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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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Tips and Tools for a Happy and Productive Remote Team

3.7 million employees (2.8% of the workforce) now work from home for at least half of their working hours. The number of employees working remotely (not including the self-employed population) has grown 10x faster than the rest of the workforce since 2005.

There's a reason remote teams are becoming more popular. When geographic location is no longer a constraint, employers can attract talent from anywhere. Companies no longer need to be headquartered in large metropolitan areas to access top talent, and workers can live anywhere they like.

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The Busy Professional's Guide to OneNote

There are a ton of cool apps spread across Office 365 – but my favorite is OneNote. As a business owner, I am frequently in meetings. Inevitably, I come out of these meetings with lots of ideas, questions, follow ups, or to-dos.

Before OneNote, I would capture these in a regular notebook (or an index card). As someone who 1) has extremely bad hand writing and 2) has a hard time keeping up with slips of paper, I was constantly letting things slip through the cracks.

Since switching to OneNote, that has changed. I can access my notes from any location and any device (as long as I have internet access) without having to worry about keeping up with a physical notebook. Just as important - I can actually read my notes now.

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Five Fast Facts about Microsoft 365

Microsoft recently introduced a new product called Microsoft 365, centered around making business more productive and more secure. While it’s not going to be for every business, it’s a natural fit for many businesses – especially if you’re already using (or looking to move to) Office 365 or Windows 10.

Here’s what you need to know:

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