Organize & Simplify: Voice Calling for Microsoft Teams  – Tech Tip for January 19, 2021

Organize & Simplify: Voice Calling for Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for January 19, 2021

Organize & Simplify: Voice Calling for Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for January 19, 2021 Well, here we are in the third week of 2021! We’re continuing our theme of organizing and simplifying your work, as well as getting more use and value out of your investment in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams.  Let’s talk some more about talking… This time let’s look at Teams as a replacement for your business phone system. Not only can you replace your current conference calling solution with Voice Calling for Microsoft Teams, but you…

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Organize & Simplify: Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing  – Tech Tip for January 12, 2021

Organize & Simplify: Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing – Tech Tip for January 12, 2021

Organize & Simplify: Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing - Tech Tip for January 12, 2021 Welcome to the second week of 2021! We’re continuing on our theme of organizing and simplifying your work using features and apps you probably already have access to through Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams. Let’s talk about talking… well actually utilizing Teams for conference calls. Did you know that you can replace your current conference calling solution with Microsoft Teams? Not only does this simplify the number of products you and your team must install and then learn to…

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Organize & Simplify: Teams & Channels In Microsoft Teams  – Tech Tip for January 5, 2021

Organize & Simplify: Teams & Channels In Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for January 5, 2021

Organize & Simplify: Teams & Channels In Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for January 5, 2021 Happy 2021 everyone! The new year is always a great time for starting fresh and getting organized. We thought we would focus January’s Tech Tips on ways to organize and simplify your work using features and apps you probably already have access to through Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams. To start off, here are some useful tips on when to create a Team in Microsoft Teams versus a Channel and understanding how many Channels…

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Better Cybersecurity: Tech Gifts for Your Business – Tech Tip for December 22, 2020

Better Cybersecurity: Tech Gifts for Your Business – Tech Tip for December 22, 2020

Better Cybersecurity: Tech Gifts for Your Business - Tech Tip for December 22, 2020 2020 is quickly drawing to a close (thankfully). We have already received our best possible holiday gift… a COVID-19 vaccine and the hope of returning to some level of normalcy in the spring or summer. As we look toward 2021, we wanted to turn our holiday tech gift recommendations to a more serious topic: cybersecurity. As you may be aware with recent news, cybersecurity threats are increasing in frequency and are becoming even more harmful than…

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Let The Games Begin: Tech Gifts for Gamers – Tech Tip for December 15, 2020

Let The Games Begin: Tech Gifts for Gamers – Tech Tip for December 15, 2020

Let The Games Begin: Tech Gifts for Gamers - Tech Tip for December 15, 2020 Are you considering buying a new PC for the gamer in your life (or perhaps you are that gamer)? Wading through the tech specs and recommendations for gaming PCs can be pretty challenging. As part of this month’s tech gift series, here are TechWise Group’s tips for selecting the ultimate PC and accessories for gaming. Keep in mind, we’re techies and gaming enthusiasts so there is nothing low budget about our recommendations. RAM, Processors and…

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Kid-Friendly Laptops: Tech Gifts for Students – Tech Tip for December 8, 2020

Kid-Friendly Laptops: Tech Gifts for Students – Tech Tip for December 8, 2020

Kid-Friendly Laptops: Tech Gifts for Students - Tech Tip for December 8, 2020 With virtual school becoming the norm rather than the exception, many parents are looking for a laptop for their kids to use. Laptops have been in short supply and a little more expensive due to COVID, but there are a few kid (and wallet) friendly options out there. As part of this month’s tech gifts series, here are some suggestions for kid-friendly laptops that are below $600. Microsoft Surface Obviously our first recommendation is going to be…

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Lights, Camera, Action: Tech Gifts for Better Online Meetings – Tech Tip for December 1, 2020

Lights, Camera, Action: Tech Gifts for Better Online Meetings – Tech Tip for December 1, 2020

Lights, Camera, Action: Tech Gifts for Better Online Meetings - Tech Tip for December 1, 2020 It’s December and that means it is time for TechWise Group to share our top picks for tech gifts for home, home office (since so many of us are working from home) and family. Since so much of our work and social lives now revolve around online meetings, we thought we would start off with some of our top picks for improving online meetings. Lights The simplest and least expensive way to improve your…

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Know Your Acronyms To Protect Against SPAM – Tech Tip for November 24, 2020

Know Your Acronyms To Protect Against SPAM – Tech Tip for November 24, 2020

Know Your Acronyms To Protect Against SPAM - Tech Tip for November 24, 2020 To conclude our monthly theme of combating spam, this week we are covering some protocols that are important when protecting your organization against spam and malware. We recommend that all our clients deploy DKIM, SPF, and DMARC. These three protocols add another layer of spam filtering that allows you to quarantine suspicious emails and review reports on specific emails within your organization. Because these protocols can only be enabled from the Microsoft Exchange Admin Center or…

