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How Organizations Can Maximize their Microsoft 365 Security

How Organizations Can Maximize their Microsoft 365 Security

  05/29/2019 |   Blog Editorial Team 

With the ‘end of life’ for Windows 7 and Office 2010 extended support approaching, more organizations are beginning to make the shift to Microsoft 365 – an all-encompassing set of solutions that include the applications of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security. There are many benefits to be gained from making this move, including improved productivity, efficiency, and employee collaboration. Read the full article ...

Ensure an Optimal Transition to SQL 2017 Following SQL 2008 EoS

Ensure an Optimal Transition to SQL 2017 Following SQL 2008 EoS

  05/21/2019 |   Dan Ortman 

With SQL Server 2008’s end of support approaching on July 9th, 2019, organizations must be prepared to upgrade their database management system. Doing this in an optimal way is no easy task, and requires a skilled IT team and plenty of prior research. Despite the time and effort that is needed to smoothly move from SQL 2008 to a newer version such as SQL 2017, organizations must not put off this task as it is imperative to running a secure, compliant database. Read the full article ...

How to Build a Business App with Microsoft PowerApps

How to Build a Business App with Microsoft PowerApps

  05/16/2019 |   Christoph Vollmann

PowerApps is a service provided by Microsoft for creating business apps. The developed apps are based on web technologies and run completely in the browser. These apps can also be published on Windows 10 devices, smartphones and tablets. In this blog post you’ll learn everything there is to know about PowerApps, its advantages and benefits. Read the full article ...

Skype for Business Online Plan 2 standalone no longer available for purchase after July 1, 2019

Skype for Business Online Plan 2 standalone no longer available for purchase after July 1, 2019

  05/09/2019 |   Ireen Schaffer

Microsoft recently announced they will stop selling Skype for Business Online Plan 2 standalone offers as they support customers to transition to Microsoft Teams. In August 2018, the publisher had already retired Skype for Business Plan 1 standalone offers. Read the full article ...

Team Up with SoftwareONE: Co-authoring Made Easy with Microsoft Teams

Team Up with SoftwareONE: Co-authoring Made Easy with Microsoft Teams

  04/24/2019 |   Erik Moll

Teamwork makes the dream work. But not without the right tools and features. In the second part of our new series “Team Up with SoftwareONE”  we explain how to efficiently collaborate on a document with multiple people within Microsoft Teams. Read the full article ...

Team Up with SoftwareONE: Sync Microsoft Teams and OneDrive for Business

Team Up with SoftwareONE: Sync Microsoft Teams and OneDrive for Business

  04/23/2019 |   Erik Moll

In this 3-day Team Up with SoftwareONE blog series we provide practical and employee friendly tips on how to improve your business productivity and efficiency with Microsoft Teams. Read the full article ...

The ‘All-Seeing’ Azure Sentinel Provides Omnipresent Level Security

The ‘All-Seeing’ Azure Sentinel Provides Omnipresent Level Security

  04/17/2019 |   Chris Allen

It’s not often the infamous lines from J.R.R Tolkein’s classic Lord of the Rings can be seen as a metaphor of the risks posed to your enterprise cloud security, but for IT managers who combine a love of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings with all things Microsoft Cloud, this analogy ought to resonate. Read the full article ...

The Benefits of Unified Communications in Healthcare

The Benefits of Unified Communications in Healthcare

  04/11/2019 |   Dietmar Kraume

Unified communications (UC) transforms how healthcare organizations operate and serve their patients. By connecting systems of communication devices and applications, unified communications enhances business communication, collaboration, and productivity across the entire organization. This framework integrates various asynchronous and real-time tools that allow clinicians to access a wide variety of communication modes depending on which is most effective. Read the full article ...

The integration of Microsoft StaffHub into Teams

Windows 7 extended support: now is the time to take action!

  04/10/2019 |   Thino Ullman

Anyone keen to continue using Windows 7 will soon have to apply for extended support. Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) are good for companies that do not want to switch to Windows 10 or will not manage migration by the end of support date and therefore require a transitional solution. The Extended Security Update is available from April 1, 2019. Read the full article ...

How Azure improves your SQL experience

How Azure improves your SQL experiences

  04/02/2019 |   Dan Ortmann

Microsoft’s Azure SQL is attracting many organizations as it provides a variety of benefits to databases. Organizations may consider an upgrade to Azure SQL for various factors. One common reason is a need to upgrade out-of-date or otherwise unsupported database solutions. A timely example of this is the end of extended support for SQL Server 2008. Other organizations may be implementing a strategic imperative to future-proof their organizations by implementing cloud solutions across the organization. Read the full article ...

The integration of Microsoft StaffHub into Teams

The integration of Microsoft StaffHub into Teams

  03/28/2019 |   Thino Ullmann 

StaffHub will be withdrawn completely in 2019. The features of the planning tool for first-line workers will not be lost, though, and will instead be integrated as part of Microsoft Teams. Our expert Thino Ullmann explains everything worth knowing about the new solution Microsoft Teams Home & Shifts. Read the full article ...

New Microsoft Agreement for Azure – What Are Your Options?

New Microsoft Agreement for Azure – What Are Your Options?

  03/08/2019 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

Did the hairs on your arms just stand up, or maybe you suddenly feel a headache coming on?
Yes, we hear you, “Another Microsoft Licensing change?!” We are here to help reduce the confusion – We guide you through the different options to purchase Azure. Read the full article ...

What Potential Does AI Offer for the Public Sector?

What Potential Does AI Offer for the Public Sector?

  03/07/2019 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

VAI (Artificial Intelligence) is likely to be one of the big trends of 2019. In this blog post we explain why AI may be especially helpful for companies in the public sector and why cloud computing plays a crucial role in it. Read the full article ...

Microsoft Teams: no-strings-attached

 02/15/2019 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team           

Collaboration independent of location and time requires specialized tools. These are often cost-worthy and need a specific infrastructure. Keeping up with the requirements of the modern workplace is especially challenging for small and medium-sized enterprises with limited financial resources. Read the full article ...

Team Up With COMPAREX: Co-authoring Made Easy

 01/25/2019 |   Erik Moll           

Teamwork makes the dream work. But not without the right tools and features. In the second part of our new series "Team Up with COMPAREX" our expert Erik Moll explains how to efficiently collaborate on a document with multiple people within Microsoft Teams. Read the full article ...

How to Run Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019

 01/17/2019 |   Sabrina Rohenroth           

Office 365 ProPlus will not be supported on Windows Server 2019. No reason to despair. Our expert explains a workaround. Read the full article ...

Get Comfortable with Microsoft Windows AutoPilot

Get Comfortable with Microsoft Windows AutoPilot

 01/14/2019 |   Robin Hobo           

The modern way of preparing Windows 10 devices for use: Whereas traditional ICT environments often use a Windows Image Deployment installation, which takes a great deal of time for testing and updating, Windows AutoPilot has recently become available and offers a new possibility for the full and automatic management of Windows 10 devices. Read the full article ...

Team Up with COMPAREX: Microsoft Teams and OneDrive for Business

 01/08/2019 |   Erik Moll           

Microsoft Teams is Microsoft’s platform of the future for project and team collaboration and communications! You can share files with your colleagues and communicate about the status of a project. But Teams can do far more than that. It has the potential to become your single window to access all your applications and documents. Read the full article ...

Business Analytics: How to Benefit From Your Data

  12/10/2018 |   Thino Ullmann           

Microsoft has integrated Skype for Business into Teams – as announced. But there was no mention that besides offering a variety of upgrade paths, Microsoft would automatically switch certain customer groups to Teams without necessarily informing the individual users beforehand! The Skype for Business/Teams issue raises questions. Our expert provides the answers. Read the full article ...

