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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GEICO turbocharges insurance innovation with Microsoft Cloud


Insurance customers want the ability to buy and be serviced from anywhere, at any time. To meet this desire, GEICO decided to focus on two key aspects: abandoning its legacy infrastructure and focusing on digital transformation from a customer engagement perspective.

Watch this video to learn how GEICO evolved from a traditional, silo-based infrastructure to an integrated, automated, and collaborative model. This transition allowed for increased flexibility and productivity thanks to a DevOps approach using Microsoft Azure.

The NQCranes Story—Game Changing Microsoft Cloud ERP


Stephen Goodson, IT manager at NQCranes, worked with his Microsoft partner to envision and create an ideal tomorrow for his company—a future that successfully connected their 60 technicians to their more than 15,000 pieces of equipment. After trying several different applications, Microsoft 365 Business Central was the only whole platform that could be fully integrated to meet their needs.

After choosing Microsoft 365 Business Central, the comprehensive, cloud ERP platform for mid-sized enterprises, the entire company was able to access data quickly, eliminate many manual processes, and improve visibility across all reporting.

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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The state of modern device deployment in education

IT professionals have a unique perspective on technology in education. This study picked the brains of over 150 educational IT professionals, to learn more about their challenges, their priorities, and their future goals for technology in their schools.

The study compared those responses with the two most prevalent device management systems on the market: Microsoft’s Intune for Education and Google’s Chrome Management Console. Check out the results for yourself.

View: The state of modern device deployment in education

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.