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5 Ways to Improve Your To-Do List

For a long time, I was a pen and paper to-do list person. But recently, I’ve been using the Microsoft To-Do app more and more. While a pen and paper to do list is great for a brain dump, using To-Do makes it easier to organize and automate my task list.

Here is how I have used Microsoft To-Do to keep track of my tasks and make it easier to figure out what to do next.

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Microsoft 365 Announcements You May Have Missed

In recent weeks, including at last week’s Build conference, Microsoft announced some pretty significant new features for Microsoft 365, making the platform more secure and giving users a more seamless experience across all devices.

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Three Major Reasons You Should Talk to Your IT Company Before Switching ISPs

Switching internet service providers in your business can seem like no big deal. That $100 per month plan for internet can save you a lot of money and internet is internet, right? There isn’t a reason your IT company needs to be involved, right? Not so fast.

There are actually three pretty big reasons you should involve your IT company before switching internet service providers (ISPs): your IT company can help you make sure you are actually getting what you need and that you’re getting it for the best price—and they can keep your network running while you make the switch.

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How to Solve Most Basic Printer Issues

Have you ever had this happen to you? You’re on your way to a big presentation. You’ve been prepping for days, rehearsing what you are going to say, giving yourself pep talks in the mirror, and have put together a great report.

The last thing you need to do before you step out the door is print—and the printer picks that moment to screw up (my personal favorite is the “printer is offline” error message when it’s not offline).

All of us have been there at some point: dealing with a printer that just doesn’t seem to want to work. It always feels like it comes at the worst possible time, too. It’s one of the most common issues we see as an IT support company, and we experience it in our own business, too.

Thankfully, most printer issues can be solved with basic troubleshooting steps. These are the first few steps we typically take when working on a printer issue:

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Our Favorite Features for Saving Time in Outlook

When is the last time you said to yourself “I wish I could spend more time dealing with email – I just love sorting through it.” Probably never, right? For most people, email is a necessary evil.

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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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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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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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Our Top Blog Posts of 2017

 2017 is coming to a close, and we’re counting down our top blogs post of the year. Most of these posts weren’t written in 2017, but continue to be our most popular posts.

Not surprisingly, most of these focus on Office 365. We’re happy to see a security-based blog on here! Cybercriminals often target businesses based on the technology they use and knowing the red flags and warning signs to look out for is a huge step in the right direction towards keeping your business secure.

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