Your Guide to Upgrading Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

  11/22/2018 |   Thino Ullmann           

Microsoft has integrated Skype for Business into Teams – as announced. But there was no mention that besides offering a variety of upgrade paths, Microsoft would automatically switch certain customer groups to Teams without necessarily informing the individual users beforehand! The Skype for Business/Teams issue raises questions. Our expert provides the answers. Read the full article ...

8 Tools Empowering the Modern Workplace

  11/15/2018 |   Thino Ullmann           

Modern “information workers” use a broad variety of tools to stay productive. And that always turns out best if the individual building blocks are perfectly coordinated and there are no issues with interfaces or redundancies. Read the full article ...

End of Support For SQL And Windows Server 2008

  11/13/2018 |   Sabrina Rohenroth           

There will be no more security updates for Windows Server 2008 in future. So do you have to worry about the next cyberattack? Not at all! Our experts outline the pros and cons of various solutions and explain why you do not necessarily have to bid farewell to your current version. Read the full article ...

How to Use Instant Messaging in Your Business

  11/06/2018 |   Thino Ullmann           

Quick, uncomplicated and always at hand. Instant messaging services are now used for far more than just personal communication and make work routines easier for many people. In Kaizala, Microsoft is presenting its own chat for business solution. Our expert Thino Ullmann uses this article to give us a low down on the message service and its most suitable uses. Read the full article ...

Top 3 Takeaways From Microsoft Ignite

  10/22/2018 |   Eric Berg           

It’s about a month ago that Microsoft kicked off the new tech year with its annual Ignite conference. Over 30.000 company representatives, developers, tech nerds and IT whizz kids from all over the world headed to Orlando, Florida to hear about Microsoft’s next steps. Read the full article ...

The Potential of Livestreaming For Your Organization

  09/26/2018 |   Thino Ullmann           

Livestreams are becoming more and more popular in companies, but implementation often only succeeds with costly, external resources. With Microsoft teams live events, Microsoft offers a simplified introduction. Read the full article ...

Optimizing the Cloud: Adopting Azure Equals Acceleration

  09/17/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team           

Businesses are, on the whole, familiar with the advantages of the cloud and how it can benefit their organization – but it can be a little overwhelming kicking off a platform like Azure. Read in today’s article how COMPAREX can support your business to get the most out of Azure. Read the full article ...

The Top 10 Best Free SharePoint Add-Ins (Apps) From The Microsoft Store According to COMPAREX

  09/11/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team           

Check out our list of helpful SharePoint Add-Ins. They are live-savers and the best thing? They are for free! Read the full article ...

3 Ways to Collaborate Efficiently & Globally While Cutting Travel Costs

  08/31/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team           

You don’t need to be in the same office to work together efficiently. In today’s article we explain how to save travel costs and still collaborate successfully. Read the full article ...

Mixed Reality and the future of the Modern Workplace

How Mixed Reality Will Transform The Modern Workplace

  08/28/2018 |   Thino Ullmann           

Virtual reality and mixed reality are promising technologies not only for industry 4.0, but also for collaboration and in times of shortage of skilled workers. A first start does not have to be costly and complex Read the full article ...

Creating Business Value Through Corporate Social Networking

  08/15/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team           

One of the most valuable properties of an organization is the knowledge, each and every employee comes with. But it’s quite a challenge to bundle and share this knowledge within your company. Read how to manage that. Read the full article ...

Excel & Access: When Does it Make Sense to Migrate Your Data to SQL Server?

  08/10/2018 |   Jens Hocker           

At which point is it worth considering data migration to SQL Server, and what must be taken into consideration in this context? This blog article is intended to shed light on the topic. Read the full article ...

What You Need to Consider When Deciding For a New Standard Client Operating System

  08/06/2018 |   Thino Ullmann   

The idea of introducing Windows 10 LTSC as the standard client operating system is very tempting. But what risks does it involve? What are the LTSC versions actually about? Read the full article ...

Enabling Employee Engagement: Driving Business With Video

Enabling Employee Engagement: Driving Business With Video

  08/01/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

In order to remain effective, companies need to take a close look at modern working methods and technologies that help their staff complete their assignments simply and efficiently across a number of locations. Our expert Thino Ullmann shows you what really counts in collaboration. Read the full article ...

The Agony of Choice: Finding the Right Cloud Provider

  07/25/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

The choice of a cloud provider wants to be well considered. In this article we are summing up the available options on the market and give an overview about the considerations you must make when deciding for a cloud provider. Read the full article ...

3 Success Factors For Your MS Office 365 Deployment

  07/24/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team              

There are many factors determining the success of your MS Office 365 deployment. In today’s article we explain what to consider to get the most out of Office 365. Read the full article ...

Cloud Migration And Efficiency: How to Maximize Your ROI

  07/19/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

If you want to migrate to the cloud there are several factors determining the success of your migration. One of these success factors is having an expert by your side, someone with specialist knowledge who can oversee the whole process and train your staff. Read the full article ...

6 Tips For a Successful SharePoint Change Management

  07/12/2018 |   Bernhard Schmidt        

Due to digitization change processes have almost become daily life. Is it possible to not only survive changes on your SharePoint but to profit from them? Yes, says our expert. Read the full article ...

Your Journey From Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

  07/05/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

Microsoft’s announcement that Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business came like a bolt from the blue for many companies! But changes take time, especially in companies that already operate a Skype for Business landscape. So how can the transition be managed successfully? Read the full article ...

4 Particular Problems of Firstline Workers – And How Microsoft Solves Them

  06/26/2018 |   Oana Moldovan        

Firstline workers account for three quarters of all staff members. And so far their needs have been swept under the carpet of digitization. Read the full article ...

Digital Transformation: Together, Not Alone!

  06/19/2018 |   Oana Moldovan        

Many of them see digital transformation as a Sword of Damocles: They know that they have to do something – but they don’t know precisely what, and above all how. COMPAREX is putting an end to uncertainty by stepping in as your partner for a successful digital transformation. Read the full article ...

Preventing Shadow IT with Microsoft Cloud App Security

  06/12/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

It is high time that the staff working “on the shop floor” are integrated into the digital infrastructure. We’ll show you how to improve the organization of your everyday routines with Office365 F1, spruce up your staff connectivity and in doing so boost the overall efficiency of your workflows. Read the full article ...

No Further Development of OneNote 2016 for MS Office 2019

  06/07/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

There won’t be an OneNote app for Office2019. Also any further development for Office 2016 OneNote will be discontinued. Read why. Read the full article ...

How Office 365 Enterprise E5 Can Replace Your Local Telephone System

  06/04/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

It is high time that the staff working “on the shop floor” are integrated into the digital infrastructure. We’ll show you how to improve the organization of your everyday routines with Office365 F1, spruce up your staff connectivity and in doing so boost the overall efficiency of your workflows. Read the full article ...

Why an Azure Managed Service is a Good Choice!    

  05/30/2018 |   Eric Berg        

When you start your cloud journey, there are lots of opportunities available, but also many pitfalls you should avoid. Investing in an Azure Managed Service might be a good idea to get the best out of your cloud. Read the full article ...

Your New Favorite Colleague: Microsoft StaffHub    

  05/28/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

It is high time that the staff working “on the shop floor” are integrated into the digital infrastructure. We’ll show you how to improve the organization of your everyday routines with Office365 F1, spruce up your staff connectivity and in doing so boost the overall efficiency of your workflows. Read the full article ...

