Launch Day! – Office 2016

Using Microsoft Office has been like a time warp recently. Stuck using its 90s-era technology, its been eclipsed by online collaboration tools like Google Apps, Slack, and Trello. That ends today.

microsoft-officeIntroducing Office 2016: The new way to work in the modern office.

At first, Office 2016 looks and feels like Office 2013. No dramatic changes to the look and feel. No crazy new layout scheme’s. Just some bolder colors and a search bar. But look closer and the changes become apparent. There’s a share button that now shows almost everywhere you go. You can Skype with coworkers from within Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You can set group conversations in Outlook and work together as a team on documents within OneDrive.

The new theme of Office 2016, Collaboration. No longer is Microsoft scared of placing these little known features to the forefront. Most of these features have been there since Office 2013 and before, but Microsoft did not want to scare off the long-time office user (you know, from the 1990’s, those who still reminisce about free AOL disc’s and color changing text on websites).

We noticed a feature in Outlook 2013 and OneDrive that seemed like a test, Microsoft placing a foot in the water. In Outlook 2013 and the Office 365 OWA, you could attach a file to an email, but not send the file with the email. Instead, it would be uploaded to your OneDrive account and the recipient would then use the link to open/download that file. This feature now has relevance. In Office 2016, that link now opens a window where both users, AT THE SAME TIME, can read, review, comment and edit the same document in real-time.

This might, just might, make Microsoft Office cool again.



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St. Aubin Technologies & Microsoft invite you to join us for the Modern Workplace webcast. Attendees will be among the first to see a live demo of the new Office! Link to recorded demo coming soon.

Office 365 means business



Microsoft Office 365 is the right choice for your business

Modernize how you do your work

You want to stay productive wherever you go. You want to work faster, find exciting new ways to communicate, build deeper insights, and share information using your favorite devices. Simply put, you want to have business tools that work as hard as you do.


Office 365: Move your business forward

Office 365, the fastest growing commercial product in the history of Microsoft, offers productivity without boundaries. Using the familiar Office apps you know and the power of the cloud, Office 365 lets you work virtually anywhere, anytime, across your devices. No matter how you access and use Office 365, you receive the same seamless experience and enterprise-grade security to protect your business and customers. There are no big upfront costs and no worrying about upgrades. Just the tools you need to do what you do best.

With Office 365 you can:

  • Deliver your best work with new and innovative features throughout each Office application.
  • Stay connected and save important messages with business-class email and up to 50GB of mailbox space.
  • Protect your business and employees from malware and spam with always up-to-date security and email protection.
  • Store, sync, and share files with OneDrive for Business and 1TB of space.
  • Collaborate with team members and join online meetings with one click from your preferred mobile device.
  • Gain peace of mind with a financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Get the most from your investment and run your business the easy way with Office 365 Business Premium.


Choose your own path to modern, with flexible, familiar, and trusted solutions from Microsoft for your business.


Join the conversation at #modernbiz


“Since we’ve been in the cloud, we have seen significant savings and 100% reliable productivity… We are increasing the pace and reliability of business communications and our business is growing thanks to Office 365.” 

– Mike Meade, Chief Executive Officer, M3 Marine Group


Next Steps

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March 31 – World Backup Day


“What would you do if you lost everything?”

World Backup DaySan Francisco, CA  — March 31st has been declared World Backup Day.  With so much of our lives, photos, videos, and business data being stored in digital form, it is important that we begin to make backups of our precious data.  Backing up your data is one of those easy-to-do procedures that many people ignore.

People now create and generate over 1.8 zettabytes of data per year.¹ That’s a lot of data that we need to protect! Unfortunately, nearly 30% of people have never even backed up their data.² Backing up your data will protect your life’s work when that hard drive fails. If you are a small business, a data backup can be what saves your company. World Backup Day is here to make sure that people actually start backing up.

World Backup Day can easily be observed by spreading the word of data integrity and automatic backup. Share World Backup Day with all your friends and family. The virtues of both local and offsite data backup sites should be extolled.  People should relay and take heed of the tales of devastating data disasters like the loss of an entire season of a children’s television series³ or the near complete loss of customer data by Microsoft’s & T-Mobile’s Sidekick.⁴ Even Pixar accidentally lost nearly 90% of the animated film Toy Story 2 to an errant computer command.⁶ So sad, all they needed was a proper backup plan that included regularly testing the data restores.

And to all the IT professionals saying “Hoho! I’m good. I already got backups.”  Then March 31st is a great day to tell your bosses and colleagues about the importance of data backups. If you are a small or medium sized business, then a data disaster can be the end your company. Ever heard of the bookmark sharing site called Mag.nolia? Of course you didn’t, they suffered a catastrophic data disaster and had to shut down when they lost both their primary and backup data stores.⁷

Already have a backup procedure in place? If you don’t, consider making a plan to protect your data. One should also check (and then recheck) your backup restores on World Backup Day to see if they actually work. After all, a backup plan that doesn’t work isn’t much of a backup plan.

A word from the founder of World Backup Day

“I’m thrilled with the response to World Backup Day, and I hope it’s made a difference in people’s lives,” said World Backup Day founder Ismail Jadun.  “We all know someone who has lost critical data, whether it was their videos, photos, music, book reports, or personal stuff.  Hopefully this day will make everyone think about their situation, learn about the various options and get their files backed up.  I hope that World Backup Day sparks conversations about the enormous task of saving our digital heritage for future generations.”

About World Backup Day

World Backup Day was chosen to be the day before April 1st (April Fools) in order to drive the message that one should backup all those pictures, spreadsheets, love letters, cat pictures, & important financial documents before it’s too late.

Key points about backing up data from

  • Items to backup:  Your computer, laptop, phone, iPod, tablet, other wireless devices, photos and videos on social networks.
  • Common ways to lose data:  Theft, hardware failure, natural disaster, alien invasion, obsolete file formats, you forgot where you put it (really, it has happened).
  • Backup options:  Backing up is easy. Once set up, your data should be backing up automatically. There are two main types of backup solutions:
    • Local backup: An external hard drive that can be easily retrieved at home.
    • Cloud/offsite backup: An online backup service or hard drive securely placed in a different location
    • Having both local and offsite backups gives you piece of mind knowing your files are safe and secure.
  • If you are working in a business:
  • tell your bosses & colleagues about the importance of data backups
  • check your backup procedures & restores to make sure everything is up-to-date and working.
  • if don’t have one, consider creating a company data backup & continuity plan

Don’t be an April Fool.  Backup your data. World Backup Day is March 31st.


World Backup Day is March 31st.

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P.S.  Cake is also an acceptable method of celebrating World Backup Day on March 31st provided there is enough cake for everyone.


Some sources:
[1] Extracting Value from Chaos, IDC Digital Universe study
[2] [Backblaze survey](
[3] [Zodiac Island data loss](
[4] [Sidekick data loss](
[5] [Microsoft](
[6] [Pixar Toy Story 2 data loss](
[6] [Pixar Toy story 2 data loss transcript](
[7] [Mag.nolia shutdown](

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