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Announcement: Transition from Microsoft Office Live Small Business To Office 365

As an Office Live Small Business customer, how am I impacted by Microsoft Office 365?

Office 365 will replace Office Live Small Business as the comprehensive Microsoft productivity service for small businesses. The Office Live Small Business service will continue to run as it does today through at least October 2011. As a valued Office Live Small Business customer, you will be offered 3 months free of the Office 365 service should you choose to transition your account to Office 365.

For now, nothing will change for Office Live Small Business customers. Please continue to use Office Live Small Business, and we will notify you based on your decision to continue usage of our service when your account is ready to be transitioned, most likely in late 2011 or early 2012.

How can I try the new Office 365 service?

If you would like to test drive the new Office 365 experience, we encourage you to sign-up for the Beta.

via smallbusiness.officelive.com

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Announcement: Special Offer – Free Setup with Office 365

For a limited time free Microsoft Office 365 setup “Email, Domain, Exchange services” with purchase. Contact us for your free 30 Day Trial and offer details at info@office365cloudsupport.com. offer expires Oct 15, 2011

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Announcement: Need Sales Associate for MS Office and Cloud Solutions

Job Description
Sell Microsoft Office 365 Software subscription to small business. Students get Free Microsoft Office 363 collaboration suite which include MS Office 2010 Pro Plus. Also commision on additional MS software and tools that business purchase. 2 Supervisor Positions available 98 Sales Associate Positions available
Requirements
No prior experience needed. Need persons who will contact associates, family and business owner who may want to use a cost efficient software from Microsoft.
Hours
Your own schedule, there will be limited required meeting to setup accounts and training.
Salary
You get paid for every business that you sign up and for every month they use Office 365/Online cloud service. You receive 15% of the monthly fee for the business’s first month and 8% of each following month. That means 8% for every new sale over their first year and 4% residual income thereafter.
Benefits
Students get Free Microsoft Office 365 collaboration suite which include MS Office 2010 Pro Plus. We teach you how to use the iCloud to run your own business, MS office, email, web apps, IM, sharepoint and more. Need 2 Sales supervisors to oversee Students and Staff limited hours 4-8 hrs weekly $8.00 per hour with sales commission for all their sales. These are part-time jobs. (2 Supervisor Positions $8.00 plus Commision. Sales Associates Commission only)
Instructions to Apply
Please send resume via email to info@office365cloudsupport.com and willing to work on Commission basis, and will use the software that we provide for personal and business use.
Contact Information
Peter Kelleher
Chief Sales Officer
197 Bryant Ave
Floral Park, NY 11001
Phone: (516) 874-6516, Ext.
E-Mail: support@office365cloudsupport.com

Computer Systems Cloud Specialist offers design, migration, and deployment services for Microsoft Online Services including Office 365 and Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). This offering is relevant to companies migrating e-mail, web conferencing, web collaboration, or instant messaging from on-premise or hosted environments to Microsoft Online Services.

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Announcement: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (Plan P)

Click the ‘Buy’ button to begin setting up your account.

Microsoft Office 365 is a pay-as-you-go subscription service. Sign up today and get virtually anywhere access* and the productivity features listed below.

Computer Systems Cloud Specialist has configured a custom collection of Microsoft Online Services especially for you.

Review your customized collection here:

Buy Office 365

Get started with the right Office 365 plan for your organization here. Office 365 for professionals and small businesses is just $6 per user per month.

https://portal.microsoftonline.com/partner/partnersignup.aspx?type=Purchase&id=07971c45-349c-4545-8020-9ebffeaf70b3&msppid=3327243

This purchase offer includes:
– 1 user licenses Microsoft Office 365 (Plan P1)

Additional partner information:
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$6

Per user/month

Key Features

   

Email, calendar, contacts, personal archive, and 25 GB mailbox storage with 35 MB attachments with Exchange Online

  Included

Online document viewing and basic editing capabilities with Office Web Apps

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Easily access and view files from your mobile device with Office Web Apps

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Consistent file formatting from desktop Office versions to web versions with Office Web Apps

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Sites to share documents and information with SharePoint Online

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Easily design and maintain a professional-looking public website with SharePoint Online

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Instant messaging, presence, online meetings, and PC-to-PC audio/video calls with Lync Online

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Share your desktop with colleagues and partners with Lync Online

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Premium antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

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USI Tech Review – Safe Bitcoin Crypto Mining, Investing & Trading MLM?

