NSW: Preparing students for the future


Globally, education looks different in various regions. But one common commonality is for student exposure to technology so they can develop skills that will be useful in their future.

In New South Wales, Australia, one of the goals of incorporating Microsoft Teams into the education department is to provide and prepare students for whatever the future might deliver. As one educator stated, “Being digitally resilient and actually understanding how to use technology the right way…I think that really is the key.”

View this video to learn how a large organization utilizes Microsoft Teams to prepare students for the future.

5 ways to lead effective virtual meetings with your remote teams

With virtual meetings, your team can connect from across the globe. In this article, read five tips to help you ensure high productivity and efficiency during your virtual meetings. You’ll also learn techniques for keeping cameras on, connecting with your people with empathy, asking if there’s anything they need, ensuring there’s space for attendees to share their thoughts, and setting an agenda with an outline.

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Power Platform

This infographic shows how to build custom Teams solutions with low code tools that can save money, install efficiency, and engineer innovation. Develop apps, automate workflows, and dashboards with Power Platform and use them in Microsoft Teams for businesses big and small.

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Why Promoting Healthier Workplace Habits Will Boost Your Business

Too many existing workplace environments lack adequate value when it comes to mental health and physical fitness, according to Sam Corcos in his Entrepreneur article, “Why Promoting Healthier Workplace Habits Will Boost Your Business.” Corcos acknowledges, “we’re living in a fast-paced era with higher stress levels than ever,” so it’s crucial you show your employees you care about their health and well-being.

Half of millennials and 75% of Gen Zers have left a job for mental health reasons, according to a recent study by Mind Share Partners, Qualtrics and SAP. Combine this high exit rate with the fact that according to the Centers for Disease Control, depression reduces cognitive performance one-third of the time—and you have a petri dish of too many unnecessarily-high unhealthy work environments.

“To help your employees mitigate these health risks and improve mental clarity and motivation, become part of the solution,” writes Corcos. An example of what you can do? Improve the nutritional quality of the food and drink offered in the building. Vending machines and office parties with snacks and drinks high in sugar not only provide an eventual crash in energy levels and mental clarity after consumption, but they also contribute to long term health problems.

Instead, Dr. Casey Means suggests offering glucose-stabilizing snacks such as nuts, seeds, berries, sliced veggies, hummus, olive tapenade, bean dips, nut butters, grain-free nut-based crackers, roasted seaweed and roasted chickpeas. She says that, “these types of snacks tend to generate less of a glucose spike, thereby helping employees maintain energy levels and mental clarity while also providing their brains and bodies with health-promoting nutrients.”

At the same time, encourage employees to monitor their glucose levels and corresponding daily energy and mental sharpness, as well as overall physical and mental health.

Corcos includes other solutions to a healthier workplace, so be sure to read the entire article. Ultimately, the modern workplace needs to value the physical and mental health of its employees.

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Teams quick start guide

Whether you are new to Teams and need to learn the basics or you are using Teams and want a handy reference, this Quick Start Guide for Teams is a must-have-close-by-tool.

It includes start up necessities, such as buttons, tabs and channels, but also includes the how-to tasks you need to know only when you’re ready to do them: start an impromptu meeting, make video and audio calls, share a file, add apps, and search for stuff, for example.

Keep this guide handy and share it with other users!

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How NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports uses Microsoft Teams to win races


For the 2018 racing season, NASCAR imposed new regulations on competitors, including limiting the number of team members allowed on the track during races. For legendary race team Hendrick Motorsports, this meant that many of the race-day crew would now need to perform their critical duties remotely from the team headquarters in Concord, NC. Hendrick Motorsports adjusted to the new regulations with technology, by making Microsoft Teams their new hub for all race communications and decision making.

Omnichannel Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service

Omnichannel for Customer Service provides a modern, customizable, high-productivity app that lets agents help customers across different channels via a unified interface. It lets organizations choose the channel that suits their business needs. In this video, get clarity around the current functionality available in one of our newest offerings, Omnichannel for Customer Service, as well as a roadmap of functionality coming soon.

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