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Clutter-free

So Microsoft introduced this “awesome new feature that helps filter your low-priority email”. It is called Clutter, and works like this: A new folder has been added to Outlook, called Clutter, and if Outlook deems certain messages are low-priority, it moves them there. According to Microsoft, this feature “learns” so for example if you move an email back from Clutter to your inbox, it will notice this.

I guess the idea is, once in a while, you’ll go through this folder and read your low-priority emails. I don’t know about you, but I have no intention of putting time aside specifically for low-priority emails, so I turned this whole Clutter feature off. Besides, I have a better way of dealing with low-priority emails. If I really do want to read it some day, I’ll flag it so a reminder will pop up later, and I move it out of my inbox. If I don’t want to read it, I just delete it.

I have enough clutter without Clutter.

Microsoft Cloud has Familiar Look-and-Feel

Kudos to Charles and Orin in our Technical Support team for having done a seamless in-house migration to Office 365. The event was carefully planned, the instructions very well communicated, and the execution flawless. Now Nicom doesn’t just install clients on cloud computing – we actually use it ourselves! (Always good to eat your own cooking, but with a server room and techs on hand, we didn’t really push too hard on getting this done.)

When we start getting into Office 365’s features for communications and file storage and sharing, we will start enjoying the benefits of cloud-based computing. We have a roomful of servers because that’s what we do, but many small businesses don’t, and can now have many benefits that once only businesses with servers could enjoy. And no need to worry about hard drive failures and power outages, or backups and software updates.

With its browser-based interface, Office 365 users are able to create and edit Word documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, etc. from anywhere in the world, and share them with other people. All they need is a computer with Internet connectivity.

Many vendors have cloud offerings. The advantage Microsoft enjoys is that billions of people worldwide already know their products, and their cloud offerings have a familiar look and feel, as well as common features. Their integration between cloud-based products and on premise software is also very natural and seamless.

 

Office 365 More About Servers Than MS Office

I saw something new this past weekend: A laptop at the head table of a wedding. I was at my niece’s wedding and the master of ceremonies had a laptop to keep his agenda flowing smoothly and to come up with interesting games and tidbits to share with the guests.

This is Generation Z and they only know a life in which they are connected electronically — anywhere. And let’s be honest, the rest of us aren’t far behind them. Monolithic Microsoft understands this and doesn’t want to be left behind by the likes of Sun and Google, which is likely one reason they introduced Office 365.

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What Will Microsoft do With Skype Video Conferencing?

Two years ago, I wrote about using Skype for making free long-distance telephone calls. Since then Skype has progressed a great deal, to the point where Microsoft is buying the company for a whopping 8.5 billion dollars.

Time to start paying attention to Skype again, and in this article I’ll discuss its video capabilities.

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