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Defend Against Spam Using Microsoft Defender – Tech Tip for November 17, 2020

Defend Against Spam Using Microsoft Defender – Tech Tip for November 17, 2020

Defend Against Spam Using Microsoft Defender - Tech Tip for November 17, 2020   This week, as part of our monthly theme of combating spam, we are going to focus on Microsoft Defender for Office 365. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is a cloud-based email filtering service that helps protect your organization against unknown spam, malware, and viruses. Formerly known as Office 365 Advance, Microsoft Defender is a robust solution for safeguarding your organization against malicious threats posted by email messages, links (URLs), and collaboration tools. It is compatible with…

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How To Combat Spam – Tech Tip for November 11, 2020

How To Combat Spam – Tech Tip for November 11, 2020

How To Combat Spam - Tech Tip for November 11, 2020   This week, as part of our monthly theme of dealing with spam, we are focusing on strategies for combating spam. As mentioned last week, spam is any kind of unwanted, unsolicited digital communication, often an email, that gets sent out in bulk. Spam comes in two forms. It can simply be benign marketing emails that are just an annoyance, or it can be malicious. The most common form of malicious spam is typically phishing emails from bad actors. …

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How To Spot Spam – Tech Tip for November 3, 2020

How To Spot Spam – Tech Tip for November 3, 2020

How To Spot Spam - Tech Tip for November 3, 2020 As we continue to grapple with Coronavirus, we have another scourge to deal with… tremendous amounts of spam. This month our Tech Tips will focus on strategies to identify and combat spam. What is Spam? Spam is any kind of unwanted, unsolicited digital communication, often an email, that gets sent out in bulk. There are several types of spam to consider. On one end of the spam spectrum, you have mostly benign marketing spam from unscrupulous sellers. On the…

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Tools for Success: Planning Your Day in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 28, 2020

Tools for Success: Planning Your Day in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 28, 2020

Tools for Success: Planning Your Day in Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for October 28, 2020 To conclude our monthly theme of highlighting various scheduling tools discussing their use and benefits, this week we are going to focus on Microsoft Planner. As we mentioned last week, Planner will soon be renamed Microsoft Tasks. Planner features a simple to use card-based interface where you can create tasks and buckets (categories) for tasks. Using Planner, you can easily integrate your tasks from Outlook, or attach and view task documentation by linking it…

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Tools for Success: Staying on Task in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 20, 2020

Tools for Success: Staying on Task in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 20, 2020

Tools for Success: Staying on Task in Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for October 20, 2020 This week, as part of our monthly theme of highlighting various scheduling tools and discussing their use and benefits, we are focusing on Microsoft Tasks. Microsoft Tasks brings together the features of Microsoft Planner and Microsoft To Do as well as Outlook Tasks into one app. Microsoft Tasks will allow users to create plans using cards and manage team plans. In addition, it will allow users to manage individual tasks and to-do lists all…

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Tools for Success: Using To Do in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 13, 2020

Tools for Success: Using To Do in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 13, 2020

Tools for Success: Using To Do in Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for October 13, 2020 Continuing our monthly theme of highlighting various Teams scheduling tools and discussing their use and benefits, this week we are focusing on Microsoft To Do. To Do allows you to optimize your day by keeping track of actions that need to be completed. Microsoft has integrated To Do’s functionality with Outlook and with Teams. When to Use To Do There are several reasons for using To Do: To Do allows users to plan their…

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Tools for Success: Using Lists in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 6, 2020

Tools for Success: Using Lists in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 6, 2020

Tools for Success: Using Lists in Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for October 6, 2020 Microsoft recently updated SharePoint Lists and included them as a feature in Teams. This poses the questions... When do I use Planner? Lists? Tasks? and To Do? So many lists... so little time. To bring some clarity, this month we're taking a good hard look at these “tools for success” and making our own list of the best ways to use these tools to get stuff done. Let’s look at Lists - which is really…

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Move Your Meeting To Mobile – Tech Tip for September 22, 2020

Move Your Meeting To Mobile – Tech Tip for September 22, 2020

Move Your Meeting To Mobile - Tech Tip for September 22, 2020 Ever been in a Microsoft Teams meeting on your desktop or laptop but needed to step away from your desk to hop in the car and get the kids or take the dog for a walk? As part of our monthly theme of using Microsoft Teams on the go, this week we’re sharing how to transfer a meeting to your phone from your computer. From the Microsoft Teams app on your phone: Open the calendar. Select the Join…

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Join Teams Meetings On The Go – Tech Tip for September 16, 2020

