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Aaron Seals

New Skype Teams Application Promises to Pick Up the Slack!

New Skype Teams Application Promises to Pick Up the Slack!

Microsoft is reportedly going one-on-one with Slack...

and the outcome is looking promising for both dedicated Slack and Microsoft users.

With Slack recently announcing the addition of video and voice chat to its team messaging and content management platform, Microsoft appears to already have put in motion the development of a new messaging application, Skype Teams.

Microsoft plans to use the existing features of Skype for Business to provide additional value for large and small teams, newsrooms, and other organizations that need the ability to communicate efficiently and share files. Migrating Slack users will be able to harness the existing powerful features of Skype along with the new channel messaging functionality Skype Teams will offer.


According to MSPowerUser, Skype Teams will include all of the tools Slack users are familiar with, including:

  • Dedicated team channels
  • Private messaging groups
  • Cross channel and private channel file sharing


However, the real value added by Skype Teams is how Microsoft plans to build on top of the existing Skype platform. One of the coolest new potential features is the addition of Threaded Conversations. With the simple click of a “reply” button, Skype Teams users will be able to respond to a conversation. Slack currently does not offer this to its user base.

Users will also be able to start voice and video chats within shared and private channels.

In May, Microsoft released an overhauled, mobile-friendly version of its existing content and document management platform, SharePoint. Microsoft SharePoint offers individuals, teams, and organizations the same content management tools as Slack.

Though Microsoft has not officially announced Skype Teams as part of its Microsoft Office services suite, if rumors are true, the additions to the already widely used Skype will be welcomed by those seeking a more functional group communications platform.

Skype Teams is shaping up to be a messaging app that makes content management and organizational collaboration a more efficient process than competitors offer. And as always, expect seamless integration with other Microsoft Office apps.


Want to learn more?

We can help you figure out which collaboration tools you should use when! We may also have more information that we can share, but only if you have a Microsoft Non-disclosure Agreement in place. 

Contact Interlink to learn more about Skype Teams.  

Sarah Bunt

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | How to Achieve Advanced Security, Compliance and Visibility with Office 365

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | How to Achieve Advanced Security, Compliance and Visibility with Office 365

On-Demand Webinar & Slides

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While moving to the cloud has increased flexibility for employees and reduced IT cost, it has also raised new security concerns for many organizations. 

To realize the full benefit of cloud applications, IT teams must find the right balance of enabling access while maintaining control to protect critical data.

In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Microsoft Cloud Consumption Partner of the Year, Interlink Cloud Advisors show you how an organization can take full advantage of the cloud while maintaining control, security and improved visibility into activity with Advanced Security Management and Advanced eDiscovery.

Through demos and successful customer deployment scenarios, we’ll help you understand the new security and compliance functionality available in Office 365 and show you can achieve:

  • Improved Security and Compliance: Protect and control access to your data
  • Accelerated Response Times: Take corrective action quickly on security violations
  • Reduced Risk: Reduction in the time spent looking for litigation information
  • Improved Protection: Reduce ransomware and malware

After viewing, you'll also understand new Office 365 E5 licensing and all of your security options and bundles available.

Demos Include: 

Advanced eDiscovery and Advanced Security Management


Presented By:

Jason Wingert

Jason Wingert
Vice President & Principal Consultant, Interlink Cloud Advisors

 

Stephanie Donahue

Why the Dropbox Security Breach Should Have You Deploying OneDrive for Business

Why the Dropbox Security Breach Should Have You Deploying OneDrive for Business

I’ve said for a while that if you haven’t invested in a corporate-managed external file sharing software like Box, Dropbox or OneDrive, then I guarantee at least some of your users have gone rogue and done it themselves. For a long time, corporate users have been frustrated with email attachments that are blocked and aging and unreliable ftp servers. As a result, many have resorted to creating their own personal Dropbox accounts. These personal accounts may be connected to personal email addresses or even a corporate email address. These personal Dropbox accounts are being used to transfer the corporate documents you are responsible for protecting. This is commonly encouraged by vendors and so your end users see it as harmless. Everyone does it. It’s possible that even the IT department isn’t overly concerned about it – I haven’t seen many IT departments drop everything to fix the problem.  Before I explain my concern…let me start with a story.

