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  • Office 365 and G Suite both have their strong suites but there are places they fall short. To start with Office 365 and G Suite are both strong in the email area both Office 365 and Gmail both do well when it comes to email where the two differ is messaging. To start with Office 365 has Skype For Business and Microsoft Teams. While Google has Hangouts, Google Voice and Meets. While I have to say Hangouts is great and I have used it many times for podcasting it lacks the professional meeting and messaging features that Skype for Business offers its users. Google Meets while easy to use lacks the collaboration piece that Microsoft Teams has and offers, which is more of a competitor for Slack while Google has no real program like Slack or Teams Google Hangouts and Meets is a competitor for Skype For Business. Google lacks the professional features of Skype at times but beats Skype hands down in ease of use for users. Skype for Business users can set up and record online meetings for up to 250 people and broadcast meetings to up to 10,000 attendees. Skype streamlines caller management with its call forwarding and auto-attendant features. It also has a Skype Translator, a plugin that instantly translates voice and text. Google Meets supports between 30 – 100 people per session and lacks broadcasting and voting capabilities. When it comes to SMS messaging it’s not even a contest for the simple reasons is Skype for Business or Teams cannot do SMS messaging. Why Microsoft? Is the question I ask? Google Voice offers both unlimited voice and SMS messaging. But Google Voice does lack an enterprise level solution where Microsoft can offer an enterprise level cloud-based phone system with Skype for Business, G Suite has...
  • January 26, 2019

    Office 365 Now On The Mac App Store

    Microsoft Office 365 after long last is now available in the Mac App Store. Mac users can download the entire Office suite including full installs of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive. While Microsoft Office 365 has been available for the Mac via Microsoft website only some of the apps were available directly from the Mac App Store. One big change going forward will be Office 365 updates. Those who download Office 365 via the app store will receive updates the apps via the App Store. This is a significant change since the updating experience for Office apps has been through Microsoft proprietary update software on the Mac. Getting updates via the App Store should make the process much smoother for users. Microsoft and Apple both had a press release that quoted Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing “We are excited to welcome Microsoft Office 365 to the all new Mac App Store in macOS Mojave. Apple and Microsoft have worked together to bring great Office productivity to Mac users from the very beginning. Now, with Office 365 on the Mac App Store, it’s easier than ever to get the latest and best version of Office 365 for Mac, iPad, and iPhone.”
  • Microsoft’s Office 365 is the crown jewel for the company’s software-as-a-service model; the platform has passed 155 million commercial customers and shows little signs of slowing down. So when the company announced that they would start automatically emailing users of Office 365 and Microsoft 365 tips and tricks, to get the most out of their subscription, it was a record-scratch moment. Microsoft was planning, in late November, to start emailing users and had begun notifying admins of this practice. It may seem harmless to want to help your customers learn more about the product they are paying for but that completely misses the issue. Especially for Microsoft 365 and I’d be willing to be a large portion of the user-base of commercial Office 365, has no idea what either product is; they simply know it as Office and Windows. Petri
  • Mainstream Office 365 users will get the ability to embed 3D animations in Word and PowerPoint starting next month. Also starting next month, PowerPoint users will get the ability to convert their digital pen ink into text on a slide, plus the ability to select everything in a complex image in a slide and convert it to text or shapes all at once. PowerPoint users also are getting, as of this month, curated slide recommendations in PowerPoint via the Designer feature. Microsoft touts PowerPoint Designer as using AI and natural-language processing to handle the conversion of text into the curated slides. Microsoft is adding new gestures in Ink Editor for editing documents with a digital pen in tablet mode. Among these new gestures are the ability to insert new lines, add missing words and delete and highlight content. ZDNet
  • Microsoft released their earnings report this week and have reported $29.1 billion in revenue with huge growth in places like Office 365, cloud and gaming. While we saw a little percentage drop in Azure revenue which is to be expected as those numbers hire the percentage will start to decrease a bit that’s very normal but for me, the news of the earnings report was Office 365. Office 365 is reporting a growth of over three million users per month. To break it down further Microsoft Office 365 commercial revenue grew 36% and passed the 155 million monthly active users mark. On the consumer side, Microsoft is reporting 32.5 million active subscriptions. That is 187.5 million subscribers at a growth rate of about 3 million users a month it’s very possible Microsoft will have anywhere between 195 million and 200 million monthly active Office 365 subscribers between consumer and commercial subscriptions. I would like to point out the 35% growth in Office 365 revenues and the Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 51% since these are add-on services to commercial users this shows that Microsoft is successful in extracting more revenue per month from its users once they get you to subscribe not only are they getting a subscription every month they are selling you additional 365 services. Some other key points from the earnings report I found interesting LinkedIn grew 34% with record levels of engagement and job postings Xbox hardware revenue grew 94% Surface had another billion dollar quarter Search advertising revenue grew 17% Overall another great quarter for Microsoft.
  • Microsoft announced yesterday that they will be committing to a predictable twice-a-year feature release schedule for Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus and System Center Configuration Manager. Microsoft claims that a twice-a-year feature release schedules are more manageable and predictable for easier enterprise administrators. Bernardo Caldas / General Manager, Windows Commercial Marketing states in a post on Windows blog “We’re thrilled that Windows 10 continues to be the fastest-adopted version of Windows ever, with more than 400 million monthly active devices and ever growing adoption in the enterprise. ” Caldas goes on to say, “Our customers tell us a big part of that is because Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows ever released and they see greater economic impact of their investment.” The twice-per-year feature releases are scheduled for September and March of each year, aligning with Office 365. The next Windows 10 feature update will be targeted for September 2017. Each Windows 10 feature release will be serviced and supported for 18 months.  System Center Configuration Manager will support this new updated models for Office 365 and Windows 10, making it easier for system administrators to keep everything up today for security and reliability reasons. Microsoft states this decision was made to make to make Windows 10 and Office easier to deploy in the business environment. Caldas also said, “The Windows, Office and E+MS teams will continue to seek more ways to make deployment easier, and we look forward to your continued feedback to help us with that process.” Microsoft is trying to make deploying and updating easy as possible because they want widespread adoption by systems administrators who will be the ones deploying the software in the business environment. This is very evident in their move to add System Center to this post knowing that’s what many Microsoft system admins use for deployment and update management. This is another play my Microsoft to...
  • December 2, 2016

