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Joe Payne

Planning an office move? Upgrade your IT.

December 19, 2023

Introduction:As we approach the New Year, it’s an ideal time for businesses planning an office relocation or expansion to also revitalize their IT strategy. This move represents not just a physical shift, but a prime opportunity for technological renewal and better alignment with your business goals for the upcoming year. Key Steps for a Successful…

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How a non-profit overhauled its IT to create a collaborative environment

January 16, 2023

Our client’s IT operations centered around an aging on-premises server that could no longer keep up with the required workload. The situation was so dire that even data storage on the server’s hard drives was no longer reliable.

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Power BI for small business

October 7, 2021

What is Power BI? Simply put, Power BI is a way to turn data into decisions. Power BI is a tool that allows you to better understand your data and answer questions that you may have about it. If Excel is no longer meeting your needs… If Excel is no longer meeting your needs, this…

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Getting started with Microsoft To Do

July 13, 2021

Microsoft To Do is a list maker, daily planner and task manager. We love it at Smart Dolphins IT because it is easy to use and it helps us stay organized. It is free with a personal Microsoft account, and you can use it through a web browser, desktop application or a mobile application. If…

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Microsoft Teams meeting

April 1, 2021

Let’s walk you through the steps of scheduling a Microsoft Teams meeting five different ways. 1. Through the Teams calendar In your Teams’ application or browser, click on the calendar tab. Simply choose the time slot, or click and drag the time span. A dialogue box will open to create a meeting. This process is…

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Collect files via OneDrive

March 15, 2021

With perpetual updates and the availability of so many features, it can be challenging to keep up with all that Microsoft cloud tools offer. We have found that many users are not aware that you can request files with OneDrive (yes, you do not need to be using third–party cloud file storage applications) and you can keep all your files organized and secure in your Microsoft 365 account.  Log into…

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Microsoft Teams: The Hub for Teamwork

February 25, 2020

The way we work is changing. Our work today is much more team-based and collaborative with many more remote workers than previous generations. Because of these changes, we need tools that “work the way we do.” Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork, where you can communicate, collaborate and store files. With Teams, you can…

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Demystifying Microsoft 365

October 25, 2017

What is Microsoft 365? Microsoft 365 offers subscription plans that include various offerings. There is a plan that fits most businesses needs. There are also family and student plans as well as enterprise agreements for big businesses. For the small to medium-sized business community, which Smart Dolphins IT serves (15 to 100 computers), there are…

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Turn “Creme brulee” into “Crème brûlée”

August 8, 2011

Ever wanted to pretend you spoke French by means of inserting fancy accents in your iPhone emails and text messages?  Maintenant vous pouvez (now you can) with this quick tip! You can easily use special characters on the default iPhone keyboard: Simply hold down the key (for example ‘E’) and you will be presented with…

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Dropbox for small businesses

June 8, 2011

Dropbox has the ability to share files and folders. From your own Dropbox you can create and share a folder with other Dropbox users. This allows for easy collaboration on projects. There is also a “Public” folder from which you can allow people to download a particular file simply by clicking a link. The illustration…

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