As a member of IT leadership, you get a phone call from Dropbox. They inform you that 100 users in your organization have Dropbox accounts that they created on their own, using their corporate email. So – aren’t you interested in an Enterprise account so you can manage them? First, this may come as a shock – 100 users! You ask – can I find out who those users are?  No, they won’t provide that information, you don’t own it. You look into the cost and it’s more than you want to deal with, so you put it to the side to be addressed later.

In the meantime, Dropbox has a security breach.  Those 100 users from your own organization now have shared content that can be compromised. This time, it’s only old passwords and Dropbox forced password resets for those that needed it. However, we’ve seen a lot of security breaches lately across a number of platforms and many of them have been on relevant and active information. Sure, you could always just have them go change their passwords when these things happen. In this case though, you don’t even know who to contact to make sure they do. And…what if that compromised password is on an account that links to their corporate email and it was the same one they used to log into your network with? They didn’t just hack Dropbox, your network is at risk. So, you don’t know who has an account, who used the same password for their corporate account, who hasn’t changed their password since the breach, or what content is at risk. This isn’t a good situation!

Fortunately, the answer may be easier than you think. For many, OneDrive for Business is already part of your licensing agreement. It’s an easy roll-out and one of the easiest components of Office 365 to train users on. For those concerned about not being ready for the cloud, you can still support your on-premises SharePoint 2013 or 2016 servers and configure a redirect to OneDrive for Business instead of using My Sites. Easy! No more excuses.

Contact Interlink to learn more about OneDrive and how it keeps your documents secure.

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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Understanding Skype for Business – A Deep Dive into Voice in the Cloud

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Understanding Skype for Business – A Deep Dive into Voice in the Cloud

On-Demand Webinar & Slides

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The all-new Skype Voice is more than just video calls and IMs…

From improved online meeting experiences to global scale PTSN conferencing and live multi-region meeting broadcasts, Microsoft has launched an affordable, complete meeting and call management solution - Skype for Business Voice.

With recent updates and forecasted functionality releases, there are many questions around what solution features are ready and which ones are still coming.

In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Microsoft Cloud Consumption Partner of the Year, Interlink Cloud Advisors, helps answer your questions and gives you a full overview of Voice in the Cloud, including:

  • Functionality and roadmaps of what is coming
  • Deployment options and scenarios
  • Hybrid deployment options - use existing telephony connections
  • Introduction into online meetings
  • New video conferencing hardware available
  • Meeting broadcast capabilities
  • Mobile functionality

Live Demo Includes:

Skype Voice - management console, mobile clients, video conferencing


PRESENTER

aaron seals

Aaron Seals

Aaron is a Microsoft certified Skype Voice Consultant and has lead the implementation of Skype Projects for customers in a wide range of industries and geographic scenarios.

 

Matt Scherocman

FindTime: Scheduling a Meeting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

FindTime: Scheduling a Meeting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

FindTime for Office 365 Makes Scheduling a Meeting Easy

Scheduling across multiple organizations can be a difficult process. A one-hour meeting with seven people from two different companies can take weeks to schedule. For the meeting organizer, planning a meeting between multiple third party representatives is a tiresome game of phone and email tag. For the attendees, it’s equally as frustrating. Just as soon as the business calendar is being updated, an email storms the inbox, stating that someone forgot to check a calendar and a new meeting time is needed.

Those who have gone through this process frequently find themselves saying, “There has to be a better way to schedule these meetings.”

Scheduling FOR the People

With the addition of Microsoft’s FindTime to the Office 365 suite, a better way to schedule meetings across organizations exists. FindTime is a free Outlook add-in that gives meeting organizers and attendees the flexibility to schedule a time that works for everyone. FindTime reduces the amount of phone calls and email clutter that piles up during the scheduling process.

How does FindTime work?

replay findtime meeting pollFindTime is a plugin for Outlook with Office 365.
You can either start a new message or reply with a meeting poll.
Next, it automatically looks at your calendar and the calendars of people in your organization, and show times when all invitees are available. 
The coolest part is...the application emails the “poll” to the other parties and lets them select the times they are available, along with the ones that they prefer the most.

findtime

FindTime is a welcomed tool for sales teams, product managers, business developers, and any other business units that require meetings with other organizations. 

To use FindTime, the organizing party must have an active Office 365 subscription and be using Outlook. However, attendees don’t need an Office 365 subscription and they don't have to be using Outlook. FindTime transforms multiple party scheduling by seamlessly working across different email service providers, devices, and organizational sizes and structures.

With FindTime, organizers and attendees can focus their time and resources on how to make meetings productive, not how to make them happen.

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