Microsoft Teams is an online communication and collaboration tool that is part of Microsoft Office 365. Accessible through various operating systems, including iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows, Teams combines features that support video conferencing, audio calls, chats, group messaging, and file storage.
With so many organizations turning to Microsoft Teams to facilitate their collaboration and communication needs, having an easier and faster way to access and use tools and features on the app has become crucial.
Check out our latest video to learn the top tricks and tips for Microsoft Teams:
Microsoft Teams on Windows and the web application using a PC keyboard supports keyboard shortcuts to make it easier for you to move to Teams’ main options.
To get access to a list of keyboard shortcuts supported by Teams, press Ctrl +Period(.). You can also access the list of shortcuts by keying in /keys on the search tab.
To learn more about Microsoft Teams keyboard shortcuts and how they vary between the web app and the Windows app, click here.
These keyboard shortcuts help you navigate between teams, chat, calls, and search for information quickly. To navigate up and down the left navigation tab;
These shortcuts will vary depending on the order of the tabs.
Changing Your Status
Teams allows you to share your status with your colleagues to let them know when you are away, busy, or available. Since Teams is synced with your Outlook calendar, it will automatically set your status for you. You can also change or update your status from the command box. You can change your status to available, busy, be right back, do not disturb, away, or offline.
In addition to changing your status, you can also set a status message and set for how long it will display.
The Command Box
The command box in Teams that appears at the top of the screen helps you launch applications, search, and take quick actions.
To get a colleague’s attention in a team conversation, a channel conversation, or a chat, @mention them. Type @ before their name and then select the person’s name from the menu that appears. To get the attention of a whole team or a specific channel, type @team or @channel.
Managing a Team
As the team owner, you can change your team name and picture, add new team members, remove members, make members team owners, and manage team settings.
Searching in Teams
You can search for persons, Teams, and channels from the command box or within chats. In addition to this, Teams has a filter option that can be accessed by going to the funnel or using the Ctrl + Shift + F shortcut.
Editing a Message
Teams allows you to edit the messages you’ve sent to a channel or chat. To edit your message, click on the message and select More options> Edit. Make changes to your message, then press Enter to save the update.
Creating Private Channels
If you’re looking to have more secluded conversations, create a private channel. To create a private channel, create a new channel, and set the privacy level to private.
Turning a File into a Tab
To change a file into a Microsoft Teams tab, open the location of the file, on the file name, click on the ellipsis (visible three horizontal dots) and from the list of options presented, select the ‘make this a tab’ option.
Adding a Poll
Using Microsoft Forms in Teams allows you to create instant and real-time polls in seconds. You can share these polls in your Channels and Teams and quickly gather feedback. To create a poll in Teams:
Switching to the Dark Mode
To switch to dark mode, go to your profile and select Settings. In the theme section, select the Dark theme.
To save a message, look for the message, click on the ellipsis, and select save this message.
Pinning Important Conversations
Pinning a chat or conversation is a great way to keep track of it. To pin a chat or conversation, highlight the chat, then select More options and select Pin.
Formatting and Making Conversations Fun
Teams offers you a lot of formatting options. These options include; highlighting, italicizing, underlining, and making text bold. These options are present in the compose box.
Do you have any questions regarding Teams?
At Tektonic Managed Services, we offer years of experience and expertise in providing IT solutions to businesses throughout Toronto.
Consult with us today, or call us on (416) 256-9928 and let us help you integrate and customize Microsoft Teams solutions to fit your business’s needs.
Launched in July 2017, Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription version of Microsoft Office. It integrates the core applications of the traditional version of Office 365, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and depending on the business plan purchased, may also include other applications such as OneDrive, Publisher, Exchange, Planner, SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and Skype.
As a business considering using Microsoft Office 365 in your day to day business operations, what benefits would Office 365 offer your business?
Check out our latest video to learn more about the benefits of using Office 365:
You Can Work Anywhere, At Any Time, and On Any Device
A significant benefit of using Office 365 is the ability to work from anywhere, anytime, and on any device as long as you have a stable internet connection. Because it is completely cloud-based, Office applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.), files, and emails can be accessed from any device. You can also create, edit, and share files from your Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices with anyone in real-time.