MS Office 365: Why There’s no Way Around The Migration    

  05/24/2018 |   Christiaan Hendriks        

Does your organization currently use MS Office 365 services such as MS Exchange Online, but has the Office application not yet migrated to the latest version of Office? Soon you will have to migrate to the latest version. Read the full article ...

MS Office 365 Multi-Geo Tenant Capability is Now Available    

  05/23/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

Putting an end to tenants in every region, Microsoft has confirmed general availability of the MS Office 365 multi-geo tenant capability. Our expert Thino Ullmann provides an insight. Read the full article ...

What Really Counts in Collaboration    

  05/08/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

In order to remain effective, companies need to take a close look at modern working methods and technologies that help their staff complete their assignments simply and efficiently across a number of locations. Our expert Thino Ullmann shows you what really counts in collaboration. Read the full article ...

How to: Increase Cloud Security with new Azure JIT VM Access    

  05/07/2018 |   Mustafa Kara        

With increased cyber attacks in recent years, Cyber Security has become one of the most important topics in the information technologies world. As Cloud services are gaining popularity, hackers are now also turning their attention to threatening this new environment. Read the full article ...

3 Ways to Optimize Your Cloud Usage    

  05/03/2018 |   Richard Best        

Fueled by mass cloud adoption, the cloud environment – though it offers flexibility and scalability to many – is growing harder to manage. Read the full article ...

Windows 10 Migration: What You Need to Consider             

  04/27/2018 |   Simon Mangeng        

Windows 10 and Windows as a service (WaaS) will involve fundamental changes for businesses. Our expert knows what you need to consider when migrating to Windows 10. Read the full article ...

Knockout in the First Round: Microsoft Teams Beats WhatsApp    

  03/19/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

Using a private messenger to discuss professional details with colleagues is a tricky topic if one considers the data protection and security aspects! We’ll show you how Microsoft Teams easily knocks the socks off of WhatsApp in the heavyweight division of company requirements. Read the full article ...

Communicating Within the Company Using Just One Tool    

  04/19/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

Microsoft’s Office 365 Enterprise E5 offers companies a stack of sophisticated options in the area of video telephony and video conferencing. The integrated Skype for Business comes with advanced features that should definitely make you prick up your ears. Read the full article ...

Digitization Front and Center With the Office 365 F1 Plan

Digitization Front and Center With the Office 365 F1 Plan     

  04/11/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

It is high time that the staff working “on the shop floor” are integrated into the digital infrastructure. We’ll show you how to improve the organization of your everyday routines with Office365 F1, spruce up your staff connectivity and in doing so boost the overall efficiency of your workflows. Read the full article ...

Get the Most Out of Your Microsoft Cloud

How to Get the Most Out of Your Microsoft Cloud     

  03/13/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

Are you aware of all the opportunities a Microsoft Office 365 cloud can offer? We summarized some tips that will help you to get the most out of your cloud. Increase employee productivity, improve security and generate a larger ROI. Read the full article ...

Managing Conferences: Inviting Employees, Customers and Partners to a Skype Meeting When on the Road

Inviting Employees, Customers and Partners to a Skype Meeting When on the Road    

  03/07/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

Modern collaboration is dynamic and overcomes spatial boundaries – and yes, it is possible when you’re on the road. Office 365 Enterprise E5 and Skype for Business provide simple and efficient support. You can even include important persons in project meetings, wherever they happen to be. Read the full article ...

Mastering the Modern Workplace

The Key to Collaboration: Mastering the Modern Workplace    

  02/19/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team       

To take advantage of changing market conditions, businesses must strive to be as agile as possible. This means taking advantage of flexible and remote working, enabling employees to remain productive from wherever they are. Read the full article ...

Microsoft Office 2019 News

Microsoft Office 2019 News: Available for Windows 10 Only

  02/13/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

Microsoft announced in early February that Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10 in future. But that’s not all: Microsoft also revealed changes for Windows 10 and Office 365 as well. We’ve summarized the most important facts for you. Read the full article ...

Solving Data Residency Issues with the Office 365 Multi-Geo Tenant

Solving Data Residency Issues with the Office 365 Multi-Geo Tenant

  02/08/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

Microsoft announced the multi-geo capabilities for Office 365 at the Ignite conference back in September. The new function will help multinational companies to tackle data residency challenges. Our expert Thino Ullmann explains what you can expect from the multi-geo tenant. Read the full article ...

A Strong Heartbeat of Your Organization: Firstline Workers

A Strong Heartbeat: Office 365 F1 for Firstline Workers     

  02/06/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

The women and men operating at the front line of a company represent the brand, solve customer problems and keep an attentive eye on the products and services. These employees are absolutely crucial – and with Office 365 F1 they can become part of the digitization process. We’ll show you how! Read the full article ...

Shadow IT Versus Data Security: Large Volume Data Management

How Companies Can Share Large Volumes of Data   

  01/30/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

Data security and the correct management of sensitive project information are delicate issues. We show you how your project teams can collaborate securely and meaningfully with Office 365 and OneDrive for Business. Read the full article ...

How Office 365 Enterprise E5 Can Simplify Your Communication

How Office 365 Enterprise E5 Can Simplify Your Communication    

  01/25/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

Voice and video conferences in high broadcast quality remain challenging scenarios for many companies, even today. But internal and external dialog could be easily upgraded with Office 365 Enterprise E5. Our blog post tells you why this is sensible and also cost-efficient. Read the full article ...

Increase Cloud Security with new Azure JIT VM Access

How to: Increase Cloud Security with new Azure JIT VM Access    

  05/07/2018 |   Mustafa Kara        

With increased cyber attacks in recent years, Cyber Security has become one of the most important topics in the information technologies world. As Cloud services are gaining popularity, hackers are now also turning their attention to threatening this new environment. Read the full article ...

How to Integrate Firstline Workers in Your Company’s Digitization

How to Integrate Firstline Workers in Your Company’s Digitization

  01/19/2018 |   Thino Ullmann

Digitization can only be successful if all employees – from the CEO to production workers – are integrated in the process. What about your Firstline Workers? Are they part of the digitization? Thino Ullmann explains how to integrate them successfully with Office 365 F1. Read the full article ...

Looking Back: Microsoft in 2017

Looking Back: Microsoft in 2017

  01/18/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Microsoft has had a very busy year in 2017. Let’s take a look back together. In today’s article we are summing up all the important changes and additions to the Microsoft cosmos. Read why Microsoft had a very strong year and why 2018 is going to be exciting as well. Read the full article ...

10 Tips to Get Started With the Cloud

Microsoft Azure: 10 Tips to Get Started With the Cloud

  12/20/2017 |   Eric Berg

Are you planning to move your data into the cloud? Microsoft Azure may ease your start and help reduce costs. Make sure you check out our 10 tips to get the most out of Azure. Read the full article ...

The Key to a Successful Office 365 Implementation

Why Software Portfolio Management is the Key to a Successful Office 365 Implementation

  11/21/2017 |   Thino Ullmann

Are you currently implementing Office365? Our expert Thino Ullmann knows how to improve the process. Read why Software Portfolio Management is the key to a successful Office 365 implementation. Read the full article ...

Master 5 Major Office 365 Migration Challenges

Master 5 Major Office 365 Migration Challenges

  11/14/2017 |   Jeroen Engelander

There may be some obstacles that need to be overcome during migration, for instance to Office 365. Our Cloud expert has put together the five most common challenges and explains how Unified Cloud Management can help to overcome them. Read the full article ...

