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During my time at swcomms, I’ve been introducing new ways of working with Office 365, including how to work smarter using Microsoft’s applications and online services while bolting on additional tools to help businesses embrace compliant and secure digital transformation.

 

The main topic I...

31/07
2018
Think with Ink…but not on paper!
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 31/07 at 10:00 AM Office 365,

During my time at swcomms, I’ve been introducing new ways of working with Office 365, including how to work smarter using Microsoft’s applications and online services while bolting on additional tools to help businesses embrace compliant and secure digital transformation.

 

The main topic I discuss is productivity, to help businesses focus on their end users and their mobility by encouraging them to use multiple devices to work in different locations and while they are travelling and commuting. This way of working largely eliminates the use of paper. It seems almost everything is going digital with documents, contracts and quotes all achievable in an electronic format. Even prescriptions appear to be going the same way. 

 

The paperless office
A paperless working environment may seem like an unnecessary goal to some but aside from the protecting the environment, the use of paper represents a large security risk. Imagine the number of times a notepad has been misplaced or left on a bus or train. When we throw these bits of paper away, are we shredding them or just sticking them in the bin? What sort of information do we write down? Do we have key contacts, email addresses, phone numbers, PINs, account details, etc.? I know I have been guilty of this when taking notes and it got me thinking about how Office 365 can really help with this.

 

Introducing Think with Ink, which connects devices and software to allow us to take notes on our tablets, laptops and desktops, providing they have a touchscreen and can support a pen.

 

Surface as a Service
Microsoft has both the devices and software on offer in the form of their Surface devices and Office 365, which I have been experimenting with in the video above. At swcomms, we offer Surface as a Service (SurfaaS) to provide a Surface device and a subscription to Microsoft 365 (Office 365, Windows 10 Business, Identity and Security) to enable the use of ‘Think with Ink’.

 

Watch my video above to see how easy it is to take notes and to switch between different tools, such as pens, shapes and colours. If you have made a mistake, simply rub it out with the eraser on the top of the pen and start again. 

 

Office 365 – OneNote
Once you have finished making your handwritten notes, Office 365’s OneNote can convert it to text to save you a huge amount of time. How long would it take and how dull would it be to type up your notes?

 

Once completed, you can utilise the power of OneDrive for Business to save notes securely in the cloud. This allows the flexibility of being able to work on multiple devices, but also to share notes in real time and to collaborate more effectively in teams. This also applies to PowerPoint slides and Word documents.

 

For more information on Office 365 or Surface, please contact me on 0800 054 6789 or email surfaas@swcomms.co.uk.

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Chris Wheeler on 31/07/2018

A man with a passion for all things Microsoft, Chris has joined our team to provide exceptional levels of service in the cloud space and licensing projects.

Primarily Office 365 focussed, Chris comes with a wealth of knowledge and has worked with a number of large businesses on their cloud journey and software asset management lifecycle. If anyone needs advice or awareness about anything Microsoft related, Chris is the guy to speak to.

Chris is currently focussing on completing his BSc in computing & IT part time, and along with playing football at the weekend and learning Polish he says “It’s so good to get back to work on a Monday!”


Contact: chris.wheeler@swcomms.co.uk