Microsoft Excel is rolling out new automation features… and other new techniques for small businesses this week

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

1 – A new Microsoft Excel update will give power users plenty to get their teeth into.

The desktop version of Microsoft Excel will begin to support task automation, a feature that was previously only available to web application users. The new Office feature will allow users to create, edit, and run Office scripts through the All Scripts task pane and the Code Editor. The update will be available next month. (Source: technical radar)

Why it matters to your business:

Scripts can be used in all sorts of different ways. According at Microsoft, some examples include analyzing web traffic records to determine a user’s country of origin, managing interview meeting times, and creating a flow to scheduled meetings in Teams or posting to an instructor’s record for their class grades. With a little training (or outside help), scripts like these can make your spreadsheets an even more productive tool for your staff.

2— Paychex launches the industry’s first voice-enabled payroll solution.

Payment recently announced the rollout of a new payroll solution known as Paychex Flex. Paychex Flex will include Paychex Voice Assist, a conversational AI feature. The feature will allow payroll admins to run payroll through any Google Assistant-enabled device, which will hopefully help automate and simplify the payroll process. (Source: PRNewsWire)

Why it matters to your business:

Paychex is a current customer of my company. The reason I was interested in this news is because it’s just one of many voice-enabled apps and tools to come that will bring big changes to our office workflows.

3—Betterworks drives employee performance in the workflow with new, seamless integrations with Office 365 and G Suite apps.

Performance management company Best Works announced plans last week to integrate with several G Suite and Office 365 apps. The integrations will allow employees to quickly and efficiently manage performance using plug-ins for productivity tools such as Workspace, Excel , Outlook, and Teams. The goal is to foster more productive conversations between managers and employees. (Source: Web PR)

Why it matters to your business:

Betterworks is one of many performance management platforms that can help employers of all sizes ensure their workforce is motivated and managed to their strengths. Platform features include helping with conversations between employees and managers, feedback, and goal setting. Many of these apps seem aimed at enterprise-level organizations, so they might not be cost-effective for small businesses. But I believe that as they become more popular, versions suitable for smaller organizations will become more available.

4 – The evolution of Zoom from a video application to a communication platform.

Zoom recently announced an evolved “visual identity” and new look and feel, along with renamed names for familiar features. Zoom Chat will now be known as Zoom Team Chat to promote greater collaboration, and features such as Zoom IQ for sales, Zoom Contact Center and Zoom Whiteboard will also continue to evolve to better meet the needs of remote teams. (Source: Zoom)

Why it matters to your business:

There is no doubt that more people are finally coming back to the office. Zoom, which literally saved the world during the pandemic, now has to adapt to the new workplace. And it does this by trying to compete with Microsoft, Google, and Slack. One thing in their favor: Zoom has always been more reliable — and easier to use in my opinion — than most other collaboration apps out there, so that may help some companies sell those new features.

5— Logitech’s new webcam has a built-in privacy shutter. |

Logitech introduced its new webcam called Brio 500. The new camera – which comes in a compact and sleek design – also contains a physical shutter for privacy. To operate the shutter, users simply turn a dial on the right side of the webcam. (Source: The edge)

Why it matters to your business:

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