Microsoft 365 Business Standard or Business Premium

Microsoft 365 Business Standard or Business Premium

Microsoft 365: Business Standard or Business Premium

The key differences between Business Standard or Business Premium

Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Microsoft 365 Business Premium are two different subscription plans offered by Microsoft that cater to the needs of businesses. While both plans include essential productivity tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, there are some key differences between the two.

One of the main differences between Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Microsoft 365 Business Premium is the inclusion of additional advanced security features in the Premium plan. This includes features such as Advanced Threat Protection, which helps protect against sophisticated cyber threats, and Information Protection, which allows businesses to control and secure their sensitive data.

Another difference is the inclusion of additional management and compliance features in the Premium plan. This includes features such as Data Loss Prevention, which helps prevent accidental sharing of sensitive information, and eDiscovery, which helps businesses manage and search through their data for legal and compliance purposes.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium also gives you access to Intune and other device controls.

In terms of pricing, Microsoft 365 Business Premium is priced higher than Microsoft 365 Business Standard due to the additional security and management features included in the plan. Businesses that require advanced security and compliance features may find the Premium plan to be worth the extra cost, while those who only need basic productivity tools may opt for the Standard plan instead.

 

Here is some further information

More information on the full feature set and pricing of Microsoft 365 Business Standard can be found here

More information on the full feature set and pricing of Microsoft 365 Business Premium can be found here

 

Summary

We feel that Microsoft 365 Business Premium is the right choice to ensure your business is as secure as it can be.

If you are still unsure or want to know more, please feel free to get in touch.

 

Business Standard or Business Premium
Secure your Microsoft 365 account

Secure your Microsoft 365 account

Enhance the security of your Microsft 365 account

Secure your Microsoft 365 account by enabling MFA

Using MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) to secure your Microsoft 365 account account is crucial for enhancing the security of your account. Here are some reasons why you should be using MFA:

1. Enhanced Security: MFA provides an additional layer of security beyond just a username and password. It requires a second form of verification, such as a fingerprint, face scan, or a unique code sent to your mobile device, making it more challenging for unauthorised individuals to gain access to your account.

2. Protection Against Password Breaches: Password breaches are becoming increasingly common, and if your Microsoft 365 account password gets compromised, MFA can prevent unauthorised access. Even if someone knows your password, they would still need the additional verification method to gain entry, making your account more secure.

3. Prevents Unauthorized Access: MFA can help protect your account in case someone attempts to gain access from an unfamiliar location or device. If MFA is enabled, you will be prompted to provide the secondary verification, and any unauthorised attempts will be blocked.

4. Compliance Requirements: Many organizations have compliance requirements that mandate the use of MFA for sensitive accounts, particularly for data protection and privacy laws. By using MFA to secure your Microsoft 365 account, you ensure your organization is meeting these requirements and protecting sensitive data.

5. Protects Against Phishing Attacks: Phishing attacks are common methods used to trick users into revealing their login credentials. With MFA, even if you unknowingly fall victim to a phishing attack and provide your password, the attackers will still need the second form of verification, protecting your account from unauthorised access.

6. Peace of Mind: By enabling MFA to secure your Microsoft 365 account, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have taken an important step towards securing your Microsoft 365 account. It adds an extra layer of protection to your sensitive data and helps ensure the privacy and confidentiality of your information.

 

Summary

Overall, enabling MFA for your Microsoft 365 account is a simple yet highly effective way to enhance security and protect your data from unauthorised access. It is a best practice widely recommended by security experts and an essential step towards safeguarding your account and critical information.

We suggest using the Microsoft Authenticator app for use with MFA, you can find out more information here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/mobile-authenticator-app

If you need any help with us please contact us via the link below.

 

Accessibility Features in Windows 11

Accessibility Features in Windows 11

Discover the Game-Changing Accessibility Features in Windows 11

Introduction

We work with many schools and schools that have students with special educational needs (SEN).

Technology plays a pivotal role in connecting these students and opening up new possibilities. Microsoft understands the importance of inclusivity and has made significant strides in enhancing accessibility in its operating systems. With the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft empowers individuals of all abilities with the accessibility features in Windows 11.

In this blog post, we will explore the game-changing accessibility features in Windows 11, ensuring a seamless computing experience for everyone.

