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How your business can use Microsoft Teams Rooms to have more inclusive meetings

Today's data-driven economy requires a modern workplace where employees and teams work from anywhere. It doesn't matter if you're an executive or an engineer, chances are you spend a lot of your day collaborating with others in meetings. Like it or not, meetings are a necessity for business. But in a modern workplace where so many of us work remot...

Why your business will not benefit from Windows 7 extended support

Our recent blog about the Windows 7 upgrade situation is quickly become one of our most popular. And for good reason since many businesses and individuals are still using machines with Microsoft's aging but venerable operating system. The news this week that Microsoft would be extending delivery of crucial security updates past the January 14, 2020...

Microsoft Office Upload Center is going away. Should you be worried?

For almost ten years, Microsoft Office users have seen the orange "Upload Center" icon in their system tray (the technical term for those notifications in the lower-right corner of Windows). It is an essential tool for business users who keep most of their documents in the cloud. But a recent email sent to all Office 365 early access users in the ...

How Microsoft 365 enables your business to ditch passwords

You run a cloud first, all digital business. That means you think of cybersecurity as a must rather than an afterthought for your company's IT. And it also means a lot of your employees are frustrated by your insistence on strong passwords. Not only are eight to twelve random alphanumeric characters difficult for hackers to guess, they are also ha...

7 things you should know about Microsoft Teams

FlexJobs reveals in its State of the Remote Job Marketplace report there are now 3.9 million Americans (or 2.9% of the total US workforce) who work from home at least half the time. And it’s a trend that is growing. Fifteen years ago, remote workers were just that - remote. Silent, sometimes-forgotten employees.  However, advancements in comm...

The scary reason why every business needs their Office 365 to be partner-managed

Thanks to digital technologies and the cloud, there are more opportunities than ever for smart people to be their own bosses. Leaving the corporate world as an employee and working as a small business owner has never been easier. For many small to midsized business (SMB) owners, Microsoft Office 365 is an essential upgrade for their company's produ...

Microsoft 365 is your business' secret cybersecurity weapon

Security is hard for all businesses large and small. We've all seen antivirus alerts pop up on our screens or received emails with obvious malware attached, and the problems are only getting worse. Organizations as diverse as a global auto parts manufacturer, a real estate software vendor, and the digital operations of multiple American cities hav...

3 new productivity enhancers you need to try in Microsoft 365

At the Build 2019 developer conference in Seattle, the world was given a look at some nascent features coming soon to Microsoft cloud solutions. Businesses in particular should be excited by the enhancements for the cloud-powered Microsoft 365 productivity suite. Combining the best of Windows 10, Office 365 apps, and enterprise-grade cybersecurity...

Collaboration via Microsoft Teams just got even better

Companies using Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft 365 cloud-powered business services are finding a lot of value in getting their employees on the new Microsoft Teams collaboration app. In the two short years the Teams app—which integrates cloud-based chat, voice, and meetings features into Office 365—has been available, this "collabo...

Can your company thrive as a "cloud only" workplace?

A new client for Amaxra told me about how a recent power outage resulted in his business losing an entire day for all employees across the company. But this company isn't a factory dependent on electricity to manufacture tons of perfectly-machined widgets; it's an office where employees do all of their very expensive and hourly-billed work on comp...

Why email backups are crucial for your business

Does your business archive data for audit and regulation purposes? You might believe that because you're a small business that doesn't have an industry or governmental regulatory regime, there's no good reason to archive data such as emails sent to, from, or between your employees. But even if your business isn't subject to specific data-retention...

How to rescue your business from the Windows 7 EOL

Every product has a life cycle. For example, the software product life cycle starts with initial development, goes to general availability, and ends with a final stage where product support ends and the software is retired. This retirement or "end of life" (EOL) is the point where the software developer can no longer bear the increasing costs for ...

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