New Microsoft Excel Changes – Tech Tip For August 10, 2022

New Microsoft Excel Changes – Tech Tip For August 10, 2022

  New Microsoft Excel Changes - Tech Tip For August 10, 2022 Many Microsoft Office users would agree that Microsoft Excel is the most powerful Microsoft Office application. It is the Swiss Army Knife of productivity software. Excel boasts a number of capabilities and businesses use it for things like traditional financial spreadsheets, expense tracking, as an address book, incident log, a CRM, and the list goes on. In this week’s Tech Tip, we’re going to take a look at some of the newest features added to Excel for Microsoft…

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New Microsoft Outlook Changes – Tech Tip For August 3, 2022

New Microsoft Outlook Changes – Tech Tip For August 3, 2022

  New Microsoft Outlook Changes - Tech Tip For August 3, 2022 New features are always being added to Microsoft 365. For this month’s tech tips, we are going to take a look at the changes in the Microsoft Office apps (the desktop versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.) Here are some of the updates to Outlook that were rolled out in version 16.0.15330.20196 of Office. To find out which version of Office you are running, look here: About Office: What version of Office am I using? (microsoft.com)…

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What Is Microsoft Azure? – Tech Tip For July 20, 2022

What Is Microsoft Azure? – Tech Tip For July 20, 2022

  What Is Microsoft Azure? - Tech Tip For July 20, 2022 This month, our Tech Tips take a closer look at Microsoft Azure. It’s been a popular topic with our customers as they look to enhancing their ability to work remotely, improve business continuity and, when they consider replacing server hardware. Let’s get started with the basics. What is Azure anyway? Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service that works similarly to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Google Cloud Platform. In the case of Azure, we mean actual “computing as a service”.…

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Text Message Phishing Scams – Tech Tip For June 22, 2022

Text Message Phishing Scams – Tech Tip For June 22, 2022

  Text Message Phishing Scams - Tech Tip For June 22, 2022 This month we are recapping the most important tech tips that we have shared you in 2022 so far. This week we are going to recap our March 2022 cybersecurity tech tips but with a little twist. We’re going to cover “Smishing” which stands for text message (or SMS) phishing scams. “Smishing” occurs when scammers send fake text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information – things like your password, account number, or Social Security…

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Microsoft Teams 2022 Updates – Tech Tip For June 15, 2022

Microsoft Teams 2022 Updates – Tech Tip For June 15, 2022

  Microsoft Teams 2022 Updates - Tech Tip For June 15, 2022 This month we are recapping the most important tech tips that we have shared you in 2022 so far. In February, we covered the new features rolling out in Microsoft Teams. Features include: Ways to improve meeting experiences including music mode and video mirroring. A new wave of Teams compatible devices such HD cameras, headphones, portable features, and even Teams features in the Meta Portal. Walkie-talkie (aka push-to-talk) features that allow frontline workers to use Teams on their…

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Semi-Annual Tech Tip Highlights Important Microsoft Price Increase Deadline Approaching – Tech Tip For June 8, 2022

Semi-Annual Tech Tip Highlights Important Microsoft Price Increase Deadline Approaching – Tech Tip For June 8, 2022

  Semi-Annual Tech Tip Highlights - Important Microsoft Price Increase Deadline Approaching - Tech Tip For June 8, 2022 The It’s June! Can you believe we are almost halfway through 2022? This month we want to recap the most important tech tips that we have shared you in 2022 so far. First up is a recap of the Microsoft NCE program that we covered in our January tech tips January 2022 - TechWise Group | A Fresh Take On Tech. The final Microsoft NCE deadline is approaching at the end…

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Windows 11 22H2 Tablet Updates – Tech Tip For April 26, 2022

Windows 11 22H2 Tablet Updates – Tech Tip For April 26, 2022

  Windows 11 22H2 Tablet Updates - Tech Tip For April 26, 2022 The Windows 11 22H2 release that is coming later this year is not only bringing new features to the Windows desktop for PCs and laptops, but there will also be improvements for tablet users. Microsoft is introducing several significant new changes designed to enhance the touch-first user experience on Windows 11. The Taskbar will now minimize when Windows detects it's being used on a tablet, just like the iPad OS. To access the Taskbar, a short swipe…

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Windows 11 version 22H2: Start Menu Updates – Tech Tip For April 19, 2022

Windows 11 version 22H2: Start Menu Updates – Tech Tip For April 19, 2022

  Windows 11 version 22H2: Start Menu Updates - Tech Tip For April 19, 2022 Let’s continue our look at new features coming your way for Windows 11 version 22H2 arriving later this year. Last week we looked at anti-phishing features. This week, let’s take a look at some of the Start menu improvements. Windows 11 22H2 brings new settings to customize the “Recommended” section in the Start menu. While it’s still not possible to disable and remove the feature, you can now choose from three different options in the…

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Windows 11 version 22H2: Phishing Protection – Tech Tip For April 12, 2022

