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How to Set Up Office 365 Password Admins

As a Microsoft Partner, it's rare that a day goes by where we don't get a few requests for Office 365 password resets. We get it - a user sets their password, never logs out and ends up forgetting what they made their password (we're just happy you aren't using the same password for every account!).

While we certainly don't mind changing passwords (and if your Microsoft admin or partner does mind, you need a new one!), it is actually pretty easy to handle this internally so you don't have to wait for us. In Office 365, you can set up a user (called a Password Administrator) specifically to handle password change requests.

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Are you paying for internet speeds you’re not getting?

One of the best things a business can do to improve productivity is to provide employees with reliable technology that doesn’t slow them down. A major piece of this (especially for companies with cloud based applications) is your internet speed.

Current provider speeds range from 20 MB/s to well over 200 MB/s compared to the old T1 speeds of 1.5 MB/s. Unfortunately, there are businesses who are paying for very fast connections from their providers but aren’t getting what they are paying for – and not because their provider is ripping them off. Many companies aren’t getting the performance they’re paying for because they’re using an old firewall.

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How to Improve Meeting Notes with Custom OneNote Templates

We are all guilty at some time or another of leaving a meeting and not knowing who has next steps or action items. Creating a standard template can help organize your notes and keep everyone on the same page. If you're a OneNote user, it's easy to create a custom template and email it out directly from OneNote.

Our sales team has been using a custom OneNote template to record and email meeting minutes. Using this template has saved time and increased customer satisfaction. Rather than waiting hours (or days) for the sales person to go back and type up hand written notes, we're now able to provide meeting notes within minutes. 

Here's how we do it.

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IT Budgeting: Equipment

Today's post is from PTG CEO Reed Wilson. 

Last month, I focused on how to plan for people and growth. This month I’d like to shift the focus on planning for your equipment needs in your annual budget (maintenance renewals, new, upgrades and replacements.)

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4 Programs to Better Manage Projects in Office 365

 

Using a project management application can provide significant benefits to companies looking to streamline processes in their businesses. It can greatly reduce time spent on planning as well as increase team productivity. It’s just a matter of finding which application is right for you.

If you’re using Office 365 (or considering moving to it soon), you likely already have a few options available to you (apps and programs vary by plan):

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IT Budgeting: People and Growth

Today's post is from PTG CEO Reed Wilson. 

Every year, we work through our budget and forecast process.  I know I am in the minority, but this is one of my favorite activities.  The budget sets our course for the coming year and helps us know if we are on track, and if not, allow for course corrections. 

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How to Customize the App Launcher in Office 365


One nice feature of Office 365 that’s easy to take for granted is the App Launcher. It’s the grid icon in the top, right corner of the screen that lets you quickly and easily jump between programs in your browser.


While the default view of the launcher works perfectly fine for most, it can be easily customized to fit your needs. It’s a pretty simple process to make the programs you use the most more prominent and get the programs you don’t use at all out of the way.

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How to Publish Your Outlook Calendar Online


Scheduling meetings with people outside your organization can be a pain, to say the least – especially if you’re in a role like sales, where you frequently meet with people from other companies.

Thankfully, Outlook in Office 365 has a few features to make it a little easier on you, including the ability the publish your calendar to the web. Being able to send someone a link to your calendar, showing your free times, can save a lot of the back and forth of trying to find a time that works for both of you.

Here’s how to do it.

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7 Steps for Success When Upgrading Your Technology

So, you have finally made the decision and set aside the funds to update a piece of software or hardware for your business. But before you go swapping cables and installing new software, you better have a solid plan in place. A well-executed plan will greatly increase your chances of success when implementing new technology in your business. A new software rolled out on the fly and sprung on your employees at the last minute is probably going to cause some serious headaches.

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How to turn your PowerPoint into a video with Office Mix

(Edit 10/24/2017: Microsoft recently announced they will retiring Office Mix on May 1, 2018. These features will be added into PowerPoint for Office 365.)

Creating a video from a PowerPoint isn’t new – the ability has been built in since Office 2010. But it hasn’t always been an easy or elegant process, especially if you have multi-media content. Thankfully, there is an easier way, using a free Microsoft add-in called Office Mix. Office Mix gives you the ability to create and record interactive presentations and turn them into videos.

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