Microsoft 365 Certified

In mid-September, the recruiting department of my company introduced me to the man who would become my manager at my new client.  He told me he reviewed my CV, and did not see Microsoft Office 365 listed on it.  I told him honestly that while I have worked with the technologies before, I never felt … Continue reading Microsoft 365 Certified

Office Customization without VL Media

Over the years I have written quite a bit about Desktop Deployment, especially using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). It allows us to install not only our operating system but also our drivers, patches, and applications with little or no user interaction. Recently I did some consulting for a small company of seven users. They … Continue reading Office Customization without VL Media

Outlook Looking Out for me AGAIN!

A few hours ago a deadline was about to pass.  I had promised someone I would send them the final draft of a file before they got into their office this morning.  I also knew that I would not be available to re-send it if there was a problem because of a previous commitment.  I … Continue reading Outlook Looking Out for me AGAIN!

Outlook 2013: Take Action!

I have been using Microsoft Office 2013 since it was in early beta mode, and I still find features on a daily basis that I love.  Of course, some of them I have been using all along, like Action Items. Microsoft Outlook analyzes your e-mails and lets you know if it has found things, like … Continue reading Outlook 2013: Take Action!

The advantages of selling Office 365 and Windows Server

Many small and midsize businesses today are considering the use of cloud-based software applications for the ease, accessibility, and cost benefits they can offer. At the same time, many still need an on-site platform for a range of needs from hosting applications, to print sharing, to storing sensitive financial data. As our valued partner of … Continue reading The advantages of selling Office 365 and Windows Server

Activating Office 2013 Headaches… Here’s your Aspirin!

Hey Mitch, why is it that every time I install Microsoft office 2013 for my customers I have to log in with a Microsoft Account (Formerly Live ID)?  Why can’t I just use a product key like I used to?  I always use my own Microsoft Account, and I am now the registered user for … Continue reading Activating Office 2013 Headaches… Here’s your Aspirin!

Office for Fruit Phones!

Microsoft has released today the Office Suite for iOS… which means that iPhone and users can now start using the same tools on their devices that they do on their PCs… and best of all, it is absolutely free to Office 365 subscribers! Check out the official release article at http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/06/14/office-mobile-for-the-iphone-is-now-available-for-office-365-subscribers.aspx. Now for the bad … Continue reading Office for Fruit Phones!

Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business

Office arrives in the cloud on Feb. 27th! Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business. Date Wednesday, February 27th 8 am PDT and 5 pm PDT Why Attend? Learn how the new Office 365 can help people do their best work in a world of devices and services Hear customers talk about … Continue reading Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business

Get onto my Cloud… a Colossal Contest!

In the past I have had a few contests that have had pretty good response – I have given away some decent prizes, and I know a lot of people have really enjoyed it. Now, in honour of this blog’s 100,000th hit (Achieved October 30!) I am launching a new contest in conjunction with the … Continue reading Get onto my Cloud… a Colossal Contest!

Managing Your SMB-IT Without Server

You have a small business.  You have been running Windows Small Business Server 2003 for six years, and you know that it is time to retire it.  The question is, what should replace it? Before you make any definitive decisions, why not review what you need your server to do: File Server Mail Server Internet … Continue reading Managing Your SMB-IT Without Server

Getting Started with Cloud Computing

I have been asked by Microsoft Canada to post this to the site.  Please feel free to comment, and let me know when you do get stared with Office 365, InTune, or Azure! -Mitch You’ve likely heard about how Office 365 and Windows Intune are great applications to get you started with Cloud Computing. Many … Continue reading Getting Started with Cloud Computing

Office365 Outage: It happens… know about it.

I have been using Microsoft Office365 to manage my e-mail since the beta program, and last month purchased the full program for SWMI Consulting Group.  Office365 includes, among so much more, the mail service in a cloud (Exchange 2010).  I have had few complaints – someone else manages it for me, and I can focus … Continue reading Office365 Outage: It happens… know about it.

Office 365–Complex or Options?

Last week Microsoft officially launched its cloud-based infrastructure offering, Office 365.  As a virtual insider I have been using this solution for the past six months for my IT consulting firm, and frankly had forgotten that it was a beta offering.  That is because while the packaging may be new, all of the applications – … Continue reading Office 365–Complex or Options?