July 2016 Newsletter
Summer is Fading… Fast!
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July was a month full of activity, fun and heat! Now as we head into the true “dog days” of summer, we wave goodbye to the Democratic National Convention that put Philadelphia into lockdown, while outside protesters and visitors sweltered in record high temperatures. The heat can do more than overwhelm humans and pets, but also not so good for your technology gear if the systems that cool them fail.
One thing to consider if you are still utilizing a computer room in your business is protection, with the ability to alert you if something like that should happen. The cool thing (no pun intended) is that some of the power protection gear that you might already employ can also monitor the environment for temperature and even intrusion with a small addition. Don’t be the one who waits to lock the barn doors AFTER the horses have already run out! Please enjoy our July Newsletter, and if you see something that helps you, please let us know. Or if you don’t see something you would like to see, tell us that too!
The Revolution Is Coming… Again
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The window for getting your free upgrade to Windows 10 has slammed shut. But there are a lot of things that came out of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto this month. Our CEO, Lauren Schwartz, led a TechWise Group team again this year to the news-making event, and had many impressions of what is coming and how it will help all of the small and mid-sized businesses. In August, we’ll be sending out a brief white paper with Lauren’s thoughts and observations. Until then, here is a little preview:
 
“… Many of the demonstrations and speakers showed how many technologies, not all of them Microsoft’s, were woven together to solve problems. These solutions were deployed in a wide range of organizations, from non-profits to huge multi-national corporations. For the sake of organization, I’ve broken down what I saw into the three P’s:
1. The Pragmatic: Anything that was “ready for prime time” and in general, good things to consider for nearly any small business.
2. The Possible: Technologies that are generally available now that offer new possibilities.
3. The Prospective (potential): Technologies are going to be available in the future…”
 
Watch for the full version to come with the launch of our retooled blog in August!
 
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Here is a recap of our TechTips from this month. We try to help you as we celebrate independence to actually experience some of it while doing your day to day things. Here is a recap of the tips for July:
We would love your feedback on our content and your input on what YOU would like to learn about!  Thanks for reading!
Product Spotlight – SharePoint 2016
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Shared Folders and Beyond

Even though you missed the free upgrade to Windows 10, there is still some good news on the product front. SharePoint 2016 is here, further enhancing the experience of companies that want to share and collaborate easier and with more control.

The new features now available in SharePoint 2016 include:

  • SharePoint app for mobile phones
  • An improved mobile touch experiences
  • Improved user experience with App Launcher and User Interface changes
  • Previews of images and videos
  • Support for files larger than 2 GB
  • An updated blogging experience, including “drag and drop” feature to make it easier to add images to posts
  • The restrictions on file name length and other characters
  • Those files that are shared via the Durable Links feature will reference a site ID and document ID, so renamed or moved files will not result in broken links anymore
  • … and MORE!

If you have not seen nor experienced SharePoint as of yet, I’d encourage you to take a couple of hours and attend one of our Office 365 Workshops! (See below)

Upcoming Events & Announcements
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If you missed our Free Office 365 Workshop sessions in April, we’re doing a special summer session from August 16 to August 20! All workshop sessions will be held in our Training Center. Invites have been sent, but if you’d like to sign up right away, click here and let us know! These sessions are not for training; this is a dip of the toes into the waters of just what it is like to use Office 365 as the centerpiece of your business technology platform. We are showing you the most powerful and affordable cloud business suite out there!
 
Those of you not in the immediate Philadelphia area – we are planning to bring the Office 365 Workshops to Central Pennsylvania before the end of the year. If you are within relatively close proximity to the Greater Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, the sessions are being planned for their Front Street conference room, possibly in November. We would love your feedback to see when in the next six months would be best for you!

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