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Why you should use the new Microsoft Edge web browser

There's no denying Microsoft knows how to make a good web browser; just ask any former Netscape employee. But for years, the Google Chrome browser has dominated the browser market. In 2008, Microsoft had 60% of the global market share in web browsers. Google released their Chrome browser that same year but quickly displaced Microsoft as ...

Digital minimalism - how to reduce screen time and stay current

A survey asked 1,180 millennials ages 18 to 34 what they would be willing to give up for their smartphones. An astonishing 41% said they would rather give up shampooing for a week than forego their phone for the same amount of time. It was more important for these people to stay digitally connected than to have clean hair. (Source) This is a sign ...

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...

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 ...

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