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Office 365 – SharePoint (Sites) and Small Business

March 18, 2015

Big enterprises and other large organizations are lucky when it comes to SharePoint (as part of an on premise install) because they generally have the development teams and the financial resources to really make the product get up and “dance”. It can be costly to really exercise on premise SharePoint to the maximum, just like Read More

Office 365 – Identity Management (an introduction for the layman)

March 18, 2015

It seems like the new buzzword or catchphrase is “Identity Management”.  Vendors everywhere are falling all over themselves to get on the bandwagon to provide tools that manage identities across many platforms.  That’s all well and good but for the average O365 user and/or the average small business owner, the concept may be pretty vague Read More

Outlook Digital ID (digital signature)

March 16, 2015

A Digital ID (digital signature) is much like an SSL certificate used on secured websites (think HTTPS) as it allows your Outlook to “stamp” your email with a digital ID that establishes the authenticity of the email.  Just as the SSL cert on a website establishes the fact that the website is, in fact, what Read More

Office 365–AppSwitcher and Office 365 Nav Bar

March 14, 2015

This is just a quickie post about a neat little feature that Microsoft has slipped into Office 365 in the last few weeks. If you spend anytime at all logged in to Office 365 you’ll certainly know that the “Waffle” is the button that brings up the AppSwitcher which makes it a doodle to switch Read More

Office 365 – Lync is a great tool for business

February 18, 2015

(Author’s Note:  I provided this content to the European SharePoint Conference Week of Learning and it is posted here.  Their main blog page is located here.  My thanks to all at ESPC for graciously allowing me to repost the content and I encourage you to have a dig around their site as there is a Read More

Office 365 – Mobile Apps

February 18, 2015

(Author’s Note:  I provided this content to the European SharePoint Conference Week of Learning and it is posted here.  Their main blog page is located here.  My thanks to all at ESPC for graciously allowing me to repost the content and I encourage you to have a dig around their site as there is a Read More

Office 365 – “Free” Non Profit and Charity Licensing

February 11, 2015

Microsoft has done a “really good thing” with their “Free for Nonprofits” program that provides Office 365 subscriptions (across all of the subscription plan models) for free or for a significant discount to qualifying non-profits.  I really want to focus on the “for free” wording as it is very significant. Many vendors provide discount pricing Read More

Office 365 — MOWA, OWA and Outlook

January 30, 2015

Microsoft released “Outlook” for iOS and Android yesterday (January 29, 2015). iPhone/iPad/Android and others have traditionally connected to Exchange services via ActiveSync.  Depending on the phone/tablet vendor’s implementation, ActiveSync can “sync” email, calendar and other info between the phone/tablet and an Exchange backend.  Most phone/tablet “native” apps rely on ActiveSync for their connection to Exchange.  Read More

A great Server/Cloud combo for small business

January 20, 2015

I’ve written in the past about Server 2012 R2 Essentials in combination with Office 365 and I’d like to circle back again and revisit the value statement for the combination. But, first, let me do a quickie Windows Server licensing refresher as it is relevant to the discussion … There are four levels of Server Read More

Office 365–Enhanced Email Protection

January 20, 2015

Microsoft is rolling out improved email protection for the Exchange Online component of Office 365.  Specifically, they are expanding the use of DKIM and DMARC technologies inside Exchange Online and Exchange Online Protection (EOP). The idea behind all of this is to expand the ability to authenticate email as coming from “trusted authenticated senders” so Read More

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