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What’s Next for Office 365? A First Look at ‘NextGen Portals’

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What’s next for Microsoft’s industry leading business productivity software Office 365?  NextGen Portals are dynamic and social intranet sites that bring machine learning and content curation together, increasing document relevancy and personalization, while decreasing the potential for stale content experiences. NextGen Portals take cues from past customer custom portals built on SharePoint and land squarely within Office 365 as ‘ready to go,’ mobile-optimized destinations.


Office 365: What Content Belongs Where?

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Being productive requires simple, effective and secure ways to collaborate. Email is no longer an effective way to share documents. Within email, every document attached is an unnecessary copy; therefore, it’s impossible to effectively track changes.  For those on the receiving end, emailed documents lack appropriate methods of contributing and make it difficult later to locate the item for reference.

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2 Quick Steps for Incrementally Migrating to Office 365

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Microsoft Office 365 offers a substantially different — and far superior — way of optimizing knowledge worker productivity.

But because accessing productivity software from the cloud is so different from running it locally, many IT decision-makers approach the move to Office 365 as a major enterprise technology migration. As a result, they often defer implementation until they believe they have the wherewithal to switch all users over in one fell swoop.


Windows 10 – One for All?

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Microsoft is making some ambitious goals with the next release of Windows – Windows 10. It’s not only targeted at the firm’s desktop/laptop users, but also Windows Phone and Xbox customers.

Windows 10 will be a common platform for the majority of devices that are used at home and work. The features include the ability to run the same application from any device and to be able to easily transition from one device to another.


Stuck with Windows Server 2003? I Have Some Suggestions.

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We’ve had several blog posts listing reasons to replace your Windows 2003 servers as soon as possible.  Server 2003 will be targeted by the most malicious hackers because no patches are coming from Microsoft.

I’m sure you’ve been working diligently on migrating and upgrading, but there are probably a few systems that just aren’t easy to separate from Server 2003.  Usually, they have some 16-bit code or include deep API’s into the Windows kernel that just won’t let it go.  

LCS, OCS, Lync, Skype for Business – The Name may Change but Microsoft is still in the Business of Communication and Collaboration

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In mid-November, Microsoft announced that it would be rebranding the next version of its unified communications platform as Skype for Business.  This represents the next step in the integration between Skype, one of the most popular consumer communications services (with more than 300 million users) and Lync, one of the leading enterprise communications platforms (sharing Gartner’s Leader Quadrant with Cisco, Avaya and Mitel).

Things to Do NOW: Windows Server 2003 Assessment

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With support for Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 ending in July 2015, it is important that organizations begin planning and preparing for an upgrade path that meets the unique needs of their business.  Organizations everywhere will need to begin assessing their current infrastructure and develop a strategy to migrate off the aging platform onto Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure.