Microsoft Flow

What is Flow?

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Microsoft Flow is tool that allows one to create and automate workflows across multiple applications. To create a flow, the user specifies what action should take place when a specific event occurs. The most common use of flow is to trigger notifications. For example, flow can be used to send someone a notification when an item is added to a list.

Flows can also be used to collect data. For instance, if the user wants to see what people are saying about a particular brand, they can create a trigger that will capture new tweets that mention the brand and put a copy of each tweet into a database for further analysis. Once a flow is built, it can be managed on the desktop or through an app on a mobile device. Additionally, Flow can be integrated with other various Microsoft services. The Microsoft Flow Admin Center allows an administrator to manage users, permissions and roles and ensure that employee-created flows comply with data loss prevention policies. Continue reading “Microsoft Flow”

The Importance of Using your Paid Time Off

The Importance of Using your Paid Time Off

Written by Rebecca Clark

 

Although a more eventful year than most, 2017 is finally coming to a close. The holidays and the new year are right around the corner, most of us using the opportunity to take a break from our busy work schedules to relax with friends and family.

But the holidays aren’t the only time of year to spend time with friends and family. We also have Vacation and Paid Time Off.

So why did 55% of Americans not use all of their vacation days in 2016? According to a study conducted by Project Time Off, that adds up to over 650 million paid vacation days that went unused. Project Time Off found that fear motivates people to become work martyrs: Fear of returning to a large pile of work, fear of upsetting their boss or coworkers, and fear of not being able to afford a vacation were three of the top reasons why PTO went unused. Continue reading “The Importance of Using your Paid Time Off”

Connecting Existing Sites to Office 365 Groups…Kind of

One of the big announcements from the SharePoint conference in May was Microsoft planning to allow the connection of existing Team Sites to Office 365 Groups.  This was also championed at Ignite a few weeks ago and Microsoft even put out some more specific guidance on this in the Work better together with SharePoint Team Sites Office 365 App Integrations post by Mark Kashman. Roughly 1/3 of the way down the page there is a heading titled Connect an existing SharePoint team site to a new Office 365 group that details out exactly what we will need to do.  This is awesome, we can take advantage of all the benefits of Office 365 groups for our existing team sites…not so fast. Continue reading “Connecting Existing Sites to Office 365 Groups…Kind of”

Office 365 Collaboration Confusion

A couple weeks ago, Microsoft held their annual Ignite conference and I would usually be blogging about all the cool new things coming to Office 365. This year has been a bit a different experience altogether, not for a lack of features announced from Microsoft though…there were plenty of awesome new features announced. We’ve spent the past couple weeks fielding questions on Office 365 from existing customers and folks looking to make the move or at least understand the options available.

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Happy Birthday, OneDrive: Collab 365 Live Show #14 Recap

JohnThis week’s Collab365 Live Show focused on Microsoft OneDrive, which is 10 years old this month🎈🎁! Microsoft product team members Stephen Rose and Jason Moore joined hosts Andy Talbot and Nick Brattoli, as well as special guest Hans Brendner, to discuss what’s new with OneDrive and what we can expect from the service in the future.

OneDrive is Microsoft’s file hosting/sharing service. You can sync multiple devices to the same OneDrive account, ensuring you have access to all of your documents, regardless of location or device.

Here are some of the key takeaways from this week’s Live Show:

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What’s New with Microsoft Teams?

JohnWe’ve talked about Microsoft Teams before, but there’s a whole heap of new stuff to discuss.

Teams, a “chat-based workspace,” is a relatively new addition to the Office 365 suite. A few weeks ago, Collab365 hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot teamed up with Richard Moe, a Teams program manager, to explore what’s new with Teams and what users can expect in the future.

Here’s what’s new:

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Introducing Microsoft Stream

Duane OdumOffice 365 has introduced a new application to its suite in preview for First Release tenants: Microsoft Stream, a video service that effectively replaces Office 365 Video (the two services will coexist temporarily, but you should learn how to transition your videos to Stream).

Stream provides a secure, centralized location for businesses to create, upload, store, manage, and view videos to share with other users in their organization to encourage faster and easier collaboration. You can also connect Stream with other Office 365 applications, such as Yammer, SharePoint, and OneNote.

Other features include:

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