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Layers of Communication

One of my peers in the UK has mandated that all communications going forward must happen within #MicrosoftTeams. That’s very forward-thinking, but it lacks flexibility. Different people have different styles. There’s the traditional telephone or mobile call; the mobile text; email; and even Facebook Messenger, not to mention a Twitter direct message or a LinkedIn…

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What, no servers?

The screenshot above was taken from the Enterprise Mobility + Security section of Microsoft’s website. But there’s something distinctly missing from this picture: Where are the servers of yore, such as Windows Server 2016? Answer: In the cloud, specifically within the Azure cloud platform. This is a change in IT culture that reflects societal changes,…

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Are you sleeping well at night?

What if your fired employee has destroyed your company data? I was trying to help a colleague earlier today who has a new client with a recently terminated employee. And before that employee left, the worker deleted all of their emails, which, of course, is company property. To make matters worse, they deleted everything from…

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There’s a Team and a place…

Some people wonder which to use as their collaboration tool in #Office365. #MicrosoftTeams is fantastic for collaboration. Chat is built-in, so you can text back and forth with a colleague privately or address your thoughts to the group. Key to collaboration is the co-authoring of documents. When co-authoring in Teams, you get a chat window…

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A Serverless Room

At one time I had five blaring servers running in my living room. As I learned about cloud-based technology that would stifle those da*n things and gain my space back, I started making changes to my absurd situation. Now I’m 100% cloud-based and love it. I am free and I have peace of mind. And…

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App Launcher Icon

No, it’s not “the nine dots”. No, it’s not the “waffle”. It’s the App Launcher. Or more precisely – it’s the App Launcher icon – the App Launcher is the actual menu that appears when clicking on the icon. If you’ve never seen this icon before, then you’ve most likely never logged into the Office…

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Your Office 365 Relationship

It’s complicated. Office 365 offers various options and overlap when it comes to: collaboration (Yammer, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, Forms, Skype) file storage (SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Delve, Teams) communication (Skype, Teams, Exchange/Outlook, Sway, Video, Stream) personal productivity (Office suite, Exchange/Outlook, Teams) business apps (Power BI embedded in Teams, Power Apps, Flow, Dynamics 365, StaffHub) Best…

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Teams Over Outlook

Microsoft Outlook remains, but as a distant cousin to Microsoft Teams – you can extract an email address from each Teams Channel to be used to communicate with that respective Channel. Emails sent to the Channel’s unique address become part of the persistent (never disappearing) chat. But I hate to say it to anyone who…

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Secure Your External Data

“Organizations no longer operate solely within their own walls. Data travels to more locations than ever before – across both on-premises and cloud environments. While this has helped increase users’ productivity and their ability to collaborate with others, it has also made protecting sensitive data more challenging.” – Microsoft Azure Information Protection is supported on…

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The End of Nested Folders and File Sync

This is a paradigm shift in the way that we will think about accessing files. Network shares, file folders, and nested folders are a thing of the past. When in a Microsoft Teams channel there is a Files tab by default, which can reveal links to items that actually reside in a SharePoint document library.…

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