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  • Blog Post: Celebrate Swap Ideas Day with 4 Steps to Better Brainstorming

    September 10 is Swap Ideas Day, a day to connect with other people and exchange thoughts and concepts. While we swap ideas every day with other people without even realizing it, today is the day to make a more concentrated effort—and step up your brainstorming game. Use Swap Ideas Day to put...
  • Blog Post: Hubs of Talent: Where to Find Top Employees, Online and Offline

    For the first time in the world's history, more than half the world's population lives in urban areas and by 2050, it's expected to exceed 70%. Already 80% of the world's GDP comes from urban areas. But if your business isn't in an urban area, it doesn't necessarily mean you should...
  • Blog Post: Diversity is the Mother of Invention

    Bringing together people with different skillsets brings new approaches to problems, allowing for more creative solutions. Author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do , Nichols...
  • Blog Post: 3 Business Lessons from the Playground

    Naptime. Recess. Eating paste. Some things about preschool don't carry over into our adult lives, but many of the lessons we learned on the playground are applicable to our work and our businesses. Those fun-filled days of reading about Clifford and letting our imaginations run wild prepared us for...
  • Blog Post: How Collective Intelligence is Changing the Way We Work

    As new technologies and productivity tools are integrated into our daily workflow, it's inevitable that the way we work, at an organizational and interpersonal level, will change. New means of communication and collaboration will challenge convention in the workplace, leaving us to establish new...
  • Blog Post: Turning Community into Currency: How Startup EvyTea Grew From a Dream

    How does a young entrepreneur come up with a product, manufacture it, distribute it, and sell it all on her own? Just ask Evy Chen, founder of EvyTea, a premium cold brewed tea company based out of Boston that's transitioned from startup to scaling up in just 2 years. For Evy, it took a great deal...
  • Blog Post: Embracing Difference: How to Manage Introverts and Extroverts

    In the US, where the population is almost evenly divided into extroverts and introverts, it’s to be expected that in any given workplace you’ll deal with both types of people. To be an effective leader, you need to be able to connect and communicate with both introverts and extroverts to...
  • Blog Post: The Modern Office: How Place and Space Affect Productivity

    If you’ve worked in an office, you know there are often many obstacles to productivity. Whether it’s too many interruptions, a loud coworker, or just poor communication—there are things, specific to the work environment, that detract from your ability to work. Over the years, office...
  • Blog Post: Breaking Through the Noise: How the New Windows Apportal Puts Important Information at Your Fingertips

    How many apps do you have open right now? How many bookmarks do you have saved? Likely, it’s too many to count. These tools are intended to make our lives easier, but many people are left feeling overwhelmed by all of this information. The new Windows Apportal breaks through that clutter, pulling...
  • Blog Post: First Reactions to the New Windows Apportals for Business

    On July 11 th , we officially announced the details of our new Windows Apportal . Designed to alleviate app fatigue for businesses, the Windows Apportal is a custom-built solution that consolidates all of your most relevant apps and data in a single view on your Windows 8 start screen. This dashboard...
  • Blog Post: 10 Ways you Know You Used Microsoft in the '90s

    Technology has come a long way since the ‘90s. And while we're thankful that we have the cloud instead of floppy disks, and Wi-Fi instead of dial-up, there are a few things we fondly remember about the decade of Ross and Rachel. Here are 10 things that only people who used Microsoft products...
  • Blog Post: Eight Ideas for Designing a More Collaborative Workspace

    Collaborative workspaces are becoming increasingly popular in businesses, and many startups and new businesses are embracing these kinds of spaces for their benefits to productivity and the bottom line. Members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) , an invite-only organization comprising the world’s...
  • Blog Post: Redefining Local: Technology and the Global Marketplace

    Just as technology is helping companies of all sizes expand into new and bigger markets, it’s transforming the way social businesses (companies focused on doing good and re-investing profits) deliver on their social and environmental goals. We spoke with Sydney Alfonso, founder of Etkie , a local...
  • Blog Post: Business Survival: the Value of Tribal Knowledge in the Cloud

    The modern business is both mobile and dispersed. This makes tribal knowledge, or the collective knowledge of an organization, more difficult to disseminate. That’s why businesses are increasingly in need of cloud technology to hold them together. Here’s how you can equip your teams so that...
  • Blog Post: How internal social networks boost workplace innovation

    Your business may already be tapping into social networks to analyze data and make real-time adjustments. But it's time to turn the tables and bring the same people-powered network to your office. While the issue raises productivity concerns—will employees spend more time socializing than doing...
  • Blog Post: 5 Things to Say When You’re Caught Using Social Media at Work

    Social media is catching on, but not everyone’s boss is a fan of Facebook yet. Some companies outright ban the use of social media at work, while others quietly look the other way or subtly encourage it. If your workplace isn’t social-friendly (or if your boss scowls when he sees Instagram...
  • Blog Post: 6 Ways Millennials Using Facebook at Work Puts Money Back In Your Pocket

    More than one third of companies may restrict access to social media sites according to a recent Microsoft study. In response, though, another study found that 39% of workers between the ages of 18 and 24 would consider leaving a company that blocks Facebook access. Here’s a different approach...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Expert Brian Moran: "Small business owners are not embracing all of the existing technology at their disposal."

    This week we had the awesome opportunity to speak with Brian Moran, founder and CEO of Brian Moran & Associates. With 20+ years of experience, Brian specializes in helping entrepreneurs and marketers grow their businesses and navigate the SMB space. Here’s some of the advice he had for small...
  • Blog Post: Happy Internet Day!

    Happy Internet Day! Before the Internet became the source of (and distraction from) how we do business in the last twenty years, it was a small network of government and university computers that could still talk to each other in the event of a catastrophic (read: nuclear) event on American soil. ...
  • Blog Post: Why It’s Worth Factoring Social Software Into Your IT Budget

    Stop reading this post and take a look around your office. Go ahead, we’ll wait. We’re patient like that. What did you see? Is this how you imagined the office of the future would look, or is it closer to Gordon Gecko’s desk from Wall Street ? Desktop terminals and filing cabinets...
  • Blog Post: How is business technology like a human brain?

    You might say something nerdy about the big data revolution or perhaps the latest simulation of the brain … But no, the answer we are going for is: we only use a small fraction of both.* According to Brian Moran , the average business uses only about 30% of the capabilities they already...
  • Blog Post: The Value of an Internal Social Network

    Cultivating better relationships through communications is one positive outcome of using an internal social network, but discussing the value of implementing a platform like Yammer often requires something more measurable. We spoke to Brandon Gates (no relation to the other B. Gates) on the Yammer team...
  • Blog Post: An Interview with Rieva Lesonsky

    October was Women in Business Month and we had the amazing opportunity to speak with business leaders Vanessa Fox , Liz Pearce , and Nataly Kogan . Talking to Rieva Lesonsky , a small business expert and best-selling author on entrepreneurship, it is clear that the list of influential women in business...
  • Blog Post: Relationships and the Social Business

    An internal social network is one of the easiest ways to build collaboration and relationships with your employees—but how do you get your employees to adopt a new technology so they actually use it as something other than a distraction so that it provides real value? Questions and answers are...
  • Blog Post: The Mobile Workforce: More productive, efficient, and healthy

    In the post-PC era the laptop will be the new desktop and the smartphone and tablet will replace the laptop. Sound familiar? It should because we’re in it; and with cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), the landscape of the workplace is rapidly changing. Mobility is our reality,...