This process, combined with the “guaranteed” returns, has led many people to call USI Tech a Ponzi scheme, however to date (October 2017) the company has shown a consistent and steady record for paying commissions on time every …

What the claim to fame seems to be is an enhanced internal proprietary trading software supplemented with a third-party trade signaling algorithm of sorts with rapidly revolving and updating technology to create profits from the fluctuations and volatile bitcoin market. By now, anyone who has been around bitcoin knows a few dips and swings of hundreds of dollars is not abnormal in the slightest. What we do know is in these constantly moving meters within the cryptocoin market, there are a great deal of micromanaging going on by traders, investors and miners from all over the world.

Initially, the company’s platform offered forex trading for those who wanted to earn a passive income without years of trading knowledge and experience. Since March 2017, USI Tech has made huge headlines throughout the bitcoin community for its low-level entry point in investing bitcoin into USI’s bitcoin trading and cryptocurrency mining connections.

USI Tech is far from your ordinary automatic currency trading platform, as it combines automated trading with an MLM matrix. USI-Tech operates as a multilevel network marketing company and thus why it draws all of the associations with being a pyramid scheme right out of the gate. As we mentioned in the USI introduction, users are essentially guaranteed to earn bitcoin on their investments and can be rewarded with bonuses up to 12 levels deep for recruiting new customers who also want to join and invest to earn more bitcoin.

This process, combined with the “guaranteed” returns, has led many people to call USI Tech a Ponzi scheme, however to date (October 2017) the company has shown a consistent and steady record for paying commissions on time every single day for what it is worth.

You can take a look at the USI Tech presentation and join for free:

More info: https://usibtctech.usitech-int.com/

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My Crypto Millionaire Friends Reveal Their Secrets To Making Money From The Biggest Exchange of Wealth In History

BUILD MY FORTUNE

“If you’re relying on mass media with Bitcoin news, it’s already too late, it’s better to learn from people who know how to build life-changing fortunes from crypto … it’ll minimize your risk.”

– Tai Lopez, Knowledge Society

WARNING: This opportunity may be gone if you revist this page.

Dear Knowledge Society Reader,

Imagine if you got into crypto earlier this year…

Think of the money you could have made.

If you put $100 into these cryptos on January 1st, you could’ve earned:

– 1,275% from Bitcoin (profit: $1,275)
– 8,374.44% from Stellar (profit: $8,374.44)
– 10,201.08% from Dash (profit: $10,201.08)

That’s a total of $19,850.52.

From just $300!

And if you spent $3,000 before the 2017 crypto boom…

Right now you’d have a whooping $200,000.

The next generation will call what’s happening today the biggest exchange of wealth…

EVER.

And if you’re sitting on the fence…

It could be the biggest regret you’ll have for the rest of your life…

To turn an extra $100 a month into 5 figures a year…

For clicking a few buttons.

This crypto explosion is making people crazy.

And because Bitcoin is a hot topic, the mass media is reporting fake news like this…

SMH…

The better option for getting practical advice?

Get information from people who’re actually building life-changing fortunes from crypto.

People like Brock Pierce, founder of Blockchain Capital.

Or William Duplessie, who’s been involved with Bitcoin since 2012.

Brock and William are just an example of the people I have mentoring me about crypto.

If you’ve been following the free insights we’re sharing on my podcast or social media, you’re already be ahead of the rest.

On this page, I’ll dive even deeper.

But before I continue, I must be clear:

NONE of what I’m saying is guaranteed.

Crypto is a risk — you can lose some (or all) of your money.

My advice is to never risk more than you’d be willing to lose.

But when you learn from experts, just ONE trade can earn you entire year’s salary!

If you’re thinking 2017 was the peek…

And there’s no more money to be made, then 2018 will surprise you.

This is why.

It’s predicted crypto will grow even bigger in 2018.

The reason why is because 2018 is when the NYSE will start listing Bitcoin ETSs.

This means they’ll become even more accepted by the public.

It’ll change things big time.

Because right now only a small handful of people know about crypto.

