Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more includes empowering small and medium-sized business owners with the technology they need to participate and thrive in an inclusive, digital economy.
SMBs, so often the backbone of local economies and communities around the world, are celebrated every year through National Small Business Week. This year, that’s April 30 to May 6.
Small business owners who believe technology is key to their successful digital transformation look to security and reliability as intertwined and important factors in deciding which PCs to use as they grow. With Windows 11, they can reduce risk from cyberattack with new, modern devices optimized for security and hybrid work and guard against evolving threats from the moment they turn on their devices.
In the latest update to Windows 11, businesspeople can personalize their experience by delivering AI-powered recommended content within their Start menu. Find related content to help prepare for upcoming meetings, such as collaborative files, and more.
Microsoft Defender SmartScreen identifies when people are entering their Microsoft credentials into a malicious application or hacked website and alerts them. A presence sensing optional feature has also been added to Windows Hello for Business, so devices equipped with presence sensors work with Windows Hello to securely log in when an employee approaches it, and locks when they leave. IT professionals can provide secure, real-time support through the cloud with remote help.
Smart App Control is also a valuable feature for consumers and small businesses. It blocks untrusted or unsigned applications, script files and malicious macros from running on Windows 11. As a result, employees can use the tools they want and need, while owners can relax knowing their organization is protected.
Microsoft and its device partners are also addressing sustainability objectives through the design, use and end of life management of Windows devices. Microsoft has identified six specific ecosystem wide objectives to address with these partners: improved energy efficiency, sustainable packaging, increased recyclability and use of recycled materials, improved repairability, reduction in manufacturing carbon emissions, and finally, the promotion of sustainability standards and regulations that will help achieve these goals.
If you’re a small business owner and refreshing your tech, here are some Windows 11 PCs to consider:
Acer ConceptD 5 Laptop
Acer’s ConceptD 5 Laptop enables creatives of all types to design, build and engineer content thanks to its powerful components and Pantone validated display bringing to life color-accurate imagery. The matte finish design and magnesium alloy chassis make this a stylish and durable choice.
ASUS ExpertBook B5 Flip
Between all-day battery life and the precision-crafted chassis, the ASUS ExpertBook B5 Flip is a lightweight and flexible travel partner that can improve your on-the-go work efficiency. The fast-charging garaged stylus and the 360 flip touchscreen delivers both productivity and versatility.
Dell XPS 13 Plus
The ExpressCharge feature of Dell’s XPS 13 Plus recharges up to 80% of battery life in less than an hour – enabling you to stay on the go, and working from anywhere, for longer. And with the ExpressSign-in* feature paired with Windows Hello, signing into your device is secure and seamless.
HP ProBook x360 435 G9
The HP ProBook x360 435 G9 is a slim, sleek 13.3 inch convertible Windows 11 PC with business-class performance, multi-layered security and durability for mobile professionals at growing companies. With the ability to upgrade memory and storage, you can customize your device for wherever work takes you – from your desk to the office or home.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90a Pro Gen 3
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90a Pro Gen 3 is a premium all-in-one desktop – bringing intelligent productivity and collaboration to your business. This Microsoft Teams optimized device features a 23.8-inch QHD display, a tiltable camera with dual-array microphones and two speakers for an enhanced video conferencing experience.
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra
Enjoy multi-device connectivity and a premium hardware experience with the Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra. Stay productive with the Link to Windows/Phone Link feature, which syncs web browsing sessions from your phone to Samsung Windows PC.
*Based on Dell internal analysis, February 2019. When used with Dell systems with ExpressCharge. Within Dell Performance software, selecting ExpressCharge can recharge system battery from 0% up to 80% within 60 minutes. After charging has reached 80% capacity, charging speed will return to normal speed. Recommended for use with the provided Dell power adapter; not recommended with a smaller capacity.