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Get more out of Microsoft Office 365

Posted by Corey Stoner on Feb 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

I have been working with Office 365 for a couple of years, and while Office 365 discussions have been dominated by migrating email to the cloud, conversations have now started to turn to “What else can I do with Office365?”

522216413_1280x720.jpgAfter most companies have dipped their toes in the water, most of them are ready to jump in and start using more of the suite. If they are looking at using SharePoint, I will be the first to admit that I am the wrong guy to be asking about SharePoint.  I can give them the 10,000 ft. overview, but if they want to really get into it, I’d refer them to our resident SharePoint expert. If they want to look into other parts of the suite, then I am your guy. Let’s take a look at some of the other offerings from Office 365.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business always seems like a no brainer to me, but I have been using instant messaging since I signed up forSkype-for-Business.svg.png my first ICQ account, (I hope I haven’t dated myself too much). But surprisingly a lot of businesses are not using instant messaging or think it’s not for them. My first question to them is “Do you text message?” Of course everyone does these days, but why? Because it is easier than calling someone for a quick answer. This is the same for instant messaging, I want to communicate with someone but don’t want to fill up my inbox with quick one line questions or answers. There are many other reasons but this is one that gets people thinking about it.  Communication is key in all businesses and Microsoft’s Skype for Business provides a feature rich instant messaging program that is included in most Office 365 subscriptions.

OneDrive for Business

OneDrive for Business seems to come up in more conversations when users discuss pain points when trying to manage documents. More and more users are working outside of the main office and want a better way to have access to their documents. Users want access to these documents from a verity of media; Laptops, Tablets’ and Smart Phones, and are now capable of opening and working on documents remotely. Telling users, they can only use a VPN to connect to their file server is getting harder and harder to justify. Just think if you still had to VPN to get your email. Those days are thankfully behind us. OneDrive is a good way to have mobile access to your documents without giving up security concerns. You can also share these documents with internal and external users.

Yammer, Planner, Delve, and Teams

computer-pc-workplace-home-office-159760.jpegOnce you have documents online you can start using more of the Office 365 Suite to collaborate and work on documents as part of projects or together in teams. With Products such as Yammer, Microsoft Planner, Delve and now Microsoft Teams, you can now keep all of your documents and conversations organized and in one place. Think of the way we collaborate on documents now, most of us will email a document back and forth to each other. This causes multiple copies of a document, both on your file servers and residing in your inbox and sent items. Why manage so many copies when only one is valid? What if you bring in a new team member or add someone to the project, wouldn’t it be nice for them to go to one place and have access to all the documents and communications?

While living in Office 365 is quite a different mindset than how most of us are used to doing things, if you are willing and open to change, you can see the benefits that the Office 365 suite can bring to your organization. Give your inbox’s a rest and learn how to effectively work as a team. 

To learn more about how to fully utilize the Microsoft Office 365 suite to collaborate with your company, department and team, watch Corey Stoner's nVision Microsoft Office 365 presentation. He covers the different Office 365 suite products and how they work together as well as a case study with a client that proclaimed “I feel like we are finally working together.”

Contact us to learn more about how to utilize Microsoft Office 365 in your business. 

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Topics: Microsoft Office 365, Yammer, OneDrive for Business, Skpe for Business

Get more out of Microsoft Office 365

Posted by Corey Stoner on Dec 9, 2016 9:05:00 AM

I have been working with Office 365 for a couple of years, and while Office 365 discussions have been dominated by migrating email to the cloud, conversations have now started to turn to “What else can I do with Office365?”

522216413_1280x720.jpgAfter most companies have dipped their toes in the water, most of them are ready to jump in and start using more of the suite. If they are looking at using SharePoint, I will be the first to admit that I am the wrong guy to be asking about SharePoint.  I can give them the 10,000 ft. overview, but if they want to really get into it, I’d refer them to our resident SharePoint expert. If they want to look into other parts of the suite, then I am your guy. Let’s take a look at some of the other offerings from Office 365.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business always seems like a no brainer to me, but I have been using instant messaging since I signed up forSkype-for-Business.svg.png my first ICQ account, (I hope I haven’t dated myself too much). But surprisingly a lot of businesses are not using instant messaging or think it’s not for them. My first question to them is “Do you text message?” Of course everyone does these days, but why? Because it is easier than calling someone for a quick answer. This is the same for instant messaging, I want to communicate with someone but don’t want to fill up my inbox with quick one line questions or answers. There are many other reasons but this is one that gets people thinking about it.  Communication is key in all businesses and Microsoft’s Skype for Business provides a feature rich instant messaging program that is included in most Office 365 subscriptions.

