Science Says Your Brain Needs Breaks… To Nobody’s Surprise

Probably not a surprise to anyone doing back-to-back meetings of late, research has proved your brain needs breaks.

This research overseen by Microsoft’s Human Factors Engineering group is well worth the read. Still, if you don’t have time to take a break and read it, the main takeaway is that breaks are essential to make the transitions between meetings less stressful for employees. It doesn’t take much, even five minutes, for them to reset. Continue reading Science Says Your Brain Needs Breaks… To Nobody’s Surprise

OIT Quick Tip: Adding Box Folders to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams logoMicrosoft Teams is a great way to collaborate with your colleagues and the app has become more and more popular on campus! While Teams has its own cloud storage capabilities, you and your team may already use Box to store and collaborate on documents. If you think that you have to choose between one or the other, think again! MS Teams allows you to connect Box folders so they appear in the Files section of team channels. Let’s go over how to set it up in this quick video! Continue reading OIT Quick Tip: Adding Box Folders to Microsoft Teams

Windows 10 Build 20H2 Update: What to Expect

Windows 10In order to keep SMU PCs secure and reliable, OIT is planning to update campus computers to the newest build of Windows 10, build 20H2, starting November 12. This major update includes the usual bug fixes and small quality-of-life changes, but also includes increased compatibility for Dolby Atmos headphones, more efficient search indexing, and much more. Here’s what to expect when your computer is ready to install the upgrade.
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Stepping Up Your Microsoft Teams Game

Microsoft Teams logoIf you haven’t yet checked out Microsoft Teams, you probably want to. Last year Microsoft announced that they will retire support for Skype for Business come July 2021. While SMU won’t be pulling the plug on Skype for Business service immediately, there will come a time that embracing Teams will be a must. Continue reading Stepping Up Your Microsoft Teams Game

Microsoft Certification Exams: 4 Tips for Success 

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Whether you are taking Word, PowerPoint, Excel Associate, or an Excel Expert exam, we have some proven strategies for you!

#1: Know what you are getting into!

You are about to take an industry-standard certification created by Microsoft’s experts and the most fluent in those applications across the country. Did you know that the average user utilizes about 5-10% of a particular application, and many users are only barely introduced to the power behind the software? So, if you think you can cram for this exam a day or two before the test, you may want to think twice. Continue reading Microsoft Certification Exams: 4 Tips for Success