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Understanding Microsoft Services’ Price Hike

Understanding Microsoft Services’ Price Hike

If you are a subscriber of Microsoft 365 or Office 365, you might find that your service plan will soon cost you a bit more. We just wanted to give you a warning in advance so that you’re not caught off guard, as well as to let you know we are here to help you adjust your plans if need be.

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Tip of the Week: Take the Strain Off Your Eyes with Dark Mode

Tip of the Week: Take the Strain Off Your Eyes with Dark Mode

Sometimes the last thing you want to do is stare at a bright computer screen and have the white glare bother your eyes. While we know that staying away from computers and devices is particularly hard, especially in the office environment, a dark mode option can make your device easier to tolerate for extended periods of time.

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Checking In on Windows 11 Adoption

Checking In on Windows 11 Adoption

Has your business implemented the next iteration of the Windows operating system yet, Windows 11? If not, you’re not alone; adoption has been progressing at a snail’s pace, and according to industry professionals, it’s not going to ramp up for quite some time. Still, recent surveys and polls indicate that Windows 11 adoption is far lower than expected, and there is even some discrepancy between reports.

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Here Are Some of the Best Outlook Shortcuts

Here Are Some of the Best Outlook Shortcuts

Microsoft Outlook, just like its sibling solutions Word and Excel, has several keyboard shortcuts that are designed to make navigating and using the application easier than ever. We’ve put together a short list of the ones that you might need to know so that you can take your productivity to the next level.

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Microsoft is Gearing Up to Retire Windows 8.1

Microsoft is Gearing Up to Retire Windows 8.1

With Windows 11 releasing sometime this year, most users are looking to upgrade to hardware that actually supports it, but today we are instead focusing on upgrading away from one of the more controversial of Microsoft’s recent operating systems, Windows 8.1. With its end-of-life date creeping up in January 2023, it’s never too early to start thinking about how your company will move away from this operating system toward a supported one.

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Windows Shortcuts to Help Boost Your Efficiency

Windows Shortcuts to Help Boost Your Efficiency

Some keyboard shortcuts work within applications, but there are others that work all throughout the Windows operating system. To help you be as productive as possible throughout the workday, let’s go over some of the most common keyboard shortcuts that work not only within your applications, but whenever you are just navigating your operating system. If you use these effectively, you can dramatically improve your productivity and look like a Windows master!

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Microsoft Has a Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service Model with Windows 365

Microsoft Has a Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service Model with Windows 365

With more companies opting to get involved with the “as a service” market, it’s no surprise that Microsoft, one of the world’s leading software companies, went this route with the Microsoft 365 cloud-service offering. Microsoft has been aiming to take their strategy even further with Windows 365, a way for organizations to opt into virtual desktops. Here’s what you need to know about Windows 365.

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How We Can Help You Embrace All the Advantages that Microsoft Services Offer

How We Can Help You Embrace All the Advantages that Microsoft Services Offer

While Microsoft is perhaps best known for Windows 10 and Office 365, there is far more that Microsoft offers that can deliver some substantial benefits to businesses. Let’s discuss these benefits by going over the software solutions offered while discussing how we can help you make the most of them.

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You Better Update Your Microsoft Password Today

You Better Update Your Microsoft Password Today

While we would strongly recommend that you update your passwords more than once a year, now is as good a time as any to do so. Reflecting on this, let’s go over how to fully lock down your Microsoft accounts.

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Microsoft Surface: Productivity Powerhouses for Your Remote Employees

Microsoft Surface: Productivity Powerhouses for Your Remote Employees

As Maryland businesses continue to adapt to a challenging work environment, many of them are reevaluating what type of technology they are investing in. Instead of purchasing a traditional desktop or even a laptop, many are looking to high-end devices that serve as portable workstations. The Microsoft Surface line of devices stands out from the crowd. Not only do they offer a great bang for the buck, but they also give your remote workforce the flexibility they need to get the job done.