How to Conduct Tests in a Productive Environment

How to Conduct Tests in a Productive Environment

  10/23/2017 |   Eric Berg

Testing in a productive environment? Is that even possible? Yes, says our expert and MVP Eric Berg. Read about his solution in today’s article. Read the full article ...

SharePoint on Azure: The Right Choice For Your Business?

SharePoint on Azure: The Right Choice For Your Business?        

  10/18/2017 |   Christoph Dehn

Is SharePoint on Microsoft Azure the right choice for your business? Our expert Christoph Dehn helps you to decide. He gives an insight on the benefits of running your SharePoint on Azure. Read the full article ...

Microsoft’s New Vision For Microsoft Teams

From Unified to Intelligent Communications – Microsoft’s New Vision For Microsoft Teams

  10/12/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

At Microsoft Ignite, September 25 2017, Microsoft made a strategic announcement on “Intelligent Communications“. Microsoft essentially created a new productivity segment that combines communication and collaboration into a single unifying platform or app – Microsoft Teams. Read the full article ...

Project Honolulu: What to Expect of Microsoft's New Server Management Tool

Project Honolulu: What to Expect of Microsoft's New Server Management Tool

  10/10/2017 |   Eric Berg

Only a few weeks ago Microsoft presented Project Honolulu at Ignite. Eric Berg, MVP and COMPAREX expert, was involved in testing and developing Microsoft’s new Server Management Tool. He explains why admins will love. Read the full article ...

EA Renewal - What You Need To Consider Now

EA Renewal: What You Need To Consider Now        

  09/28/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Are you facing a renewal of your Enterprise Agreement (EA)? As the EA has changed a lot during the last 3 years there are new considerations to be made, when your EA is up for renewal. We compiled 3 important considerations to keep in mind that are going to make the process much smoother. Read the full article ...

4 Major Trends in Enterprise Mobility

4 Major Trends in Enterprise Mobility

  09/22/2017 |   Robin Hobo

Which trends are going to influence workplace mobility? Our expert Robin Hobo took a closer look at Enterprise Mobility and summed up 4 major trends. Read the full article ...

SharePoint Online and On-Premises: a Comparison

SharePoint Online and On-Premises: a Comparison

  09/15/2017 |   Christoph Vollmann

What’s better: the cloud or on-premises? Which SharePoint version is more suitable? Our expert Christoph Vollmann has compared the models and summarized the most important differences. Read the full article ...

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Software Development

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Software Development

  08/30/2017 |   Andreas Gräfe

Software development in the cloud offers many advantages. COMPAREX expert Andreas Gräfe explains why he prefers the cloud to any other environment. Read the full article ...

Revolutionizing Productivity with Skype for Business

Unified Communications: Revolutionizing Productivity with Skype for Business

  08/24/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

A good Unified Communications strategy can help to increase your productivity. Read why Unified Communications offers many advantages for your business and why Skype for Business might be the right solution. Read the full article ...

Should I Use Windows 10 Enterprise With or Without Software Assurance?

Should I Use Windows 10 Enterprise With or Without Software Assurance?        

  07/26/2017 |   Thino Ullmann

Is Software Assurance (SA) for Windows 10 Enterprise really worth it? Thino Ullmann summarizes the main aspects of SA and sheds some light on the pros and cons. Read the full article ...

Managing Your Modern Workplace with Microsoft Office 365

Managing Your Modern Workplace with Microsoft Office 365

  07/19/2017 |   Oana Moldovan

Has the modern workplace already entered your office? Oana Moldovan explains how Yammer, Office 365 and Teams can help create the modern workplace and how to use these tools efficiently. Read the full article ...

How to Solve SQL Server Problems

How to Solve SQL Server Problems

  07/12/2017 |   Frank Sander

Users may encounter problems when working with SQL Server, but they can be avoided with the right know-how. This blog article investigates serious problems of the type “My application has stopped working.” Read the full article ...

What’s New in Windows 10 S?

What’s New in Windows 10 S?

  07/10/2017 |   Thino Ullmann

Windows 10 S is the latest operating system released by Microsoft. What’s new in Windows 10 S and what are the differences to other Windows versions? Thino Ullmann took a closer look. Read the full article ...

Why Windows 10 Can Help to Beat Cyber Attacks

Why Windows 10 Can Help to Beat Cyber Attacks

  07/10/2017 |   Anton Neidel

WannaCry may be over. But are you prepared for the next cyber risk? Anton Neidel explains why Windows 10 can help to protect your IT. Read the full article ...

How Do I License Test and Development Environments?

How Do I License Test and Development Environments?        

  06/28/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe

Finding the right software licenses for test and development environments is a science in its own right; after all, not only do the requirements change all the time, there are also numerous restrictions. Read the full article ...

Securing Your Data Center From Natural Disasters

Securing Your Data Center From Natural Disasters    

  06/26/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Natural disasters are no longer freak occurrences. Companies will face substantial loss of revenue if a datacenter fails, paralyzing the entire IT infrastructure. So you need to take action! Read the full article ...

5 Typical SQL Server Problems and How to Get Rid of Them

5 Typical SQL Server Problems and How to Get Rid of Them             

  06/19/2017 |   Frank Sander

Many IT administrators struggle repeatedly with similar problems when dealing with SQL Server. It’s time to put an end to this predicament! Read the full article ...

3 Facts about Microsoft Teams

3 Facts about Microsoft Teams     

  06/09/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

In mid-March Microsoft announced that its latest collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, has rolled out to Office 365 users worldwide. What is Teams and how can it affect my personal teamwork? Read the full article ...

Enterprise 2.0 - Social Media in Companies

Enterprise 2.0: Social Media in Companies    

  06/02/2017 |   Thino Ullmann

Social networks belong to most companies’ communication strategy. But have you ever thought about using it internally? Thino Ullmann shines a spotlight on Social Intranet and explains the benefits of the Digital Workplace. Read the full article ...

ATP in Office 365 E5: What’s it all about?

ATP in Office 365 E5: What’s it all about?    

  05/24/2017 |   Anton Neidel

These endless acronyms! Every company uses them, and the Microsoft universe is jam-packed with them as well. For instance we may encounter product acronyms like SPE and EMS or abbreviated features like the one used in today’s topic: ATP, or Advanced Threat Protection. Read the full article ...

Integration of Microsoft Yammer in Office 365 Groups

The integration of Microsoft Yammer in Office 365 Groups is under way    

  05/11/2017 |   Thino Ullmann

With the start of Microsoft Yammer Enterprise's integration in Office 365 there is now an even stronger connection between Yammer Enterprise and Office 365 Groups, as Yammer Enterprise will no longer be available as a standalone license. Read the full article ...

5 Useful Functions in Skype for Business

5 Useful Functions in Skype for Business    

  04/21/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Skype for Business has brought us all closer together. The program has become indispensable for companies operating on an international stage in particular. COMPAREX has put together five useful functions that every user should know in order to use the tool as efficiently as possible. Read the full article ...

Office 365 E5 Plan: How good is the Enterprise Version?

Office 365 E5 Plan: How good is the Enterprise Version?    

  04/18/2017 |   Anton Neidel

Software vendors are constantly busy adding updates and features to their products. An E5 version is now available for Office 365. The customers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep track of which version is best suited for individual cases. Useful or useless? Read the full article ...

