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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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How to Prevent Common Mistakes in Outlook

If you’re a human, you’ve probably had at least one embarrassing moment in your career involving email. Maybe it was an awkward typo, or you called someone by the wrong name. Or you missed an email from a prominent client or your boss.

If you’re using Outlook for email, though, there are a few features and add-ins you can use to help check yourself – or at least give yourself a little extra time to catch your mistakes. 

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5 Ways Outsourcing Your IT Can Help Your Bottom Line

If you don’t currently outsource your technology needs to an IT company, the DIY approach can seem more cost-effective. But outsourcing your IT needs can save you money in the long run, even though you’ll be adding a bill every month.

Here’s how (be sure to check below the infographic for more explanation!):

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The Pros and Cons of Microsoft 365

Microsoft recently introduced Microsoft 365 – a suite of tools including Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) under one license. It’s an excellent solution for businesses looking to simplify their technology management while keeping their business secure.

But like everything else, it has its pros and cons and won’t be the right solution for every business.

 

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Ignite 2017: What you need to know

A few members of our service team spent last week at Microsoft Ignite, the annual conference for IT admins, engineers, computer scientists and other technical folks. Most every Microsoft conference includes major product announcements, and Ignite 2017 was no exception.

Most focused on the tech side (hello, quantum computing), but there were also some product announcements that will likely affect the day to day of every employee – not just IT admins.

Here’s what you need to know:

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