AI in Word Helps You Write Like a Pro

AI in Word Helps You Write Like a Pro Microsoft has embedded AI into Word, Excel, and PowerPoint via a feature called Ideas that improves the quality of your work with intelligent suggestions. This feature is available for Excel and PowerPoint today in cloud-connected versions of Microsoft Office like Microsoft Business, Business Premium, E3, E5 and Microsoft 365 E3 and E5. Ideas in Word is a new feature that is slowly rolling out to Office 365 customers and will be more widely available in fall. Ideas will help users do…

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Today in Office Productivity…

Today in Office Productivity… The “Modern Workplace” is not just a cool name for your office. It’s a term that describes how companies are using technology to stay ahead of the market, and it’s the new normal. That’s why for July, we are highlighting the newest features and updates in Microsoft Office. Learn what’s new in the latest versions Microsoft Office for your favorite tools like Word, Outlook, Edge, Excel and PowerPoint. These features are available in cloud-connected versions of Microsoft Office that are part of Microsoft Business, Business Premium,…

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Five Ways Your Company Can Still Use Skype for Business

Five Ways Your Company Can Still Use Skype for Business Microsoft Teams is the fastest growing business application in Microsoft history with nearly 500,000 organizations using the platform. But each organization is using Teams in different capacities. Some companies that we work with are also still utilizing Skype for Business, and that’s okay! As we wrap up our theme for June on Microsoft Teams, we want to explore what’s right for your company when it comes to collaboration software like Skype for Business and Teams. While the latter is officially…

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Big Updates for Bigger Teams

Big Updates for Bigger Teams Are you trying to stay on top of a growing team at work? Microsoft made some big changes to help optimize collaboration across all kinds of organizations that continue to increase in size. Today, we are continuing our June theme on Microsoft Teams and reviewing the newest features that help you stay connected with every member in your company. One Company, One Team Org-Wide Teams is a way for your company to add every employee to a single channel. This feature specifically targets small to…

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How to Manage your Team While Juggling Fire and Running a Marathon

How to Manage your Team While Juggling Fire and Running a Marathon Everything is on your phone! Well, maybe you already live on your phone. But not many apps guarantee security and efficiency when it comes to working from your phone. That’s why today we are continuing our June theme on Microsoft Teams and talking specifically about Teams for mobile. Do you happen to be one of two billion people worldwide who work in service and need to stay in frequent contact with coworkers? If you’re a Firstline Worker, a…

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Talk and Draw with Your Team from The Beach – Tech Tip for June 4th, 2019

Talk and Draw with Your Team from The Beach Did you hear the news? There is big momentum behind Microsoft Teams this year. You may have caught wind of the announcement at the Microsoft Build 2019 Conference, but we have even more updates to share. This month we are diving headfirst into how Teams is radically changing the way we interact at work. To get this month kicked off, let’s look at a couple of the new Teams features: Microsoft Whiteboard Integration in Teams All meeting attendees are now able…

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SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – SQL Licensing – Tech Tip for May 28th, 2019

SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – SQL Licensing – Tech Tip for May 28th, 2019

SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – SQL Licensing This month is slowly but surely coming to an end. For the month of May, we’ve talked about SQL Server EOL and went over different options for SQL on Azure. But now it’s time to dig into licensing! When it comes to SQL Server 2017 licensing, it’s all about choice. Depending on your performance needs and price points, you can choose between two editions of SQL Server 2017: 1. Enterprise Edition is great for applications that require high…

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SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – Migrate to Azure – Tech Tip for May 21st, 2019

SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – Migrate to Azure – Tech Tip for May 21st, 2019

SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – Migrate to Azure It's the month of May and we are going to continue to fill you in on Tech Tips around SQL! End of support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is nearly here! Microsoft’s support is going to end on July 9, 2019 and we want to help you prepare. That’s why this week we are discussing the benefits of migrating your applications to the Azure Cloud. Azure has the best security options. You will be able to…

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SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – What Are Your Plans? – Tech Tip for May 14th, 2019

SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – What Are Your Plans? – Tech Tip for May 14th, 2019

SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! - What Are Your Plans?  Our May Tech Tips are going to cover the impending end of support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. We’ll touch on the what end of support means, what your options for upgrading your on-premise environment and how SQL can be moved to Azure. What is End of Support? Microsoft’s support is going to end on July 9, 2019. That means there will be no more security updates after this date. What does this mean…

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April is All About Servers – What Cloud Are You On? – Tech Tip for April 30, 2019