Microsoft 365 is particularly beneficial for organizations with remote employees, employees who travel frequently, and several office locations.
You Can Easily Collaborate and Communicate with Colleagues
If your company encourages teamwork, you’ll appreciate the collaboration features Microsoft 365 offers. Everyone who wants or needs to edit a document gets to work on the same version of the document and make real-time changes. Teams also provides you a platform to chat, have phone conversations and video chats with colleagues.
You Get Advanced Security Features
Microsoft 365 has built-in security features that help keep your organization’s data safe. They include:
You are Always Updated
Since Microsoft 365 is cloud-based, you will be up to date with the latest versions of Microsoft features and applications at no extra cost.
You Can Choose a Plan That Is Convenient for You
Microsoft 365 offers various business plans, each with varying applications and features. You can easily switch between or mix and match these plans if your organization needs more or fewer features and applications.
You Eliminate and Reduce Hardware and Energy
Since Microsoft 365 runs on the cloud, you don’t need physical file storage equipment and servers for your networks. Removing or not having servers will not only help to reduce energy costs but also eliminates the need for office spaces.
You Can Easily Budget for Your IT
Because Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based service, once you decide on a plan, you only pay that amount either annually, monthly, or per user, eliminating surprise costs.
You Can Easily Scale Your Business
Microsoft 365 gives you the flexibility to scale your business as it grows. You can easily add or remove users and create customized plans for your users or departments.
Microsoft 365 offers benefits to businesses, whether you are looking to boost your collaboration capabilities, ensure data security, or improve business productivity.
At Tektonic Managed Services, we offer years of experience and expertise in providing IT solutions to businesses throughout Toronto.
Consult with us today, or call us on (416) 256-9928 and let us help you integrate and customize Microsoft 365 solutions to fit the needs of your business.
Your IT cybersecurity should manage your login security – but are you only protected by your password? You should have more than one layer of protection. You should have Two-Factor Authentication.
Practically every day, we hear about people whose Gmail, Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter passwords have been broken into.
Just last year a report showed that 86% of more than 2 million breached passwords were identical to passwords that had already been breached. The top 10 most common and repeatedly breached passwords in this report include:
The question is – are any of the above one of your passwords? Even if they’re not, are you making a similar error with any of your passwords?
4IQ published a report this year that lists a number of alarming statistics about how cybercrime is becoming more and more common:
The simplest way to enhance the protections you have for your logins is with two-factor authentication.
Two-factor authentication is a great way to add an extra layer of protection to the existing system and account logins. 45% of polled businesses began using MFA in 2018, compared to 25% the year prior.
By requiring a second piece of information like a randomly-generated numerical code sent by text message, you’re better able to ensure that the person using your employee’s login credentials is actually who they say they are. Biometrics like fingerprints, voice, or even iris scans are also options, as are physical objects like keycards.
Tektonic uses Duo for our clients’ two-factor authentication, delivering a range of great features:
In the end, managing a strict password policy, creating strong passwords, and using password managers can be frustrating, but it’s incredibly important.
If you’re still worried about your password security, especially when it comes to policies in place at your business, then don’t try to handle it all on your own. The Tektonic team will help you evaluate your password practices and security measures as a whole to make sure you’re taking on any unnecessary risks.
Privacy and security are major concerns for personal users and businesses alike these days, and so you have to be sure that you aren’t making it easy for hackers to access you or your business’ private data.
Running a business is much like being a tightrope walker, walking the proverbial thin line while carrying a long balancing pole with weights on each end to give you equalized stability. For businesses, these weights represent every area you need to consider: staffing, customers, overhead, and everything that impacts your budget. But what has the greatest impact on your bottom line?
