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Top 4 Reasons Why SMBs Choose Office 365 over Google Apps for Work

Posted by Cathie Briggette Wed, Sep 07, 2016

Written by the folks over at Microsoft

Independent professionals and small and midsize businesses have to do more with less. It is about staying close to your customers, focusing on your business differentiators, and being more agile than competitors. Office 365 can help your business achieve these goals with low upfront costs, rich features, a familiar Microsoft® Office experience, and a financially-backed guarantee of 99.9 percent uptime. It brings together online versions of our most trusted communication and collaboration products with familiar Microsoft Office productivity software for businesses of all sizes. Users get an excellent productivity experience across PC, phone, and browser for the way they work today—and the way they will work in the future. Our commitment to innovation means that with Office 365 for business plans you’ll get the latest features and developments as they’re released, along with new capabilities that further inspire and empower your users, such as Delve,

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Topics: Microsoft, Managed Services

Microsoft Services Agreement and Privacy Statement made clearer

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, Aug 08, 2016

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Topics: Microsoft, Office 365

10 dos and don’ts of using Microsoft PowerPoint for a presentation

Posted by Cathie Briggette Wed, Jul 13, 2016

By:  Cathie Briggette with lots of  help from the  US SMB Microsoft Team

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Topics: Microsoft

Badlock the Crucial Security Vulnerability Bug

Posted by Cathie Briggette Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Badlock is the new security vulnerability bug of 2016.  Badlock was discovered by Stefan Metzmacher, who is a renowned member of the international Samba Core Developer Team and works at SerNet on Samba. He reported the bug to Microsoft and has been working closely with them (Microsoft) to fix the problem.  

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Topics: Microsoft, Disaster Recovery, anti virus, cybersecurity

Microsoft Surface Pro Safety Recall Notice

Posted by Cathie Briggette Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Surface Pro AC power cords: Safety Recall Notice


AC Power Cords for the Microsoft Surface Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, and certain Microsoft Surface Pro 3’s

Effective January 21, 2016, at 7:00am Pacific Standard Time (US West Coast time), in cooperation with various government regulatory agencies, Microsoft has initiated a voluntary recall for AC power cords (the cord that plugs into an electrical outlet) supplied with the Microsoft Surface Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 2, and with any Microsoft Surface Pro 3 purchased prior to March 15, 2015 (“pre-March 15, 2015 Surface Pro 3’s”).

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Topics: Microsoft, Microsoft Surface Pro

Office 365 vs. Hosted Exchange: Is there a right answer?

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Mon, Jan 04, 2016

Small and medium-sized businesses are certainly not without options in regards to how they manage their documents, store their files, access word processing applications, internally communicate, and send emails. Not only can they choose to take advantage of a managed IT service provider, internal IT department, or subscription service, but there are also a variety of specialized services to choose from within these options. Furthermore, businesses are not required to limit themselves to only one, and they can choose to access a subscription service, coordinate their IT team with IT Consulting services , or use their own IT department to manage their subscription services. As an IT Managed Services Provider the question has recently been raised as to whether small and medium-sized businesses should choose Office 365 or Hosted Exchange.

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Topics: Microsoft, IT Services, Office 365

The New Microsoft Office 2016: Accessibility and Sharing at an Expert Level

Posted by Chelsea Foster Wed, Sep 30, 2015

On September 22nd the new Microsoft Office 2016 suite was released and includes new versions of


While there are a few new, helpful features in each program the main points of functionality are sharing and accessing documents from anywhere, on any device and facilitating in better productivity within the workplace. 

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Topics: Microsoft, Office 365

Windows 10 vs. Windows 8: What to Expect

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Tue, Aug 18, 2015

As Microsoft subscribers encounter the offer to update their operating system, it is important for them to consider what they can expect from Windows 10 in terms of upgrades and alterations.

At NSK, Inc., we recommend that our customers and clients wait to initialize the Windows 10 upgrade until after they have discussed expectations and advantages with their IT Managed Services Specialist.

Nonetheless, we have created a comparison chart that outlines some of the simplest differences between Windows 10 and its predecessor. We will offer comprehensive training and advice regarding how to navigate Microsoft's new operating system. As Microsoft has declared that this will be their final operating system to be made available in this traditional form, understanding Windows 10 may become a vital part of taking full advantage of the integration of cloud computing into personal computer technology.

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Topics: Microsoft

Microsoft Azure: Opening Doors and Closing Windows

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Mon, Aug 17, 2015

The reality that a massive online retailer, dominating search engine provider, and long-reigning operating system developer have all entered the cloud platform industry is proof of cloud technology’s prowess as a solution. Although Amazon Web Services is a popular attraction for businesses of all sizes, the cloud-computing platform enterprise remains competitive as businesses of all sizes devise new methods of taking advantage of large, networked data centers. Parallel to the recently released Windows 10 Operating System, Microsoft has increased the vigor of their approach to developing and marketing their own cloud-computing platform called Microsoft Azure. While the brand that they are promoting highlights the benefits of adopting their platform, Microsoft does not lack the versatility required to support the authenticity of their fairly aggressive campaign. Microsoft Azure’s arsenal of web services make their platform a viable option for countless businesses.

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Topics: Microsoft

How Secure is Office 365

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, Aug 03, 2015

It's your data, you own it, you control it and it is yours to take with you if you decide to leave the service.  But how secure is Office 365?  Read on:

Built in Security

  • Service-level security through definense-in depth
  • Customer controls within the service
  • Security hardening and operational best practices

Office 365 is a security-hardened service, designed following the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle. Microsoft brings together the best practices from two decades of building enterprise software and managing online services to give you an integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution.

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Topics: Microsoft, Data Security, Office 365