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Amaxra's Pre-Build 2018 Productivity Predictions

Every year, Microsoft hosts thousands of smart people at their Build developer conference. At Build 2018, Microsoft plans to showcase where developers can leverage advances in the cloud, artificial intelligence, and security to make innovative new computing experiences—which in turn often trickle into areas that help businesses more producti...

Enhancing productivity with the new dictation feature in Office 365

Microsoft added an optional dictation add-in for their key Office 365 apps, appropriately called "Dictate," in the summer of 2017. The add-in enabled you to dictate documents in Word, compose emails in Outlook, and add notes and other text into PowerPoint slides using your voice. It was a free add-in but came with a caveat: as part of the Microsof...

3 reasons switching from Google Docs to Office 365 is a good idea

For over a decade, Google has tried to win over Microsoft Office users. The one advantage the Google G Suite of productivity apps once had over Microsoft Office was simpler file sharing and better real-time collaboration on documents. By storing Google Documents in the cloud-based Google Drive, users could in one click share the document with anyo...

Unlock the hidden value of SharePoint with a company Intranet

Every company using either the Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium or E3 to E5 plans have SharePoint Online included. Office apps are often fundamental to the success and productivity of many companies. But so many of them that would never consider sending an email without Outlook or creating a spreadsheet without Excel ignore the business-criti...

Don't fall for this email quota limit phishing scam

Have you ever received an email with "Microsoft Outlook 365: Your email quota almost exceeded limit" in the subject line? I recently received one of these emails to my business email address. The email warned that not only I was not only in danger of exceeding my Outlook mailbox limit but that I needed to "review recent activity" in the interest o...

Your Dynamics 365 Workflows Are Suddenly Broken? This Could Be The Fix

Customer relationship management (CRM) solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 are crucial for businesses. A customer with Dynamics 365 CRM recently asked Amaxra to investigate why some of their critical workflows and other functions "just stopped working." The cause was traced back to an intern who was working on the organization's Dynamics CRM ...

Protecting your business from Meltdown and Spectre attacks

For the past week, the news has been filled with mentions of Meltdown and Spectre. These ominous names were given to two separate hardware vulnerabilities discovered in millions of the processors used not only in personal devices (e.g. laptops and tablets) but also in the servers behind business-critical cloud services.  While the situa...

3 Reasons Your Business Needs DocuSign for Dynamics 365

Signed documents are a must-have for any business transaction. But the actual ink-on-paper signature for contracts and vendor documents has long been a burden. When Amaxra started 10 years ago we used to send our consultants a physical document to sign which rarely came back, we even tried sending them a pre-stamped envelope but still we didn’t re...

A quick guide to getting started with Map Charts in Excel

A recent update to Microsoft Office 365 subscribers added 3D models and boosted the overall performance of Excel 2016. If you're like me and work in complex workbooks with multiple sheets, you noticed that everything from crunching formulae with large ranges to simple copy-and-paste functions is quicker after the update. But while experimenting wi...

3 embarrassing email marketing mistakes you might be making

For all the pronouncements that “email is dead” over the past couple of years, we all still get a lot of it. Email is not going away, it is not a bad thing, and it can be an effective marketing tool for businesses— when done properly. But just in the past few days, I’ve seen some examples of what I call the three most shameful things that bu...

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