Posted by: on April 17, 2020 at 12:30 pm

And now for something completely different…

Depending on how you feel about Apple’s iPhones, we may have some good news for you this week. In addition, Microsoft is making some changes to Office 365 soon. Read on for more!

photo of Apple's new iPhone SE in three colors: black, white, and RED

Apple’s new second-generation iPhone SE is a solid, basic phone at a decent price.

New Apple iPhones

The return of iPhone SE. For those of you clamoring for a powerful phone in a (slightly) smaller form, Apple hopes you will enjoy (and purchase) the second-generation iPhone SE. The tech inside this phone may not be the very cutting edge, but it’s certainly respectable for the price point. Checking in at $399, the base model comes with 64GB of storage, the A13 chip, water resistance up to 1 meter at 30 minutes, and decent camera features.

For those of us nostalgic for (checks calendar) two years ago, the iPhone SE also includes a Home button, with Touch ID.

On the downside, the iPhone SE will not have Face ID, nor will it be compatible with 5G networks, at least not in this go-around. However, if you’re looking for a solid basic phone under $400, you could do worse.

At the other end of the iPhone spectrum, supposed CAD files for the iPhone 12 Pro Max leaked this week. It may have the largest iPhone screen so far, a super-narrow bezel, and possibly a keyboard connector. Apple is expected to release the phone this autumn, along with three other updated iPhone models.

Microsoft Office 365 Renamed to Microsoft 365

Microsoft Office 365 small business packages are getting a name change next week. Microsoft announced:

The new product names go into effect on April 21, 2020. This is a change to the product name only, and there are no pricing or feature changes at this time.

  • Office 365 Business Essentials will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic.
  • Office 365 Business Premium will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard.
  • Microsoft 365 Business will become Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
  • Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus will both become Microsoft 365 Apps. Where necessary we will use the “for business” and “for enterprise” labels to distinguish between the two.

This is not a big change. Pricing and features will remain the same. However, in case you notice a different product name on your TAZ Networks invoices, rest assured it’s the same Microsoft subscription you’ve been receiving all along.

Updated Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft has updated the Edge browser. This change will happen automatically with Windows 10 updates. Please keep in mind that Microsoft Explorer is extremely past its prime and security level, and should not be used for any business-critical use.

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