April is All About Servers – What Cloud Are You On? – Tech Tip for April 30, 2019

What Cloud Are You On? – Tech Tip for April 30, 2019 Continuing on April's theme of All About Servers" we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about the different types of cloud services that can be used to replace or augment your on-premise servers. You have probably heard about cloud computing a lot by now, it has become a buzz word in every single industry. If you don’t fully understand it, don’t be concerned because the truth is that it is very complex. In this edition of Tech…

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April is All About Servers – Can I Have a Cloud Server? – Tech Tip for April 25, 2019

April is All About Servers – Can I Have a Cloud Server? – Tech Tip for April 25, 2019

Can I Have a Cloud Server? - Tech Tip for April 25, 2019 As we discussed in previous tech-tips this month servers can be used for a variety of purposes, today we would like to focus on questions we get a lot: Physical vs Virtual servers. What is the difference between them beyond the obvious? Is one better than the other? It may be easiest to understand the differences between physical server and virtual servers with an analogy. You can imagine a physical server as a very expensive hotel with…

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April is All About Servers – Spring Cleaning: Don’t Forget Your Server – Tech Tip for April 16, 2019

April is All About Servers – Spring Cleaning: Don’t Forget Your Server – Tech Tip for April 16, 2019

Spring Cleaning: Don’t Forget Your Server - Tech Tip for April 16, 2019 Spring cleaning is upon us! As you clean out your closets and freshen up the office we urge you to think about your servers. If you are still relying on that 5 year old server with the idea that "if it’s not broken, don’t fix it" now is a good time to upgrade! Everything has an expiration date, like with other gadgets, servers have to be updated at least every 5 years. The reason for that is…

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April is All About Servers – Why Servers Still Matter – Tech Tip for April 9, 2019

April is All About Servers – Why Servers Still Matter – Tech Tip for April 9, 2019

April is All About Servers - Why Servers Still Matter April is all about servers! We expressed to you in our last Tech Tip the basic fundamentals of what a server is and how it works. Many business decision makers are hesitant to the costs that comes with investing in traditional on-premise servers or server maintenance; losing sight on how vital a server’s functionality is to your network and company infrastructure. In today’s Tech Tip, we are going to outline why these traditional servers absolutely still matter to your organization.…

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April is all About Servers – What is a Server? – Tech Tip for April 2, 2019

April is all About Servers – What is a Server? – Tech Tip for April 2, 2019

April is all About Servers - What is a Server?  Spring is here and we can enjoy everything that comes along with it. We can appreciate the fresh breeze, blossoming of flowers, longer sunny days, and even Spring cleaning!   Many of our clients are also talking about upgrading their infrastructure and what to do about aging servers. So, for April, we thought we would spend some time looking at servers, what they are, why businesses need them and what the options are around server replacements.    Let’s get started with the…

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New features in Microsoft Office 365 – Tech Tip for March 26, 2019

New features in Microsoft Office 365 – Tech Tip for March 26, 2019

New features in Microsoft Office 365 - Keep Messages Secure When you need to protect the privacy of an email message, encrypt it. Encrypting an email message in Outlook means it's converted from readable plain text into scrambled cipher text. Only the recipient who has the private key that matches the public key used to encrypt the message can decipher the message for reading. Any recipient without the corresponding private key, however, sees indecipherable text. Outlook supports two encryption options which are S/MIME encryption and Office 365 Message Encryption or Information Rights Management…

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New features in Microsoft Office 365 – Tech Tip for March 19, 2019

New features in Microsoft Office 365 – Tech Tip for March 19, 2019

New features in Microsoft Office 365 - Morph your Slides in PowerPoint! This month we have been sharing some fantastic new features that Microsoft has rolled out for Office 365. Most of which enhance the ways that you can communicate and collaborate with others. Microsoft has stepped it up even more with the Morph transition tool in PowerPoint which allows you to animate smooth movement from one slide to the next! You can apply the Morph transition to slides to create the appearance of movement in a wide range of…

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New features in Microsoft Office 365 – Lost in Translation – Tech Tip for March 12, 2019

New features in Microsoft Office 365 – Lost in Translation – Tech Tip for March 12, 2019

New features in Microsoft Office 365 - Lost in Translation In our last Tech Tip, we shared how swiftly users can communicate to collaborate on projects using the Microsoft Office @mentions feature. In today's Tech Tip, you'll discover how easy it is to communicate in different languages with the help of the Translator for Outlook add-in feature. Translator for Outlook translates the words in your email on the fly. The translation is immediate and is displayed next to the reading pane in your mailbox. Users can translate emails with just…

