Microsoft’s Teams Is Its Slack Competitor for Office 365

It’s no secret that Slack has taken the corporate world by storm. This successful collaboration app has managed to find a home in the offices and laptops of startups and multinational companies thanks to its intuitive, chat-based functionality.

However, today’s highly fluid, complex, and remote workforce requires more than just chat-based collaboration—it needs native integration with crucial productivity apps, as well as a secure, flexible document repository that enables multi-team and project cooperation. This is where Microsoft Teams excels.

In this article, you’ll learn the competitive advantages of Teams over competing tools, and how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Office 365 corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer have learned from industry pain points to create a fully integrated, holistic collaboration software solution that is empowering companies to scale and expand across the world.

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Increase employee engagement by increasing your engagement with employees

An “engaged employee” is defined as an individual who is involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace—in other words, an employee that every company would love to call its own.

And yet, according to a Gallup poll, only 3 out of every 10 employees are actively engaged at work, a statistic that no employer would want to call its own. So how can businesses change this? In his Forbes article entitled “Cultivating Employee Engagement With Emotional Connection,” author Louis Carter asserts that if companies want employees to be actively engaged with their jobs, then the company needs to be actively engaged with its employees—and that means making an emotional connection that lets employees know their opinions, contributions, and input are both appreciated and highly valued.

Read the full article to learn Mr. Carter’s advice for companies that want to improve their business by improving their communication with employees.

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Customer story: See how Microsoft Dynamics 365 enabled NQ Cranes to bridge the gap between departments


NQ Cranes has been growing steadily as a family business for over 40 years but saw room for improvement.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central helps NQ Cranes push the boundaries of technology by bringing visibility to administration, technicians, and management. As a result, this thriving manufacturer became increasingly mobile and efficient.

“On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Surface!”


Just about every kid has wondered at least once what it would be like if animals could talk. What would they say? What would you ask them?

Would we even be able to understand one another? For six-year-old Lucy, these innocent ponderings transcend mere curiosity and enter the realm of the possible thanks to her mother’s Surface tablet and AI-powered Microsoft Translator.

With these two leading technologies at her side, young Lucy ventures into the snowy woods and speaks with a couple of reindeer to discover answers to the holiday season’s most pressing questions.

What will she find out? Watch this heartwarming and “endeering” video to see how Microsoft technology (plus a dash of childlike imagination) is helping to connect everyone—and every creature—on the planet.

Create a connected guest experience with Microsoft technology

Employees who work with outside companies save time and money. With Teamwork solutions from Microsoft, they can easily share workspace, which results in $759,493 saved over three years. That’s huge!

Now, you can deliver a cost-effective solution that will allow you to easily work with teams outside of your company. And, you can secure and preserve company data when sharing information with external users.

Check out this infographic–which shows industry trends, pain points, and proof points–to learn more.

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Satya Nadella On Microsoft’s New Age Of Intelligence

“Microsoft was born to do a certain set of things. We’re about empowering people in organizations all over the world to achieve more. In today’s world, we want to use AI to achieve that.”

That’s Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, crisply explaining the company’s artificial-intelligence vision in an interview with Fast Company. Read the article for a look at how Microsoft aims to tie everything from Cortana to HoloLens to Office to Azure into one amazing AI experience.

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Here Is the One Question You Need to Ask Your Sales Team

What’s the one question to ask your sales team to empower them to achieve more? Check out this article from award-winning researcher, sales expert and tech entrepreneur, David Priemer.

In Entrepreneur, David shares advice for selling more, faster and with less friction — encouraging organizations to unveil “blockers and blind spots lurking in the dark corners of your sales operation.”

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