Collaborate with Exceptional Security and Privacy Using Microsoft 365 for Remote Work

Three years ago, Microsoft launched Teams, a powerful component of Office 365 (now Microsoft 365), ushering in the next phase of cloud-based collaboration. Now, with the majority of employees working from home, the service and providers that support Microsoft 365 prove more essential than ever. Organizations around the world depend on Microsoft 365 for remote work. They tap into its robust and secure options for online meetings and collaboration. Feature-Rich Video Conferencing Online meetings help to bridge the gap created by social distancing, bringing team members into a virtual conference room. Because much of communication depends on nonverbal cues, video…

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You Look Marvelous! The Sprint to Video-based Team Interaction

In our new work-from-home (WFH) world, the requirement for on demand video conferencing has exploded with quadruple digit growth. Businesses are scrambling to engage qualified video conferencing vendors to implement video-based team technology virtually overnight. Businesses now must deal with completely remote workforces, while schools and education systems attempt to facilitate online learning. And, with social distancing as our new norm, our connection constraints now point to video. Security and Functionality The journey to video has had some notable bumps with flurries of headlines and memes that make fun of Zoom and its unsecure platform. Skype (owned by Microsoft) started…

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Working Remotely, What You Need to Know

The COVID-19 crisis – Working remotely to help These are trying times. First, know that that your health and safety is the highest priority. Second, we’re all in this together so cooperation and our best efforts are required. We appreciate the leadership of local, state and federal government officials and the dedicated healthcare professionals on the front lines. With a united effort, we can overcome the challenges ahead and return to conditions of health and prosperity. That said, we want you to know that with the coronavirus outbreak impacting populations worldwide, it looks like we’re in this for the long…

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Remote Collaboration: Connecting Teams When Circumstances Force Work-at-Home

From winter blizzards to international travel advisories and global health concerns, sometimes powers beyond our control force remote solutions. When team members cannot gather in person, technology comes to the rescue. Now, more than ever, solutions such as Microsoft Teams prove essential in maintaining productivity through remote collaboration. Coronavirus Provides Preparedness Motivation Current global fears about coronavirus (COVID-19) have set stock markets reeling and prompted widespread panic. In the office, an employee with a persistent cough prompts worry among coworkers. Parents find themselves unexpectedly working at home when schools or daycares close. And employees cancel work trips to high risk…

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5 Business Benefits of Office 365 Migration

Between 2016 and 2017, business adoption of Office 365 doubled, passing 120 million active commercial users per month. And the trend continues to surge upward. Organizations across the globe have reaped the benefits of Office 365 migration as they implement a growing number of business cloud services. Teams collaborate more effectively, with increased support for remote workers. Security features built into the system protect sensitive data, and Office 365 easily expands to match business growth. At the same time, organizations tap into these benefits while reducing the IT workload in-house. 1. Intelligent Collaboration Office 365 offers organizations the tools to…

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2019 Small Business Technology You Can Use

Technology forecasts for 2019 are somewhat predictable. Annual prognosticators have included several repeats from previous years on their lists, such as digital transformation, the IoT, robotics and 3D printing breakthroughs. Though interesting, many of the developments on current lists are not likely to affect small business owners. With that in mind, we present some 2019 small business technology that small business leaders can bank on. Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Released October 2018, the Surface Pro 6 is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s popular 2-in-1 laptop. Since the original Surface Pro appeared in 2012, the company has progressively improved the performance,…

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Technology Tips to Bridge the Distance for Remote Workers

Employees in today’s workforce are increasingly likely to work from home, from hotel rooms or even from a table in the corner coffee shop. In fact, 43 percent of the workforce works remotely at least some of the time. Hiring remote workers offers benefits, from cost savings to increased creativity and employee retention. But the distances also bring challenges. Collaboration and communication across time zones can prove tricky. Likewise, building company culture with an increasingly remote workforce requires new approaches. Fortunately, technology offers solutions. Cloud-Powered Teams Cloud-based document management systems empower team members to easily and securely access shared documents from…

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New Microsoft Products Enhance Business Mobility, Productivity and Collaboration

As the Microsoft Inspire partner conference concludes in Las Vegas, it’s worth reviewing recent Microsoft feature and product announcements. Whether you turbocharge collaboration with updated Microsoft Teams functionality or design a factory space with Microsoft Layout, key new Microsoft products bring enhanced mobility, productivity and collaboration to business in 2018. True Mobility and Seamless Collaboration Since its inception in 2012, the Surface line of touchscreen, ultraportable computers and interactive whiteboards has made steady strides. This year, the Surface family includes two significant upgrades to cement Microsoft’s prominence in the market. The Surface Hub 2 takes collaboration to greater heights with…

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Zacinlo: The Cyber Menace Slipping Through Windows

If social media has taught us anything, it’s that the best pictures are candid (or at least, give the impression of being candid; see “plandid”). While candid beauty shots are great for Instagram, candid screenshots of your desktop taken by hackers are definitely no fun. Unfortunately, this could have been happening to you for years—without your knowledge or consent. This is the frightening reality of Windows users who have fallen victim to Zacinlo, a malware so sophisticated it has evaded cyber security experts since 2012. Here’s what we know so far about this sneaky cyber threat—and how you can protect…

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