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Important Alert – Security Vulnerability in Google Chrome

Security Vulnerability in Google Chrome Google has recently issued an urgent announcement in response to the appearance of a zero-day security vulnerability threat. Many of us use the Google Chrome search tool every day and will want to take action as soon as possible to stay clear from vicious malware attacks. Chrome users can do this by updating to version 72.0.3626.121 that was released early March. Here’s how: Open your Google Chrome browser Click the drop-down menu in Chrome in the top right right of your toolbar Select Help > then…

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Crayon Software Experts and TechWise Group Announce Strategic Technology Partnership

Crayon Software Experts and TechWise Group Announce Strategic Technology Partnership

Crayon Software Experts and TechWise Group Announce Strategic Technology Partnership The Crayon and TechWise Group partnership will provide cloud solutions with enhanced support for Small and Medium Business (SMB) customers. DALLAS, March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Crayon, the global leader in Software and Cloud Analytics, cloud and volume licensing, and associated consulting services officially announced its strategic partnership with TechWise Group. The partnership between the two leading cloud economics companies will benefit SMB customers in the eastern US region with robust and accelerated Microsoft 365 support and Microsoft 365 license management.…

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New features in Office 365 – Communicate with @mentions! – Tech Tip for March 5, 2019

New features in Office 365 – Communicate with @mentions! – Tech Tip for March 5, 2019

New features in Microsoft Office 365 – Communicate with @mentions! Have you finally gotten settled into 2019?! It’s a NEW Year, NEW You, and there are NEW features to check out in Microsoft Office 365! One of the tools you can use to grab someone’s attention when collaborating is the @mentions tool. When you comment on a document, presentation, or spreadsheet and use the "@" sign with a name of someone from your address list, the person you mention receives an email with a link to your comment. Clicking the link…

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Upgrade to Windows 10 – Achieve More – Tech Tip for February 26, 2019

Upgrade to Windows 10 – Achieve More – Tech Tip for February 26, 2019

Upgrade to Windows 10 – Achieve More We’re all familiar with the phrase Work Smarter, Not Harder - which brings us to more interesting ways the features in Windows 10 help to increase your overall productivity. In today’s Tech Tip, you’ll learn how the various features help users work smarter, collaborate seamlessly, and supports unique workstyles. It’s no surprise that features in Windows 10 OS help people stay in the flow, work faster, and find what they need. The Microsoft Search tool in Windows 10 helps users locate apps, settings, documents, and…

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Upgrade to Windows 10 – Enhance your Digital Memories – Tech Tip for February 19, 2019

Upgrade to Windows 10 – Enhance your Digital Memories – Tech Tip for February 19, 2019

Upgrade to Windows 10 – Enhance your Digital Memories  Not only do you benefit from the features in Windows 10 by saving valuable time and providing comprehensive security, but it brings you interesting apps to get in touch with your creative side! In our last Tech Tip, we shared some of the new cool features to take advantage of with the upgrade to Windows 10 OS. In today’s Tech Tip, we’re going show you some of the amazing features specifically in the Windows Photos App to organize, edit, and share your…

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Upgrade to Windows 10 – Fascinating Features – Tech Tip for February 12, 2019

Upgrade to Windows 10 – Fascinating Features – Tech Tip for February 12, 2019

Upgrade to Windows 10 – Fascinating Features In our last Tech Tip, we enlightened you on the news of Windows 7 End of Life going into effect on January 14, 2020. Get the new and improved Windows when you upgrade to the Windows 10 operating system. We want to fill you in on all the great features Windows 10 has to offer! Windows 10 delivers an even better Start Menu, expanding the possibilities and bringing over your favorite apps and pins so they're easily accessible. Not only does it make multitasking…

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Upgrade to Windows 10 – Are you ready for Windows 7 End of Life? – Tech Tip for February 5, 2019

Upgrade to Windows 10 – Are you ready for Windows 7 End of Life? – Tech Tip for February 5, 2019

Upgrade to Windows 10 – Are you ready for Windows 7 End of Life? All good things must come to an end! Microsoft has ended mainstream support on Windows 7 effective January 13, 2015, but extended support will end on January 14, 2020. What this means, is that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, patches, or support for PCs running on a Windows 7 operating system. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to move to Windows 10 before it’s too late! We’re going to provide tips on ways to…

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