Microsoft announces Teams/Skype Parity. Will they really be equal?

Microsoft has added key Skype for Business features to Teams. These updates represent a similar, but separate product and feature set, designed to improve communications within Teams. While Microsoft has not implemented all of the new functions, the existing communications tools have a lot to offer. There are some neat new features! Microsoft says the Read more about Microsoft announces Teams/Skype Parity. Will they really be equal?[…]

5 Free Components in Office 365 That Are Worth a Look

If you have Office 365, (and, who doesn’t?) you probably use Skype, Word, and Outlook, or your company might use SharePoint, but there is a wide array of other useful (and free) tools hidden with the Office 365 package. The folks at Wellington Street Consulting talk about the software with an almost evangelical zeal. As president, Read more about 5 Free Components in Office 365 That Are Worth a Look[…]

What is Exchange?

Exchange is the server behind the Outlook email client. It is often—and mistakenly—referred to as “Outlook server.” In reality, there is no such product. Outlook is just the Microsoft email client, and can be used with a variety of servers. However, Exchange does much more than just email. Properly architected and implemented, those additional services—calendaring, Read more about What is Exchange?[…]

The Hidden Magic Inside the Teams Files Tab

There’s much more than meets the eye inside the Teams Files Tab. More and more companies are using Teams—at last count, the figure topped 200,000—but few of those we’ve worked with understand the full power of the Files Tab. Our experience suggests that some people may not be getting the full value out of what Read more about The Hidden Magic Inside the Teams Files Tab[…]

Words Matter: Office 365

We’re fans of Microsoft, but even we have to admit that sometimes, the company acts like that uncle you only see at weddings who’s been telling you the same story for the last ten years. Like Uncle Ron, Microsoft can get a bit repetitive. They use the same terminology repeatedly throughout their offerings. Unfortunately, each time they use a term, Read more about Words Matter: Office 365[…]

Words Matter

When a SharePoint developer talks to an Exchange engineer and they use the term ‘Groups’, they are each 100% sure they know what they’re talking about. They’re also 100% sure they understand what the other is talking about. Each one is 100% right and each is talking about something completely different.

What would you say you DO here?

Mike Dixon’s résumé in word cloud form In the film Office Space, when the Bobs, in their attempt to root out corporate sloth and superfluous employees, ask Tom Smykowski (Richard Riehle) that question, his reply is another funny exchange about waste and the ability of engineers to communicate. “Well-well look. I already told you; I deal Read more about What would you say you DO here?[…]

PowerShell

Presentation: Powershell with Office 365 – Burlington, MA 4.20.17

Last week, David Lozzi of Slalom Consulting and I presented “Powershell and Office 365: ITPro #Awesomesauce” to the members of the Boston Office 365 User Group at Microsoft in Burlington, MA. #Awesomesauce describes the presentation perfectly. The group was wonderful. David and I had a productive exchange with the crowd who asked some great questions. Read more about Presentation: Powershell with Office 365 – Burlington, MA 4.20.17[…]