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How Microsoft Word “Protected View” Stops Information Leaks

Microsoft Word has long offered support for loading images and templates over the network.  This is a great feature within corporate environments because it facilitates the reuse of assets like logos and corporate document templates.  Unfortunately, these features can be abused by bad actors to obtain operational intelligence on individuals, or even to steal credentials.  […]

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Ignite 2015 Recap – Top 3 Sessions to Replay

Welcome back from a great Ignite Conference! By now, I hope everyone knows that the conference recordings are posted to channel9, a section of MSDN. Microsoft does a great job of recording and publishing all of this content quickly, its pretty awesome. One of my biggest challenges at the conference was knowing which session to […]

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Microsoft acquired Sunrise Calendar app

Microsoft is continuing its cross-platform productivity applications push. For a long time Microsoft was developing applications only for its own operating system (Windows) with an exception of MacOS/OSX (which was likely due to monopoly accusations) . But recently things are changing in a big way. Microsoft could no longer ignore extremely popular mobile OSes like Android […]

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Hands on with new Microsoft Outlook for Android

Today Microsoft released a long-awaited Outlook application for iOS and Android platforms. I downloaded a preview version from Google Play and installed it to my Android phone to give it a quick test. I’m used to accessing my corporate email through the standard Android Email application (which got a significant facelift in Android 5.0) and […]

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Gear up for 2015 with these Microsoft productivity tools & tips

We’re one week into the new year, and I’ve yet to make a resolution. Given the success rate of most resolutions and my personal history with outlandish goals that last a couple of weeks at best, I’d rather not set myself up for failure. Even more than that, I like to identify things that are […]

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10 Best Microsoft Office 365 Features For 2015

As we end 2014, I wanted to look back at some of the great Office 365 feature releases of 2014. Not all of these features are fully rolled out, some are still in preview, while others we will see in early 2015. Earlier this year, Microsoft finally gave us the Office 365 Roadmap where we can now […]

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Compelling Case for Office 365

Everyone has an opinion on “Cloud’ and its effect on the business, for some it’s scary in terms of data security and for some it’s revenue generation and cost savings. There are a number of reasons why cloud computing is so widely used among businesses today. Some of them include Reduction of costs – lower […]

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Office for iPad

Finally, Microsoft has delivered an Office App for iPad! You can get it today in the App Store. This is a HUGE announcement. Over a billion people on the planet use Microsoft Office to get more done at work and at home. Whether you’re creating an Excel spreadsheet on your tablet, authoring a Word document […]

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Office Online and OneDrive to Rule Them All

You may have heard about a little legal trouble Microsoft was in because of the name they chose for the SkyDrive service. Last month Microsoft announced the new OneDrive name and a small change to the paid version from SkyDrive Pro to OneDrive for Business. OneDrive is Microsoft’s foray into the cloud storage service market, competing with other […]

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Yammer and Office vs. “SharePoint for End-Users” on CMSWire

Long before Microsoft acquired Yammer, I was impressed with the usability of the latter enterprise social tool.  Granted, they looked (and still look) more or less like Facebook, but that sort of stealing is brilliant stealing.  After all, these days pretty much everyone uses Facebook, so when new users log into Yammer for the first time, […]

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Office 365 Uptime Exceeds 99.9%

In the enterprise world, a lot of time and effort goes into ensuring that systems stay up.  The golden standard is 99.99% but in order to achieve that, you pretty much need to ensure that you have no single point of failure and that you can still scale even after you have lost a server […]

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What do you think is the best Free Office alternative?

Well guess what I think is the best alternative, are you ready? It is Office Web Apps!  Office Web Apps are free versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. If you’re like me, I like to use application that have the same look and feel as the applications I’m used to, in this case it […]

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Tennis, Lync, SharePoint; Lessons in Teamwork & Winning Combos

I recently started playing tennis again after a long absence from the game.  My son is just learning how to play and I want to be able to play with him as he gets older. While I played tennis in (high) school in Ireland, I was never a particularly strong individual player – I had […]

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How does IBM work with Microsoft Tools?

I attended a session on the various products IBM offers and how they interact with Exchange, Sharepoint, etc.  My reality is that no company is a completely homogeneous entity.   I typically see multiple vendors and a large overlap of solutions.  But when you talk collaboration, you want your email system to work with your […]

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