Introduction to Microsoft Power Automate [2021 Version]

Introduction to Microsoft Power Automate [2022 Version]

The problem with repetitive tasks is that they tend to be really boring. They are big energy drainers and make work feel like a burden — at least, that’s what 90% of employees feel about repetitive work. What’s worse is that repetitive work affects the bottom line as well. Businesses lose as much as $1.8 trillion in a year all from unproductive and repetitive tasks. That’s not hard to compute given that an average worker spends about 520 hours in a year doing the same tasks. Fortunately, we are all living in a highly advanced digital world where automation isn’t …

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SharePoint vs OneDrive: Do the Differences Really Matter?

SharePoint vs OneDrive: Do the Differences Really Matter?

The demand and popularity of remote work gave rise to tremendous advancements in cloud-based solutions — all to facilitate easy collaboration between team members and employees. Those who work remotely must have some sort of way to access company files and use them accordingly. This particular need gave rise to file sharing and storage platforms like SharePoint and OneDrive. The problem here is that since both tools come from Microsoft, many business owners and team leaders who aren’t that tech-savvy are confused about which of the two they should use. Let’s shed some light upon this topic and see how …

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Microsoft Teams vs Slack: Comparing the Two Giants

Microsoft Teams vs Slack: Comparing the Two Giants

The two made the news earlier in 2020 when Slack filed a competition complaint against Microsoft. The bulk of the report was about how Microsoft was “illegally tying” Teams to Office 365. The history between these two platforms runs deeper when a few years ago, Microsoft was thinking of buying the SaaS giant for about eight billion USD. But instead of going through, they decided instead to build their own team collaboration chat tool. Meanwhile, Slack was also busy buying out other competitors. In 2018, Slack acquired Atlassian, which led to the discontinuation of Hipchat and Stride (and provided a …

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Slack vs Yammer: What to Use for Team Communication

Slack vs Yammer: What to Use for Team Communication

Slack and Yammer are great communication apps. At first glance, both seem similar in terms of features and purpose. However, when you really get to know them, it’s easy to spot the differences. In fact, once you learn more about Slack and Yammer, you wouldn’t put them in one basket together again. Yes, the differences are that distinct… Yammer is a vast platform that behaves more like a social network. On the other hand, Slack is purely a messaging app designed for small to medium businesses. Let’s look into each of them further… Table of Contents:What is YammerWhy you should …

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How to Enable External Forwarding in Microsoft 365

How to Enable External Forwarding in Microsoft 365

A few weeks ago, I was experiencing problems with my helpdesk and I didn’t even know it. Apparently, Microsoft enabled this on every tenant. That’s why if you need mail to be forwarded, you have to enable external forwarding first in Microsoft 365. This setting was placed by default since most companies have restrictions over automatically forwarded messages to recipients outside the organization. Email forwarding is helpful. In fact, many of you might have received the following error: “550 5.7.520 Access denied, Your organization does not allow external forwarding. Please contact your administrator for further assistance. AS(7555)” But as you …

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How to Access SharePoint Online Data [With the Postman Tool]

How to Access SharePoint Online Data [With the Postman Tool]

It’s certainly possible to access SharePoint data using the postman tool and SharePoint REST API. This tutorial will teach you how to do that — though it may get a little technical. Rest assured, however, that you can straightaway follow the steps outlined in this guide. Although it’s not required, having a working knowledge about SharePoint REST API and how it works will definitely help you understand this guide better. But nevertheless, you will still be able to successfully access your SharePoint Online data through the Postman Tool if you follow closely the steps and commands shared in this guide. …

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SharePoint’s External Sharing vs Azure AD B2B Collaboration

SharePoint’s External Sharing vs Azure AD B2B Collaboration

Some users are confused about the difference between SharePoint’s external sharing and Azure AD B2B collaboration. When the SharePoint Online external sharing came into being, there were additional features introduced. Which is better of the two? Which is easier to use? To cut this long story short, it’s becoming apparent that using SharePoint’s external sharing is a bit more confusing to most users. Let’s explore these two and see how they differ from each other. Table of Contents:What is external sharing in SharePoint?How does it work?How does the invited user experience feel like?What is Azure AD B2B collaboration?How does it …

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How to Download Multiple Files From SharePoint [Tutorial]

How to Download Multiple Files From SharePoint Online [Tutorial]

** This article is for SharePoint Online only ** Before SharePoint introduced the new experience, it was a bit hard downloading multiple files at once. That’s why if you haven’t modernized your SharePoint sites, you’re actually missing out on a lot of things. With the new user interface, downloading multiple files at once from SharePoint is as easy as copying files using the Windows Explorer. Let me show you… How to download files from SharePoint To start, simply navigate to the your SharePoint site’s files folder. Then, select all the files you want to download by ticking the radio boxes …

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Disable “More information required” MFA Prompt for Guests

If you’ve seen this image before then you may feel my pain. All employees and guests in my client’s Microsoft 365 tenant were getting this prompt. The client wanted to leave this on for employees but keep it disabled for guests. If this is something you want to do too, let me show you how to do it. Table of Contents:Create A Dynamic Distribution GroupDisable Security DefaultsConfigure MFA Registration Policy Create A Dynamic Distribution Group The first step is to create a dynamic distribution list called “All Users Except Guests” (or something similar). To start, log in to Azure as …

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SharePoint Modern Pages: How to Transform Classic Sites

SharePoint Modern Pages: How to Transform Classic Sites

It’s been years since Microsoft rolled out modern pages in SharePoint. But it’s only recently that companies and organizations have started modernizing their classic sites — and this is where the problem lies. Transforming a SharePoint site that uses the old “classic” user interface design to the modern experience requires a little bit of technical know-how. But that doesn’t mean it’s hard to do. In fact, you can do it all within a few minutes. Before we go through it, let’s discuss first what a modern page is and how it differs from the classic experience. Let’s start! Table of …

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