Windows 11 version 22H2: Phishing Protection – Tech Tip For April 12, 2022

  Windows 11 version 22H2: Phishing Protection - Tech Tip For April 12, 2022 Windows 11 version 22H2 is arriving later this year. It won't be a massive release, but there will be several improvements and bugs fixes. Microsoft recently previewed a few of these new features. Let’s take a look starting with Phishing Protection. One of the new security features is enhanced phishing protection. In version 22H2, Microsoft Defender SmartScreen will be getting significant improvements and protection from the chip to the cloud by combining modern hardware and software.…

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Responding to Cybersecurity Threats – Tech Tip For March 23, 2022

Responding to Cybersecurity Threats – Tech Tip For March 23, 2022

  Responding to Cybersecurity Threats - Tech Tip For March 23, 2022 In our third tech tip for March, and in light of The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issuing a “Shields Up Event,” we are reviewing our top recommendations for protecting your organization against cyber threats. In previous weeks we discussed tools and technologies to reduce the potential for a cyber intrusion as well as the importance of end-user education.  This week we touch on the readiness required to respond to a potential cybersecurity incident. …

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How To Prevent Cyber Attacks – Tech Tip For March 15, 2022

How To Prevent Cyber Attacks – Tech Tip For March 15, 2022

  How To Prevent Cyber Attacks - Tech Tip For March 15, 2022 In our second tech tip for March, we are continuing to review our top recommendations for protecting your organization against cyber threats Last week we talked about tools and technologies to help reduce the potential for a cyber intrusion. Another important front-line of protection against cyber threats are your employees. The better educated your organization is about what a potentially malicious cyber threat looks like, the less likely your organization will let a threat in. There are…

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DHS Issues Cybersecurity Warning Due to Conflict in Ukraine–Tech Tip For March 8, 2022

DHS Issues Cybersecurity Warning Due to Conflict in Ukraine–Tech Tip For March 8, 2022

  DHS Issues Cybersecurity Warning Due to Conflict in Ukraine - Tech Tip For March 8, 2022 As Russian military forces escalate attacks in Ukraine, The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued a “Shields Up” Event According to CISA “While there are no specific or credible cyber threats to the U.S. homeland at this time, Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which has involved cyber-attacks on the Ukrainian government and critical infrastructure organizations, may impact organizations both within and beyond the region. Every organization—large and small—must…

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Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie App – Tech Tip For February 23, 2022

Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie App – Tech Tip For February 23, 2022

  Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie App - Tech Tip For February 23, 2022 Did you know that Microsoft Teams offers a Walkie Talkie app? The Walkie Talkie app in Teams provides instant push-to-talk (PTT) communication for your team and is now available on Android & iOS. Walkie Talkie allows users to connect with their team using the same underlying channels they're already members of. Only users who connect to Walkie Talkie in a channel become participants and can communicate with each other using push-to-talk, one at a time. With Walkie…

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Microsoft Teams Compatible Devices – Tech Tip For February 15, 2022

Microsoft Teams Compatible Devices – Tech Tip For February 15, 2022

  Microsoft Teams Compatible Devices - Tech Tip For February 15, 2022 As more and more companies move to Microsoft Teams as a replacement for the traditional phone system and conferencing solutions, Teams compatible hardware is always a discussion point. For basic calling, using a headset and the dialing options within Teams is a great way to go. There is a wide range of traditional desk phones available from manufacturers including Poly, Yealink, AudioCodes, and Crestron.  You can see the full list here: Devices for Teams - Microsoft Teams |…

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New Microsoft Teams Capabilities – Tech Tip For February 9, 2022

New Microsoft Teams Capabilities – Tech Tip For February 9, 2022

  New Microsoft Teams Capabilities - Tech Tip For February 9, 2022 In January Microsoft announced many new Microsoft Teams capabilities. These new features enable speakers and attendees to be more engaged with their audiences, allow for fewer distractions and more inclusive behaviors. In our Tech Tips this month, we are going to look at some of these new features. Let’s get started by taking a look at a few key enhancements that were made to Meetings. Custom background on web Custom backgrounds are now available to web users. You…

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Tips For Transitioning To Microsoft’s New Commerce Experience (NCE) – Tech Tip For January 25, 2022

Tips For Transitioning To Microsoft’s New Commerce Experience (NCE) – Tech Tip For January 25, 2022

  Tips For Transitioning To Microsoft’s New Commerce Experience (NCE) - Tech Tip For January 25, 2022 Happy third week of 2022! We are continuing our coverage of Microsoft’s New Commerce Experience (NCE) which officially rolled out on January 10th. This week we will cover some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Before we get started with the FAQs, here’s a recap of the changes included in the NCE program: A price increase to many seat-based cloud licenses including some Office 365 and Microsoft 365 SKUs. An enforcement of licensing terms –…

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Understanding Agreement Types for Microsoft NCE – Tech Tip For January 19, 2022