All of these areas involve data:
That last bullet really could mention countless other items, including infrastructure costs and technology needs. Your technology keeps your business running – there’s no other way to say it. Everyone relies on your technology from an operational standpoint. Without technology, you lose the ability to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate. Your hardware and software need to run as smoothly as possible or you could experience “kinks” that cause delays that add up and impact your overall efficiency and productivity. What happens if you don’t focus as much on keeping your technology up to date?
A local legal firm recently learned this lesson the hard way, but with a happy ending. Outdated hardware with an unsupported operating system malfunctioned – a nice way of saying it just died – and resuscitation was not an option. Basically, everything on the server was lost.
Except that the firm partnered with a managed IT services provider (MSP) and took advantage of Datto Instant Virtualization, which takes a back-up of an entire IT system at regular intervals. Relying on cloud services and the data back-up, the firm was able to use a virtual machine for over a week until the new hardware was in place, everything was loaded and the server was running. The overall impact to business operations was roughly 1 hour of downtime.
By comparison, without Datto, the outcome would have been the complete opposite. Even with a data back-up, the process of ordering the hardware, loading everything from scratch including software and applications, and restoring data from back-ups would take a week on average. Plus, in an IT environment where a business hasn’t upgraded hardware or software, there are added delays from the process. For example, running an operating system that was no longer supported would mean having to perform multiple upgrades first before loading data back-ups.
If a business is solely depending on Windows for data back-up, the experience would have been different. The server would have been unrecoverable, with greater downtime, considerable data loss, and a major impact on operations.
In this case, Datto Instant Virtualization was the ultimate safety net, enabling the IT system to be virtualized in a secure environment and the business to operate with a “business as usual” outlook.
Confidently protect your data and partner with an MSP to have a Business Continuity plan using Datto and know that your data – and your business – are protected from technology interruptions.
Should golf and country clubs get management software for their businesses? How good are they and how can golf clubs ensure that they can use them efficiently?
If you want to run your business in the most efficient way possible then nobody can blame you.
Gone are the days when we would just have to grit our teeth and wade through inefficient methods because there’s no way around it.
But we are in the 21st century and the majority of the inefficiencies of the past can easily be solved by science.
Take golf and country clubs for example. While from the outside they look like well-oiled machines that seem to have no faults. But behind the curtain lies overworked staff struggling with very inefficient processes.
That was 20 years ago. Nowadays, golf and country clubs have it much easier. With newer gadgets and club management software available for them, they can easily manage their club.
But how good are these club management software and how can they help your golf and country club? Also, if do get them, what should you do to ensure you won’t have problems in the future?
In almost any kind of business nowadays, they use a variety of software to help them conduct their day-to-day activities. This is good and all but when you use different applications and software within one organization, there might be some problems when one needs information from one department to the other.
One good example would be when the back-office of a restaurant will do a monthly audit, they need to go and check the POS software, get the data, and input the data on their accounting software, and do the audit.
It sounds efficient enough but you know what would be better? If you cut half of the effort just by putting both the POS and Accounting under one software.
That means every time a sale is made, the POS automatically feeds data to the servers ready to be plucked by the back-office when they need to do an audit.
This is pretty much how club management software works. By putting all club services under one software, data can easily be seen, used, or managed by any member of the staff. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Let’s try to list down the top benefits of using Golf and Country Club Management Software.
Not having a golf and country club management software running is almost asking to go bankrupt nowadays. That’s why everybody is getting them. But they are far from perfect. They have bugs. They fail at times. And they may take time to fully understand.
That’s why if your golf club relies on management software for day-to-day operations, you need an IT support partner who can bail you out when the software fails.
An IT support partner has a good understanding of how the software works and can help you in both installing it on your devices and in maintaining them. This eliminates any possible issues that may come up with faulty installation. In case issues do come up, the IT support team can provide you with a solution right away.
The world of IT can be quite confusing. Good thing you can always have Tektonik Managed Services to guide you. Tektonic has been helping businesses with custom management software from installation to management. We may not have made the software but our team of expert IT technicians will take time to understand how it works. This way, we have all the answers if any issues come up. If you are using custom golf and country club management software, give us a call, and let’s see how we can work together for a better business.