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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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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Stream – The Future of Workplace Video

Microsoft Stream – The Future of Workplace Video

Video is one of the most powerful forms of media. It gives you the opportunity to convey meaningful messages, tell a story, and connect with others in ways that cannot be done otherwise. Video is a media outlet that is heavily engrained in our personal lives, and as it continues to grow, we should use it to make an impact in the workplace. This is the goal of the new Microsoft Stream business video service - to bring the power of video into the workplace and give organizations access to its many benefits.

With the preview launch of Microsoft Stream, we wanted to share some of the features that make it an easy, collaborative, and social experience for users:

  • Ease of upload and organization: With easy drag and drop capabilities you can quickly upload your videos and organize them how you see fit
  • Discover relevant content: With content discovery powered by machine learning you can find content through “trending” videos and searches by hashtag, most liked videos and other terms
  • Watch anywhere on any device: With Stream being optimized for mobile usage you can take this content on the go with you, whenever and wherever you are.
  • Secure video management: Backed by the powerful Azure Active Directory, manage who can view your content within your organization
  • Engage with content: Make video social with the ability to share via email, like your favorites, and more.

Those who are using Microsoft Office 365 may already be utilizing the existing Office 365 Video platform. As Stream builds upon the feedback and success of Office 365 Video, these two platforms will converge making Stream the de facto video experience within Office 365. While Stream is still being developed, there will be no changes made to the current Office 365 Video experience.

As Microsoft continues to build upon the Stream platform, they are looking to develop something that makes video an extraordinary experieince within the workplace. As the platform continues to evolve, it will include some of the following ideas:

  • Deliver corporate broadcast seamlessly: This will allow organizations a better way to communicate and connect through live video with Stream becoming the hub for both live and video on demand.
  • Intelligent video search: No longer do you have to skip around the video looking for content, with intelligent video search you can search within the video. Leveraging capabilities such as audio transcription and face detection, Stream allows for a deep searching making relevant content easier to find and faster.
  • Make video part of your business apps and workflows: Building on the Office 365 platform Stream is able to integrate with other apps such as Microsoft Flow, SharePoint, and many others.
  • IT management capabilities: Being able to manage the content your organization shares is a big deal so Stream allows for IT to manage permissions throughout Stream. From removing and monitoring content to granting access to channels, IT has the tools to ensure the best experience for its organization.
  • Microsoft Stream App Ecosystem: Instead of locking down the API Microsoft will be opening it up to allow partners to create custom applications and make them available in AppSource, Microsoft’s marketplace for business applications that was announced earlier this month. 

We're looking forward to the exciting new features coming to video with Microsoft Stream and hope you are too. For more information about Microsoft Stream and how to get started managing videos within your organization, please visit the Microsoft Stream webpage.

Contact Interlink for more information.

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Matt Scherocman

No Frustration Conference Room Management

No Frustration Conference Room Management

Looking for a more streamlined way to manage conference rooms, as well as make them productive versus just empty spaces? Robins’ presence-sensing software for conference room management utilizes commodity tablets and beacons to increase the efficiency of booking and using conference rooms. The software running on the tablet has a number of features including the ability to see schedules of other rooms in the organization, how many people the space can accommodate, and even a picture of the equipment inside it. 

Collaboration without frustration.

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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Sway for iPhone is now available

Sway for iPhone Rolls Out to New Markets

Sway is an application that focuses on productivity in a mobile and cloud-oriented world. The app assists with pulling together content, formatting, and then sharing it via various media channels and social networks. Microsoft has expanded its rollout of Sway to many countries where English is an official language. A full list of countries where Sway is available can be found at the bottom of the Sway for iPhone blog from January 8, 2015.

What is Sway?

Sway is a single interface application that provides users with access to all of their social networks and media channels at once. The app lets users create, format, and publish content, including links, images, and videos. Users can create and share their ideas with anyone via the Sway app, and can pull content from anywhere. Sway is integrated with social networks and the internet, as well as OneDrive and the device that it is used on, allowing users to gather information effortlessly when creating a post, often referred to as a “sway”.

Sway for iPhone

What is the VALUE of Sway?

Sway can be used in a multitude of ways.  It is great for personal use if you want to make a highlight of a vacation that you took and send it to a friend.  Maybe you are helping to plan a wedding and you want to send a variety of themed ideas to the bride.  Sway has a very real business application as well.  If you are putting together a business presentation for a potential client, a Sway can be built to include videos, images and relevant websites.  Maybe you are planning executive travel and you want to put together an interactive itinerary for your boss.  Sway is great for sparking ideas, business collaboration and knowledge updates, all from the device you like to use, in the place that you like to use it. 

The Mobile Authoring Experience

Users can log into Sway for iPhone with the same user account information they use on the web, synchronizing Sway across all devices. Sway lets users create content that is polished and interactive to share with others, and has an adjustable interface for viewing on any device. Users can combine text and pictures into a layout creator that will finalize the Sway’s appearance, and can modify existing Sways from their iPhone.

Voice-to-text capabilities are accessible on this application, making it even easier to add content on the go. Sway has instant links to share through social media or email, and can be viewed by anyone without additional software needs. The interface also makes it easy to change the layout and formatting features with a “Mood” button, automatically adapting the content to a layout the user desires. Click-and-drag features make changes and adjustments easy, and Sways can be created and modified offline. The application will sync changes once the internet connection is restored.

Global Rollout is the Goal

Microsoft is slowly rolling out Sway for iPhone to English-speaking users in an attempt to perfect the application before it releases a global edition. The goal is to bring in more users to improve the application experience in as many ways as possible before a complete rollout to all iPhone users. Check out more insight and previews at the Office Blog

 

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Matt Scherocman

What is Skype for Business?

What is Skype for Business?

In the 4th Quarter of 2014, Microsoft announced plans to rename its business communication tool Lync to Skype for Business. Lync is a tool that Microsoft has invested in for the past decade, offering a single application that combines all of the communication tools for business. It became a core part of the Office enterprise. When the latest version of Lync is released in 2015, it will be named Skype for Business and include a new server release, client interface, and updates for the UC service in Office 365.

Skype for Business

Essentially, customers will enjoy new tools and features like:

  • Access to any Skype user on any device
  • Skype’s familiar functionality icons
  • Skype’s call monitor feature so active calls stay visible when using other applications
  • Lync’s content sharing, IM, and telephony
  • Improved access and interface functionality
  • Ease of use taken from consumer Skype versions
  • Security and scalability for every business user
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