Join Teams Meetings On The Go – Tech Tip for September 16, 2020

Join Team Meetings On The Go - Tech Tip for September 16, 2020 Continuing with our monthly theme of using Microsoft Teams on the go, this week we’re covering how to join a Teams meeting from your mobile device quickly and easily using a variety of methods. No matter where you are, if you have Microsoft Teams installed on your mobile device, you can join a meeting. Here are some tips to help you do this: Join by Link from a Meeting Invite If you have the Teams app installed…

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Share Content On The Go With Teams Mobile – Tech Tip for September 8, 2020

Share Content On The Go With Teams Mobile – Tech Tip for September 8, 2020

Share Content On The Go With Teams Mobile - Tech Tip for September 8, 2020 As part of our monthly theme of using Microsoft Teams on the go, this week we’re covering how to use Teams mobile to share content from your mobile device during a meeting. This can be especially helpful for those times when you’re not able to be at your desk during a Teams meeting but need to share a presentation or a document. On Teams mobile you can present PowerPoint slides, share videos or photos and…

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Enjoy Some Free Time – Microsoft Teams Helps You Work AND Play – Tech Tip for September 1, 2020

Enjoy Some Free Time – Microsoft Teams Helps You Work AND Play – Tech Tip for September 1, 2020

Enjoy Some Free Time - Microsoft Teams Helps You Work AND Play - Tech Tip for September 1, 2020 We all love our mobile phones… maybe a little too much. This month, our Tech Tips will focus on tips for using Microsoft Teams on the go. We’ll cover sharing content, joining meetings and transferring calls from your laptop to your phone. But first off, let’s take control of your Teams notifications so that you can make sure your work doesn’t interfere with personal time. Set Up Quiet Hours and Quiet…

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Is It Legal To Record And Share Online Meetings? – Tech Tip for August 25, 2020

Is It Legal To Record And Share Online Meetings? – Tech Tip for August 25, 2020

Is It Legal To Record And Share Online Meetings? - Tech Tip for August 25, 2020 Our last Tech Tip for August covers the legalities around recording meetings and then sharing those meeting recordings. This post was written by our corporate attorney, Edward S. Robson. With many of us working from home, the use of Microsoft Teams and similar platforms to hold virtual meetings has exploded. These platforms allow users to easily record meetings for later use. Those recordings, however, can lead to significant legal liability if not made in…

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Resolve Common Connectivity Issues Fast – Tech Tip for August 19, 2020

Resolve Common Connectivity Issues Fast – Tech Tip for August 19, 2020

Resolve Common Connectivity Issues Fast - Tech Tip for August 19, 2020 This week, as part of our August theme of helping make your online meetings more efficient and productive, we’re sharing additional tips for troubleshooting common Microsoft Teams meeting issues. This week we’re focusing on connectivity issues. Try Connecting through the Web Client It can be very frustrating when you can’t join a meeting and you’re pressed for time. Provided that you are certain that you have Internet connectivity, you can connect to Microsoft Teams using the web client…

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Can You Hear Me Now? – Tech Tip for August 11, 2020

Can You Hear Me Now? – Tech Tip for August 11, 2020

Can You Hear Me Now? - Tech Tip for August 11, 2020 As part of our monthly theme of additional tips to help make your online meetings more efficient and productive, this week we’re covering a common troubleshooting issue. Want to make sure you’re being heard in your Microsoft Teams meetings and calls? Here are a few handy tips to address common audio issues. Make Sure You're Not on Mute While this might seem super obvious, if other meeting participants can’t hear you, forgetting to unmute may be the culprit.…

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Keep Microsoft Teams Meetings Secure for Hosts and Participants – Tech Tip for August 4, 2020

Keep Microsoft Teams Meetings Secure for Hosts and Participants – Tech Tip for August 4, 2020

Keep Microsoft Teams Meetings Secure for Hosts and Participants - Tech Tip for August 4, 2020 Happy August! This month we’re going to give you some tips on how to make your Microsoft Teams meetings more secure, troubleshoot common issues and understand what the legalities are around recording and sharing meeting recordings. Ever wondered if someone could be listening in on your meeting or recording you? Want to know how to keep your Microsoft Teams meetings more secure for hosts and participants? Here are a few useful tips to follow:…

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Fun with Teams! Emojis, Fun Filters and a Virtual Water Cooler – Tech Tip for July 28, 2020

Fun with Teams! Emojis, Fun Filters and a Virtual Water Cooler – Tech Tip for July 28, 2020

Fun with Teams! Emojis, Fun Filters and a Virtual Water Cooler - Tech Tip for July 28, 2020 To wrap up our July theme of additional Microsoft Teams tips and tricks, we thought we would share suggestions on how to have some fun with Teams. Discover New Emojis with “:word” Emojis are great for expressing a mood or sentiment in a chat. However, it can be difficult to find the best emoji to express an emotion, even if we know it exists somewhere. Did you know that in the Microsoft…

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