The public reads about it in the news, but they’re NOT using it yet.

Expect this to change throughout 2018.

By getting ahead of time, you can make some serious money.

For example, let’s look at the beginning of 2017.

When Bitcoin was trading at $996.34.

But by the end of December, it was at this amount.

It’s now fluctuating between $13,000 and $19,000.

That’s an increase of at least 1,300%…

In ONE year!

Once Bitcoin is listed on the NYSE, we’ll see even more money being exchanged in the cryptocurrency market.

Which means the price will most likely go up.

Some say that all the money in Bitcoin has already been made.

They’re kind of right.

Yes, it’s true a quick fortune was possible in 2017…

And Bitcoin will likely never dip to $900 again.

Most people aren’t seeing the bigger picture.

Once the public is more accepting of Bitcoin…

It will be even harder for you to make a fortune from it moving forward.

If you feel like it’s too late, don’t worry…

Here’s why.

As crypto grows in 2018, we’ll see bunch of “lesser-known” cryptos pop up.

These smaller cryptos will be brand new to the market.

And because they will start selling at LESS than a penny…

They could potentially turn you into a millionaire.

Sound too good to be true?

You’re right to think so.

But here’s the thing…

It already happened in 2017!

How You Could’ve Turned $100 Into $1,000,000 In 2017

Here’s an example of one coin in 2017 that had an ROI of 1,170,979%!

Yep.

You read that right.

The coin is called Verge (XVG).

On January 1st, 2017, VERGE (XVG) was trading at $0.000019.

And as of today — December 24, 2017 –, it was trading at $0.222505.
Welcome To The Future of Money

This isn’t a trend.
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We’re in middle of a economic transformation that will change the world.
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I like to reward those who take quick action.
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Don’t Buy Bitcoin! – Watch The Cryptocurrency Video

The $20 Bitcoin Investment Jackpot Could Generate
Massive Fortunes by November 15th
The $20 Bitcoin Investment Jackpot Could Generate
Massive Fortunes by November 15th
 

By: Joe Schriefer, Publisher, Agora Financial

The cryptocurrency market is RED HOT…Bitcoin has surged over 125% in the past few months… and Ethereum has seen gains over 3,467% this year alone.

But that’s NOTHING compared to the lightning-fast returns seen from dozens and dozens of little-known “penny cryptocurrencies.”

Like the new currency called AllSafe, which skyrocketed by 15,808% in a single day!

Or how about AMIS, a brand-new cryptocurrency that hit the markets on April 21st, 2017… which surged by 29,693%… OVERNIGHT!

But as exciting as that is, it’s nothing compared to a new alternative currency for folks living in the “Big Apple”… called NewYorkCoin.

Prices of NewYorkCoin have jumped a staggering 56,606% over just a week’s time… turning every $20 into over $11,321.

Of course, gains this high are incredibly rare…

But if you had decided to plunk down $2,000 a few weeks back… you could be sitting on over $1.1 million today.

Sound impossible?

 

By: Joe Schriefer, Publisher, Agora Financial

The cryptocurrency market is RED HOT…Bitcoin has surged over 125% in the past few months… and Ethereum has seen gains over 3,467% this year alone.

But that’s NOTHING compared to the lightning-fast returns seen from dozens and dozens of little-known “penny cryptocurrencies.”

Like the new currency called AllSafe, which skyrocketed by 15,808% in a single day!

Or how about AMIS, a brand-new cryptocurrency that hit the markets on April 21st, 2017… which surged by 29,693%… OVERNIGHT!

But as exciting as that is, it’s nothing compared to a new alternative currency for folks living in the “Big Apple”… called NewYorkCoin.

Prices of NewYorkCoin have jumped a staggering 56,606% over just a week’s time… turning every $20 into over $11,321.

Of course, gains this high are incredibly rare…

But if you had decided to plunk down $2,000 a few weeks back… you could be sitting on over $1.1 million today.

Sound impossible?

It’s not… (Click this link to see how.)

The truth is… hundreds of these “penny cryptocurrencies” are DOUBLING in value every week.

As Bloomberg reports, “While the record-breaking rally in Bitcoin has captivated markets, demand for other digital coins is surging as companies raise millions in minutes, or even seconds…”

This gives us a rare chance to generate a fortune from these emerging currencies.

