After a decade of consistent pricing, Microsoft is making some big changes to the way it bills, terms and renews Microsoft and Office 365 subscriptions and licenses. Here is what you need to know about new Microsoft pricing changes due in 2022.
At its launch in June 2011, Office 365 included... Read More
Are you ready for the Great Risk Review of 2022 ?
If you've been reading a bit about the pandemic's after-effects on businesses globally, you will have been hearing a lot about the Great Resignation. As leading enterprise commentators and analysts continue to demonstrate the that Great Resignation "is real and... Read More
Keep your teams chats alive and on track like never before!
Don't get us wrong - we love Teams - we use it, we build on it, and we collaborate in it, and communicate through it! But that's not to say it doesn't have its irks and quirks.
Now, two of the... Read More
Windows 11 – Why wait? Well actually…there are a few reasons
In June 2021 Microsoft drew the curtains open on its newest operating system – Windows 11. For many of us it seems like only yesterday that we were making the move to Windows 10, but that was almost six years... Read More
Remote Desktop Software – Keep or kill? Your 5-Step Guide!
With the move to remote working, more of us have been relying on Remote Desktop Software to access our office desktop PCs safely and securely from home – but just how safe and secure is what we’re using?
As our remote working... Read More
Liven up your next Microsoft Teams Presentation with these new feature-rich presenter options.
Ever found yourself frustrated with juggling between screen sharing, presenter and video feed screens during meetings and PowerPoint presentations in Microsoft Teams?
We sure have!
And while most of us have learnt (the hard way) to set aside a bit... Read More
In this week’s Australia Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Partner update, we received notification of a marked and growing trend involving cybercriminals targeting the property and real estate sector to conduct property-related BEC (business email compromise) scams in Australia.
This recent alert highlights the use of BEC scams to target real estate agents,... Read More
Why a "layered" approach to IT security is more important than ever!
There no ONE thing that will protect your people, systems and data better. The key is to make it harder for the threats to penetrate - Hit play to find out what we mean.
If you're of a certain age... Read More
Quietly, the advice around the Essential Eight has changed…Here’s how!
In July this year, as Australia’s news headlines were dominated by rolling COVID-19 outbreaks and lockdowns, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) quietly released new advice on the implementation of the Essential Eight.
Whether you’re just starting your IT Security Governance or... Read More
The results are in - here is a selection of the most breached passwords of 2020.
There has never been a year of more malicious cyber activity than 2020 - and fighting a losing battle on the front lines were your passwords! Here are some of the biggest losers in 2020,... Read More
Ransomware vs. You & Your Supply Chain in 2021
Here is just 1 minute jam-packed with everything you need to know about the escalating threat of ransomware in 2021 facing organisations and their supply chains.
Get across what you need to know and then let's talk next steps!
A number of IT Security Alerts have recently been provided via the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Microsoft and other vendors that require your attention. Please note that Maxsum Managed IT Services clients remain unaffected by these recent incidents and we provide the following details for your information only. We continue... Read More
Still having trouble keeping people engaged during meetings even with a return to face-to-face meetings?
Or having trouble following up afterwards when some people attended in person and others remotely?
No reason why you can't run polls in your Teams meetings, even if you're having them face-to-face at the same time.
A great... Read More
Get started with the Approvals App in Microsoft Teams.
Do more in Teams - Send an approval request to anyone in your organisation using the Microsoft Teams Approvals App. Track its progress along the way, and get notified as soon as approval is granted.
Here's how to set up your first Microsoft... Read More
Power Automate: Here's how you can start to personalise and proactively centralise working in Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Teams was developed to serve as a collaboration hub, bringing together apps, tools and service from across the Office 365 ecosystem so that you can take what’s referred to as a “Teams First” approach... Read More
If you’re running your work and life on one device…stop right now!
With more staff now about to “return to office”, businesses and organisations are fine tuning their approach to remote working and working from home. Whilst the discussion is heavily focused on whether to have everyone back in full time,... Read More
Talk about timing! If Office 365 is your tool of choice for workplace productivity, you may well have felt the sting of the March – April 2021 series of Microsoft 365, Azure and Global Azure AD outages.
Here's why you need to expect the unexpected and how to plan for when,... Read More
Your guide to the Top 4 Microsoft app integrations that became available in 2020 through Microsoft Teams!
Is it time to explore what more you can do through Microsoft Teams?
With the push to power up Microsoft Teams as the hub of remote and in-office team working throughout COVID, there have been... Read More
Get some quick wins on the board and your business processes flowing to the right people, at the right time in the right place! Here’s how!
We recently re-ran a snap survey asking people what their “go-to” Office 365 app is each morning. Can you guess what the number-one answer... Read More
Microsoft Power Platform - How to power up your workflows to help your remote working and office teams work better with…wait for it…what you may already have!
You log into Microsoft 365 on the web through www.office.com, and you see a menu full of brightly coloured Microsoft 365 apps… Which... Read More
Can I get a show of hands please ?
Do you find yourself always asking for questions or comments in an online meeting only to get… crickets….muted crickets…?
Ever been presenting or leading a discussion in a large online meeting and asked a question you were hoping to get some input on... Read More
Meet - Record - Share - Repeat!
Ever recorded a Teams meeting and then, frustratingly, found that there was no easy way to share that recording with an external participant in the meeting?