Teamwork with Microsoft Office 365 Groups

Teamwork with Microsoft Office 365 Groups     

  03/01/2017 |   Thino Ullmann

Collaboration in a modern environment is the connecting link between all of the products in Office 365. Microsoft Office 365 Groups addresses this issue. Thino Ullmann explains the benefits of teamwork with Microsoft Office 365 Groups. Read the full article ...

Hybrid Scenarios With SharePoint 2016

Hybrid scenarios with SharePoint 2016 – Sensibly combined at last     

  02/21/2017 |   Andreas Krüger

Although hybrid scenarios with SharePoint are not new, SharePoint 2016 turns them into a real treat as well. While the data remains resting on the in-house server, users can switch seamlessly between SharePoint On-Premises and Online. Read the full article ...

5 Best Excel Functions For Beginners

The five best Excel functions for beginners             

  11/25/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

We have taken a look at the most common Excel functions to give novices a better grasp of the world’s most commonly used spreadsheet calculation program and present to you: The five best Excel functions for beginners. Read the full article ...

Why There is no File Hosting Service Alternative to OneDrive for Business

Why There is Currently no File Hosting Service Alternative to OneDrive for Business    

  11/02/2016 |   Christoph Vollmann

Which file hosting service ticks all the right boxes? OneDrive for Business might not (yet) be quite such a household name as Dropbox or Google Drive, but it is the only product that is truly mature enough for (secure) deployment in business environments. Read the full article ...

Azure Pricing Changes

New Azure Pricing Changes             

  10/21/2016 |   Sarah Cahill

As of October 1st, many changes have gone into effect regarding Microsoft Azure. There are several ways to purchase Azure, and Microsoft has taken steps to create price parity between the different licensing programs. Read the full article ...

What is Microsoft Office 365, And Why Should I Use it?

What is Microsoft Office 365, and why should I use it?        

  10/13/2016 |   Anton Neidel

Many Office users have difficulty working out what Microsoft Office 365 actually is. Frequently it is equated with the ‘classic’ Office product. The users therefore assume that they simply receive Word, Excel and PowerPoint, etc. ‘from the cloud’. Read the full article ...

ECS Becomes SPE

ECS becomes SPE: What’s new in the Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise Suite?    

  09/30/2016 |   Thino Ullmann

The new Enterprise Suite will be available soon. COMPAREX Senior Technical Presales Executive Thino Ullmann has summarized the new features of the SPE, as well as the most important differences between the various versions of the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite and Windows 10 Enterprise E3/ E5. Read the full article ...

Microsoft StorSimple Automatic Disaster Recovery

Microsoft StorSimple – Automatic Disaster Recovery        

  08/25/2016 |   Henrik Motzkus

So far our author Henrik Motzkus has concentrated his detailed look into Microsoft StorSimple here on our blog on the fundamental features. Today he will expand on a few individual aspects. One of the most important of them is disaster recovery. Read the full article ...

Happy 1st Cake Day, Windows 10!    

  08/02/2016 |   Thino Ullmann

Windows 10 is celebrating its first anniversary and has every reason to be jubilant. But instead of cake it comes with various improvements and new features – the kind of gift to get our juices flowing. Read our summary of the new features for corporate and EDU customers. Read the full article ...

Operating virtual systems in the cloud?!

Operating virtual systems in the cloud?!    

  06/30/2016 |   Eric Berg

Virtual machines on the cloud platform Microsoft Azure. MVP Eric Berg takes a closer look at what it’s all about and stumbles across a couple of terms and concepts. Read the full article ...

(B)ringing the Personal Skype Experience to the Workplace

Skype for Business: (b)ringing the personal Skype experience to the workplace             

  06/06/2016 |   Jeroen Engelander

Today, telephony is more than just making and receiving calls. It is an experience which is an integral part of our work and our private lives. It’s an essential communication channel within organizations and as such should be part of any efficient and intuitive workplace. Read the full article ...

New Licensing Rights for Windows Server 2016

How Can Additional License Fees be Avoided for Windows Server 2016?   

  05/20/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Announced some time ago, they are now scheduled for rollout: Microsoft is all set to launch the new versions of Windows Server in the second half of 2016. Besides necessary product modifications and new cloud-inspired features, there will be a number of changes to the license rights. Read the full article ...

Microsoft StorSimple Virtual Array

The Microsoft StorSimple Virtual Array     

  05/10/2016 |   Henrik Motzkus

COMPAREX Expert Henrik Motzkus spoke with COMPAREX Newsroom not long ago to explain what makes Microsoft StorSimple such a great option to get started in the hybrid storage cloud. Read the full article ...

Microsoft Azure StorSimple

Microsoft Azure StorSimple: Easy Entry to the Hybrid Cloud             

  04/06/2016 |   Henrik Motzkus        

As we heard just recently from our COMPAREX MVP Eric Berg, storage is among the scenarios that are particularly suited to hybrid solutions. Today his colleague, COMPAREX IT Architect Henrik Motzkus, is recommending the great entry-level solution for cloud novices: Azure StorSimple. Read the full article ...

Hybrid Solutions Instead of the Full Cloud

Hybrid Solutions Instead of the Full Cloud    

  03/30/2016 |   Eric Berg

Cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure permit the use of data center infrastructures as services. What’s more, they also create and execute user-defined applications as services. But it doesn’t always have to be ‘the full cloud’. It’s all about hybrid infrastructure here. Read the full article ...

Bring Your Own Device “Not Under my Roof”?

Bring Your Own Device “not under my roof”?    

  03/23/2016 |   Thino Ullmann

We currently find ourselves at the onset of a new revolution in IT. The last revolution began at the end of the nineties and was the introduction of the sophisticated utilization of client/server infrastructure and the advent of Active Directory, the predominant Directory service since then. Read the full article ...

Windows Store for Business: Functionality and Use for Business Users

"Setting up Shop" with the Windows Store for Business    

  03/08/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

People should agree that the Microsoft Store, when compared to the Apple Store, was deemed to be a rather poor relation when considering application availability and the usability of the webstore interface. Read the full article ...

The Rudiments of Microsoft Azure: A Quick Guide

The Rudiments of Microsoft Azure: A Quick Guide by Eric Berg            

  03/01/2016 |   Eric Berg

5% of the Fortune 500 companies already use the Microsoft service Azure to access their cloud services via the Internet. What might this cloud solution look like? Eric Berg, COMPAREX Senior IT Consultant and MVP, presents the three areas of the Microsoft cloud service Azure: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Read the full article ...

One Contract Fits All

Microsoft Products and Services Agreement: One contract fits all    

  02/24/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Microsoft has announced that it will raise its entry threshold for Enterprise Agreement Contracts to 500 desktops from 1 July 2016. Reason enough for us to take a closer look at the Microsoft Products and Service Agreement (MPSA) as an alternative for companies with between 250 and 499 desktops. Read the full article ...

Microsoft Office 365: Flying Blind With a Cloud Product?

Microsoft Office 365: Flying blind with a cloud product? Learn more about proper planning!    

  02/19/2016 |   Schaper, Torsten        

Trusty Office in an improved form? Microsoft promises cost reductions, mobility, flexibility, and outstanding availability of 99.9 percent. In this article our expert explains what needs to be taken into consideration when planning cloud and Microsoft Office 365 services. Let’s get started! Read the full article ...

How Organizations Can  Maximize their Microsoft 365 Security

How Organizations Can Maximize their Microsoft 365 Security

  05/29/2019 |   Blog Editorial Team 

With the ‘end of life’ for Windows 7 and Office 2010 extended support approaching, more organizations are beginning to make the shift to Microsoft 365 – an all-encompassing set of solutions that include the applications of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security. There are many benefits to be gained from making this move, including improved productivity, efficiency, and employee collaboration. Read the full article ...

