Bring Your Team Together with Microsoft Teams During COVID-19

While we’re all stuck at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s more important than ever to stay in touch with people. Yes, we need to keep our businesses running to support our clients and our own livelihoods, but it’s not just about the work. Mental health will play a huge part in getting us through this, and staying connected with our colleagues, but also our family and friends, will be key to keeping a positive mindset.

There are many brilliant tools to help us with this, but a particular favourite of ours here at Somerbys IT is Microsoft Teams – and the good news is, you’ve probably already got it. If you have an Office 365 suite, then Microsoft Teams will already be installed on your computer. And if you don’t, then Microsoft offers a free version that you can install.

 

Different ways to use Microsoft Teams

Simple and cost-effective, Microsoft Teams could be just the lifeline you need at the moment to keep both productivity and morale up! Let’s look at the different ways it can be used…

● Team meetings – why not get the team together for a daily huddle? This way, everyone stays updated with the latest work-wise, but it also lets office camaraderie continue! Here at Somerbys IT, we get together every morning for our ‘10.15am Huddle’.

● Face-to-face contact – this isn’t just important with your team, but with your clients too. It’s vital to carry on offering that personal service, and a virtual face-to-face chat means so much more than a phone call. 

● Instant messaging – you can still have those one-to-one chats that are needed at times, without disturbing the whole office (albeit virtually!).

● File sharing – this has been invaluable for our team! You can share files easily and securely in just a few clicks.

● Social events – you might not be able to get together in person, but why not keep those team events going? Perhaps you could organise Friday beers once you’ve ‘clicked off’, a pop quiz or games night – keep that office banter going!

All of these features are just as great for staying in touch with friends and family too – whole family get-togethers, a night in the ‘virtual pub’ with your mates, some quality grandma time. The important thing is that we stay in touch with everyone we’re used to having contact with, and Microsoft Teams allows you to do this. 

 

Click this link for a great little introduction video by Microsoft themselves to all the ways you can use Teams. However, we are also here to support and guide you through getting to grips with it, so do get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Ultra-fast broadband fund launched by UK government

Some good news was announced this month, as the government pledged to spend £400M to boost the UK networking and get it ‘up-to-speed’ with other parts of Europe. In Spain, full fibre is now available in 80% of homes, whereas here in the UK it’s closer to 2%. In some spots speeds are a mere 2Mbps, leaving the home or business owners unable to stream video at all.

Read the full article here

 

New Pricing Announced – Antivirus solutions NOW from only £2 per user

When your computer is connected to the internet it is vulnerable to viruses – are you and your business protected?

We understand how important it is to make sure you stay safe whilst on line. If you are looking for the best protection and the best performance, then speak to the team at Somerbys IT for advice. We will help protect your workforce and company data with solutions that do not compromise internet security. Whether it be protection for your desktop web browsing sessions, or for your multiple devices, we work with leading anti-virus protection providers to offer you the best solution for your business.

Join other computer users who trust our recommended antivirus software to keep their PCs, data, and identities safe from attack. Our solutions provide the state-of-the-art, proactive protection from e-threats.

Somerbys IT have Anti-Virus solutions from only £2.00 per user per month

If you would like to find out more then get in touch:
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Windows 10 Devices Launch Event Throws down the Gauntlet to Apple and co.

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Windows 10 Devices Launch Event Throws down the Gauntlet to Apple and co.

Microsoft have been playing second fiddle to their main rivals Apple for a while now, but following their Windows 10 Devices Event on the 6th October, Microsoft have well and truly come back fighting, and have thrown down the gauntlet to their competitors in a manner that screams “What ya got?”

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Like Somerbys IT – Could You Recommend us to a Friend?

We understand how important it is to have a reliable, trustworthy infrastructure for IT which of course includes the day to day peace of mind that comes from having quality IT support.

Could you recommend our services to others?

Somerbys IT is looking to grow and it would be great if you could help us.

Just simply let us know the details and the person you would like us to contact, and we’ll do the rest. As a thank you, we will enter you into a prize draw with the opportunity to win a Luxury Chocolate Hamper from Hotel Chocolat.

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Congratulations Allan!

Congratulations to Somerbys IT Managing Director Allan Page who celebrated his 15th year anniversary on 19th June. Cake all round…..

Windows Server 2003 support is ending

Time is running out – but your options aren’t. After July 14 this year, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your business, you will need to take steps now to plan and execute a professional migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. Somerbys IT can help.

We are now rapidly approaching Windows Server 2003 end of life. After July 14 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your business, you will need to take steps now to plan and execute a professional migration strategy to protect your infrastructure.

By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2 you can achieve concrete benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business. What does end of support mean for you? The team at Somerbys IT pride themselves in providing outstanding customer service to all of its clients, and can offer you the best solutions for your business.

If you would like to find out more then get in touch:
CALL 0333 456 4431
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Windows 10 is coming to a desktop near you!

Following on from the end of support by Microsoft for Windows XP in April 2014, the team at Somerbys IT are excited for the launch of Windows 10 scheduled for later this year. We will obviously keep you up to date with the latest announcements from Microsoft to ensure you hear the latest developments first.

The Windows you know, only better. Windows 10 is due to be launched in the Autumn this year. As you expect, there are some great improvements and developments planned. Windows 10 will feel familiar so you can get more done from the off. The Start menu is due to be back with space to pin your favourite apps (something that many Windows users will be pleased to welcome back!). Simple navigation means you won’t need to spend much time learning anything new. You won’t have to wonder if you have the latest features or security updates as Windows will automatically deliver updates, when they’re ready, directly to your device.

Are you ready to enter the next era with Microsoft Windows 10 too? If you would like to find out more then get in touch:
CALL 0333 456 4431
TWEET @SomerbysIT
Or EMAIL info@somerbysit.co.uk

You can also find out more information (including a sign up for a free upgrade) via the Microsoft Windows website

Work anywhere, anytime, on any device – Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is ready when you are. It provides essential tools for the professional and for your teams – with easy set up and management. If you are considering upgrading your systems to Office 365, then look no further than the team at Somerbys IT. You’re in safe hands: We can provide a dedicated team of IT consultants to look after your systems from the initial implementation stage to the end (and beyond) of any project.

To discover more about the pricing and options with Microsoft Office 365 then get in touch:
CALL 0333 456 4431
TWEET @SomerbysIT
Or EMAIL info@somerbysit.co.uk

You can also find further information on the Microsoft website

Dropbox for Business

Have you considered getting the solution that over 300 million users already trust – to store, sync, and share files securely, along with the admin tools to protect your business?
Dropbox for business allows your team to collaborate on important projects anywhere. It works with all the apps your team already uses to be productive – everything from Word and Excel to Photoshop and Acrobat; plus support for Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, and Linux mean no one’s left out in the cold. You can try it FREE today.

If you would like to find out more about this simple, cost effective solution to assist you and your teams, then get in touch:
CALL 0333 456 4431
TWEET @SomerbysIT
Or EMAIL info@somerbysit.co.uk