You’re not alone! Whilst Microsoft Stream to date has made recording Teams meetings, sharing then internally, and even creating... Read More
Before you roll-out a 3rd party app for the job - find out what you already have at your fingertips within Microsoft Office 365 to get the job done!
Plus you'll have all your data right where you need it - in house!
Whilst COVID-19 restrictions across Victoria have ever so... Read More
2020 - The Official Year of the Remote Meeting has made us tired and cranky!
Has nearly 10 months of back-to-back remote meetings left you tired, cranky, less patient, and dare we say it… less productive? Here’s why, PLUS a few tips to change things up ahead of 2021.
Ok we’re going... Read More
Latest features and hot-off-the-press Teams insights from Microsoft Inspire 2020.
And so we march on…amidst masks, mayhem and endless meetings…
As the gloss wears off our new remote working skills and schedules and we settle in for what looks a bigger than anticipated battle ahead, it’s time to start looking at remote... Read More
Need to address your team's remote meeting fatigue but expand your collaboration and communication horizons at the same time?
Here's how to make remote working "work" better with a tool that does more than remote meetings alone!
Here is what we know - Pre COVID-19 high-quality virtual meeting capabilities were often a... Read More
Disinfecting your tech during COVID-19: What, when and how?
Remember the days when hot desking was the next-big thing and moving to shared devices and workstations made perfect financial and environmental sense?
Oh, for those days when cleaning up after eating lunch at your computer or wiping down your shared workstation at... Read More
Want to make sure your more Teams Player than Teams Failure? Here are you top Microsoft Teams Etiquette tips to set you up for success!
With the move to remote working, many organisations already in the Office 365 ecosystem dived head first into Microsoft Teams as their collaboration and communication tool... Read More
Here are the remote working IT Security steps you may have missed in the rush to get remote-work ready, and how to fix them!
Long before COVID-19 many businesses were, in varying degrees, moving towards offering or embedding some form of remote working flexibility in their workplaces.
This was largely driven by... Read More
Microsoft Teams Features Update – May 2020
Microsoft Teams Master Tips
Is remote working turning your team into Microsoft Teams Power Users? Here are the latest Microsoft Teams Features Updates to keep your remote workers well and truly ahead of the collaboration curve!
There’s never been a better time to drive Microsoft... Read More
There's only 1 reason to be using Zoom - here's what it is!
One reason and one only - if your business is not using Microsoft Office 365!
If that's the case, there's actually a whole different set of questions your business should be asking about flexibility, mobility, security and productivity in... Read More
Here’s how you can help your remote working heroes shore up their phishing defences – Now!
More critical than ever before in light of COVID-19 - Cybersecurity awareness training is the best way to provide your remote working team with the knowledge they need to fight phishing with force.
Whether your business... Read More
The Australian Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package measures can help you support remote working to keep your business alive & kicking
There is a lot of talk of businesses going into “hibernation mode” at the moment, but anyone in business knows that putting a business that up until 3 weeks ago had moving... Read More
Working from home – There’s more to it than meets the eye!
It sounds great in theory – but there’s more to making remote working work than meets the eye!
The thing about tech is that pretty much everyone has at some stage worked for small business, a big business and remotely,... Read More
Have you turned on MFA to lock up your filing cabinet, but left the doors to your office wide open?
Here's why effective credentials protection using Multifactor Authentication should involve much more than just protecting your Office 365 account!
If you’ve been greeted with a new step in your Office... Read More
IoT & Fleet Management
How IoT solutions are offering lower-cost, longer-life fleet management opportunities in the mining, manufacturing and logistics sectors.
Come 2020, IoT - The Internet of Things has featured in pretty much every list of “Top 5 emerging technologies for 2020 and beyond” we’ve seen, especially in mining, manufacturing and... Read More
Microsoft Teams Master Tips
Latest Microsoft Teams features update: Fast track your progress from Teams Player to Teams Master!
Microsoft Teams is now the collaboration platform of choice for over 20 million daily users worldwide, and new features are coming online all the time.
Make sure you’re on the front foot and using... Read More
You've got 1440 minutes to make the most of each day! Are you using your's to your best advantage?
Find out how you can use MyAnalytics personal analytics to manage your time better and take a healthier approach to work!
Cloud, wi-fi, mobile devices, online collaboration tools – it’s literally never been... Read More
The 2020 IT Trends proactive decision makers already have on their radars!
Find out the Top 8 2020 IT Trends already on the IT agendas of future-focused businesses for 2020!
Here’s a thought….Have you realised that we are equally as far away from 2050 today as we are 1990?
If we take a... Read More
5 things in IT security Leading Companies got right in 2019
5 things you need to know about IT Security in 2020 and
5 easy things you can get your team doing right now to stay secure!
Earlier in 2019, Maxsum security partner Sophos uncovered some very disturbing results in its... Read More
What businesses can learn from start-ups, and vice versa! Let's get talking!
There is no industry more awash with talk of start-ups than the tech industry. And let’s face it – it’s inspiring to hear their origin stories, exciting to watch their growth trajectories, even better if they have some fantastic... Read More
The Sydney Morning Herald recently ran a story on one company’s million-dollar e-mail mishap. Their big blunder? They loaded 300 customer email addresses into the CC: field instead of the BCC: field, and it’s cost them dearly. Find out what the big deal is with BCC!
Here’s one universal truth about... Read More