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Are coworking spaces becoming the new normal?

Research shows that 33 percent of today’s workforce comprises independent or freelance professionals, and by 2020, that number is expected to rise to 40 percent. There are a myriad of reasons why professionals—especially those in the technology space—are transitioning from full-time employees to consultants, which we discuss further in...

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 ...

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...

4 critical steps to successfully involve your project stakeholders

A successful project is one that meets stakeholders’ needs. One of the main reasons projects fail is deliverables don’t match what the customer or key project stakeholders wanted. This can be disheartening to those involved in the project and can have career repercussions in high-stakes projects. This article will dive into the reasons why you mi...

How to set up multi-factor authentication and protect your business

Modern, productive people live in an always-connected, multi-device, and multi-platform world. You probably use an iMac desktop or HP laptop when you are in your office. When you're at the airport or watching your child's soccer game, you're periodically checking work emails from smartphone. And you likely have documents and emails stored in the cloud so ...

Ready for the upcoming SharePoint enhancements?

Microsoft announced some exciting new features will be rolling out broadly to SharePoint in the next couple of weeks. Amaxra evaluated a few of the new SharePoint web parts as part of the Targeted Release for early adopters. As heavy users of SharePoint in Office 365, we were impressed with how easy web parts make it to enable communication within...

Organizing your Outlook emails for a stress-free holiday

The holidays are upon us. As both the calendar year and monthly sales cycle comes to a close, businesses tend to double up on the amount of emails sent to their prospects and customers. For many of us, this increase in email is frustrating. The last thing any busy person at this time of the year wants to do is waste a moment of their day managing ...

Drop Dropbox to optimize online business collaboration

Some new Office 365 customers have asked us for advice on ditching their old consumer Dropbox accounts and using OneDrive For Business as an integrated enterprise-grade shared file collaboration solution for their company. While we have blogged in the past about typical OneDrive For Business and SharePoint Online storage usage scenarios, this is an ex...

Microsoft Office 2019 is here, but Office 365 is the best choice for your business

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of the new Microsoft Office 2019 productivity suite. The latest in a long line of releases, Office 2019 is sold as a one-time purchase of on-premise only software. This is the very technical way of saying you pay an upfront cost to get locally-installed versions of the major Micros...

Get a peek at the upcoming enhancements for Outlook

Some businesses have a difficult time wrapping their heads around the automatic cloud-powered updates for the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite. Amaxra consultants are very aware of how one team in your organization can't wait for the day a new update comes down from the cloud while another team is dreading that same update. Imagine you spe...

How hackers use impulse buying techniques to steal your corporate data

Amaxra consultants were recently targeted by a criminal hacker. Key members of our team, all of whom are daily users of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications and cloud services, received the following scam email: Everyone on the Amaxra executive team who received this scam email knew it was a phishing attempt for various business-relat...

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