Does GDPR Apply To You As A Blogger?

Now that GDPR has come in to force, it suddenly dawned on me that I may have to comply with GDPR regulations as I operate my blogging site allowing comments from the public and subscriptions to my blog. In order to find out if I needed to comply or not, I called the ICO office… Read More

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The Cloud Leads the Way to Disable TLS 1.0/1.1–Goodbye Lync Phone Edition

Microsoft announced that they will be turning off TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption on Office 365 on 31st October 2018. This should not come as a shock surprise to anyone after the POODLE and BEAST vulnerabilities exposed throughout 2011 and 2014. But what does that mean for you and your devices? From a Skype world… Read More

Dangers of Confusing Productivity with Flexibility & Mobility

We haver never lived in such a time where computing was so accessible. With the mainstream use of Office 365 and Azure services remote working has become an ever popular and often the main selling point to a business. The internet is awash with how great it is that people can access more than just… Read More

Don’t Waste Your Money on BYOSBC to Microsoft Teams

At a breakout session in Ignite 2017, Microsoft made reference to a new method of connecting OPCH PSTN to Office 365 which was in development. The current standard offering for OPCH to Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX is Cloud Connector Edition (CCE). CCE is an on-premises hardware appliance (I use the term liberally) that… Read More

Prevent User Subscriptions to Office365 Services

Microsoft are releasing more and more application services as part of the Office365 platform. Its getting harder and harder to keep pace with the development and release cycle and new products seem to be launching month on month. Just recently we have seen the release of Microsoft Stream, Microsoft Forms, Staff Hub and Microsoft Flow… Read More

The Cloud–An Enemy to Humanity Disguised as Helpful Progress? Or Natural Evolution?

When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade! (unless you are New Zealand Customs – When you bring lemons, they will deport you!) is the underlying mantra of all tech giants it seems. If you don’t know this saying, it was derived from the anarchist Elbert Hubbard, in an obituary he wrote back in 1915. The… Read More

Blocking Office Store–Harder Than You May Think

Recently at a customer they were rolling out Office 2016 ProPlus to their early adopters. This was a significant change for the business and somewhat an experimental process. Their Information Security team had a problem with the Add-ins function within the Office applications and requested that we find a way to block Office from accessing… Read More

Microsoft Teams is nothing new and Skype for Business or is it Skype? Understanding the message

At first glance you may be thinking that this post is going to be a scathing review of Microsoft technology. Well sadly for you, its not. The title is simply to grab your attention and at least make you read up to about here…. right?!? In all seriousness, this is a contentious topic of which… Read More

Future Decoded and that little announcement of Microsoft Teams

Before I dash to Seattle for my first MVP summit, I decided to warm up by going to Future Decoded at London ExCel. Future Decoded isn’t a UC conference, in fact there was pretty much zero a UC geek would have picked up that they didn’t already know. However, it gave us chance to broaden… Read More