Microsoft Mondays: Microsoft Service Update – January 2023 Vol. 1
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by Patrick Drews
5d ago
If you’ve been following the Microsoft news as of recent, you’ve likely heard about the Microsoft Service Update for Wiki retirement in Microsoft Teams, new calendar week layout in Microsoft Lists, new Answers coming to Viva Engage and the retiring of Teams mobile support for devices running on iOS 14. If any of those topics came as a surprise or sound unfamiliar, Total Solutions is here to give you a rundown of recent or upcoming updates and action items your team can take in a series we like to call, Microsoft Mondays! If your team has questions that are not identified in this blog, rest ass ..read more
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What is Microsoft Viva? How to Get Started
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by Drew Fitzpatrick
1w ago
COVID-19 upended the way many of us work. This shift has brought major changes in how employees relate to each other and their organization. Office onboarding moved online and co-workers who once shared an office shifted to the virtual workspace. Microsoft has designed a platform to address virtual challenges as organizations redefine how they work and relate with their employees. What is Microsoft Viva? Here’s how to get started. This platform, Microsoft Viva, leverages Microsoft 365 to embolden aspects of how employees work with each other and their organization. Total Solutions is Microsoft ..read more
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How to Use Microsoft Bookings with Me – Your Starting Guide
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by Patrick Drews
2w ago
Microsoft’s Bookings with Me in Outlook is a web-based personal scheduling page that integrates with the free/busy information from your Outlook calendar. Bookings with me lets people schedule a meeting or appointment with you. Learn how to use Microsoft Bookings with me so you can create custom meeting types to share with others so they can easily schedule time with you based on your availability and preferences. You both get an email confirmation and attendees can update or cancel scheduled meetings with you from your Bookings with me page. At the time of writing the is blog, Bookings with ..read more
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What is Microsoft Viva? How to Jumpstart Employee Engagement
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by Oona Evans
1M ago
Amid day-to-day operations, providing for consumers and meeting quotas, we often forget to take care of the employees who make a company a community. Most of us set time aside for self-care in our personal time, and now it’s time to talk about employee-care on company time. According to the Gallup’s Employee Engagement Survey, organizations with top employee engagement scores have 14% more production, 66% better wellbeing, and 23% higher profitability than the competition. Giving your teams the tools they need to connect provides an experience that is pleasing for those within your company and ..read more
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Microsoft Insights – Microsoft Ignite 2022
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by Oona Evans
2M ago
Microsoft Ignite 2022 featured the latest technology advancements while shifting the conversation from employee productivity to outdated technology. Shifting said paranoia puts the burden on technology to help consumers do more with less.  How can customers do more with less? Staying up to date with the latest Microsoft insights in their multicloud ecosystem. Picture that daily moment when technology doesn’t cooperate with your workflow, and the tactics you do to avoid this frustration. It’s our choice to conform to the universal bend-to-technology, or choose a better suited option. Micro ..read more
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Enterprise Search: 5 Things I Learned From This Study
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by Drew Fitzpatrick
7M ago
In my professional development as a Microsoft Consultant, I’ve been focusing a lot lately the human factors that contribute to the success and adoption of a technology solution.  IT Directors and CIO often ask, “How do I get people to use this new techno widget we are building?”  When I was a baby consultant, my answer was clouded with my own passion and experience with Microsoft enterprise tech.  I pictured this Field of Dreams vibe, “Well, this solves some problems for users, so if we build it, they will come.”  But sometimes, I’d see that was not happening. I’m a curio ..read more
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Enable IE Mode on Microsoft Edge: Cheat Sheet
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by Drew Fitzpatrick
8M ago
The end of Internet Explorer 11 starts on June 15, 2022!  Prepare your organization to make the switch while still supporting legacy applications with functionality that rely on Internet Explorer.  Microsoft Edge includes a feature called “IE Mode”, which enables the backward compatibility for legacy browser features that do not exist in modern browsers. Read on to enable IE Mode with Edge Browser, redirect specific sites to open in IE Mode, and more. Preparing for IE Mode with Edge Browser To enable IE Mode, prepare by downloading the Edge Policy files here: Download Microsoft Edge ..read more
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Why Build An Intranet: The Cost of Inaction
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by Drew Fitzpatrick
8M ago
Why Build an Intranet – Introduction Employees’ expectations change and evolve over time. We expect more from our employers than we did 20 years ago, with momentous changes in the last couple of years due to COVID. I cannot speak for all employees, but this employee has a core set of expectations! These are some of the questions I consider as an employee: What is my leadership team working on? What have they been reading up on recently? What are they thinking about? What is going on in my organization? What is our mission, and how am I connected to that mission? How can I work remotely, but s ..read more
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What is GCC High, and is it Right For You?
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by Derek Knauss
9M ago
What is GCC High, and is it the right cloud environment for you? In this post, we’ll break down what it is, how it’s different from other tenants, and if you should select it as your tenant. What Is It? GCC High is a secure cloud that is outside of Microsoft’s commercial cloud environment, and is designed to meet the needs of the DoD and Federal contractors that have special requirements around NIST 800-171, FedRAMP High, ITAR, and CUI/CDI data. It is reserved for Defense Industrial Base (DIB), DoD contractors, and Federal Agencies. GCC vs. GCC High GCC (Government Community Cloud), or, Micros ..read more
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Starting an Intranet: 5 Things You Should Consider
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by Derek Knauss
10M ago
Starting an organization-wide intranet can be overwhelming if you’re not sure where to begin, but with the right preparation, we can smoothen the planning and building processes! Here are 5 things to keep in mind when starting an intranet. 1. Start From a High Level It’s important to know the high-level goals that your organization wants to accomplish within the intranet. Topics such as communications, news, and events can shape the way you build your intranet, so that information can be consumed by the user efficiently. A good idea is to get your stakeholders in a room together to discuss wha ..read more
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