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Cloud PCs: The dawn of Windows 365

Microsoft announced the introduction of Windows 365 on the 14th July 2021, "a full, personalized PC experience from the cloud" and part of the next generation of Windows!

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Data back up: Would you like to know a secret?

Data backup is not exactly top of most people's agenda, however I am going to attempt to pique your interest. So, here we go…

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Windows 11: The next generation

If you think this article is about double or triple glazing then I am sorry to let you down. It is in fact a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down with the introduction of Windows 11!

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Future-proof business success

Since March 2020, technology has become more entwined in our lives than ever before. Connecting with friends and loved ones on video calls, home-schooling children on laptops, and being entertained via Netflix and Disney Plus – who didn’t watch Tiger King or The Mandalorian last year?! Unsurprisingly online retail sales grew by 36% in 2020, the highest annual growth since 2007, according to the IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index, and social media usage increased exponentially. In a time where we were apart, technology enabled us to come together.

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How Microsoft SharePoint, Teams and Outlook work together

So when should you use it? Whenever you need information to be available in your business over the web, either for collaboration or for one-way communication to your teams. The form of the information is very flexible, but what matters more is the audience - anyone either inside your business or externally who you trust to give access to your systems.

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Skype for Business: The end is nigh

2021 marks the beginning of the end for Skype for Business, with the Online version being unsupported from July 31st 2021, followed by the server versions (2015+) becoming unsupported in 2025.

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Microsoft email server hack. Is your business at risk?

We’re all aware that we need to be vigilant of our own cyber security and it goes without saying that this should be of paramount importance to any business. The news of the recent Microsoft hack is a stark reminder of just how vital it is to have cyber security monitoring in place.

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Microsoft Teams: PowerPoint just went live

The shift towards remote working, has meant we spend a huge amount of time in either Microsoft Teams meeting or Zoom calls etc. One of the things that we all do, is present! PowerPoint has become an application that really makes it easy to share compelling stories. However, sharing a presentation has been “not easy”.

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How Microsoft 365 changes your approach to business change

Everywhere you look these days you see posts, articles and books about how you need to change your business. While for people who have spent a lifetime building a business that’s not always an easy message to hear, I think 2020 has showed that increased agility, productivity and mobility will be important. As we normalise life after COVID-19, or perhaps live permanently with it, the changes it forced upon us will have a long impact.

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How Microsoft Teams has changed in 2020

We are all adapting to working remotely and we’ve seen a number of new phrases enter the language this year – “Work from anywhere” is one we like a lot, and one you’ll be seeing more of next year is the “virtual commute”, the time in the morning preparing for work and in the evening winding down.

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Microsoft Business Voice: VoIP calls from Teams

Business Voice is an add-on for Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans available for SMEs. Suitable for all companies with up to 300 users, this enterprise-grade solution combines audio conferencing, call plans (Microsoft’s or import your own) and a complete phone system.

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Microsoft Teams: Backgrounds are the way forward

Microsoft Teams has had the ability to have blurry backgrounds for some time now, and this has been a really useful feature. However, if you are a user of Teams, you will have jealously been watching Zoom wondering when you will be able to set custom backgrounds. You have had the fun of blurring your background, but come on its backgrounds that you want to change!

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