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Collaborate Better with Microsoft SharePoint

Collaborate Better with Microsoft SharePoint

As businesses continue to adapt to the ever-evolving workforce, many are now supporting a variety of environments. Ranging from hybrid, remote, and in-office, the one constant is the need for your team and clients to communicate with each other. Learn how Microsoft SharePoint can help.

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What’s Next for Microsoft Windows?

What’s Next for Microsoft Windows?

It may be hard to believe but Windows 10 has been around for five years. It may not have reached the on-every-device OS Microsoft had planned, but it still can be found on over a billion devices worldwide. That’s pretty impressive. Today, we will be taking a look at Microsoft’s plans for Windows 10 and how it might just be the last build of Windows.

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Tip of the Week: Making Microsoft OneDrive Work for You

Tip of the Week: Making Microsoft OneDrive Work for You

From its very beginnings, Microsoft has been creating devices and software to help users accomplish their goals. This is one reason why their solutions are so commonly found in businesses. Today, we wanted to focus on just one, OneDrive, and highlight some of its features that any business could find useful.

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Tip of the Week: How to Control File Sharing in OneDrive

Tip of the Week: How to Control File Sharing in OneDrive

Microsoft’s solutions are fairly common among businesses, so there’s a fair chance that you utilize Microsoft Office 365, which gives you access to Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, OneDrive. Using this, your users are better able to share documents and collaborate on them… but what if you don’t want your users sharing company documents willy-nilly? Today, our tip will cover how to control sharing in OneDrive.

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Microsoft Releases Rare Bug Fix Off of Regular Patch Schedule

Microsoft Releases Rare Bug Fix Off of Regular Patch Schedule

Most of us like to take matters into our own hands, almost to a point where we might refer to ourselves as control freaks. So, when it comes to letting other people or even our own devices update themselves, we tend to click “remind me later” or “don’t ask me again”. Patches however, are a crucial task in the computing era. Keeping everything up-to-date aids your business in staying one step ahead of lurking threats. Recently, Microsoft announced that it had two major security updates which required emergency patches. 

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Taking a Long Look at Microsoft 365

Taking a Long Look at Microsoft 365

Microsoft has always offered a variety of business solutions, some which conform to your needs and others that do not. The beauty of this, is you can pick what solution will benefit your business, and leave the ones that will not behind. Here, we will discuss Microsoft 365 and what is offered within the Microsoft 365 package.   

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Which Is Right for You: Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2019?

Which Is Right for You: Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2019?

Chances are, during your time running a business, you’ve thought at least a little bit about how best to distribute Microsoft Office software to your employees. Of course, the answer is never the same, so we recommend taking a look at what some of the options are before making your choice. In particular, we think the decision between Microsoft Office 2019 and Microsoft Office 365 will be an important one to address.

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The Time Has Come for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2

The Time Has Come for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2

Software solutions don’t last forever. While patches and security updates can stave off the inevitable for quite some time, it’s impossible to maintain a specific solution forever. Support is eventually cut off, and businesses are left exposed if they haven’t taken the time to prepare. In the case of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, you are running out of time.

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Tip of the Week: How to Customize Your Microsoft Word Tools

Tip of the Week: How to Customize Your Microsoft Word Tools

It’s probably pretty fair to say that Microsoft Word has become the poster child for word processing programs - and for good reason: its tools and capabilities are very well-suited for the user’s needs. Did you know that you can even adjust Word so that it better fits your use of it? For this week’s tip, we’ll go over a few ways to do so.

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Tip of the Week: Adjusting Microsoft Word to Match Your Style

Tip of the Week: Adjusting Microsoft Word to Match Your Style

The popularity of Microsoft Word is undeniable, in part because it features preconfigured settings to make it easier for its users. While these settings are useful for most of these users, they might not reflect your business’ use of Word. Fortunately, you can make adjustments to these settings to increase the value that Word can offer your business. Here, we’ve put together some tips to help you make these changes, if you so choose.

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