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Introducing Microsoft Teams
In November 2016, Microsoft announced Teams, their chat-based workgroup solution, and made Teams available in the Preview programs.  Teams includes some integration with Skype for Business and is intended to compete with Slack. For Preview customers, Teams is included in Office 365 and can be enabled in the Office 365 Admin Center.  Microsoft Mechanics produced a great video detailing the enabling and usage of Teams.  Microsoft has also published a handy Teams Quick Start with an overview, setup, first steps, next steps, and an introduction to T-Bot, the Teams Bot.   Office 365 Integration Teams is an Office 365 application, which results in instant integration with other Office 365 applications.  In addition, Teams also uses your Office 365 user ID and password for authentication.  Teams is built upon Office 365 Groups to enable chat based communications as well as integration with Skype, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, etc. Teams is included in […]
Skype as Your Phone System
Slowly but surely, the maturation of Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX is occurring. Later in 2017 when Auto Attendant and Cal Queues graduate from Preview, Cloud PBX will be competing to be your phone system. Cloud PBX is included in the Office 365 E5 plan and can be added to the Office 365 E1 and E3 plans. Skype for Business Online PSTN Calling adds local, long distance, and international calling to your Cloud PBX service. The combination of Cloud PBX and PSTN calling enables the following features in your Office 365 Skype for Business apps and phones: Local phone numbers Call answer, initiate, forward, simultaneous ring, delegation, history, DND, music on hold, team calling, voicemail and more See Cloud PBX Features for more details Pricing Adding Cloud PBX and PSTN Calling to existing Office 365 subscriptions is very affordable. The best value is the Office 365 E5 subscription, which […]
Break Up with Your On-Premise Server, Fall in Love with Azure!
Dear on-premise server: It’s not you, it’s me. I need more stability, the ability to grow, and I want more money in my wallet! I’m breaking up with you and moving on… While some breakups are difficult, some breakups are needed. The computing world is moving on, and if you don’t break up with your on-premise server, it might soon break up with you. On-premise servers suffer from failing software and hardware, inability to provide services to meet your customer’s demands, and more. Don’t wait for your server to break up with you, move on to Microsoft Azure. Why Azure? Microsoft Azure provides an enterprise-grade cloud platform that you can use to get up and running quickly, thus immediately improving your bottom line. Your ability to easily and quickly spin up new projects, move old infrastructure, and be dynamic in your decision making can give you a powerful tool at your disposal. With […]
Skype Me, Skype You, Skype Everyone
Conferencing is transforming into a Skype world, we’re just living in it.  I’ve recently consolidated our conference vendors to Microsoft’s Skype for Business, thus saving my company over $1,000 per month - you should consider doing the same. Skype for Business is available as a standalone product or as an option within Microsoft’s Office 365 suite of services.  Skype for Business conferencing provides you with all the tools that you need for calling, audio & video conferencing and screen/application sharing. Recently, Skype for Business has expanded to include Dial-in Conferencing (aka PSTN Conferencing) with Microsoft as the dial-in conferencing provider.  In a nutshell, you can add a dial-in toll number (toll free numbers coming soon) to your Skype for Business meeting within your existing Office 365 subscription: This allows us to have conferences with dial-in numbers from one single vendor.  For those of us responsible for managing technology vendors, we […]
When Employee Terminations Go Off the Rails – Legal Discovery
We’ve all experienced it – an employee termination process goes off the rails and legal discovery ensues. This can occur at any time during the employee termination process, including prior to a termination. Or, you may find yourself needing to do some legal discovery for merger and acquisition transactions, patent or copyright infringement investigations, etc. Regardless of scope or the timing of legal discovery, you are presented with the daunting task of collecting Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in a process known as electronic discovery (eDiscovery). But how do you do this in a cost-effective manner while still running your business, focusing on customer loyalty and improving your products and services? Fortunately, Microsoft’s rapidly growing Office 365 suite of solutions includes Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery, which incorporates significant eDiscovery enhancements, including: High value, cost-effective eDiscovery of emails, files, Skype instant messages, and SharePoint sites Court approved machine learning solutions developed by […]
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