Microsoft Teams and its many services exploded in 2020 — and as the modern workforce continues to adapt to an asynchronous work schedule, its supreme reign isn’t slowing down in 2021. But in a battlefield with so many worthy competitors, why is Teams the go-to business communication service?
Year-end reflection: Use MyAnalytics to discover your digital work habits and set goals for the new year
Many of us found ourselves working virtually this year more than ever before, and our reliance on digital tools and workspaces increased along with that change. You may have found yourself using Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Planner, and other M365 apps and services for the first time or perhaps just more than usual.
One unique Microsoft 365 (M365) tool you may not have heard of is MyAnalytics. MyAnalytics is constantly working in the background analyzing your digital work habits and providing you a personalized view into how you spend your time.
MyAnalytics can help you reflect on your virtual collaboration and work habits, such as how much of your week you spend in meetings, as well as provide ideas for improving your digital work life, such as blocking focus time each day when you’re most productive. MyAnalytics is private and specific to you as an individual user and serves exclusively as an information resource for your own consumption.
As companies shifted to a more remote workforce in 2020, tools such as Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 apps have become essential components of our workday. Most organizations have not had the time to formally train their teams on these tools, so employees instead figured out the “hacks” they needed to continue their normal work routines. In response, Centriq created a series of one and two day Microsoft 365 Apps classes which provided comprehensive training on all different components of M365. Now Centriq has created a new series of shorter training classes focusing on specific tasks or projects within various M365 apps. These new, two-hour learning events are called M365 MicroClasses.
Until April 21, 2020, Office 365 and Microsoft 365 were separate but overlapping Microsoft productivity tools or products. (See our blog recently revised blog Office 365 vs Microsoft 365: What’s the Difference? Are They the Same?). But on that date, Microsoft announced that the group of productivity apps formerly known as Office 365 would now be branded “Microsoft 365”.
Office 365 is now Microsoft 365. Read more about this change here.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced companies everywhere to move their operations to a substantially virtual environment. Many employees suddenly had to remotely navigate their job role in a completely digital environment. This meant a total immersion into Microsoft Teams – whether you and your team were prepared or not. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to step back and exam how to use Teams more efficiently and productively and further take advantage of the other tools that Office 365 (now called Microsoft 365) has to offer.
50+ Ways to Love Your Office 365
(Or 50+ Ways O365 Apps Integrate with Each Other)
Office 365 apps can be cleverly integrated and embedded with each other giving you the following benefits:
- Greater overall adoption of more Office 365 apps
- Improved personal efficiency and usability
- Increased value as features of one app are extended to another app
Some apps are connected automatically while others need to be initiated by the user. Using the full power of the Office 365 suite of applications is the way to go!
Your company intranet doesn’t have to be a black hole of everyone’s projects and information. By using SharePoint Online, you can tailor each user’s experience by creating sites that best suit each user’s needs. Not sure where to start? Take a look at these four commonly used sites and how they can streamline your internal communications.
We can’t get enough of Microsoft Teams and how it has transformed the modern workday. It is easy to flip back and forth through tasks throughout the day and stay looped in to what your team is doing. Do you have Teams but feel like you aren’t getting enough out of it? Follow our tips and start your new year off right with productivity!Read More
What SharePoint is Used for & Why it’s the Center of the O365 Universe
We are all creatures of habit. And the biggest business habit is email. A form of technology invented in 1971 is too often the primary tool to communicate and collaborate in today’s business environment. Think about that. We have stretched that outdated technology to work in a way it was not initially intended. We make folders. We make subfolders. We scroll through endless conversations in the all-too-often vain attempt to find attachments. We need a productivity-boosting, headache-ending upgrade.
Enter SharePoint – the center of the O365 universe.
Note: On April 21, 2020, Microsoft rebranded Office 365 to Microsoft 365. Read more about this change here.
As you dive deeper into Office 365, you’ll hear the word “Champion” thrown around quite frequently. But what exactly is an O365 Champion?
What is an O365 Champion?
To put it simply, an O365 Champion is a team member who has been chosen to help lead your company’s O365 adoption plan.
Your O365 Champion Team will act as your company’s early-adopters— they’ll receive additional training to build proficiency with the O365 apps while working together to establish O365 policies, procedures, and best practices.