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Finding a Work-Around for iMessage Issues

Finding a Work-Around for iMessage Issues

iMessage is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with more iPhone users than ever looking to get their iMessages on alternate devices. With so many iPhone users using Microsoft Windows 10 PCs, we thought that it would be the best to show you how you can send and receive iMessages on your Windows 10 PC.

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End of Life for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Coming Soon

End of Life for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Coming Soon

When was the last time you thought seriously about upgrading your business’s technology solutions--particularly its software? We know that administering patches and updates can be challenging for some businesses to maintain, but with the right support, it’s more manageable and certainly more secure. Unfortunately, after a certain period of time passes, Microsoft stops supporting certain outdated solutions, rendering them dangerous and obsolete.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Key OneNote Tips

Tip of the Week: 5 Key OneNote Tips

Microsoft OneNote is a program that can help you keep track of your notes, but it’s much more than that. OneNote actually provides several other functions that take it beyond the use of a simple digital scratchpad. Let’s take a look at some of the OneNote features that you may not know about.

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Tip of the Week: Using OneNote as a Knowledge Center

Tip of the Week: Using OneNote as a Knowledge Center

Microsoft OneNote is a very useful application, as its capabilities extend far beyond the basic note-taking that its name would imply. In fact, it has the capability to support a simple wiki-like system baked in. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over how you can use OneNote to set one up for your business’ benefit.

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Microsoft Updates Windows 10’s Security

Microsoft Updates Windows 10’s Security

When Microsoft came out with their new operating system, Windows 10, they had something that other OSs weren't able to match, integrated new security software that was going to keep users safe as new threats are presented each day with an aim at corrupting computing systems and stealing critical personal information. Today, we take a take a new look at the Windows 10 security features and how to get the most out of the new OS.

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Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365: What’s the Difference?

Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365: What’s the Difference?

Microsoft is a huge player in the business world, providing businesses from all over the world with the tools they need to be successful. From small businesses to large enterprises, Microsoft provides the software that many businesses use to get through their day-to-day tasks. If you need to make a decision regarding your organization’s software needs, you might encounter terms like Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft’s Office 365. Wait… Aren’t those the same things? Not quite.

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Tip of the Week: Using Some of Microsoft OneNote’s Features

Tip of the Week: Using Some of Microsoft OneNote’s Features

Microsoft OneNote is a very useful application for, as you may have guessed, taking notes. However, when we say taking notes, we feel as though we’re not doing the application justice. We’ll share a few tips to help you use OneNote to its full potential.

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Tip of the Week: Outlook’s Tools

Tip of the Week: Outlook’s Tools

Email is commonplace in offices all over the world, but it can be difficult to keep all of the information sent your way organized. Users of Microsoft Outlook 2016 will find that the program has many tools to take advantage of for improved communications and organization. This week’s tip will explore some of them.

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Windows 10 to Have a Major Upgrade in October

Windows 10 to Have a Major Upgrade in October

Microsoft’s Windows 10 is a great operating system that many users are finding to be extremely helpful for their everyday needs, but even the most rabid Windows fan will tell you that the constant updates are irritating and disruptive at best. While they do bring with them new features and updates--particularly the large updates that happen twice a year--they do take some time to install. The upcoming update they are releasing in October, however, poses a problem for businesses and users alike.

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Tip of the Week: How to Use PowerPoint More Efficiently

Tip of the Week: How to Use PowerPoint More Efficiently

When there is a need to create a presentation, one solution is common enough that its name has become synonymous with the presentation itself: PowerPoint. Not only does this Microsoft Office staple have plenty of features for a user to leverage, it also provides a considerable amount of shortcuts and time-saving tricks. This week’s tip will dive into some of these tricks.

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Tip of the Week: Use Excel to Create Eye-Catching Visuals

Tip of the Week: Use Excel to Create Eye-Catching Visuals

Spreadsheets are excellent ways to communicate a lot of information in a concise format. However, the big problem is that a spreadsheet alone isn’t very visually appealing. To remedy this, you can add other visual elements, like charts, into your Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. For today’s tip, we’ll go over some of your options.

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Tip of the Week: Use Microsoft Word to Evaluate Article Readability

Tip of the Week: Use Microsoft Word to Evaluate Article Readability
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Writing for a specific audience isn’t always the easiest thing for a business owner. You have to anticipate a certain reading level for your target audience. The readability of a document can have far-reaching consequences. For example, what if you write a business proposal, but the prospect grows impatient when they can’t understand what’s written in it? Thankfully, there are various tools at your disposal that can help you craft the perfect document for your purpose.

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Tip of the Week: Using Word to Create Company Letterhead

Tip of the Week: Using Word to Create Company Letterhead
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There’s a lot to be gained by utilizing a company letterhead on your correspondence and other printed materials, especially in terms of company recognition and professional impression. Utilizing Microsoft Word makes it easy to add this detail to your documents. For this week’s tip, we’ll show you how easy it is to create a letterhead in Word.

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Tip of the Week: Prevent Windows From Updating Your PC at the Worst Possible Time

Tip of the Week: Prevent Windows From Updating Your PC at the Worst Possible Time
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Windows Updates are generally issued with the intention of improving your user experience, but sometimes they can cause complications. This is why most IT departments will opt out of implementing them and will instead review the issued updates before doing the work themselves. However, for the average PC user who simply wants to postpone updates from interrupting your day, read on and find out what you can do about them.

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