Enhanced Ease of Access Center:

Windows 11 brings improvements to the Ease of Access Center, making it easier than ever to customize settings and cater to unique accessibility needs. Users can quickly access options such as text scaling, visual modifications, and colour filters through a centralized hub. This streamlined approach ensures that personalized adjustments are just a few clicks away, redefining the user experience for those with vision or hearing impairments.

Advanced Screen Reader:

Windows 11 introduces a next-generation screen reader called Narrator, enriched with enhanced performance and updated user controls. Leveraging artificial intelligence, this feature enables individuals with visual impairments to navigate the operating system effortlessly. Narrator offers improved reliability, support for braille displays, and a more natural reading experience, equipping users with the tools they need for increased productivity and independence.

Voice Typing and Dictation:

Windows 11 incorporates advanced voice typing and dictation capabilities, making content creation and communication more accessible for individuals with limited mobility or dexterity. With just their voice, users can effortlessly compose emails, documents, or even engage in chat conversations. The intuitive voice recognition technology within Windows 11 fosters inclusivity, allowing individuals to express themselves with ease.

Color Filters and Contrast Options:

Recognizing the diverse visual acuity needs of users, Windows 11 introduces an array of colour filters and contrast options. These features allow users to adjust and customize their display settings, enhancing visual clarity and reducing eye strain. Whether it’s reducing screen brightness, changing colour saturation, or modifying colour schemes, Windows 11 offers a multitude of options to optimize the visuals for each user’s unique needs.

Eye Control:

Windows 11 takes accessibility to the next level with the integration of eye control technology. Individuals with severe mobility limitations can now navigate the interface and control the mouse cursor using just their eyes, thanks to eye-tracking devices. This groundbreaking feature enables users to operate their devices hands-free, empowering them to interact with Windows 11 effortlessly.

Conclusion:

Windows 11 signifies Microsoft’s unwavering commitment to accessibility, empowering individuals with disabilities to unlock their full potential in the digital world. With enhancements in Ease of Access Center, next-generation screen reader, voice typing, colour filters, and eye control options, Windows 11 ensures a more inclusive and intuitive computing experience. By prioritizing accessibility features, Microsoft strives to bridge gaps, foster inclusivity, and provide equal access to technology for all.

Windows 11 is not only a game-changer for accessibility but also reflects a significant step forward in our collective journey towards a more inclusive future.

Further information about the accessibility features in Windows 11 can be found on the Microsoft website:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/accessibility-features

To find out more about this or about what we do, please let us know.

Best wishes to our apprentice Larissa

Best wishes to our apprentice Larissa

A baby fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty.

Best wishes to our apprentice Larissa

Larissa is off on maternity leave this Friday so we hosted a baby shower today at the office!

We all want to say thank you for all your hard work this past year. You have done so well with your apprenticeship and have become such an asset.

We will miss you and your contagious smile and we wish you, your family and the newborn all the best.

See you in a year 🙂

How To Upgrade Windows Server 2022 Evaluation to Full Edition

How To Upgrade Windows Server 2022 Evaluation to Full Edition

How To Upgrade Windows Server 2022 Evaluation to Full Edition

Upgrade your Server version in 4 steps

When you need to do some testing or development work on a Windows server, obtaining a trial ISO of Windows Server is often the most convenient option. You can download a trial version of Windows Server 2022 directly from Microsoft here.

This is great but what if what you were testing has worked perfectly and you now need to convert your test server into a fully licensed production server?

You will find that if you try to activate Windows Server 2022 the normal way (by going into Windows settings) it will fail. If you try to get more technical and activate using via command prompt by using slmgr it will also fail! The reason for this is that the build and product version of Windows Server 2022 does not match the build and product version of the activation key.

Don’t worry you can get around this but you need to change the evaluation version of Windows Server 2022 to a licensed version before you can activate it. You can do this by following these 4 steps:

 1 Launch a PowerShell or Command Prompt as an Administrator
2 Type dism /online /get-currentedition and press ENTER
3 Type dism /online /get-targeteditions and press ENTER
4 Type dism /online /set-edition:serverstandard /productkey:<YOUR-PRODUCT-KEY-NEEDS-TO-GO-IN-HERE>

After step 4 has been completed you will be prompted to restart your server, once restarted you will be on the correct build version of Windows Server 2022 and you will be able to activate it as normal.

If you need any help doing this, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us.