Omnipresent Level Security Through the  ‘All-Seeing’ - Azure Sentinel

The ‘All-Seeing’ Azure Sentinel Provides Omnipresent Level Security

  04/17/2019 |   Chris Allen

It’s not often the infamous lines from J.R.R Tolkein’s classic Lord of the Rings can be seen as a metaphor of the risks posed to your enterprise cloud security, but for IT managers who combine a love of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings with all things Microsoft Cloud, this analogy ought to resonate. Read the full article ...

Windows 7 Extended Support:  It's Time to Take Action!

Windows 7 extended support: now is the time to take action!

  04/10/2019 |   Thino Ullman

Anyone keen to continue using Windows 7 will soon have to apply for extended support. Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) are good for companies that do not want to switch to Windows 10 or will not manage migration by the end of support date and therefore require a transitional solution. The Extended Security Update is available from April 1, 2019. Read the full article ...

Get Comfortable with Microsoft Windows AutoPilot

Get Comfortable with Microsoft Windows AutoPilot

 01/14/2019 |   Robin Hobo           

The modern way of preparing Windows 10 devices for use: Whereas traditional ICT environments often use a Windows Image Deployment installation, which takes a great deal of time for testing and updating, Windows AutoPilot has recently become available and offers a new possibility for the full and automatic management of Windows 10 devices. Read the full article ...

Security in a Cloud Environment

  10/29/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team          

Cloud security comprises a set of individual measures that will protect you from risks like data loss, downtimes, unauthorized access and will help to comply with data protection standards. Here are 4 rules that you should follow when setting up a strategy for cloud security. Read the full article ...

Top 3 Takeaways From Microsoft Ignite

  10/22/2018 |   Eric Berg           

It’s about a month ago that Microsoft kicked off the new tech year with its annual Ignite conference. Over 30.000 company representatives, developers, tech nerds and IT whizz kids from all over the world headed to Orlando, Florida to hear about Microsoft’s next steps. Read the full article ...

Increase Cloud Security with new Azure JIT VM Access

How to: Increase Cloud Security with new Azure JIT VM Access    

  05/07/2018 |   Mustafa Kara        

With increased cyber attacks in recent years, Cyber Security has become one of the most important topics in the information technologies world. As Cloud services are gaining popularity, hackers are now also turning their attention to threatening this new environment. Read the full article ...

3 Ways to Optimize Your Cloud Usage

3 Ways to Optimize Your Cloud Usage             

  05/03/2018 |   Richard Best        

Fueled by mass cloud adoption, the cloud environment – though it offers flexibility and scalability to many – is growing harder to manage. Read the full article ...

Knockout in the First Round: Microsoft Teams Beats WhatsApp

Knockout in the First Round: Microsoft Teams Beats WhatsApp    

  03/19/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

Using a private messenger to discuss professional details with colleagues is a tricky topic if one considers the data protection and security aspects! We’ll show you how Microsoft Teams easily knocks the socks off of WhatsApp in the heavyweight division of company requirements. Read the full article ...

How File Encryption Helps Fulfill GDPR Requirements

How File Encryption Helps Fulfill GDPR Requirements             

  03/20/2018 |   Dirk Friessnegg       

GDPR is up for implementation in around 3 months. Is your company prepared? We the benefits and solutions vis-à-vis file encryption. Read the full article ...

Update Management is the Key

Why Update Management is the Key to a Secure Software Environment    

  02/08/2018 |   Mustafa Kara               

CryptoLocker and WannaCry are perfect examples of ransomware attacks that had serious consequences for companies that did not manage their update and patch management system properly. Microsoft’s new function Update Management for VMs on Azure helps you keep track of all relevant updates. Read the full article ...

Solving Data Residency Issues with the Office 365 Multi-Geo Tenant

Solving Data Residency Issues with the Office 365 Multi-Geo Tenant

  02/08/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

Microsoft announced the multi-geo capabilities for Office 365 at the Ignite conference back in September. The new function will help multinational companies to tackle data residency challenges. Our expert Thino Ullmann explains what you can expect from the multi-geo tenant. Read the full article ...

How to Secure Your Business Against Cyber-Attacks

IT Security: How to Secure Your Business Against Cyber-Attacks

  07/31/2017 |   Anja Dörner

Obviously there is no such thing as rock-solid protection against cyber-attacks. But you can improve your IT security by sticking to our 6 tips and tricks. Read the full article ...

Why Windows 10 Can Help to Beat Cyber Attacks

Why Windows 10 Can Help to Beat Cyber Attacks

  07/10/2017 |   Anton Neidel

WannaCry may be over. But are you prepared for the next cyber risk? Anton Neidel explains why Windows 10 can help to protect your IT. Read the full article ...

Securing Your Data Center From Natural Disasters

Securing Your Data Center From Natural Disasters    

  06/26/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Natural disasters are no longer freak occurrences. Companies will face substantial loss of revenue if a datacenter fails, paralyzing the entire IT infrastructure. So you need to take action! Read the full article ...

Cloud Computing and Data Protection: What You Need to Know

Cloud Computing and Data Protection: What You Need to Know    

  05/31/2017 |   Anja Dörner

In an age of digitalization, the issues of cloud computing and data protection are extremely significant to almost every company. But many decision-makers remain concerned about security when migrating their data to the cloud. Read the full article ...

ATP in Office 365 E5: What’s it all about?

ATP in Office 365 E5: What’s it all about?    

  05/24/2017 |   Anton Neidel

These endless acronyms! Every company uses them, and the Microsoft universe is jam-packed with them as well. For instance we may encounter product acronyms like SPE and EMS or abbreviated features like the one used in today’s topic: ATP, or Advanced Threat Protection. Read the full article ...

Post Cyber Attack: Know What You Have

Post Cyber-Attack: Know What You Have

  05/17/2017 |   Franz Schildberger        

Over the past weekend, the so-called “WannaCry” crypto virus attacked tens of thousands of international businesses, private persons and government agencies. It targeted devices running Microsoft Windows operating systems that lacked the necessary security patch levels. Read the full article ...

ECS Becomes SPE

ECS becomes SPE: What’s new in the Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise Suite?    

  09/30/2016 |   Thino Ullmann

The new Enterprise Suite will be available soon. COMPAREX Senior Technical Presales Executive Thino Ullmann has summarized the new features of the SPE, as well as the most important differences between the various versions of the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite and Windows 10 Enterprise E3/ E5. Read the full article ...

Microsoft Azure StorSimple

Microsoft Azure StorSimple: Easy Entry to the Hybrid Cloud

  04/06/2016 |   Henrik Motzkus        

As we heard just recently from our COMPAREX MVP Eric Berg, storage is among the scenarios that are particularly suited to hybrid solutions. Today his colleague, COMPAREX IT Architect Henrik Motzkus, is recommending the great entry-level solution for cloud novices: Azure StorSimple. Read the full article ...

Skype for Business Online Plan 2 standalone no longer available for purchase after July 1, 2019

Skype for Business Online Plan 2 standalone no longer available for purchase after July 1, 2019

  05/09/2019 |   Ireen Schaffer

Microsoft recently announced they will stop selling Skype for Business Online Plan 2 standalone offers as they support customers to transition to Microsoft Teams. In August 2018, the publisher had already retired Skype for Business Plan 1 standalone offers. Read the full article ...

New Microsoft Agreement for Azure – What Are Your Options?

