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Gamify collaboration in Microsoft Teams with the Incentives Power App

The transition to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic comes with challenges. Microsoft Teams is an excellent collaboration tool for remote employees, but the fact is that extended lockdowns are making many remote workers feel overwhelmed. While a weekly "virtual happy hour" in Microsoft Teams never hurts, the key to keeping your remote employ...

What's new with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft is coming out with its 2020 updates to Microsoft Teams, announced at this year’s Microsoft Ignite. These fantastic updates will help improve team collaboration and communication. They will also help streamline overall business collaboration and processes for increased productivity. These improvements are a result of Microsoft’s goal to m...

Real-world tips for SMBs to enable working from home with Microsoft Office 365

The phrase "working from home" is on everyone's mind due to the shocking headlines about the COVID-19 coronavirus. To contain the spread of this flu-like sickness, large tech companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have closed some of their office buildings and asked thousands of employees to use secure internet connections to work from ho...

10 ways to be more productive with Microsoft Excel

When it comes to Microsoft Excel, most people fall into one of two categories. There are those that love it and can’t live without it, and there are others who hate it and are completely intimidated by it. In today’s era of data, learning how to use Excel to be more productive is important. Despite the fact that there are a vast amount of other ap...

Reducing malware risks with the new Safe Documents feature in Microsoft 365

A new cyber-security feature in Microsoft 365 called Safe Documents is slowly rolling out to users. Safe Documents leverages the artificial intelligence and machine learning features of Microsoft global cloud infrastructure to automatically check Microsoft Office documents such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word against known risks and threats before ...

Enabling remote work is easier than ever (and good for your business)

Does your business empower employees to "work from home" yet or is there still a stigma attached to that phrase? It was less than ten years ago that company employees working remotely required virtual private network (VPN) software installed on their devices and the company to buy all the expensive secure server infrastructure required to maintain...

What you need to know about Private Channels in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Office 365 is the gold standard for business productivity with over 200 million people using it every month. But beyond just email and documents, the popular new Microsoft Teams app that comes free with Office 365 is changing the way we work. Over 20 million people use Microsoft Teams every day for real-time collaboration and communicati...

Avoid the Microsoft end of support apocalypse of 2020

As of the writing of this blog, IT departments are under pressure from the impending end of life (EOL) for Microsoft Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. While nobody predicts a "Y2K" redux where PCs stop working, EOL means the over ten year-old PC operating system will no longer get software patches, including security updates, from Microsoft on Tuesda...

Secure your business' Office 365 the easy way

The importance of strong cyber-security in today's cloud-enabled and highly mobile workforce can't be overstated. Right now, there are thousands of hackers and criminals probing the cyber-security defenses at small-to-mid sized businesses (SMBs). Far from being immune to the threat of hackers, SMBs have become a major target. Recent stats point to...

Avoid the high cost of cyberattacks in 2020

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center issued an advisory in the summer of 2019 warning of an increase in a type of fraud called a Business Email Compromise (BEC). A BEC scam targets employees with access to company finances such as your accounts payable department. For example, a typical BEC scam looks like an email from the company's CEO to a...

Security features in Microsoft 365 your business should be using

Microsoft 365 combines Office 365 and the Windows 10 Pro operating system into a cloud-delivered package with added cyber-security and management features tailor-made for business. Cyber-security, data privacy, and regulatory compliance are crucial factors in everyday business. Fortunately, Microsoft 365 has inherent protections that help you creat...

Three simple ways to enhance your business' cybersecurity

At this point, most business owners don't need anyone to explain why cyber-security is important for their business. They already get that there's an ever-increasing threat to data and privacy. What entrepreneurs, especially those at the helm of a small to mid-sized business (SMB), really need is advice on how to counter all of those cyber-securit...

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