    Office 365 vs G Suite

    I have been working with both of these cloud products for a while and comparing the two could take more than one post but I would like to get down to just the nuts and bolts of the difference between the two services Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite. Pricing Google G Suite offers two packages plus their Google Drive package let me explain in detail. The Basic G Suite package comes with a custom domain and the entire Google suite with 30 gig of storage for $5 dollars a month. The G Suite for business comes with unlimited cloud storage, Google Vault better admin controls and several other add-ons for $10 dollars month. If you just want Google Docs with no domain and unlimited storage it does not exist, you can get 1 TB for $9.99/month or 10 TB for $99.99 and up and up. The price goes higher depending on your space needs. Microsoft OneDrive is a little easier to understand. The Basic Plan with no Office 365 with 50 gigs of storage goes for $1.99 month. The Office 365 package with 1 TB of storage its $6.99 month. OneDrive for Business which includes Office365, domain, email, Sharepoint, Skype, OneNote, OneDrive and many other programs is $9.99 month. Microsoft does not even offer an unlimited storage plan. Storage When it comes to storage and sharing Google has Microsoft beat hands down. Google Drive is Google Drive no matter what computer or account you’re using. Microsoft has OneDrive or OneDrive for Business both have different functionality, upload limits and automatic backup restrictions depending on which one you buy. One works with Groove one does not it’s just a mess. Sharing folders on OneDrive is a pain because you have set permissions unlike Google where you can just add...
  • Why Small Business Should Switch To Office 365 Office 365 lives in the cloud. That means you have access to Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Microsoft Office tools from anywhere you can get a Web connection, and from virtually any device–Windows or Mac desktops and laptops, Android devices, iPhones, iPads, and other smartphones and tablets. Office Web Apps for iPhone and Android provide basic features and functions for free and even more features if you have an Office 365 account. With office 365 for business you get Skype For Business (for online meetings and such) Website E-Mail Sharepoint Entire Office Package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) OneDrive (1 Terabyte Of Space) This isn’t quite the selling point it once was for a couple reasons. First, even with the Office 365 is pushing users to save files to the cloud-based OneDrive, or to a SharePoint server by default. So, there’s no reason the data can’t be accessible regardless of whether you are via Smart phone, Tablet or PC. The second reason it may not be all that compelling is that Office Web Apps are already available for free so you can create, view, and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files from the Web. For businesses, though, SharePoint, Active Directory, and other elements of Office 365 that go beyond simply creating and editing Office documents still make Office 365 a better value. Office 365 is a solid service providing tremendous bang for the buck, though, so it won’t be easy to beat the value it brings to the table. So many small businesses switched to Office 365 for functionality and cost. Moving to Office 365 is easy with the help of the right computer company. Start using it today to save money and to help make working easier today.
  • April 30, 2016

    I Don’t Know My Password

    I Don’t Know My Password Today on the show we talk about how to store, use and keep passwords. We talk about Amazon Prime and the Prime Buttons. We talk about Windows 10 and it’s ongoing issues. We talk about Apple and it’s slowing innovations leading to slowing sales. We talk tech news of the week and more….   Join me today as we discuss…. Intel Wants To Eliminate The Headphone Jack And Replace It With USB-C Comcast Is Raising Its Data Caps From 300GB To 1TB Uber’s New Policy Fines Riders Who Are Two Minutes Late Federal Judge Rules Amazon Must Refund Parents Duped By In-App Purchases HTC Announces $100 Million Fund For Virtual Reality Startups iPhone And FBI Case Windows 10 And Windows Update Apple Has First Earnings Decline In More Than A Decade YouTube To Roll Out 6-Second Ads That You Can’t Skip Spotify Denies User Details Hacked After Passwords Show Up Online Open365 Is An Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Office 365 US Toy Maker Maisto’s Website Pushes Ransomware Google’s OnHub Is First WiFi Router To Support IFTTT Microsoft Limits Cortana Search Box In Windows 10 To Bing and Edge Only Rovi Acquires DVR Company TiVo For $1.1 Billion Office 365 Hack Let People Login To Any Business Account