OneDrive for Business

OneDrive for Business seems to come up in more conversations when users discuss pain points when trying to manage documents. More and more users are working outside of the main office and want a better way to have access to their documents. Users want access to these documents from a verity of media; Laptops, Tablets’ and Smart Phones, and are now capable of opening and working on documents remotely. Telling users, they can only use a VPN to connect to their file server is getting harder and harder to justify. Just think if you still had to VPN to get your email. Those days are thankfully behind us. OneDrive is a good way to have mobile access to your documents without giving up security concerns. You can also share these documents with internal and external users.

Yammer, Planner, Delve, and Teams

computer-pc-workplace-home-office-159760.jpegOnce you have documents online you can start using more of the Office 365 Suite to collaborate and work on documents as part of projects or together in teams. With Products such as Yammer, Microsoft Planner, Delve and now Microsoft Teams, you can now keep all of your documents and conversations organized and in one place. Think of the way we collaborate on documents now, most of us will email a document back and forth to each other. This causes multiple copies of a document, both on your file servers and residing in your inbox and sent items. Why manage so many copies when only one is valid? What if you bring in a new team member or add someone to the project, wouldn’t it be nice for them to go to one place and have access to all the documents and communications?

While living in Office 365 is quite a different mindset than how most of us are used to doing things, if you are willing and open to change, you can see the benefits that the Office 365 suite can bring to your organization. Give your inbox’s a rest and learn how to effectively work as a team. 

To learn more about how to fully utilize the Microsoft Office 365 suite to collaborate with your company, department and team, watch Corey Stoner's nVision Microsoft Office 365 presentation. He covers the different Office 365 suite products and how they work together as well as a case study with a client that proclaimed “I feel like we are finally working together.”

Contact us to learn more about how to utilize Microsoft Office 365 in your business. 

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Topics: Microsoft Office 365, Yammer, OneDrive for Business, Skpe for Business

Windows 10? "What's the Deal with That?"

Posted by Corey Stoner on Nov 25, 2015 2:41:19 PM

Seinfeld.jpgWith Windows XP being end of life for just over a year and a half, and Windows 7 end of life scheduled for the beginning of 2020, it might be time to start looking at getting used to the tiled interfaces of Microsoft’s newest Operating systems and familiarizing ourselves with the terms like Cortana, Edge and Windows Hello.

While Windows 8 was quite a change from the XP and Windows 7 interfaces we have been accustomed to, Windows 10 seems to fit right in the middle of the new and the old. It is not uncommon for Microsoft to take 2 steps forward and one step back, remember the transition from Office 2003 to 2007, then the release of Office 2010?

While you might be annoyed by the little icon on your taskbar asking you to upgrade to Windows 10 and think, it isn’t for me, you might want to rethink this, or at least look into it. While everyone is familiar with Smartphones and their interfaces and functionality we can hardly remember a time these did not exist.

Windows 10 looks to bridge the gap between your smart devices and your computers which makes a lot of sense as in the business world, all these products are “Productivity” devices, why shouldn’t they be similar. While there might be still some compatibility issues with some business software, if this isn’t the case for you, why not check it out. Chances are you will need to at some point and those 4 years might be here before you know it. Besides, Microsoft is giving the upgrades away for Free, who doesn’t like that? (For qualifying systems only. See Microsoft for more details.)

So what’s new in Windows 10?

Windows-10-Screen-shot.jpgThe first thing you will notice is the familiar start button is back, but once you click it, is where things will be a bit different, while the left side of the start menu is going to be similar, you will notice the tile interface on the right side. While the left side cannot be customized, the tiled side is fully customizable and with a little bit of time spent on it, can become very useful.

Who or what is Cortana? Microsoft describes Cortana as your “Clever new Personal Assistant.” You can ask Cortana things either by talking to your computer or typing in questions. You can ask it to track flights and packages, add reminders, or tell you a joke. Putting in your interests into Cortana’s notebook will help personalize your experience.

Windows Hello is a new feature and gives you a more personal way to sign into your windows 10 devices with just a look or a touch instead of remembering those long and complicated passwords.

Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s new browser that makes it easier to find things on the web and integrates with Cortana to help find what you are looking for. The addition for the Hub allows you to keep a collection for things you collect on the web. Edge also gives you the ability to search right from the address bar without going to a specific webpage to search from. Writing allows you to take notes, doodle, or highlight areas of webpages.

Windows-10-Search.jpgThe Windows 10 upgrade will only be available for free until July 29th 2016 so you do have plenty of time to test it out in your organization. Depending on the size of your organization, you can download and update each computer separately or create a bootable disk to install on each machine, or any other deployment methods you may currently use. If you wish to deploy Windows 10 and would like a hand in doing so, let Network Center, Inc. know and we would be glad to help you.

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Topics: Windows 10

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