Sway vs. PowerPoint: What's the difference?

When we first wrote this comparison in 2015, Sway was a new app from Microsoft. It was fun and had its applications but was a little limited in scope. Since then, Microsoft has added a lot of new features, making this lesser known app a powerful tool for building interactive presentations.

But the question remains – Why would you use Sway to make a presentation when PowerPoint already exists? What’s the difference?

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What is a Fractional CIO and Why Should I Use One?

Smaller businesses typically only have a single person at the top – the business owner/CEO. That person is also responsible for many of the other executive functions of the organization as well – such as Human Resources, Finance, Technology, and Sales.

When your business hits a certain size, though, it can be challenging to balance all of these roles while still running the company. When this happens, companies will often hire subject matter experts to oversee each of these roles. Typically, the workload is more than the CEO can handle alone, but not enough to justify a full-time hire.

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Watch Out for These Fake Social Media Security Emails

One of the most common tactics cybercriminals use when targeting small and midsize businesses in phishing attacks in the form of fake notifications. These are usually meant to try to scare you into some action with messages like “Your account will be suspended in 24 hours.”

These attacks rely on fake messages that the app or service doesn’t actually send. This Office 365 phishing email is an excellent example of that—Microsoft doesn’t actually send you any emails saying your account has been suspended (you WILL get notifications that your credit card has expired).

But cybercriminals are getting better. They’re paying attention to what notifications popular companies do send and duplicating those in phishing attacks. And they’re pretty tricky to spot. Let’s look at this example we were sent recently.

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How to Automate Your To Do List

Making your to-do list shouldn’t have to be its own item on your to-do list. Automating some of your to-do list items can help save you a little time and prevent tasks from falling through the cracks.

Microsoft has two lesser-known, but useful apps called Flow and To-Do, that can help you do just that. Both the apps are free for anyone to use.

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The Scary Reality of the Silent Cyberattack

A common saying in the cybersecurity world is “There are two kinds of companies: those that have been breached and those that just don’t know it yet.” The scariest part of this phrase is the “just don’t know it yet.” No breach is good, but at least when you know about it, you can start taking steps to remedy it.

These days, many cybercriminals lie in wait and hide inside of compromised systems, often for months, before making a move.

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What You Need to Know About Office 365 Before You Buy It

This post was originally written in late 2016. It was edited and updated with new content in early 2018.

Moving your company to the Cloud (or moving between different Cloud services) is no small endeavor. Deciding which service to choose and what plan to go with can require a fair amount of research to make sure you’re getting the best solution for your needs.

One of the most popular options for businesses is Microsoft Office 365. We’ve compiled some of our most popular Office 365 blog posts to help you with your research.

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Don't Shortchange Technology in Your Small Business

(This article, written by PTG CEO Reed Wilson, originally appeared in the 2017 GSA Book of Experts)

At PTG, we’ve had the benefit of working with small businesses all over the US. While I don’t have empirical data, my hunch is that those who outperform their peers pay attention to three key areas when it comes to technology in their businesses.



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Watch Out for These W2 Phishing Emails

Tax season is starting, and along with it come the tax-related phishing emails. We’ve already started seeing emails this year that look like W2 notifications. Be on the lookout for these, and other tax-related scams.

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Watch Out for These "Secure Email" Phishing Emails

We typically stick to writing about phishing emails and attacks aimed at businesses, but a recent trend has us making an exception. We’ve seen a HUGE uptick recently in a type of phishing emails targeted at individuals: emails posing as an encrypted email notification. Sometimes, these are pretty generic. Sometimes, they’re much more detailed and look like emails about mortgages or title loans.

The scariest part of this trend? These are convincing – some of the most convincing we’ve ever seen. Most have had very few warning signs that they’re a phishing email.

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2017 PTG Award Winners

Each year, we celebrate our previous year and kick off our new year with an annual Kick Off Party.  We forego the annual Christmas party (not because we are Scrooges, but because it’s such a busy time) and use this time to reflect on our previous year and get geared up for our upcoming year.

At the Kick Off Party, we also give out awards to recognize team members who have had outstanding accomplishments.  If you see any of this year’s award winners – please tell them congratulations! These are the 2017 winners:

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