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February 6, 2014 by

Just to make things confusing, Microsoft renamed the online versions of Word and Excel; they are now known as Office Online. Anyone who has followed Microsoft over the years knows that they have a real love for name changes, and the name changes don’t always make sense to the consumer.

 

They only just recently changed the name of their online storage from Skydrive to OneDrive, and history tells us that they aren’t finished rebranding.

 

Microsoft Office Live was the first online edition, which later branched into two parts – Office Live Workspace, and Office Live Small Business. Office Live Workspace became Skydrive (now OneDrive) and the Office Web Apps, and Office Live Small Business, a paid version, became Office 365.

 

For an example of the strange name scheme, the XBox One is the third edition to the XBox family. Many people refer to the first XBox as the Xbox One, which makes it difficult to have a conversation about the XBoxes without first agreeing on the proper name to collectively refer to each edition.

 

Even Microsoft’s operating system names are all over the place. They began with a simple numbering system (1,2,3.1) that developed into a year-based name (95, 98, 2000), which eventually turned into random letters (ME, XP) before using random words (Vista), and then fell back into a numbering system (7, 8). Confusing!

 

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February 3, 2014 by

Head over to BizSugar.com to enter a contest to win a Brother prize package worth $500. Not only do you have a chance to win the prize package, you also have a chance to advertise your business to a great many people who might not ordinarily see you.

 

The contest, which began on January 27th, challenges small businesses to create an advertisement or marketing materials using the Brother CreativeCenter. This is a free, web-based design portal. There are templates to use, or you can use your imagination.

 

There are three prize packages available and it’s easy to enter. Instructions are located via the above link, and the contest runs until the March 19th deadline.

 

The prize package is full of great items such as a Brother Wireless Color All‑in‑One Inkjet Printer (MFC-J6920DW) – $299.99 value, a Black Ink Cartridge (LC109BK) – $39.99 value, 3 Color Ink Cartridges (LC105-3PKS) – $54.99 value, a Desktop Office Labeler (PT-2030) – $49.99 value, Labels, half inch – TZE-231 (2 pack) – $34.99 value, and Labels, half inch – TZE-335 (2 packages) – $43.98 value.

 

The best part is that you probably need to design some new marketing material anyway, so why not use the opportunity to enter a contest with a $500 prize package at the same time!

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