have an SD slot you cant see it! I am sorry to report the same applied to the Surface, I could not see any use for the card yet. It was invisible. I am happy to be corrected.

Lastly the price + a keyboard is over 650 / 750 dollars. This starts to look scarily close to the price of the ulralight notebooks we have been buying.  

So please can someone help me to understand the compelling business proposition ? The iPad mini seems simple but more useful for half the dollars. It will also run iTimeKeep, RoamBI, Citrix Reciever, RDP and all my other must haves.

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Shopify and WooCommerce gain eCommerce market share

According to BuiltWith a site measuring the top web sites and the technology used behind it the results for August show Shopify building to a 19% share of "Australian" eCommerce sites. There are a few holes here though as this uses geographical data and .au  domains. It is cheaper to use a .com domain though and many sites are hosted on remote servers. BigCommerce also saw some local growth with some better pricing and more attention to new sites. This came at the expense of old systems like osCommerce and ZenCart. The "Other" space has grown which includes Neto.

Statistics for websites using Ecommerce technologies in Australia
https://trends.builtwith.com/shop/country/Australia

When looking globally at the top Million sites Shopify is dwarfed by WooCommerce. As we have pointed out WooCommerce is used by a very large number of sites, it may not be as successful but it gives a shopfront at little cost.

The global strength of WooCommerce was through a mass of smaller…

Smarter eCommerce mailouts - Opening up Retail Express to Mailchimp

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Currently the sources used for email marketing include Shopify, Retail Express MailChimp, other mail applications such as Outlook groups and CRM systems like Insightly. Would it be nice to have ONE list?

·Seamless and Simple without end user intervention
The Translator for MailChimp means one centralised mailing list, providing centralized reporting and results. We can run tight campaigns and then report and measure the success of the campaign. Both with clicks and reads AND sales.

This is all done using the categories that you understand and value.


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