Google My Business, a must for your online presence

In recent months, one of the things I’ve come to learn about is Google My Business.

Google My Business is a free tool that allows you to promote your Business Profile and business website on Google Search and Maps. You can see and connect with your customers, post updates to your Business Profile, and see how customers are interacting with your business on Google.

I have clients that are non-profit organizations and Google My Business helps their organization standout with Google searches results. For example, one of my clients is Navy Club Ship 35. Now if you Google search ‘Navy Club’ you can see easily where the club is located and information about the club.

Google My Business screenshot

In the area to the right, you will see the non-profit organization is listed to the right. This was a great way to add traffic to there website and let customers know where they are located. Not bad for a ‘free’ feature that Google offers.

So give Google My Business a try today!

*Cover Image by stanbalik from Pixabay

4 topnotch teamwork tips for Microsoft Teams plus SharePoint

When people work together and get things done – there is less confusion between team members and the content they create. This is the design goal behind Microsoft Teams – the hub for teamwork – and the reason why SharePoint is deeply integrated to provide great content experiences and services within the same user interface.

Source: 4 topnotch teamwork tips for Microsoft Teams plus SharePoint

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18362.10022 (19H2)

Hello Windows Insiders! Today we are releasing 19H2 Build 18362.10022 to Windows Insiders in the Slow ring. This build includes the improvements and fixes from KB4515384 as well as general improvements to the overall quality of 19H2.

Source: Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18362.10022 (19H2)

The first impression of Microsoft Edge Insider, Beta Channel

For the past few weeks, I’ve decided to become a Microsoft Edge Insider. It just makes sense for me, since I’m already a Windows 10 Insider.

My first impression of the new upcoming Microsoft Edge is WOW, AMAZING, SO FAST!!!!!

How does one be part of the Microsoft Edge Insider group? You just go to the Microsoft Edge Insider website and participate in whatever channel you choose. I decided to be part of the Beta channel.

Microsoft Edge Insider Website

Installation of the Microsoft Edge Beta channel was very simple and fast. Next, it walks you through some basic setup steps, and you are done. That’s it!

Now for Microsoft Edge Beta Channel extensions for the browser is still limited pretty much from the same standard Microsoft Edge extensions that you can already install. So for me, my go to’s in Edge is LastPass and Grammarly.

Download now and give it a try!

*Cover Image by minka2507 from Pixabay

QuickBooks Connect 2019

Interested in learning new skills, growing your business, or meeting other like-minded professionals? Then QuickBooks Connect is for you! As a #QBAmbassador, I’m able to offer a savings of $80 (that’s over 30% off!) using the code JOINUSNOW at checkout. Find out more information on the conference here: https://quickbooksconnect.com

Click here to learn more about Quickbooks!

Collaborate with Microsoft Office for the Web

Microsoft Office Web Products

For the past weeks here lately, my focus has been a lot on the Microsoft Office for the Web. You might say, I already have Microsoft Office installed on your machine, why use Office for the Web? Well, it is Free’ to use, so why not!

Now, I have been around since the @hotmail.com days. And YES, I’m still using my @hotmail.com account actively every day, so I have seen Microsoft come along ways ie. OneDrive, Outlook web, and etc… Besides it being ‘Free’ I feel like using Office for the Web performance is a lot better through a web browser instead of the desktop clients. For me, my primary web browser is Google Chrome. My CPU/RAM has decreased by at least 20% overall. Meaning, I feel like my computers (HP ENVY Notebook 13 & HP ProBook 650 G2) are performing a lot smoother and the only thing I can think of is that the desktop client software is of course not using as much computer resources.

One of the many advantages that I like about Office on the Web is that can easy link my files that I have stored in my OneDrive, Groups, and SharePoint locations, and only have to share the link to that file location instead of attaching the file itself… I just hate SPAMMING everyone with attachments and making their mailbox size bigger. With that being said, it’s easy when you are needing to collaborate on a file as well and can see everyone’s changes in real-time.

Microsoft Web Word.

SPOILER – For all my #Linux lovers out there like myself, yes, this means now you can use Microsoft Office via the web on your Linux box. And it performs amazingly.

Microsoft Office for the Web via Linux.

Some Advantages

  • Anywhere access
  • Familiar experience
  • Work with anyone.

Some Disadvantages

  • You can’t do everything that you might be used to in some of the office products.
  • Can be hard to attach some cloud location files via the Outlook Web client.
  • Opening of multiple tabs in a web browser.

Here are some resource links

Feel free to comment below on how you feel about Office for the Web.

Zoom, a easy video conference platform for entrepreneurs

Zoom logo

As an entrepreneur, I’ve come to use tools to help me succeed along my journey. One of these tools being Zoom.

Zoom is a video conference platform. I might not have an office but with Zoom it makes me feel like I do. I’ve come to really enjoy this product when it comes to sending out meeting invites. It provides multiple integrations (ie. Outlook.com, Outlook client, Google Chrome add-on). There basic/free version is good starting out and when you need a bit more, just upgrade to Pro for $15/month.

Give Zoom a try if you are wanting to video conferencing with clients.

Install .net 3.5 on Windows 1809 for enterprises

So, I ran into a situation where after upgrading a Win 10 machine to Windows 10 v1809, that it did not have .net 3.5 installed on the machine; and can only assume that the upgrade must have messed up something; and in troubleshooting figured out also that .Net 3.5 is also a Feature on Demand (FoD). My remediation below:

If you go to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) and download the FoD package, you will be able to install via offline or just create an SCCM application/package.

Once you complete the download, extract disk 1 of the FoD. Next, create a new folder so you only copy the .cab’s that are needed to install RSAT. No reason to use the huge 4.5GB file. The files/folders that are need to be copy is as follows:

metadata (folder)
FoDMetadata_Client.cab
Microsoft-Windows-NetFx3-OnDemand-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~.cab
Microsoft-Windows-NetFx3-OnDemand-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~.cab

Now that you have the files in a folder, create a PowerShell script in that folder to run to install .Net 3.5. Here is an example of what we used:

$NETFX3Install=Get-WindowsCapability -Online -Source .\ -LimitAccess |where name -like netfx3* | select name
  foreach ($item in $NETFX3Install){
  Write-Output $item.Name
  Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name $item.name -LimitAccess -source .\ 
  }

Hopefully this helps you out as it did I.