Why is Microsoft Word turning URLs into title tags?

    Posted on December 17, 2020

    Last week, I discussed a change to the Microsoft Word spellcheck that we didn’t like at Engage Web, and how you can get rid of it. In this latest of what’s likely to become an ongoing series of blogs about annoying Microsoft changes and how to reverse them, we’re going to look at a (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    How to revert to classic spellcheck on Word

    Posted on December 11, 2020

    On Tuesday morning this week, the Engage Web team recoiled in horror at a change made to one of Microsoft Word’s longstanding functions. Particularly annoying for the Editing Team, it threatened to change a straightforward process into a (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    Microsoft Edge releases money-saving feature

    Posted on November 10, 2020

    Tech giant Microsoft has recently unveiled a new feature that will help online shoppers using its Edge browser save money.

    Ahead of the notorious (more…)

    Posted by Emily Jones

    What to do if you keep making the same typo

    Posted on April 23, 2020

    Do you have a certain word or phrase that you always mistype? It’s easy enough to go back and correct it of course, but it’s still annoying, isn’t it? You’d rather not get that red squiggly line from Microsoft Word to immediately point out to you that you’ve gone and done it again.

    Personally, I always mistype (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    US trust in social falls, but tech companies remain favourable

    Posted on March 5, 2020

    According to a study conducted by The Verge, the public is becoming increasingly sceptical of social media sites but are still reliant on their services. However, they still look favourably at tech companies such as (more…)

    Posted by Alan Littler

    NewsGuard reverses decision on Mail Online credibility

    Posted on February 4, 2019

    A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft Edge’s new news credibility plug-in NewsGuard upset the applecart somewhat by awarding the Mail Online a poor rating for its credibility and transparency. Following a complaint by The Mail though, it now appears to have had a rethink.

    The Mail Online website, which is the digital arm of the UK’s (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    Daily Mail website not trustworthy, says Microsoft Edge plug-in

    Posted on January 25, 2019

    It may be the second most purchased daily newspaper in the UK, and one of world’s top 10 most popular news websites, but a plug-in adopted by Microsoft’s browser has ranked Mail Online at just one out of five for credibility.

    Microsoft Edge (the replacement for the browser traditionally known as Internet Explorer) has recently adopted NewsGuard, a plug-in that (more…)

    Posted by John Murray

    Tech firms dominate latest brand value report

    Posted on September 26, 2017

    The world’s most valuable brands list has been updated and it has revealed that companies based in the technology sector now make up half of the top 10.

    The list was compiled by Interbrand, as part of its annual Best Global Brands report, which has now been going close to 20 years. This year’s report, released on September 25, was the 18th edition of the report.

    This year’s list shows that technology is the most dominant sector, with Apple securing top spot on the list for the fifth consecutive year. The brand value of Apple increased by 3% on last year to $184.2bn (£136.3bn).

    Rankings are based on three different components that contribute to a brand’s total value: the financial performance of the brand’s products and services, the role the brand plays in influencing the choices of consumers and the strength it has to command premium prices or to secure earnings.

    In second place in the report was search giant Google, which also retained its position for a fifth straight year. Google’s brand value increased by 6% this year, to $141.7bn (£104.9bn), closing the gap on Apple.

    Microsoft rose to third place this year, overtaking Coca-Cola, which was the only food/drink company in the top 10. Microsoft’s brand value rose to $79.9bn (£59.1bn), which is a 10% jump on last year, whereas Coca-Cola saw a 5% decrease to $69.7bn (£51.5bn). Only Coca-Cola and Toyota from the top 10 saw a drop in brand value from last year’s figures.

    For the first time, social media site Facebook entered the top 10, climbing the ranks to reach eighth place. The California-based company saw the biggest growth over the last 12 months of any brand in the top 100, seeing its brand value rise 48% to $48.2bn (£35.6bn).

    After Facebook, the next biggest percentages of growth came from Amazon (33%), LEGO (25%) and Nissan (22%).

    The top 10 is below:

    1. Apple
    2. Google
    3. Microsoft
    4. Coca-Cola
    5. Amazon
    6. Samsung
    7. Toyota
    8. Facebook
    9. Mercedes-Benz
    10. IBM

    The whole list can be seen here.

    New entrants to the top 100 this year included Netflix (78th), Salesforce.com (84th) and Ferrari (88th). In total, the top 100 brands have a combined total value of $1,872bn (£1,385bn), which represents a 4.2% rise on the figures from 2016.

    Despite technology being dominant at the top, it is the automotive industry that has the most brands featured in the top 100, with a total of 16 entrants.

    Posted by Alan Littler
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