Tech News You May Have Missed: July 22-28
Firefox swipe gestures, major ERP vendors, and Microsoft tutorials top the stories this week.
Too busy this week to keep up with all the latest tech news? Fear not: we’ve compiled and summarized TechRepublic’s top stories from July 22-28.
Firefox finally comes with long-awaited swipe gestures
The latest version of the open-source browser, Firefox 103, is blazingly fast, just as secure as ever, and now comes with swipe gestures for Linux users. These swipe gestures are useful for those accessing the browser from a computer with a trackpad rather than a mouse.
TL;DR: Jack Wallen easily downloaded and opened the new version of the browser, but ran into some issues trying to use the two-finger swipe on its own. A two-finger tap + swipe combination unleashes the power of this new feature.
Top Enterprise Resource Planning Software Vendors for 2022
Looking for the right ERP software that will bring your financial, business intelligence, and industry-specific data together into one central, easy-to-use source of truth? It sounds like unicorn software, but these providers may have exactly the features you need.
TL;DR: In addition to ERP heavyweights like Epicor and Infor, this list also includes niche industry-specific options and a few rising stars you may not have heard of. Brenna Miles’ in-depth analysis will guide you in your ERP decision.
How to create a Gantt chart when your project data is in Microsoft Planner
Microsoft Planner is so widely used by project teams that many teams may have resigned themselves to planning without the option of a Gantt chart – a visualization you can’t create in the software. Instead of exporting your task information to a spreadsheet or other project management software, use this Chrome extension on Chrome or Edge browsers.
TL;DR: You won’t be able to 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/year after that. Take a look at the list of features – the app is worth the price.
How to use Microsoft 365 lists to organize Excel data you need to track or share
Have you ever needed to be notified of changes to data residing in Excel? Or share some of your data with team members? Using Microsoft Lists to organize, track, or share your Excel data will extend the capabilities of your spreadsheets by adding much-needed functionality.
TL;DR: Susan Harkins walks us through the steps of importing your Excel data into lists, setting up automations, and points out any limitations you may encounter due to settings. Lists is a Microsoft 365 feature available on Windows 10 and 11 and for those on Work or Home plans.
Home office tech picks for 2022
Your company has approved your remote or hybrid work requests, congratulations! Now you need to move from the coffee table you’ve been working on for the past two years to a proper home office. The king of remote work himself, Jack Wallen, personally curated this list of this year’s top home tech picks.
TL;DR: From an almost indestructible adjustable workbench that you should be using instead of your desk to a webcam with stereo mics and low-light correction, this list has the ultimate in 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 list is for you.