New Computer – 2014 vs. 2018

Several years ago I had the opportunity to help the husband and wife team of a small business go from one computer to two new laptops. They had shared one PC for a long time, and it took hours and hours to separate what was his and what […]

Microsoft Whiteboard

While a white background is a common starting experience in Microsoft’s applications, the specific capabilities of each tool both create and constrain what you can use it for. Word’s white background is for words, sentences, paragraphs and pages. Excel’s white background is for numbers and calculations and data […]

Walking a Different Path – Redux

Yesterday I wrote briefly about Colgate-Palmolive shifting to Google G-Suite: Colgate-Palmolive needed to refresh its collaboration tools portfolio, and unlike most of its industry peers, did not embrace Office 365. A year after the migration to Google Cloud, it looks like things are still going well – the […]

Walking a Different Path

Colgate-Palmolive needed to refresh its collaboration tools portfolio, and unlike most of its industry peers, did not embrace Office 365. A year after the migration to Google Cloud, it looks like things are still going well – the core collaboration team is happy, and so are the users.

Integrating Adobe with Office 365

Adobe and Microsoft announced several new integrations between their respective services last month, bringing PDF services into the online versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, PDF preview capabilities to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, and the ability to combine files directly in the browser. More fully, you get […]

Nudges in MyAnalytics

Microsoft is adding small coaching nudges to Outlook – on the Web shortly, in Outlook for Windows during 2018, and perhaps sometime for Outlook on Mac, iOS and Android. These nudges are: … useful suggestions, tips, and best practices around managing email and running meetings. They help inform […]

Workplace Analytics for Teams

In the chapter on Running Team Projects in my book Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365 (2016), I made the following “wouldn’t it be cool if” comment (page 197): Delve Analytics reports on an individual level about the effectiveness and efficiency of the meetings that the individual was […]

Where the Magic Happens

The past two weeks have been the busiest of my year, and it has taken all the hours I have available in a day to get everything done. That’s what happens when multiple big projects go live at the same time – projects with tight timeframes that challenge […]

#XED is Essential for #DEX

DEX, or Digital Employee Experience, is the new thing to orient around. The term “intranets” has been deprecated for a while, and even the term digital workplace could become last year’s idea. Leveraging the ideas of customer experience (CX) to address employee issues, DEX offers a new way […]