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.

Find UK Hotspots with Facebook

Facebook have finally rolled out their ‘Find WiFi’ tool to all users recently. The tool, which has been in testing for a while, uses your mobile’s location services to find local WiFi spots and helps you to save on data charges (and presumably spend more time on Facebook).

The new feature is also a very clever move by Facebook as they’ll be collecting the data from all the users, something Facebook are very good at doing. Want to find out more – click here

The New Sonos ONE

There was much excitement in the office this week as SONOS released a brand-new speaker with a difference. Many of our team have SONOS speakers set up around their home and we also have one in the office, too!

But this new addition from SONOS has a special relationship with Amazon, and more importantly Alexa

Find out more here

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


Happy Anniversary Windows 10



Happy Anniversary Windows 10


With the first anniversary of its release to the public drawing closer, there are a few important things to know about Windows 10:

Microsoft are releasing an ‘Anniversary Update’

To coincide with the anniversary of Windows 10, Microsoft are releasing the second major update to the operating system, which will include many new features and enhancements. To find out about the upcoming changes, take a look here:

Free Upgrade Offer is ending soon

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The Tiny Desktop From Dell


After dragging five and a half years out of my desktop (yes it can be done) my Windows 7 desktop was not only slow but it was causing me productivity issues. It was time for something new!

It’s a decision you can’t take lightly, upgrading your PC, so it caused me many sleepless lunchtimes working out where I’d go next.

We’ve been working with Windows 10 at Somerbys IT since its launch and many of our clients seem to like it. The team here are very complimentary of it too. That was enough evidence for me to make the move from Windows 7 to 10 and the first part of the hard decision was made.

It was time to get a new PC and run with it.

But then came the big question: Read more

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


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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Office 2016 has arrived


Office 2016 has arrived

Microsoft have bounced back from the poor reception that met Windows 8 with the excellent Windows 10, and now that Office 2016 has hit the shelves (as of September 22), the software giant is back and firing on all cylinders.

The evolution of Office has gone hand-in-hand with the rise of web-enabled technology and software, and what used to be a productivity suite comprising on five core products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook) is now engineered towards the mobile-and-cloud world that we find ourselves living in.

The apps of Office 2016 are built-in to the new Office 365, which in Microsoft’s words allows you to “work anywhere, anytime, on any device”. Whether it is for business, personal or student usage, the new Office is built around our need to be able to work or play on every device we own – at home, at our work desk or on the move – and have access to everything we’re working on at any given moment.

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Tech News – September 2015

Tell Me About IT

Tech News and Thoughts from the Somerbys IT Team

Every month we’ll be bringing you news and insights from the IT and tech world. We’ll only share really useful content that we find throughout the month and we really hope you’ll like it. If you’d rather not get this email then simply click the link at the bottom and we’ll do our best not to cry into our biscuits.

Summer was busy in the Somerbys IT office

Windows 10 arrived at last and it’s been the talk of the office and our Twitter ever since. First thoughts? Yes, we like it, and it’s much faster than Windows 8. Our MD Allan installed Windows 10 on his wife’s new laptop and it was fairly seamless once the old software was taken off.  Like all new software, it’s not without its issues, and we hope to update you on our findings very soon.

Some shock news this month – Computers don’t like pickled onions! If you were planning on feeding pickled onions to your laptop then stop it right now. It’s not a great idea. How do we know? Read more

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:
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