Microsoft Teams Essentials for Small Businesses

Earlier this month Microsoft announced a new flavor of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Essentials, targeted for small businesses. The Microsoft Teams Essentials standalone offering is the first of its’ kind and has a lower per-user price point than the Microsoft Teams offered in Microsoft 365. At only $4.00 per user per month, it includes the primary features and functionality including group chat, calendaring, file sharing, and unlimited group video calls, for up to 30 hours, all which are essential for small business working with your customers. Microsoft Teams Essentials does have some capabilities specific to its’ offering which include Extended meeting time (up to 30 hours) Large meeting capacity (host up… Read More

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Microsoft announces first Microsoft 365 price increase in a decade

We knew it was going to happen, but just didn’t know when. With Microsoft adding so many new apps, features, and capabilities it was long overdue. In the decade prior to this price increase, Microsoft has enhanced the online offering significantly. Let me provide a high-level overview of what has changed since the initial release of Office 365. Microsoft 365 was introduced, which not only includes Office, but also Windows, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) Microsoft 365 has since added 24 new apps including Microsoft Teams, the Power trio (Apps, BI, Automate), Stream, Planner, and OneDrive Released over 1,400 new features and capabilities falling into three primary functional categories:… Read More

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Top 10 SharePoint Online Announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2019

SharePoint Online Home Sites, built on top of Communication sites are now rolled out, providing a more dynamic and modern landing page that contains news and content relative to your employees Hub sites being updated to include Hub permissions management, analytics capability, and Search and audience targeting is in progress Expanded views of lists and libraries with one click to clear the site header and the left-hand navigation Since we are talking about libraries; Power Apps now integrates with SharePoint libraries, not just lists To view your rows easier, there is an option to display every other row with your color choice, making information in libraries and lists easier to… Read More

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Monitoring Microsoft Teams Updates

Microsoft Teams is taking charge in file management, collaboration, and communication. It appears Microsoft has a new kid in town, and that kid is very popular, so they are getting a lot of attention from Microsoft, and more importantly Microsoft customers. With Microsoft dedicating so many resources, both financial and human, the challenge becomes, how do you keep up with the changes to Teams. Well the good news it isn’t too difficult because Microsoft is doing a great job in sharing the future of Microsoft Teams, and documenting the changes they are making as they are released. If you want to see what Microsoft is planning for Microsoft Teams, you… Read More

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Teams, Teams, Teams, all I want to do is Teams

Teams, Teams, Teams, all I want to do is Teams (Sung to the song “All I want to do is Dream”) Microsoft continues to improve what I think is one of the best services they have released in many years; Microsoft Teams. This week Microsoft announced eight new capabilities in Microsoft Teams, one of which was the number one requested feature; private channels. However, before you get too excited it is important to realize that you aren’t going to open your Teams apps and find all of these recently announced features immediately, but they will be rolled out over the remainder of the year. Let’s take a quick peek at… Read More

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