  03/08/2019 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

Did the hairs on your arms just stand up, or maybe you suddenly feel a headache coming on?
Yes, we hear you, “Another Microsoft Licensing change?!” We are here to help reduce the confusion – We guide you through the different options to purchase Azure. Read the full article ...

How to Run Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019

 01/17/2019 |   Sabrina Rohenroth           

Office 365 ProPlus will not be supported on Windows Server 2019. No reason to despair. Our expert explains a workaround. Read the full article ...

End of Support For SQL And Windows Server 2008

  11/13/2018 |   Sabrina Rohenroth           

There will be no more security updates for Windows Server 2008 in future. So do you have to worry about the next cyberattack? Not at all! Our experts outline the pros and cons of various solutions and explain why you do not necessarily have to bid farewell to your current version. Read the full article ...

Microsoft Office 2019 News

Microsoft Office 2019 News: Available for Windows 10 Only

  02/13/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

Microsoft announced in early February that Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10 in future. But that’s not all: Microsoft also revealed changes for Windows 10 and Office 365 as well. We’ve summarized the most important facts for you. Read the full article ...

EA Renewal - What You Need To Consider Now

EA Renewal: What You Need To Consider Now        

  09/28/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Are you facing a renewal of your Enterprise Agreement (EA)? As the EA has changed a lot during the last 3 years there are new considerations to be made, when your EA is up for renewal. We compiled 3 important considerations to keep in mind that are going to make the process much smoother. Read the full article ...

Should I Use Windows 10 Enterprise With or Without Software Assurance?

Should I Use Windows 10 Enterprise With or Without Software Assurance?        

  07/26/2017 |   Thino Ullmann

Is Software Assurance (SA) for Windows 10 Enterprise really worth it? Thino Ullmann summarizes the main aspects of SA and sheds some light on the pros and cons. Read the full article ...

How Do I License Test and Development Environments?

How Do I License Test and Development Environments?        

  06/28/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe

Finding the right software licenses for test and development environments is a science in its own right; after all, not only do the requirements change all the time, there are also numerous restrictions. Read the full article ...

5 Must-Ask Questions When Licensing Virtual Teams

5 Must-Ask Questions When Licensing Virtual Teams        

  06/12/2017 |   Frank Brünger

Teamwork in hermetic office complexes is a thing of the past. The future of international collaboration lies in virtual teams. Read the full article ...

Getting Ready for Software Audits

Getting ready for software audits with COMPAREX    

  03/21/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe

Software audits are becoming increasingly frequent and can keep entire departments busy for months – time and resources that could certainly be used to better effect elsewhere. What is the purpose behind an audit? And how can you protect yourself? Read the full article ...

ECS Becomes SPE

ECS becomes SPE: What’s new in the Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise Suite?    

  09/30/2016 |   Thino Ullmann

The new Enterprise Suite will be available soon. COMPAREX Senior Technical Presales Executive Thino Ullmann has summarized the new features of the SPE, as well as the most important differences between the various versions of the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite and Windows 10 Enterprise E3/ E5. Read the full article ...

New Licensing Rights for Windows Server 2016

How Can Additional License Fees be Avoided for Windows Server 2016?   

  05/20/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Announced some time ago, they are now scheduled for rollout: Microsoft is all set to launch the new versions of Windows Server in the second half of 2016. Besides necessary product modifications and new cloud-inspired features, there will be a number of changes to the license rights. Read the full article ...

Dos & Don’ts for Microsoft Licensing Within a Hosted Service

Dos & Don’ts for Microsoft Licensing within a Hosted Service   

  04/25/2016 |   Hendriks, Christiaan

Many organizations are currently investigating the possibilities to purchase a hosted service. They want to realize savings on hardware and management as well as great scalability and flexibility potentials. Such a move raises some questions. Read the full article ...

One Contract Fits All

Microsoft Products and Services Agreement: One contract fits all    

  02/24/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Microsoft has announced that it will raise its entry threshold for Enterprise Agreement Contracts to 500 desktops from 1 July 2016. Reason enough for us to take a closer look at the Microsoft Products and Service Agreement (MPSA) as an alternative for companies with between 250 and 499 desktops. Read the full article ...

Landmark Change in Redmond

Landmark Change in Redmond: Microsoft Raises the Minimum Threshold for Enterprise Agreements (EA)    

  02/02/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Microsoft has announced changes to its Enterprise Agreement Program, starting 1 July 2016! We have put together the most important questions & answers to help you find your way. Read the full article ...

How to Build a Business App with Microsoft PowerApps

How to Build a Business App with Microsoft PowerApps

  05/16/2019 |   Christoph Vollmann

PowerApps is a service provided by Microsoft for creating business apps. The developed apps are based on web technologies and run completely in the browser. These apps can also be published on Windows 10 devices, smartphones and tablets. In this blog post you’ll learn everything there is to know about PowerApps, its advantages and benefits.Read the full article ...

Team Up with SoftwareONE: How to aggregate document libraries in Windows File Explorer

Team Up with SoftwareONE: How to aggregate document libraries in Windows File Explorer

  04/25/2019 |   Erik Moll

From Microsoft Teams to OneDrive for Business to SharePoint, we are now using a variety of tools that make collaboration and our work life a lot easier. Despite all these benefits it can be quite challenging to keep an overview of all your documents within these different tools. The solution? Windows File Explorer! In the third part of our series we explain why it is the ultimate aggregator of all document libraries. Read the full article ...

Team Up with SoftwareONE: Co-authoring Made Easy with Microsoft Teams

Team Up with SoftwareONE: Co-authoring Made Easy with Microsoft Teams

  04/24/2019 |   Erik Moll

Teamwork makes the dream work. But not without the right tools and features. In the second part of our new series “Team Up with SoftwareONE”  we explain how to efficiently collaborate on a document with multiple people within Microsoft Teams. Read the full article ...

Team Up with SoftwareONE: Sync Microsoft Teams and OneDrive for Business

Team Up with SoftwareONE: Sync Microsoft Teams and OneDrive for Business

  04/23/2019 |   Erik Moll

In this 3-day Team Up with SoftwareONE blog series we provide practical and employee friendly tips on how to improve your business productivity and efficiency with Microsoft Teams. Read the full article ...

The integration of Microsoft StaffHub into Teams

The integration of Microsoft StaffHub into Teams

  03/28/2019 |   Thino Ullmann 

StaffHub will be withdrawn completely in 2019. The features of the planning tool for first-line workers will not be lost, though, and will instead be integrated as part of Microsoft Teams. Our expert Thino Ullmann explains everything worth knowing about the new solution Microsoft Teams Home & Shifts. Read the full article ...

Double Mind Map – The "Better" Brainstorming?

Double Mind Map – The "Better" Brainstorming?

 02/20/2019 |   Peter Nowak           

How do companies address new topics? Brainstorming is often the first step on the way to finding solutions, minimizing costs, creating new products or lots of other things. Many companies have adopted this process as the de-facto standard, although eventually it tends to become monotonous. So what are the latest alternatives? Read the full article ...

Team Up With COMPAREX: Co-authoring Made Easy

 01/25/2019 |   Erik Moll           

Teamwork makes the dream work. But not without the right tools and features. In the second part of our new series "Team Up with COMPAREX" our expert Erik Moll explains how to efficiently collaborate on a document with multiple people within Microsoft Teams. Read the full article ...

Team Up with COMPAREX: Microsoft Teams and OneDrive for Business

 01/08/2019 |   Erik Moll           

Microsoft Teams is Microsoft’s platform of the future for project and team collaboration and communications! You can share files with your colleagues and communicate about the status of a project. But Teams can do far more than that. It has the potential to become your single window to access all your applications and documents. Read the full article ...

