Microsoft Stores' Dedicated SMB Zones Helping Boost Small Businesses

In conjunction with SMB Zones, Microsoft Stores implemented Accelerate Your Business program. Researchers find Kinect sensors are a promising, low-cost alternative to study neck posture.

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Microsoft partners can take advantage of "SMB Zones" as a great space to connect with their customers and showcase their value-added services for the latest Microsoft products.

In conjunction with the SMB Zones launch, Microsoft Stores has implemented the "Accelerate Your Business" licensing program.

The program simplifies decision-making process as well as also ensure business owners have access to latest in "business-grade devices, warranty options, and best-in-class in-store and online training and support," writes Microsoft.

Services offered by SMB Zones include:

  • Business Sales Specialists help guide local business owners and entrepreneurs with their technology needs whether it's in-Store or on-the-ground at the business.
  • Answer Desk advisors help small and midsized businesses keep their devices running smoothly.
  • Surface Membership: A subscription-based program provides Microsoft Stores' small and midsized business customers with in-Store, online and phone support, one-on-one personal training, financing, member discounts and more.
  • Personal Training are available for $49 for one-hour or $99 for one year of unlimited use.
  • In-Store Events including workshops, trainings and seminars on topics like "Quick and Easy Online Advertising" and "How to Stay in Touch With Customers" led by both Microsoft and industry experts.
  • Community Theater is available at most Microsoft Stores for partners and businesses to host trainings or networking events, free of cost, explains Microsoft.

Also, on Wednesday, Microsoft and Tuxera Inc. expanded their collaboration to Server Message Block (SMB) technology.

The collaboration comes as Tuxera launches its "new Tuxera SMB as a drop-in replacement for the open-source Samba and other alternative SMB/Common Internet File System (CIFS) servers, ideally suited for embedded platforms," microsoft writes.

In other news, Researchers at Urmia University of Medical Sciences in Iran find Microsoft Kinect sensors are a promising, low-cost alternative to study neck posture.

According to a report "more than a third of regular computer users report work-related neck pain every year," published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association.

"Researchers using Kinect for Windows software development kit, wrote an application that calculates a subject's neck angle based on the Kinect sensor's skeletal tracking data. They tested the results of their Kinect-based program against those from an electrogoniometer and found their program's results to be reliable and accurate," write Kinect team.

Also, two new ads around Microsoft Surface and that highlight some of the advantages of 2-in-1s over traditional notebooks more specifically Apple MacBook released.

The first ad highlights "The Power of Touch," and also covers "lower res" and "kinda plain" nature of MacBooks.

The second ad focuses on Surface's detachable keyboard.