The six secrets to running a successful online meeting

An increase in Coronavirus cases means we are all now living with greater restrictions on our lives, again. The Government has asked that people work from home if possible, which means whether you like it or not, remote work and therefore, virtual meetings are here to stay. Experts predict that we will be living with restrictions well into 2021.

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Microsoft Ignite 2020 Key Takeaways

Last week, Microsoft hosted Ignite 2020, the tech giant’s annual conference that centres on IT professionals and the businesses and productivity workers that they support. Each year, Microsoft showcase their enterprise products and services as well as provide valuable training attendees. The event is also always jam-packed with announcements of new features to its line-up of products, with this year being no exception, despite being held 100 percent virtually for the first time ever.

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The top 6 benefits of Microsoft 365

In 2011, Microsoft released the popular Office 365 subscription service known as ‘BPOS’. Since then, the service has matured into an excellent, modern business productivity suite, combining the latest business applications, with Windows 10 and the best in-class security features. Most recently, Office 365 was rebranded to Microsoft 365 – that means a new name, but same great value, same price and same Office productivity suite we all have grown to know and love.

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The common myths of working from home debunked

Modern technology has slowly led to a rise in people working from home. However, many employers still focus heavily on office-based work, assuming that employees will not be as productive at home. Negative misconceptions like this are what make employers resist the trend, despite protestations from those that would prefer home working, which is growing in popularity; 74% of workers now say they would quit their job if offered more flexible options elsewhere.

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How to stay focused when working from home

As the COVID-19 outbreak became more widespread, millions of employees had to shift to working from home. Although some are now returning to the office, there are still a handful of individuals who are remaining at home to work, whether that be because they are at risk, their offices are staying closed or they simply don’t feel comfortable about returning to the office. Furthermore, with localised lockdowns and an increase in cases throughout Europe, there is always a chance that localised lockdowns will come into force at a moment’s notice.

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What will be needed for businesses to survive past the pandemic

It seems that the news is full of negativity at the moment. We are frequently told of the damage that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused and how lockdown has affected the economy. Many will be worried about the health of their business in the future and, whilst it is true that things are returning to normal, the example of Leicester proves we must be prepared for localised lockdowns across the country until the virus is tackled.

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How companies like yours have kept going through the pandemic

The impacts of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic on the business environment and those who work within it are still being felt in every sector across the world. Almost overnight, we had to adapt to working from home – for many, a completely new way of working.

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Top tips for returning to work after lockdown [+Free Guide]

It has been three months since the UK went into lockdown and now, increasingly, the country is reopening. Whilst many across the country were able to work at home throughout the lockdown, there are still thousands that will gradually return to work in the next couple of months. With that in mind, it’s prudent to consider how our working lives will now look, and how we can plan for this “new normal”.

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Microsoft 365 developments to get excited about

On 21st April 2020, in what they describe as a “natural evolution”, Microsoft completed the rebrand of the hugely popular Office 365 service. In a modest change, the suite drops the word ‘Office’ in favour of ‘Microsoft’ – becoming Microsoft 365.

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Zoom vs Microsoft Teams: What is best for your business?

Video conferencing and workplace collaboration platforms have hit new highs in recent months due to new working from home policies, social distancing and government lockdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, it was reported that video conferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March. While they are hitting new highs, the debate we are finding business owners and senior management having is no longer between Skype for Business and Cisco but rather Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

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