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DM SB Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:19:32 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Teams is Microsoft's most intriguing productivity app yet After reading the article I noted that Microsoft is really starting to position Office 365 as a full SMB. Offering "Teams" as a "free" addition to an already existing subscription is VERY cool! 

If you are one of the many SMB's that counts every penny but need a full fledged conferencing\meeting utility this might be worth a look.

Today marks the next major step for Microsoft Teams: It's opening up to all Office 365 commercial organizations, a figure that includes more than 85 million monthly users. It's also packing in several new features, like the ability to schedule meetings without leaving the Teams interface. As it evolves, Teams is looking more and more like the ideal productivity solution from Microsoft, wrapping in elements from other Office 365 apps while also delivering entirely new ways to work together.

As a fairly dedicated Slack user, I was surprised by just how thoughtfully designed Teams was after using it for a few days. It's easier to follow threaded conversations, since they actually look like threads instead of weird off-shoot chats. It's far simpler to start video chats with teammates, and you can even schedule video meetings from within rooms. And given that Teams supports video chats with up to 80 people, it could conceivably end up replacing conference calls for some workers. Even the mere act of creating new channels seems a lot more fluid than Slack, reflecting the fact that working groups tend to evolve quickly over time. A private chat between a few colleagues could end up becoming a channel to house conversations around a new corporate project, for instance.

On the mobile front, the Teams iOS and Android apps are both clean and well designed. Oddly enough, the Android app is the most advanced version, since it supports video and audio calls. That's something both Windows Phone and iOS will have to wait for. 

Read more about it here.

]]> (Digital Dave) Software Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:04:32 +0000
Sharepoint Org Chart My wife was asking me about this software since her company wants to put their ORG Charts in Sharepoint for easier editing and make it access based for just those in her organization.

I read up on it and it seems like something other folks would want to look at getting. The price point is not that high (750.00) which seems like a bargain for what it does. Just something I found cool and wanted to pass along. 

SharePointOrgChart is used within companies to help facilitate communication within their organizations.

What are the features?

- Search and navigate your organization to find the person you need
- Displays secretaries, PA’s and team assistants
- Use conditional formatting to highlight important information
- Setup wizard simplifies configuration
- Show vacant or temporary positions on the chart
- Export to Excel and print organization charts to PDF
- Draw charts from Active Directory, CSV files, SharePoint lists, SQL databases or the User Profile Service 

Check it out here.

]]> (Digital Dave) Software Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:06:31 +0000
Microsoft to make Windows 10 upgrades free for more Windows 10 subscription plan users Free is good. Right?

Microsoft is enabling Windows users who buy Windows subscription plans like Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 for free.

"Customers subscribed to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 as well as Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5, can now upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 without the need to purchase separate upgrade licenses," said Microsoft officials in a January 19 blog post detailing the new option.

Here's a quick refresher on some of the terms above. 

Read all about it here!

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How To Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive Have you done this yet? Stop lying! You have not done it so...since it's now Winter (here in the Sates) and you are locked-up for the next three months you might want to get this done. I would recommended you start the process at night and then in the morning it should be completed.  A Recovery Drive lets you boot your system and easily access a number of recovery and troubleshooting tools to revive a failing Windows 10 system. If you haven't done so yet, you need to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive. That way, you'll be prepared should…]]> (Digital Dave) Software Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:22:57 +0000 Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 WiFi Router Review (my addendum version of the review) Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 WiFi Router Review (my addendum version of the review)

Below (at the VERY bottom of this article) is a link to a review of the latest "Super Router" from Netgear called the Netgear Nighthawk X10. This router is so "super" it comes with a, now get this...a Fiber Channel port on the back of the router. It also has a built in Plex Media Server for all you video junkies who just LOVE to watch videos and see pictures of yourself.

All that bitchen stuff said, the router DOES NOT WORK WITH A NAS when it comes to the Plex Media Server. So, if you are like yours truly, and you have a NAS cause you simply are out of space and have all your precious photos and videos stored on a RAID 5 system well...your screwed. You will need to copy them to a USB external stick or a "compatible" USB drive in order to take advantage of the built-in Plex Media Server. $500.00 bucks and no NAS support with the Media Server...huh.

I truly only believe you should consider this router IF: 

1 - You're a super Nerd (that would be me).

2 - You own a Small Business - Why? Well, one you can load-up a USB stick with all your Marketing Campaign stuff you have worked so hard on and just stream it to the CONF rooms or the lobby where your customers are. Also, believe it or not, it has a Fibre Channel port on the back of the router. Hook that baby up to your switch (you will need an SFP switch port on your switch to make this work) and "feel the speed". It's a 10Gb port (pretty fast). That said, a Fibre Channel port requires TWO pieces to work: the port itself AND the SFP adaptor to go INTO the port. The Netgear switch does not come with a SFP adaptor that I can see and trust me, I looked! You will need to purchase one. That will set you back eh....anywhere from 60.00 to 120.00 PER. So...if you are thinking of taking advantage of that make sure you build the cost in.

3 - You are a home user sitting there just chumming in your pants about the possibility of having fibre connected to your desktop. If that's you, make sure you add in the cost. You will need: 1xFibre Card for your PC. 2xSFP's (one for your new fibre card and one for the router). So...about...300.00 ADDITIONAL dollars. But come on...10GB from the router to your PC...god...please drop $300.00 dollars my way. Please?

**Note about the SFP's** - What's compatible? That was the one thing I could not find on the Netgear site. What SFP's are "certified" or "compatible" to work with the router? Dear Netgear: Really? No FAQ? No nothing?

Another interesting titbit I ran across is the range of this router. I was reading some of the reviews on Amazon (check them out for yourself here) and found some folks are having issues in larger environments. This is nothing new. When you purchase ANY router you need to make SURE you take into account things like:

- Walls (Cement? Wood? Drywall? Thickness? Wire-mesh?)

