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windows 10
With the Microsoft Windows 10 anniversary update recently rolled out, now is a good time to look at some of the benefits and features that makes Windows 10 so useful for small businesses. With a host of new features added to existing capabilities, Windows 10 is an operating system that offers business owners many ways to work in a smarter, more efficient way.

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Built-In Mobile Device Management for Office 365

These days everyone has a mobile device, whether that be a phone or tablet – you might even be reading this blog from one right now. You can view almost anything whilst on the go and this extends to work information. Most of your staff members will probably be accessing their work emails using their mobile devices, and whilst this is an incredibly useful and efficient way to access work information whilst on the go, it lacks the same sort of security that you experience in the workplace on your desktops. Read more

Office 365 apps including Planner

Soon to be realised in most plans of Office 365 is the Office 365 Planner. It is essentially Microsoft’s answer to the ultimate collaborative tool, with the intention of making team projects easy and efficient. It offers a very visual way to organise teamwork, allowing people to create ‘Plans’ with others and then organise and assign tasks within those Plans. You can also share files, message each other and get instant updates about the project’s progress.

The Basic Setup

Each Plan has a Board. On each Board, you can assign Cards. Cards will be associated with work tasks or items, and will have assigned due dates, attachments, categories and conversations. They will display a document or picture (depending on the specific item the Card is associated with) which means the Planner remains incredibly visual, and at a glance you can see which tasks and items you have displayed on your Board. Read more

Groups for Office 365

Newly included with Office 365 and Outlook 2016 is a feature called Groups. It can be a great way to collaborate within your business whilst providing the same familiarity of Outlook, combined with the powerful security and collaborative features of SharePoint.

One of the most common ways businesses collaborate is simply by sharing documents through email, but there are so many problems with this, as we often reiterate. When sharing documents in this way, you are really only sending a copy of the original file. Any changes made by another colleague on that file will have to then be manually transferred onto the original, and if you’re dealing with several colleagues and copies, it can be a nightmare trying to keep track of the most recent changes. On top of this, sharing copies can often result in chunks of text being accidentally omitted from the final document. Read more

Office 365 - secure your information

When running a business, security is vital. Documents saved onto computers or in shared spaces often contain large amounts of sensitive information, and for it to get into the wrong hands could sometimes have dire consequences.

It might seem like you have control over who’s accessing your documents by keeping everything in shared spaces, like Network Folders or Dropbox for example, and only sharing files with the relevant and trusted staff, but it’s not 100% secure. Who’s to stop someone who has been granted access from saving these shared files onto their computer? Suddenly anyone with access to the same computer can easily obtain and manipulate the documents. Read more

keep calm and delete emails

It’s not uncommon for businesses to legally have to provide upon request years and years’ worth of emails, perhaps to prove or disprove fraud allegations, or in the case of your business being audited – yet searching through thousands of messages for relevant content can lead to complete chaos.

What then happens if a member of staff accidentally deletes a couple of messages? It’s so easily done, but a lapse in concentration or the mis-click of a button could result in future legal issues, or problems within your business if there is a severe loss of data. What happens when the deletion isn’t quite so accidental? Most business owners and managers will have let a member of staff go under bad terms. Before you have time to remove their authorisation, what’s to stop them from causing havoc in return, perhaps altering or deleting entire mailboxes? Read more

Skype for Business logo

There’s no doubt about the fact that email is an effective method of communication for the workplace, and of course this is why it’s the primary tool used within businesses to correspond both internally and externally. However, this has meant email has become severely overused and our current comfort in using a very familiar method is keeping more convenient and efficient means kept in the shadows. One of the most common issues amongst businesses is the immense overload of email clutter received, which can take hours to sift through – valuable time that should be used on more important matters. Read more

If we were to stop for a moment and consider the ways we interact outside of work using smartphones and social media we would very quickly realise that our work communication methods are truly dated. In most small businesses I consult with, email is still the most heavily utilised and often the only method of digital communication. Contrast this to how we communicate in our personal lives and it’s a world apart. When was the last time you emailed a friend to ask a question? You probably sent them an instant message or left a message on their Facebook page. How about the last time you organised a group event? Chances are you used a Facebook group or event in favour of a group email. So why aren’t we doing this at work? Read more

Despite it being five minutes before the event was due to begin, the foyer of Microsoft was already beginning to fill with guests. Attendees filed into reception to receive name tags, coffee, and of course a pastry or two from the complimentary free breakfast. Whilst men and women from different Melbourne businesses began to mingle, the delegates from Axiom IT and Keyboard Concepts were hastily setting up their presentation, and before long everything was ready. Read more

Introducing OneNote
Humans have been keeping notes since long before computers were invented, mostly with the help of pen and paper. And while this is a simple, effective approach we believe that with technology there’s a better way. That’s why in this post I’ll introduce you to OneNote – the most powerful, easy to use note taking app that’s included with Office 365. Read more
Azure Access Panel

On average, the typical small business in Australia uses 14 different cloud apps.

Trying to remember login details and managing who can access each cloud app is difficult, even for the most organised business. In most cases, businesses will simply share accounts and passwords because managing it any other way is difficult and time consuming.

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Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, SkyDrive, has officially been renamed to OneDrive. The announcement from Microsoft mentions that existing SkyDrive users will automatically have their content available on OneDrive which I assume means no migration is required. Great news for existing users.

OneDrive is everything you love about SkyDrive and more.

Microsoft seem to be suggesting that with the new name will come new features, not already present in SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro. We look forward to learning more about OneDrive and the new features it will bring! For those interested in learning more, head over to https://preview.onedrive.com/.

 

Related Pages – OneDrive for Business – New Expiry Feature with Office 365

 

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Get in touch with Axiom IT and we will happily assist you with any queries relating to Office 365.

 

 

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