Upgrading from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Upgrading from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams released to Office 365 business clients

Microsoft Teams, reportedly the fastest growing app from Microsoft, has been around for nearly two years now. It is known as the hub for teamwork in Office 365 providing call, chat, videos and meetings, Microsoft Teams is the integration of a number of Microsoft Office programs, including OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, and OneNote. It is replacing Skype for Business. It is sometimes referred to as a simplified SharePoint.

Microsoft Teams allows you to manage your organisations’ communications through:

  • Share and collaborate on files.
  • Messaging including persistent 1:1 private and group chat.
  • Provide voice and video calling.
  • It also closely integrates with other programs, including Outlook, Planner and third-party products.

Microsoft Teams

If you are currently using Skype for Business, you will receive a message that “Your upgrade to Teams is scheduled” to Microsoft Teams. Generally, you receive a few weeks’ notice. If you have been using Skype for Business as part of a standalone subscription or as part of Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, Enterprise E1 or Enterprise E3 subscription, you will receive the message in the coming months.

We strongly encourage beginning preparations to move to Teams as soon as possible by:

  • having Microsoft Teams installed on your computers and devices (as after the upgrade, Skype for Business no longer will operate)
  • provide your staff training on how to use Teams.

If you are in need of assistance to undertake this upgrade, or are not already using Teams and would like some training, CyberGuru can provide help with this as well. Please contact us for more information.

Social media: Different options and professional set up

Social media: Different options and professional set up

Community Management Solutions Webinar

According to the 2018 Yellow Social Media Report*, just over 50% of Australian small and medium businesses have a social media presence. With an increasing number of users are seeking information in this way, an active social media presence is becoming increasingly important.

Presented by Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru, this webinar will give you with the tools to:

  • Know what social media is suitable to your organisation,
  • How other organisations use social media to further their businesses/causes,
  • How social media can benefit your organisations,
  • How to make it work for you, and
  • Where to go for help.

CyberGuru is a Community Management Solutions Corporate Partner and has been operating in Brisbane Northern Suburbs for 21 years, providing ICT services to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals in the areas of consulting, design, support and training.

Cost: Members: Free | Non-members: $35
Date: 15 November 2018 | Time: 12:00pm

Please visit the Community Management Solutions Facebook page or contact Community Management Solutions Member Services today for more details on 1300 007 110 or shaeb@cmsolutions.org.au.

* Source:Yellow – Social Media Report 2018 – Businesses (link opens in new window)

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

After twenty years of faithful service the familiar Microsoft Office ribbon, containing your menus and commands, is going to change. As part of the latest round of updates, a new look is being rolled out progressively across the Office programs, beginning with Outlook. But don’t worry, you will have two choices of ribbon – the simplified ribbon or the classic ribbon.

If you have been using Office for a while, you will begin to notice some changes to the look and feel of the various products. Starting with Outlook, Microsoft is revising how the user interface appears. The simplified ribbon aims to help users “focus on their work and collaborate naturally with others”. The simplified ribbon will streamline the existing top section of the screen, reducing the space it takes up on the screen.

Here’s an example of how it looks in Outlook:

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office - Example of Ribbon changes - Microsoft Outlook
Example of Ribbon changes – Microsoft Outlook

You can switch between the simplified ribbon and the classic ribbon by using the switch icon, which is located near the top right of the window.

These changes will also follow on Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition, the ribbon has a new appearance with new colours and icons and has been designed to scale on screens of any size.

For more information on the simplified ribbon, please see the Use the Simplified Ribbon support page (link opens in new window) and reference guide (link opens in new window).

CyberGuru provides consulting, training and support in Office 365, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as a range of other products. If you would like to know more or want to enhance your knowledge and skills, please contact us.

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

Last Friday 17 August, Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru presented to over 80 senior citizens of the Brisbane’s northside community on Cyber Safety, including both phone and internet scams at the Seniors Safety Forum.

The Seniors Safety Forum, the third of which Chris has presented, is an annual event held in the local area and hosted by Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Member for Sandgate and Councillor Jared Cassidy, Councillor for Deagon Ward, as part of Queensland Seniors Week.

In his session, Chris discussed a range of phone scams, including charity scams and the more recent NBN scams. He also addressed spamming and phishing, as well as tips for online shopping, passwords, internet security software, backups and more.

CyberGuru joined alongside other local organisations, including Council for the Ageing, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service, All About Living Sandgate, Home Assist Secure Sandgate, iHear to discuss safety in the home and in the community in the joint forum.

Chris fielded a range of questions from the audience after the session and provided copies of The Little Black Book of Scams to all who visited his display.

We thank Stirling and Jared for having us. If you would like any information on cyber safety, or presenting at an event which you feel would benefit, please contact us.

If would like any information about Seniors Safety Forum or other upcoming events as part of Queensland Seniors Week, please visit the Queensland Seniors Week website.

CyberGuru exhibits at 2018 Queensland Schools VET Conference

2018 Qld Schools VET Conference
Jessie Jeffery (CyberGuru), Adrian Tofilau (VeriDoc Global) and Chris Jeffery (CyberGuru)

CyberGuru successfully exhibited at the 2018 Queensland Schools VET Conference on Friday 10 August 2018. We met many wonderful teachers looking for solutions in the Information, Digital Media and Technology space.

CyberGuru is proud to support teachers by providing training courses and developing learning materials, delivering professional development and undertaking industry currency. We stand by our products as we write them ourselves, and in doing so aim to fill some of the skills gaps we commonly see in local businesses.

Congratulations to Adrian Tofilau of VeriDoc Global who won our Business Card Draw.

2018 Qld Schools VET Conference
Jessie Jeffery (CyberGuru), Adrian Tofilau (VeriDoc Global) and Chris Jeffery (CyberGuru)

For more information on the Education and Training services we offer, including professional development, training courses, learning resources and industry currency, please visit our website.

We are currently offering all schools a free 30 minute consultation to discuss how we can help them. Please contact us to take advantage of this offer.