Taking a look at Microsoft Teams

Microsoft has launched Teams, a chat based collaboration tool as part of the Office 365 suite. There has been a lot of chatter on the internet that this intends to take on the popular tool Slack. Whilst Teams certainly has crossover with Slack functionality this kind of misses the point. Microsoft have been driving everything they do with with their SaaS tools towards interoperability and working well in teams. A first look at Teams says they have hit the nail on the head. Combining Office 365 Groups, Skype, Word and the other products in the suite into a subject related [...]

2016-11-03T15:38:50+00:00 By |

Microsoft Flow now available

Flow - Microsoft's automation tool is now available to end users. If you are familiar with services such as IFTTT or Zapier then flow can be seen as more of a business tool as it doesn't support IoT items such as turning lights on and off. As you would expect, there is strong support for Microsoft services such as Dynamics, OneDrive, Yammer and SharePoint and many other tools used day to day in business such as Twitter, DropBox, Facebook. MailChimp and much more. There are around 58 supported apps and trigger actions that can be chained together to perform quite [...]

2016-11-03T15:37:27+00:00 By |

What is Virtualisation?

I was talking to a client the other day about server virtualisation and how it could help their business. When I explained the business benefits he replied "that sounds great but what actually is virtualisation?" So, we sat down and I explained how it works in laymen's terms - I thought it would be helpful to explain it here. In short, virtualisation uses software to create virtual (rather than actual, physical) versions of an operating system (e.g. Windows Server, Linux), a server (a complete server running an operating system and application software), a storage device (like a network attached storage [...]

2016-11-03T13:20:15+00:00 By |

Still using Windows XP?

If you are still using Windows XP then you now have less than a year before Microsoft will end all support for this operating system. Windows XP was available for general release in December 2001 so it's been around for a long time now. Support will cease on 8th April 2014. Support for Office 2003 will also cease on this date. What does this mean to you? Users will no longer receive any new security updates, hotfixes and support (free or paid) from Microsoft. Microsoft has already ended mainstream support of Windows XP as of April 2009. After April 2014, [...]

2016-11-03T13:20:16+00:00 By |