Here at Agora Financial, we’ve prepared a special video that will show you EVERYTHING you need to know to profit from this incredible opportunity…

Including:

How to purchase cryptocurrencies
Which penny cryptocurrencies to buy
When to buy them

This might be the best opportunity for the little guy to grow rich!

Again, click here to discover everything you need to get started.

Regards,

Joe Schriefer

Publisher, Agora Financial

P.S. If you want to make the most money in the penny-cryptocurrency market… you need to get started by November 15th.

That’s when 260,000 new retailers are expected to begin accepting certain cryptocurrencies as official forms of payment… which could drive the markets to unbelievable heights.

Again, click here to get started.
Don't Buy Bitcoin! - Watch The Cryptocurrency Video
Don’t Buy Bitcoin! – Watch The Cryptocurrency Video

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How To Share Private Youtube Video my Best

How To Share Private Youtube Video my Best

Hello Friends and Techies, You must be sharing videos with your friends and families via different social medias like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Hike, Youtube, etc. On Facebook and Twitter, All the friends and families of yours can see the videos. Here they can like your video, comment on your video or share your video on different social media. They even can download your video also. But what if you want to share private youtube video ?

Social Media Video Limitation

Like all other things, All the social media have some limitation. Either it’s by video size limit or it’s by video format limit.

Whatsapp – From Whatsapp, You can send videos upto 16 MB only with MP4 format only.

Twitter – On Twitter, You can upload upto 512 MB size. Video length should be from 1 second to 2 minute and 20 seconds. Supported format are MP4 and MOV only.

Facebook – Facebook has given more flexibility to all the users to upload the videos on their timeline or facebook groups or facebook pages. You can upload videos upto 4 GB and length should be less than or equal to 120 minutes. The supported format for facebook are given below, However we recommend to use MP4 or MOV format.
3g2 (Mobile Video)

3gp (Mobile Video)

3gpp (Mobile Video)

asf (Windows Media Video)

avi (AVI Video)

dat (MPEG Video)

divx (DIVX Video)

dv (DV Video)

f4v (Flash Video)

flv (Flash Video)

m2ts (M2TS Video)

m4v (MPEG-4 Video)

mkv (Matroska Format)

mod (MOD Video)

mov (QuickTime Movie)

mp4 (MPEG-4 Video)

mpe (MPEG Video)

mpeg (MPEG Video)

mpeg4 (MPEG-4 Video)

mpg (MPEG Video)

mts (AVCHD Video)

nsv (Nullsoft Video)

ogm (Ogg Media Format)

ogv (Ogg Video Format)

qt (QuickTime Movie)

tod (TOD Video)

ts (MPEG Transport Stream)

vob (DVD Video)

wmv (Windows Media Video)

Youtube – Youtube is more flexible than any other in terms of video uploading sites. Here you can upload your videos upto 128 GB in terms of size. However, you should verify your account first from here https://www.youtube.com/verify otherwise you can upload videos only upto 15 minutes. But after verification, you can upload upto 11 hours video with anyone. You earn money via enabling the AdSense on your youtube account. The supported format to upload videos on youtube are given below:

.MOV

.MPEG4

MP4

.AVI

.WMV

.MPEGPS

.FLV

3GPP

WebM

Now, We are coming towards the main point – How To Share Private Youtube Video. We all have some private videos among friends and families that we want to share with them only. But due to some limitation, We can not able to share those private videos among our friends and families.

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Youtube videos have 3 types of privacy:

Public

Unlisted

Private

Youtube Public Video

Basically, Youtube videos are public. It means anyone can see the video. That video will appear in searches, it’s possible that it will appear in recommendations, what’s next, in subscriptions (for people subscribed to your channel), etc. This maximizes the chances that someone will discover the video. Anyone can share that video on any social media. You can see ‘World’ icon in the video for public videos.

Youtube Public Video

 

Youtube Unlisted Video
Making a video unlisted means that anyone who has the link to the video can view it. Unlisted videos don’t show to viewers in the Videos tab of your channel page. Unlisted videos don’t show up in Youtube’s search results unless someone adds your unlisted video to a public playlist. You can see ‘Link’ icon in the video for unlisted videos.

