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At Interlink, Sarah serves as the Operations Manager as well as a Senior Account Manager working with a broad spectrum of clients across Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, focusing in Cincinnati and Kentucky. She has a decade of experience in Office 365 Migrations, managed services, vendor relationships and product hardware quoting and purchasing....

At Interlink, Sarah serves as the Operations Manager as well as a Senior Account Manager working with a broad spectrum of clients across Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, focusing in Cincinnati and Kentucky. She has a decade of experience in Office 365 Migrations, managed services, vendor relationships and product hardware quoting and purchasing. She is responsible for overseeing Microsoft partner relationships and strives to build meaningful, positive relationships with our clients.

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Microsoft Increases Prices After a Decade of Continuous Innovation

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Microsoft increases prices, which will take effect on March 1, 2022. Learn how this impacts your organization and how to optimize your current licensing. 
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Over the last ten years, Microsoft has continued to add new apps (Teams, Planner, Power Platform, Steam, Whiteboard, Shifts, Forms, etc.) and over 1,400 new features and capabilities into the bundles while keeping the pricing the same. Even with additional value continuously being added, no substantive pricing updates occurred. For the first time in 10 years, Microsoft has announced pricing changes, which will go into effect in six months. On March 1, 2022, Microsoft will update its pricing for the following commercial products: 

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Microsoft Releases New Microsoft 365 Plan for Firstline Workers

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Microsoft 365 combines intuitive best-in-class productivity apps with intelligent cloud services to empower your Firstline Workforce. 
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Firstline workers are the people who work in service or task-oriented roles across a variety of industries such as retail, hospitality, or manufacturing. They often drive the bottom line, define the customer experience, are the face of organizations, and are crucial to the success of products/services. Empowering workers with the right tools and technologies is vital to their potential to create success. Through Microsoft’s Firstline Worker plans, organizations can streamline business practices and protect your organization's assets at the same time! Read on to learn about recent changes and upgrades to these plans.

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Microsoft 365 Licensing Options: Microsoft 365 Business vs. Microsoft 365 E3

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Microsoft 365 licensing comes in different versions - with one for smaller businesses and three for larger corporations. How do you determine which plan is going to add the most value to your organization?

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All businesses share common needs: increasing productivity, working more efficiently, and securing their data. Before smaller organizations were forced to pay for Enterprise subscriptions that had features they would never use, or they would just live without. That’s no longer the case with Microsoft 365 Business —organizations now have their own value bundle.

Now Microsoft is offering Microsoft 365 Business, combining the productivity tools and features of Office 365, with the security of Windows 10. This cost-effective subscription is built specifically for small and midsize businesses to empower their team to be more productive through collaboration while keeping a peace of mind that their data is secured.

When looking at these subscriptions, it’s important to understand the differences between M365 Business and M365 Enterprise E3 because it is not always obvious which option is best for your business. This blog will dive into the comparison of each option to help guide your decision. To start off, why should companies choose Microsoft 365 in general?

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Microsoft Makes Massive Changes to PowerApps

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PowerApps is a low code/no code suite of apps, services, connectors and data platforms that provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs.

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Using PowerApps, you can quickly build custom business apps that connect to your business data stored either in the underlying data platform (Common Data Serviceor in various online and on-premises data sources (SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server, and so on).

Apps built using PowerApps provide rich business logic and workflow capabilities to transform your manual business processes to digital, automated processes. In addition, apps built using PowerApps have a responsive design and can run seamlessly in a browser or on mobile devices (phone or tablet). PowerApps "democratizes" the custom business app building experience by enabling users to build feature-rich, custom business apps without writing code.

PowerApps also provides an extensible platform that lets pro developers programmatically interact with data and metadata, apply business logic, create custom connectors, and integrate with external data.

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Radical Changes to Microsoft Flow - Now Called Power Automate

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Microsoft has made massive changes to its end-user automation tools including branding, pricing and the complexity of its licensing.
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On the branding side, Microsoft Flow is now called Power Automate. Power Automate is a cloud-based software tool that allows employees to create and automate workflows across multiple applications and services without the need for developer help. View the video below to learn more about Power Automate.

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