Understanding Agreement Types for Microsoft NCE – Tech Tip For January 19, 2022

  FAQs About Microsoft Seat-Based Licensing Changes - Tech Tip For January 19, 2022 Happy third week of 2022! We are continuing our coverage of Microsoft’s New Commerce Experience (NCE) which officially rolled out on January 10th. This week we will cover some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Before we get started with the FAQs, here’s a recap of the changes included in the NCE program: To recap, the NCE program includes the following changes: While specifics of the NCE program may change, overall the NCE rollout includes the following: A…

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Understanding Agreement Types for Microsoft NCE – Tech Tip For January 12, 2022

Understanding Agreement Types for Microsoft NCE – Tech Tip For January 12, 2022

  Understanding Agreement Types for Microsoft NCE - Tech Tip For January 12, 2022 Happy second week of 2022! We are continuing our coverage of recently announced changes to Microsoft seat-based licensing for cloud products such as Microsoft 365 and Office 365. Microsoft’s new licensing model called New Commerce Experience (NCE) officially rolled out on January 10th. This week we will cover the new agreement types. To recap, the NCE program includes the following changes: While specifics of the NCE program may change, overall the NCE rollout includes the following:…

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Microsoft Announces A New Licensing Model – Tech Tip For January 4, 2022

Microsoft Announces A New Licensing Model – Tech Tip For January 4, 2022

  Microsoft Announces A New Licensing Model - Tech Tip For January 4, 2022 Happy New Year! As we start off our tech tips for 2022, we wanted to spend the month of January covering recently announced, important changes to Microsoft seat-based licensing for cloud products like Microsoft 365 and Office 365. Microsoft announced a new licensing model called New Commerce Experience (NCE) which is slated for rollout in mid-January. This week we will cover a summary of the changes and take a deeper look at the SKUs that are…

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Tech Gifts For Kids – Tech Tip for December 22, 2021

Tech Gifts For Kids – Tech Tip for December 22, 2021

  Tech Gifts For Kids – Tech Tip for December 22, 2021 With the holiday season in full swing, we wanted to touch on a few tech gifts for kids. There are lots of great gifts out there to inspire your little techies whether they aspire to be a programmer, video game designer, robotics engineer, or something entirely different. For your future video game designer; the Pixicade Mobile Game Maker allows your kids to draw their own games and then animate them to bring them to life. Get the Pixicade…

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Log4Shell Cybersecurity Vulnerability – Tech Tip for December 15, 2021

Log4Shell Cybersecurity Vulnerability – Tech Tip for December 15, 2021

  Log4Shell Cybersecurity Vulnerability - Tech Tip for December 15, 2021 This second December Tech Tip is not going to be about more tech gifts for the holidays. Instead, we need to turn attention towards a large cybersecurity vulnerability called Log4Shell that is quickly becoming one of the largest exploits in history. What is Log4Shell? Log4Shell is the name of a vulnerability in Apache Log4J code. Apache Log4J is a Java-based logging platform that can be used to analyze web server access logs or application logs. Logging is a process…

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Tech Gifts For Gadget Lovers – Tech Tip for December 7, 2021

Tech Gifts For Gadget Lovers – Tech Tip for December 7, 2021

  Tech Gifts For Gadget Lovers - Tech Tip for December 7, 2021 Can you believe we’re into the holiday season already? Christmas is just 3 weeks away! With that in mind, let’s start looking at some techie holiday gifts for the tech gadget lover in your life. Let’s start off with a classic… the PlayStation Classic: After all, what would beat giving a gaming nut the opportunity to relive the glory days of the original PlayStation console? This reissue is a mini version that comes with 20 games (think Final Fantasy VII and Resident…

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Microsoft Teams Calling: Teams Mobile App – Tech Tip for November 23, 2021

Microsoft Teams Calling: Teams Mobile App – Tech Tip for November 23, 2021

  Microsoft Teams Calling: Teams Mobile App - Tech Tip for November 23, 2021 Happy (almost) Thanksgiving. To wrap up this month’s Tech Tips on calling for Microsoft Teams, we are going to touch on using the calling features with a mobile device like a cell phone. Microsoft Teams has a mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The first step is to make sure that the app is installed on your mobile device. Directions on how to set up your Teams mobile app can be found here. The Teams…

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Microsoft Teams Calling & Teams Meetings: Security – Tech Tip for November 16, 2021

Microsoft Teams Calling & Teams Meetings: Security – Tech Tip for November 16, 2021

  Microsoft Teams Calling & Teams Meetings: Security - Tech Tip for November 16, 2021 Is your organization concerned about the security of your calls and online meetings? Here are some of the many features that make Microsoft Teams Calling and Meetings secure. Authentication: If enabled for Microsoft 365 overall, team-wide and organization-wide two-factor authentication and single sign-on (SSO) through Active Directory is enforced for both Teams Calling and Teams Meetings. Encryption: By default, Microsoft 365 data is encrypted in transit and at rest. However, if your organization has strict…

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