GM suggests installing software that serves basic business functions and also allows for improved connectivity among employees. Recommended products include:

Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. With Office 365 Pro Plus your team will benefit from using industry-leading email, messaging, calendaring, and communication tools along with all of your favorite Office applications. Connect with your team anywhere using clients across Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android™, or bring remote participants into meeting spaces with Skype for Business. Office 365 ProPlus protects the privacy of your data with enhanced security technologies while letting you to fine-tune your security settings and control access.

Internet Explorer (version IE11) with the most recent service pack installed and “compatibility mode” enabled. Internet Explorer provides the best browsing experience possible. Now available in over 95 languages, it’s one of the most popular web browsers in the world. IE11 features SkyDrive-powered browser synchronization which now supports your active tabs, so you can restart your browsing session on another Windows computer and pick up where you left off. IE11 also introduces download manager in the Modern mode for quick access to your download history and the folder where your files are saved.

Java Runtime Environment 32-bit (or the version recommended by each application). The latest Java version brings enhancements to improve performance, stability and security of the Java applications that run on your computer. Install this free update to ensure that your Java applications run safely and efficiently. Java is at the center of our digital world. It allows you to run applets and applications written in Java programming language.

Adobe Reader (current version).  Adobe Reader is a free internet browser add-in that lets you view, annotate and sign PDF files easily. You can also open a PDF file at any time in your phone with the Adobe Reader. There’s a paid version that allows you to convert your PDFs into word files.

Full operating system recovery software in the case of a major software failure. If your operating system is deleted by a virus, or you do this accidentally, you’ll need OS recovery software to use your computer. There are many to choose from online, and some are free, such as Recuva for Windows and Disk Drill for Macs.

An enterprise antivirus solution that can be updated automatically and managed centrally. An antivirus solution is a software utility that detects, prevents, and removes viruses, worms, and other malware from your computer. Antivirus applications for home or small business aren’t enough. You need a centrally-managed, enterprise-grade antivirus. There are many on the market. Some of the popular ones include Avast Endpoint Protection Suite, F-Secure Business Suite, and Panda Admin Secure for Enterprise.

Published on 6th December 2018 by Jon Morningstar

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