Firefox swipes, top ERP vendors, and Microsoft tutorials top this week’s stories.
Too busy this week to follow all the latest tech news? Fear not, we’ve gathered and summarized TechRepublic’s top stories for July 22 – 28.
Firefox finally ships with long-awaited swipes
The latest version of the open source browser, Firefox 103, is lightning fast, as secure as ever, and now comes with swipe gestures for Linux users. These swipes are useful for those opening the browser from a computer with a trackpad instead of a mouse.
TL;DR: Jack Wallen easily downloaded and opened the new version of the browser, but ran into problems swiping with two fingers on its own. A keystroke + two-finger swipe unlocks the power of this new feature.
Top Enterprise Resource Planning Software Vendors for 2022
Looking for the right ERP software that brings your financial, business intelligence and industry-specific data together in an easy-to-use, central source of truth? Sounds like unicorn software, but these vendors may have the exact features you need.
TL;DR: In addition to the ERP hard hitters like Epicor and Infor, this list also includes niche industry-specific options and a few rising stars that you may not have heard of. Brenna Miles’ in-depth analysis will guide you through your ERP decision.
Create a Gantt chart when your project data is in Microsoft Planner
Microsoft Planner is so widely used by project teams that many teams have resigned themselves to planning without the possibility of a Gantt chart — a visualization that you cannot create in the software. Instead of exporting your task information to a spreadsheet or other project management software, use this Chrome extension in the Chrome or Edge browser.
TL;DR: You can’t create your Gantt chart directly in Planner, but Susan Harkins walks you through the steps to connect your Microsoft Planner data to the app. The app comes with a 14-day free trial and costs $180 per year after that. Check out the list of features – the app is worth the price.
Use Microsoft 365 lists to organize Excel data you need to track or share
Ever needed to be notified of changes to data in Excel? Or share some of your data with team members? Use Microsoft Lists to organize, track, or share your Excel data expands the capabilities of your spreadsheets by adding much-needed features.
TL;DR: Susan Harkins walks us through the steps to import your Excel data into Lists, set up automations, and points out any limitations you may experience due to settings. Lists is a Microsoft 365 feature available on Windows 10 and 11 and for those on a work or home subscription.
Choice of home office technology for 2022
Your company has approved your remote or hybrid work requests – congratulations! Now you need to move from the coffee table where you’ve been working for the past two years to a real home workplace. The king of remote work, Jack Wallen, personally has this list of the best home technology picks this year.
TL;DR: From a nearly indestructible, adjustable workbench you should use instead of your desk to a webcam with stereo microphones and low-light correction, this list has the ultimate for a remote work setup. If you’re looking for the right gear to impress your colleagues with the clarity of your Zoom square at your next meeting, this is the list for you.