Business Analytics: How to Benefit From Your Data

  12/10/2018 |   Thino Ullmann           

Microsoft has integrated Skype for Business into Teams – as announced. But there was no mention that besides offering a variety of upgrade paths, Microsoft would automatically switch certain customer groups to Teams without necessarily informing the individual users beforehand! The Skype for Business/Teams issue raises questions. Our expert provides the answers. Read the full article ...

How to Use Instant Messaging in Your Business

  11/06/2018 |   Thino Ullmann           

Quick, uncomplicated and always at hand. Instant messaging services are now used for far more than just personal communication and make work routines easier for many people. In Kaizala, Microsoft is presenting its own chat for business solution. Our expert Thino Ullmann uses this article to give us a low down on the message service and its most suitable uses. Read the full article ...

Introducing the Modern Workplace - an Experience Report

  10/16/2018 |   Thino Ullmann           

Modern workplaces are now far more than just having a collection of the latest technical gadgets at your fingertips; instead they have led to a cultural transformation within companies. Read the full article ...

The Top 10 Best Free SharePoint Add-Ins (Apps) From The Microsoft Store According to COMPAREX

  09/11/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team           

Check out our list of helpful SharePoint Add-Ins. They are live-savers and the best thing? They are for free! Read the full article ...

Creating Business Value Through Corporate Social Networking

Creating Business Value Through Corporate Social Networking

  08/15/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team           

One of the most valuable properties of an organization is the knowledge, each and every employee comes with. But it’s quite a challenge to bundle and share this knowledge within your company. Read how to manage that. Read the full article ...

What Really Counts in Collaboration

What Really Counts in Collaboration    

  05/08/2018 |   Thino Ullmann        

In order to remain effective, companies need to take a close look at modern working methods and technologies that help their staff complete their assignments simply and efficiently across a number of locations. Our expert Thino Ullmann shows you what really counts in collaboration. Read the full article ...

Video Conferences, Meetings and Calls: Communicating Within the Company Using Only One Tool

Communicating Within the Company Using Just One Tool    

  04/19/2018 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team        

Microsoft’s Office 365 Enterprise E5 offers companies a stack of sophisticated options in the area of video telephony and video conferencing. The integrated Skype for Business comes with advanced features that should definitely make you prick up your ears. Read the full article ...

The Most Important Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

The Most Important (NEW) Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10                 

  05/05/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Windows 10 brings plenty of new features, an improved Start menu, Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Familiar and new keyboard functions make operation even simpler and more efficient. Find a cheat sheet with the most important shortcuts. Read the full article ...

M is for Macros - Supercharging Your Day-to-Day Work

M is for Macros - Supercharging your day-to-day work                  

  04/28/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Macros are handy add-ons when it comes to reducing the daily workload and to streamlining the user’s own handling of MS Office. We provide you with a step to step guide on how to get started with macros. Read the full article ...

Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Edge

Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Edge: How to Browse the Web with Windows 10                 

  03/08/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

You’ve downloaded Windows 10, but out of habit you continue to surf the net with the old Internet Explorer or an alternative browser? Our tips and tricks for Microsoft Edge ensure the switch will be perfectly easy. We’ll tell you what’s new and where to find the familiar functions. Read the full article ...

Tuning Outlook – 7 Tips to Increase Your Speed

Tuning Outlook – 7 Tips to Increase Your Speed                 

  02/15/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Your Outlook is too slow? In many cases this will be due to incorrect settings that can be remedied quickly. We have put together 7 tips to help you tune your Outlook and get it up and running at full speed. Read the full article ...

Individualize Windows 10: The Best Free Apps for a Better Functionality

Individualize Windows 10: The best free apps for a better functionality              

  21/12/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Windows 10 comes with great new features. Users can navigate intuitively through an improved Start menu, ask Cortana for advice, or skip back and forth between virtual desktops. But there are a few more tricks to improve the performance of Windows 10. Read the full article ...

10 Shortcuts for Microsoft Edge

10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Edge (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)                 

  06/12/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Microsoft Edge includes a number of new, handy features, among them Web Note to write, type and draw directly on webpages. The small e symbol as a desktop icon and keyboard combination has remained unchanged. We have compiled 10 keyboard combinations that make surfing the net that little bit easier. Read the full article ...

Best Free Apps to Customize Your Windows 10

Individualize Windows 10: The best free apps for your custom look

  11/11/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Switch to Windows 10? Windows users have faced this question for the last 15 months. It’s not an easy one to answer, as among the new aspects contained in the new operating system is a revamped look. It is well-known that getting used to a new design can take time and slow down the workflow. Read the full article ...

10 Shortcuts for Microsoft Word

10 Shortcuts for Microsoft Word (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)                 

  10/06/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Microsoft Word is the perfect way of getting thoughts down on (digital) paper, no matter whether they are project drafts or to-do lists. Microsoft provides a large number of keyboard combinations that make using the word processing program that bit easier. Read the full article ...

10 Shortcuts for Microsoft OneNote

10 Shortcuts for OneNote (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)                 

  09/27/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Create mind maps, make lists or paint little pictures. The right keyboard combinations can even make management of the digital notebook a fair bit easier. We have picked out the most important ones for you. Read the full article ...

10 Shortcuts for MS Excel (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)                 

  08/30/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Worksheet calculations by Excel enable plenty of arithmetical operations with formulas, no matter whether you need to produce a cost summary or statistics. There is a detailed overview of keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Excel. We have picked out the moste important ones. Read the full article ...

10 Shortcuts for Delivering PowerPoint Presentations

10 Shortcuts when Creating PowerPoint Presentations (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet!)               

  08/08/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Microsoft offers a detailed list of shortcuts that will save you time and nerves when creating PPT presentations. We’ve picked our ten favorites, which we believe will provide the greatest benefits the next time you set about creating a PPT presentation. Read the full article ...

Windows 10: Here are the Most Important (NEW) Keyboard Shortcuts    

  07/19/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Windows 10 brings plenty of new features, an improved Start menu, Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Familiar and new keyboard functions make operation even simpler and more efficient. Find a cheat sheet with the most important shortcuts. Read the full article ...

10 Shortcuts for Microsoft Outlook

Top 10 best keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Outlook plus free cheat sheet  

  07/06/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Microsoft Outlook helps us plan and organize our (working) days. Microsoft has put together a detailed list of keyboard shortcuts to make using the personal information manager as efficient as possible. We’ve picked our top ten most valuable shortcuts. Read the full article ...

10 Shortcuts for Delivering PowerPoint Presentations

10 shortcuts when delivering presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint    

  06/24/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

We recently presented ten keyboard shortcuts that make creating presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint easier. Again, we chose our ten favorite shortcuts to run through presentations smoothly. Read the full article ...

The Top 10 Best Free SharePoint Apps

The top 10 best free SharePoint Apps from the Microsoft Store according to COMPAREX    

  03/11/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

They are convenient, on-point and easy to handle: apps help you through the day. On your iPhone or Android smartphone or in SharePoint. There is a broad range of apps in the popular collaboration tool, which help you add new functions or applications to an existing SharePoint page. Read the full article ...

10 Shortcuts for Microsoft Skype

Cheat Sheet: Hotkeys and Shortcut Keys for Microsoft Skype Instant Messaging     

  01/02/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team

Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Microsoft Skype for Business - hotkeys, shortcuts and chat commands for Skype at a glance. Read the full article ...