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Microsoft Bookings promises painless customer appointment scheduling

techrepublic.com — For many small businesses, and some large businesses too, it seems the simplest of tasks-like booking appointments, for example-are the ones that end up taking the most time out of a busy workday. Dealing with the chaos of customer quirks and conflicting schedules can overshadow the "real" work you'd like to be doing.

​Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 as a subscription service--but only for certain enterprises

techrepublic.com — In July 2016, Microsoft revealed several new initiatives at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference, including how the company and its partners plan to capitalize on a business world going through a digital transformation. But one small announcement may have slipped by unnoticed, despite how Forbes Magazine and many other publications reported it.

​Microsoft is researching virtual interfaces to replace the keyboard and mouse

techrepublic.com — The standard keyboard and mouse interface is tough to beat when you are talking about efficiency while interfacing with a computer. It is one of the reasons I have been dubious about virtual and augmentation devices like Oculus Rift and Microsoft's HoloLens becoming standard hardware in a business environment.

​How to use Word's Outline view to quickly sort long lists

techrepublic.com — Sorting a long list of words or phrases in a Microsoft Word document can be laborious if you do it manually, especially when each of the items also has text associated with it. This situation happened to me recently when I was tasked with creating a glossary of statistical terms and then alphabetizing them.

​New security features make Windows 10 Anniversary Update a must

techrepublic.com — It doesn't matter how big or how small your enterprise operation happens to be, the security of your information network should be of great concern to you on a daily basis. Some malicious person somewhere is attacking some enterprise's network right now and chances are better than they should be that they will be successful.

Microsoft enhances Maps app but continues to languish in the mobile market

techrepublic.com — As mobile operating systems go, Microsoft Windows 10 works fairly well, but its share of the overall smartphone/tablet device market continues to lag far behind Android and Apple iOS. No matter how many improvements Microsoft makes to Windows 10, it just can't seem to find its footing in the marketplace.

​How to hack the Windows 10 registry to customize hidden system sounds

techrepublic.com — Before Microsoft Windows 10, users could customize all the systems sounds to be anything they wanted. Unfortunately, for reasons unbeknownst to the rest of us, Microsoft decided that certain sounds were off limits for customization in Windows 10. For example, you can't change sounds in the control panel for logon, logoff, and shutdown.

Microsoft: Better meetings require better technology

techrepublic.com — As a tool for enterprise communication, video conferencing has been around for a relatively long time. The Polycom company, for example, was established more than 25 years ago, in 1990. For many enterprises, the day-to-day function of business could not be accomplished without the benefits of a stable video conferencing system.

​Track stocks like a pro with a free Excel add-in

techrepublic.com — One of the most powerful and most useful features in Microsoft Excel is its innate ability to bring in data from outside sources. The list of available sources ranges from other Excel worksheets to other Office documents to databases-and just about everything in between. Among my favorite outside data sources is an add-in called Stock Connector.

​Is Microsoft going too far with its IoT services strategy?

techrepublic.com — In the last few years, Microsoft has taken steps to change its strategic philosophy from that of a production company to that of a services company. This is no secret and the strategic pivot has been well-documented. But what you may not realize is what role the Internet of Things (IoT) will play in this transformation.
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