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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Microsoft Teams Calling Plans: Business Voice Features & Pricing – Tech Tip for November 9, 2021

Microsoft Teams Calling Plans: Business Voice Features & Pricing – Tech Tip for November 9, 2021

  Microsoft Teams Calling Plans: Business Voice Features & Pricing - Tech Tip for November 9, 2021 Continuing with this month’s closer look at Microsoft Teams Voice, this week we’re sharing information about calling plans. With Microsoft Teams you can make voice calls over the Internet from one Teams user to another. But let’s say you want to make a call to a cell phone or desk phone or you want to replace your desk phones or corporate issued cell phones with Teams. That’s where calling plans come in. If…

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Microsoft Teams Voice: Business Voice vs. Enterprise Voice – Tech Tip for November 2, 2021

Microsoft Teams Voice: Business Voice vs. Enterprise Voice – Tech Tip for November 2, 2021

  Microsoft Teams Voice: Business Voice vs. Enterprise Voice - Tech Tip for November 2, 2021 TechWise Group has recently been fielding lots of questions about Microsoft Teams Voice. With so many of our customers continuing to work remotely or in a hybrid scenario, having a cloud-based calling solution has become critical. To this end, we’re going to take another look at Microsoft Teams Voice. To get started, let’s review some of the differences between Microsoft 365 Business Voice and Enterprise Voice. Features of Microsoft 365 Business Voice and Enterprise…

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Cybersecurity Awareness: Social Media Safety – Tech Tip for October 26, 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness: Social Media Safety – Tech Tip for October 26, 2021

  Cybersecurity Awareness: Social Media Safety - Tech Tip for October 26, 2021 Are you an “Oversharer”? Do you share too much information about yourself on social media? In this week’s Tech Tip for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re taking a look at the risks of sharing personal details on social media. Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart - never click and tell. Oversharing and Geotagging Everyone seems to be posting their information on social media - from personal addresses to where they like to grab coffee. You may figure, if everyone’s doing…

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Cybersecurity Awareness: Protect Connected Devices – Tech Tip for October 20, 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness: Protect Connected Devices – Tech Tip for October 20, 2021

  Cybersecurity Awareness: Protect Connected Devices - Tech Tip for October 20, 2021 As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month and continuing to help you and your organization to “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”, this week’s TechTip addresses the importance of protecting Internet connected devices… “If you connect it, protect it”. What Is a Connected Device? A connected device is anything that is connected to the Internet, via wire, wireless or cell mobile connectivity. It could be your laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile phone or even your smart TV. How to Protect a Connected Device…

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Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing And Smishing – Tech Tip for October 12, 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing And Smishing – Tech Tip for October 12, 2021

  Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing And Smishing - Tech Tip for October 12, 2021 We continue to provide cybersecurity awareness content during October as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month to help you and your organization to “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”  Individual awareness is a big part of being “CyberSmart”. This week, we’re covering how to help users recognize phishing attacks, including those from SMS messages - sometimes referred to as “smishing”. What is Phishing? Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone…

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Cybersecurity Awareness: Multifactor Authentication (MFA) – Tech Tip for October 5, 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness: Multifactor Authentication (MFA) – Tech Tip for October 5, 2021

  Cybersecurity Awareness: Multifactor Authentication (MFA) - Tech Tip for October 5, 2021 October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Now in its 18th year, cybersecurity and technology focused organizations use this month to continue to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. One of the goals of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is ensuring that all technology users have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. That's why the following theme is used to promote Cybersecurity Awareness Month: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Being CyberSmart requires both proactive security measures…

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