Google Hangouts is shutting down in November…and more tech news for small businesses this week

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Here are five tech events that happened in the past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 —Google Hangouts is closing in November.

Google announced last week that anyone using the Hangouts app would soon be moved to chat. Those using Hangouts on the web through Gmail will need to switch to Chat later this month. Hangouts – however – will continue to work on the desktop site through November, and Google plans to give those users advance notice before they need to make the switch. Google shut down Google Hangouts for Workspace users earlier this year. (Source: The edge)

Why it matters to your business:

I don’t see this as a highly disruptive event. There are a lot of warnings up front and from what I can tell the chat redirect from Hangouts is pretty seamless.

2 — The best job search apps are reaching all-time highs.

According to the most recent data from Apptopia, the seven major job search engines have all seen an increase in usage rates since March. On average, the number of daily active users over the past month has increased by more than half (57%) year over year. According to the study, the top three job search apps are ZipRecruiter, LinkedIn and Indeed, with ZipRecruiter seeing a 37% increase in daily active users this year. (Source: computer world)

Why it matters to your business:

Guess with 11 million unfilled jobs, that shouldn’t be such a surprise. The big quit continues and employees continue to take advantage of job search platforms to check out what’s out there. For you, as an employer, you should also rely on a few of the popular ones. But don’t underestimate the power of using your employees and other people you know to refer potential employees, either. This remains the main way for companies to find talent.

3 —OneDirectory enters the SMB market with a new pricing offer for small businesses.

Last week, leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider OneDirectory announced new pricing for its employee directory offering for small businesses. The new small business plan costs $79 per month for businesses with 100 or fewer employees. OneDirectory typically served large enterprises. However, due to the shift to hybrid and remote working, the company has started to cater to small businesses that need access to tools to connect their employees. (Source: PR Newswire)

Why it matters to your business:

Even among my smaller clients, I see platforms like OneDirectory gaining popularity as a way to create employee directories, profiles, and org charts. It’s a great way to share internal employee information, especially in these times of working from home.

4 — Here are 7 handy features of Microsoft Excel that you may have missed.

Sandy Writtenhouse of online technology magazine How-To-Geek recently summarized seven useful Microsoft Excel features that everyday users may have missed. (Source: How to Geek)

Why it matters to your business:

I loved this piece. These features include Sparklines to help users create mini-charts in spreadsheet cells, data validation to prevent incorrect data entry, status bar to view and copy calculations without using formulas and Flash Fill to make data entry more efficient. You can view the full list of features and descriptions here.

5—Security survives the budget axe.

New data collected by Morgan Stanley Research has revealed that regardless of a potential recession, security remains a critical expense for CIOs. It has been estimated that in 2021, companies spent over $150 billion on security products and are expected to spend even more in the years to come. The research confirmed that security is first on the list to be immune to budget cuts, according to the CIOs surveyed. (Source: world of information)

Why it matters to your business:

It’s important for small business owners to understand that large companies may cut budgets in some places, due to inflation and an economic downturn, but IT security is not one of them. They realize the importance of spending on the tools and people needed to protect their business data. So should you.

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