Youtube Unlisted Video

Note: Your Youtube account needs to be in good standing to be able to create unlisted videos.

How To Share Unlisted Youtube Video

To share the unlisted video, You just have to share the link of the video with the people who want to see your video and they’ll be able to see it. Here, the people you share the video with do not need a Google account to see the video. It means if a person don’t login to Youtube account then also he/she can see the video. Anyone with the link of unlisted video can also re-share it in a number of ways, such as simply forwarding the link. If you don’t want to allow others to re-share your video, just make it private. For more detail check here – Share Unlisted Youtube Video

Youtube Private Video

A private video can only be seen by you and the users you select. The video won’t appear on your channel or search results and will be invisible to other users. You can manage the users you want to share a private video with. Here, People who have the link of the video can not able to share your private video with others or they can’t add your video to the playlist. You can see ‘Lock’ icon in the private video.

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Youtube Private Video

How To Share Private Youtube Video

If you want to share the private youtube video then first of all you have to log in to your youtube account and linked to a Google+ page or Google+ profile in order to share a private video with other users. You can share a video by 2 methods.

At the time of uploading the video

From ‘Video Manager’ section of your channel.

In the first method, If you wish to share a video you plan to upload, once logged in, go to ‘Upload Page’, set your privacy setting in the drop down menu to ‘Private’. Now, Upload your video. You can see ‘Only you can view’ and after that, there is ‘Share’ button. Click on that ‘Share’ button. A Popup will come up with title ‘Share with others’. Here, You can add the names, circles or email addresses of the people with whom you’d like to share your video.

In the second method, Once logged in, go to the video manager via clicking on ‘My Channel’ and then on ‘Video Manager’ on the top. Now, Select the Private video that you would like to share by clicking on ‘Lock’ icon of that video. Here, You will see the same structure at right-center corner as in ‘Upload Page’. So, Here also after clicking ‘Share’ button a pop up will come and in the box, you can add the names, circles or email addresses of the individuals you would like to see your video.

Here, You have the option to ‘Notify Via Email’ to the person or circles or email addresses of the individuals you are sending your private video. So, If you tick that then an email will be send to them.

You can share youtube offline stored videos too. Want to know how ? Click here on How To Share Youtube Offline Stored Video.

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15 quotes from self-made billionaires that will change your outlook on money

What You Respect, you will attract. Respect is needed for excitement. Excitement is needed for your energy. Energy is needed for completion of your dreams and goals…..
Your beliefs about money can play a huge role in whether or not you finish rich.  So why not look to those who have been there, done that for inspiration?  Business Insider rounded up quotations about money from self-made billionaires that will shift your perspective on business, investing, and success.  From investor Warren Buffett to Continue reading 15 quotes from self-made billionaires that will change your outlook on money
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Todays News: Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

Chloe Louise Smith, 26, from Nottingham, England, uses her phone to buy plane tickets, but prefers a laptop since she can type faster. Photo by Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

Chloe Louise Smith, 26, from Nottingham, England, uses her phone to buy plane tickets, but prefers a laptop since she can type faster. Photo by Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

Todays News: Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

Deutsche Telekom says 900,000 customers were affected by the attack, the second such offensive in two months.

Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack

A failed attempt to hijack consumer routers is being blamed for a series of network outages that left hundreds of thousands of people in Germany without internet service this weekend.

Around 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers of the German telecommunications giant’s 20 million customers were affected by the outages, which began Sunday and lingered into Monday, the company said in a statement. The attack was designed to quietly recruit the devices for a wider offensive, the second such large-scale attack on internet-connected devices in little more than a month, the company said.

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“The attack attempted to infect routers with a malware but failed, which caused crashes or restrictions for 4 [percent] to 5 percent of all routers,” the company said in a statement. “This led to a restricted use of Deutsche Telekom services for affected customers.”

The company said it is rolling out a software update to fix the issue. It also recommended that customers temporarily disconnect their routers from their power source to reboot them free of the malware.

A similar attack occurred in late October, when hackers used what’s known as a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) — conscripting hordes of internet-connected devices like computers, routers and security cameras into a botnet that left dozens of popular websites inaccessible for several hours.

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here’s why

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here’s why

On a Friday this month in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, I chatted with a handful of people about what it was like for them to buy T-shirts, toothpaste or TVs on their phones. I got an earful.

