A number of Microsoft 365 Office 365 users took to Twitter to complain about their inability to log into Office 365 on August 16.Some users said they've had problems logging in since last night; others said they noticed the problems starting the morning of August 16. Microsoft's official @Office365Status account on Twitter acknowledged the problem at 11:24 a.m. ET on August 16 with a message saying: "We're investigating an issue in which users may be unable to sign-in to Office 365 and are receiving an error related to Office 365 subscription activation. More details can be found in the admin portal under MO146611."One of my Twitter buddies, LL Colbeck (@littabylitta) said that he found by disabling two-factor authentication within Microsoft 365/Office 365, followed by activation and then re-enabling two-factor authentication, the problem can be bested. Another Twitter user @MBabiuk77, said this worked for him.I've asked Microsoft what's going on and what they're recommending those … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office 365 users hit with log-in, activation issues
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Bizarrely enough, it's difficult to determine what constitutes a "small business" in the United States. The US Small Business Administration has a table of standards [PDF] that ranges from about 250 to over a thousand employees. On the other hand, the Affordable Care Act kicks in certain requirements for businesses with over 50 employees. So, what exactly is small? special feature The Evolution of Enterprise Storage How to plan, manage, and optimize enterprise storage to keep up with the data deluge. Read More When I researched my book, How To Save Jobs [free download], I was shocked when I discovered that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) didn't track labor statistics for about 75 percent of all companies. That's because three out of four US businesses are considered "nonemployer" businesses, meaning they don't manage a payroll. The Census Bureau concurs that these tiny businesses aren't worthy of attention. They said (and I'm quoting from my book), "Because … [Read more...] about A terabyte too tight? Small businesses, beware the cloud storage ceiling
Storing your files in the cloud has many advantages. You can view your files from any phone, tablet or computer that's connected to the Internet, and the cloud can also provide backup for files so they'll never disappear if your phone gets lost or your computer crashes. Using the cloud is a no-brainer, but picking which service to use is a bit more difficult. For that reason, I've compiled a guide to the most popular cloud storage services, covering how they work and their strengths and weaknesses. I've also highlighted some lesser-known options if you want to get away from the mainstream.Editors' note, March 25, 2016: This guide originally include cloud storage service Copy, but we've removed it because it is shutting down on May 1, 2016.Cloud storage comparison *There is no file size limit with desktop apps. **In early 2016, Microsoft will change its free storage from 15GB to 5GB and offer a $2 per month for 50GB paid plan instead of its earlier offerings. It will also no longer … [Read more...] about OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box: Which cloud storage service is right for you?
Google Drive and Microsoft Office are playing nice. A new Google Drive plug-in, announced Tuesday, lets you open any Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents you have stored in Drive right from Office for Windows, and save any changes back to Drive when you're done. If you're working on a document, spreadsheet, or presentation on your computer, the extension lets you easily save that file to Drive, right from the Office app. "This is especially useful for sharing files with teams, or for accessing your files across devices," Google Drive plug-in technical program manager Darrell Kuhn wrote in a blog post Tuesday. Cloud-storage service Dropbox and Box already offer similar integrations with Microsoft Office Online. The new tool comes after Google in November launched a Chrome extension that lets you launch certain desktop apps, like Adobe Photoshop, right from Google Drive. The new extension builds upon this approach, offering this same functionality with Office. "With Google Drive, you … [Read more...] about New Plug-In Brings Google Drive to Microsoft Office
Good news, Box users. The cloud storage service is following the lead of rival Dropbox and partnering with Microsoft to simplify your workflow. A new partnership means you can now browse, open, and edit Microsoft Office Online files directly from Box. It also works the other way, so any changes you make in Office Online will be automatically saved back to Box in real-time. You'll no longer have to upload or download your files and move back and forth between the two services. "Box and Microsoft are working together to help businesses and individuals be more productive, collaborative and successful," Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for Office at Microsoft, said in a statement. "We're thrilled about this latest offering to give our joint customers more choice and simplicity for how they work together with documents and digital content." All the editing features available in Office Online will be fully functional from the Box platform, with the same interface you already know. … [Read more...] about Box, Microsoft Office Online Play Nice