MIGHT AS WELL JUMP!
In the world of tech, every day is an adventure. And some days, someone else's adventure becomes. Well... Your adventure. Long story short… Yesterday I got involved in a server project that went a little bit sideways.
Several years back when I first got into the tech consulting field a group of us wanted to figure out a way to explain tech to people in a way that made sense. We knew that talking tech to people didn’t work. And so, through some trial and error and a lot of customer feedback, we came up with 4 areas of tech that resonated with people.
First, Microsoft added Teams and then made it start up when you log in. So now, anyone that has a Microsoft Office 365 with the app subscription to Office gets Microsoft Teams auto-loaded when they log in. Now Microsoft would want you to think that that’s a good thing. Repeat after me… You need Microsoft Teams! You need Microsoft Teams! But do you???
Can’t we all just get along? Historically there have been some challenges when sharing documents back and forth between Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 apps. The most notable of these exchanges has been between Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel. The workflow usually goes something like this. Someone makes a document in Excel and then emails it to a Google Sheets user. The Google Sheets user then opens the workbook in Sheets and makes some edits.
Antivirus software is dead. What used to be a huge global market of antivirus software vendors like McAfee, Symantec and others is now down to a few players left over. I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of flack for this. Especially from those who work in the tech space. But here it goes. Antivirus software is dead.
I am not sure how I missed this feature but I did. It works in Google Sheets. Anyhoo. Here’s the deal. On occasion when working in Microsoft Excel. I reference data from other workbooks. Enter collaboration. I’m working on a project where we’re collaborating on a set of shared workbooks in Office 365 SharePoint Online. It just so happens that these workbooks need to reference data another in other words books.
I’ve been seeing this show up more and more as I’m doing tech assessments and so I thought it would be worth discussing. There’s a right way and a wrong way to license your Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions. First let’s start with a quick rundown of the common subscriptions that small businesses use.