“It’s difficult to move around and look for other options,” Munaf Tinwala, a 42-year-old chemical engineer from Long Island, told me.

“It’s just a hassle,” 22-year-old Macarena Dawson, of Queens, said.

The most striking aspect: This was the exact thing I heard from consumers last year. Despite the tech industry racing to build self-driving cars and colonize Mars, it continues to fail at the far simpler task of making it easy to purchase toilet paper on your phone.

As phones become the next big platform for retail, nailing the shopping experience on these small screens is critical for consumers, merchants and payment companies. Better mobile browsing and purchasing could change buying habits, speeding up the shift of spending from physical stores to digital.

Adobe predicts phones will be the leading electronic device for purchasing in the US by early 2018; it’s the PC, by far, today. When that switch happens, it could allow you to buy just about anything in a flash during a moment of downtime on the phone. But it may mean you’re likely to spend even more time with Amazon or eBay, ignoring more traditional retailers that haven’t invested in mobile.

“I think over time, what you will definitely see is the mobile phone and mobile platforms will be the predominant way to pay,” Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said in an interview earlier this month.

Mobile shopping still stinks

For now, though, buying stuff on a phone is often terrible, so at least for this Cyber Monday you’re likely still buying stuff on a laptop, with its big screen and full physical keyboard.

While people are buying on mobile websites and apps a lot more — up 65 percent from last year — consumers are three times more likely to complete a purchase on a PC than a phone, according to an Adobe mobile retail report released last month. That’s resulted in PCs bringing in 75 percent of retailers’ online sales this year, versus just 16 percent from phones, the report said. (Overall, e-commerce still accounts for less than 10 percent of US retail sales.)

To consumers, phone screens are too small, pinch-to-zoom features aren’t available in mobile apps, it’s hard to find things easily, and checkout using that tiny touchscreen keyboard is a pain. When people do buy on mobile, they make smaller purchases than on desktops, Adobe found.

“You’re not shopping, you’re buying,” said Tamara Gaffney, an analyst at Adobe Digital Insights. “That’s a really big problem.”

Retailers stand to lose billions of dollars in sales if they don’t get their act together, Adobe said. And consumers will continue to be frustrated when trying to buy.

Just wait another year. OK, maybe longer

You can look ahead to a better shopping experience, even if it takes a few years.

“There’s still a lot of work that’s left to be done,” said Matt Barr, Mastercard’s senior vice president for digital payments. “But there’s clearly a light at the end of the tunnel.”

eBay said it’s adding more organization, personalization and comparison shopping tools to its catalogue of over 1 billion ever-changing listings. That should help the e-retailer fill mobile screens with more relevant information for each shopper.

Amazon is also decluttering its app to make the experience as simple and “glance-able” as possible, said Amazon spokeswoman Angie Newman. Both e-commerce heavyweights are pushing mobile notifications to encourage customers to keep opening their apps.

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Since most retailers don’t have popular apps with your saved personal information or big teams of mobile software developers, big e-retailers like Amazon and eBay could have a huge leg up on the competition as mobile grows in importance. Amazon already has a massive lead on desktop.

There are several efforts involving checkout that might help all those mobile dollars spread around to more merchants. Apple Pay and PayPal are quickly expanding their mobile-payments services to more apps and mobile sites, making it easier to complete purchases. Google’s Android Pay, Mastercard’s Masterpass and Visa Checkout offer similar services, though all these options need to grow to get broad mobile appeal.

This work is starting to pay off, with this Black Friday marking the first day in US retail history to hit over $1 billion in sales from phones and tablets.

“We think the momentum is fantastic and we believe it will continue,” Bailey, of Apple Pay, said.

Other features coming from eBay and Amazon, like personalization or voice shopping, will be harder for traditional retailers to replicate. Still, some smaller sellers are getting better at the mobile game, offering attractive apps that use big pictures, app-exclusive items and easy browsing to entice customers.

Back on the street in Manhattan, Robert Broadbent, a 29-year-old from Brooklyn, clicked through the JackThreads men’s clothing app, which he said was fun to shop even if he wasn’t looking to buy anything.

“The mobile apps have to offer something better than a desktop,” he said. “Give me a reason to go on there.”

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