- Proximity to other routers. This is more for the folks who live in apartments and Condo's. You have to remember that MOST wireless routers come with a default channel set. NO ONE changes those channels. Basically, the "bandwidth highway" becomes congested. Oh, and by the way, in MOST routers you CAN change the channel. Just run WiFiInfo from NearSoft (free), find the channel NOT being used the most and change your router to that channel. Some of you will have to change two channels (2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz). It's really not rocket science. Grab the manual from your manufactures website and you should be good to go. You will have to reboot the router what. The kids will only scream for like...30 seconds. 

wi fi info nearsoft 1

- Pure Size - This is a LARGE ROUTER! I would not recommnend you stick in the living room where your wife will just stare at it and then you and then the router and then you and finally go "do we REALLY need that RIGHT THERE?" 

As far as the distance complaints go, here's my take: If you can afford a 4K square foot house, get an extender (which Netgear does sell for the X10 for like...128.00 bucks.). Put it on the...what 12th floor... of your home and you should be fine. If you can afford a 500 dollar router, you can afford the extender. 

Look, from what I can tell, this is a very good router. If you own a SMB or just have a s****load of stuff you connect to your router this might be the answer to your prayers. If you have, say...less than 10 devices that connect over the wireless look elsewhere. This is so over the top even I have a hard time justifying the expense. want to me to recommend a different router for those who have only about 10 or less devices? Sure I will! Get two tin cans and some kidding. 

Actually, I use two routers at home (not for this article) but my primary router (which I love and reviewed and have answered a TON of questions about) is the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R7000) with Open Source support. What? Did I just hear all the Open Source folks stir from the couch a little? YES! Open Source support which means you can run...wait for it...wait....okay...dd-wrt! Holy garden hose! Mind BLOWN! YES! You can run it! It's AMAZING and the router is only 175.00 at Amazon. So...enjoy...and clean up that mess you just made. That's nasty. 

Read the entire review here - Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 WiFi Router Review

]]> (Digital Dave) Hardware Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:02:12 +0000
300 Excel Formula Examples I am not a huge Excel guy, but every once in a while I need a formula and this page provides over 300 of them!

Find the formula you need in our list of ready-to-use examples. Click a formula link for a full description. Related functions appear to the right and are also links. 

Check out the formulas here.

If you are new to Excel formulas, or are like I am and are just not all that good with them, you should check out this page called: Excel functions for the minimalist.

]]> (Digital Dave) Software Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:59:37 +0000
Microsoft's new business model for Windows 10: Pay to play This is a good article on the "in's and out's" of the new MS Windows 10 Licensing for Home, Pro, and ENT. Small Business users will be particularly interested in this article.

Every article I've read recently about Windows 10 focuses on its features, its user interface, its update mechanisms, or its privacy policy. But no one seems to want to talk about the fundamental changes in Microsoft's business model for Windows.

That silence extends to Microsoft itself, by the way. Even though the company has made wholesale changes to the way it monetizes Windows, it continues to keep most of the details well below the radar.

The bottom line is this: The price of Windows, as paid by OEMs, is down. The exact price that Microsoft charges large OEMs for Windows is a carefully guarded secret, but there's no question that the price tag has dropped precipitously in the past few years. Indeed, on some devices, such as small tablets, the OEM price of Windows is literally zero. 


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Microsoft's fascinating GigJam service is open to anyone who wants an invite This might be something, especailly you SMB's, might be interested in checking out.

Anyone can get into the private beta of MIcrosoft's new GigJam productivity service, which is aimed at helping teams of people collaborate in real time over the Internet, the company announced Thursday.

GigJam combines data from a variety of services including Microsoft's own Office 365, Trello, Dropbox, and Salesforce. Users can then bring that information into a shared workspace, allowing them to quickly work together.

Users can easily redact part of the information they're sharing with other people, meaning they can selectively share only what needs to be seen in order to get a job done.

There's no way around it: GigJam is a kind of wacky product Microsoft has built to help people get work done together. But what's interesting is that it's emblematic of the company's current approach to the productivity market -- focused on letting people quickly and independently collaborate across different services while maintaining a secure environment. 

Read more.

]]> (Digital Dave) Software Fri, 13 May 2016 09:12:12 +0000
How to use Bing image search in Office 2013 and 2016 No kidding. Wow... I am finding out all kinds of stuff!

Microsoft made it much easier to add images to your documents starting with Office 2013, by integrating Bing image search directly into the suite. That was a nice addition, but recently Microsoft’s Bing and Office teams got together to improve the overall Bing image search experience inside Office.

When you search for images with Office programs on the desktop you can now add filters for size, type, and color, as well as easily find out other information about the photo.

Microsoft’s image insertion works with Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and Publisher in Office 2013 and 2016. In our example, we’ll use a OneNote page and search for tree house images to get ideas for an upcoming project. 

Read more.

]]> (Digital Dave) Software Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:49:27 +0000
Office 2016’s Smart Lookup is the next-best thing to a personal research assistant No kidding!!! I just used it and I have to say, this is pretty cool! 

Among all of Office 2016's useful new features, there’s one in particular you’ll definitely want to take the time to master: Smart Lookup. In short, it serves as a digital research assistant, pulling in information from the Web to enhance your work or help you decipher unfamiliar content. If you’re an Office regular, Smart Lookup holds the key to a more powerful workflow.

Where to find it - Smart Lookup is just one right-click away in any Office 2016 app. Highlight a word or phrase you want to research, right-click, and select Smart Lookup from the context menu. You can also get to this feature by launching Review > Smart Lookup and entering a query. 

Read more.

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