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Project Manage With Microsoft Planner

Do you manage groups of people but have a hard time keeping track of everything? Well, Microsoft has the tool for you! Microsoft Planner is a great application that is part of the Office 365 offering. It is a work in progress from Microsoft but none the less, Planner is a vast improvement from a simple to do list that you may use in Outlook. If you are managing internal projects across several employees with a lot of moving pieces but don’t have a need for a fully fledged project management software, then Planner will be great for you!

Make the most of your Office 365 investment by trying Planner to see if it is a good fit for your organization. You can create projects, assign tasks and checklists under that project to members of your team. Planner lets you attach and share files that are relevant to the project and you can get a birds-eye view of the progress across all of your employees from the Planner dashboard. Microsoft Planner can be accessed on a web page, local desktop application or mobile app and the best part is that it stays synced across all of your devices to keep you on track while you’re on the move.

In this video, we will show you where you can find Microsoft Planner in the Office 365 portal. From there, we will show you how to set up your account, create projects and assign tasks to the team members in your organization. Keep your team on track and get your project completed on time with Microsoft Planner.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Happy New Years! We hope that 2017 is your best year to date! As a technology company we want to start off the new year by telling you about new technology emerging in 2017. Perhaps the most notable and important software for small business is the Windows Server operating system. It is true, the newest release of Windows Server is 2016. That being said, 2017 will be a year when a lot of business owners start considering this operating system for their company.
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As a best practice, when it comes to choosing new software for your business, it is important not to choose the newest product off the shelf. For the sake of your company, it is better to see what the consumer reviews are for the software and allow for several updates to be released so that you do not lose precious resources due to downtime caused by poorly functioning software. Even a company as reputable as Microsoft still releases products that need refinement. Now that Server 2016 has been on the market for a while and has been updated several times, it is a safe bet to implement it for your company.

Microsoft has made some substantial improvements to the Windows Server operating system with the release of 2016 that will improve virtualization, security, remote access, active directory, management, automation, storage and redundancy. The full list of new features is much too long to cover in one article, however, you can find it on Microsoft’s website here. If you are in a position where you are needing to consider upgrading your server in 2017 then we highly recommend that you consult with your IT professional about Windows Server 2016. For some businesses, there may be applications that you use that are not compatible with Server 2016 yet. For this reason, be sure that all of your current programs will work with Server 2016 before deciding to make this move. If all of your applications are compatible, then chances are good that your company will benefit from all of the new features in Server 2016.