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Spring Clean Your Mobile Device

Spring is almost here and most will be thinking about turning the mattress or cleaning the shed, but don't forget to clean up your mobile device to get rid of germs and keep it running in top shape.

1. Delete unused apps - browse your apps to see which ones you rarely use. Getting rid of them will free up space and improve performance. It is also a good security measure as it reduces ways your device can get infected or compromised.

2. Install updates - check if your phone or apps have the latest updates, your device needs updates to fix bugs and patch security vulnerabilities. 

3. Change your password, PIN, or pattern code - this is true for any device that contains sensitive information. Changing your code fairly frequently is a good measure to protect your data.

4. Transfer or delete it - over time you accumulate a lot of temporary files that take space and slow down your device; photos and videos too. You can transfer them to your computer using a USB cable or, better yet, send them to your cloud service. Delete files, photos, and videos that you don't need. 

5. Clean it on the outside - cellphones are possibly the items we touch the most throughout the day, now more than ever it is important to keep them free of germs. Follow your device instructions on how to clean them. Here are some standard guidelines: 

  • Unplug and turn off the device before cleaning 
  • Use a lint-free cloth slightly dampened with soap and water 
  • Do not spray cleaners directly onto the device
  • Avoid aerosol sprays and cleaning solutions that contain bleach or abrasives
  • Keep liquids and moisture away from any openings on the device
  • While it is safe to use disinfectant wipes on many devices, keep in mind that those containing alcohol, vinegar, or bleach may wear down protective coating. 

Use Technology in Business Growth Strategies

Growth, growth, growth. It is every business focus to remain current and stay ahead of competitors. Businesses today are using technology to integrate, automate, and optimize most operational processes. So how do you use it in business growth strategies? 

1. Mobile makes life easier - this is something undeniable in the digital age. If you have a website or you are getting a new one, make sure it's mobile friendly. Also, don't shy away from developing a mobile app for your business, it doesn't have to be loaded with features, just make it simple enough that customers can access services and product information with ease. Mobile devices are the most convenient way for customers to interact with your business. 

2. Implement tracking and analytics tools - at the end of each period, run reports to review your business performance and determine what you're doing well and what is not working. There are many tools you can use to analyze growth and refine your strategy. 

3. Accounting and Bookkeeping Software - the right tool will help you understand your financial health at any given point. Use this information to gauge the success of your business growth strategies. 

4. Cloud Computing -  Don't hesitate to put cloud computing in use to aid in business growth strategies. The biggest advantage of the cloud is being able to manage your business from anywhere, anytime, and with any device. It is also the best backup and security tool for your data. No business growth strategy will flourish if productivity is halted by power outages at the office, lack of mobility, loss of data. 

5. Productivity Tools - increase efficiency by selecting the right productivity tools, this is one of the top business growth strategies. Get more done in less time. Having an integrated and centralized solution for your day to day operations is a major efficiency booster. Microsoft 365 is one of the best and more robust solutions for any business and any industry. 

GCD can help you identify tools and solutions to optimize your business internal processes and develop effective business growth strategies using technology that makes sense to you. 


Important Announcements

1. Reminder: Microsoft 365 apps and services ending support on IE11 after August 17, 2021

Microsoft 365 apps and services will be focusing their efforts on modern browser support over the coming year. After August 17, 2021, Microsoft 365 apps and services will be unable to connect, or have a degrade feature experience, when accessed on IE11.

Action: To access Microsoft 365 apps and services via browser, use Microsoft Edge, or another supported browser.

2. New file sharing experience in Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft is updating the file sharing and access control experience in Teams to make it similar to the experience with other Microsoft 365 apps. Anticipated timeline is mid-March through mid-April 2021.

With this update, when users share a file from within Teams (desktop/web), they will have the option to create sharing links that provide access to: anyone, people with existing access, people within your organization, or specific people. Before users share a file in a chat and channels, they will be notified if recipients don't have permission to view the file. The user can change permissions before they share the file. 


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Enhanced mobile and cloud services are on the way!   

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