Microsoft’s taking a responsible leadership position on AI

Microsoft’s decided to retire and rework an AI tool that could not only recognise our facial features, but also identify our mood.

Azure Face is an emotion recognition tool. These are highly criticised by experts who believe they violate human rights.

Microsoft has just published the updated version of its Responsible AI Standard.

It wants AI to be a positive force in the world, and says it recognised Azure Face has the potential to be misused.

It seems like it’s not goodbye for good for the AI facial recognition technology though. Although the public won’t be able to access it, Microsoft sees the value of controlled access for specific needs, such as assistance for the visually impaired.

How do you stop Teams opening when you start your windows 11 computer

People have come to rely on MS Teams for hybrid working and communicating but it can be frustrating sometimes.

When you start your computer it automatically opens. It can be disabled from doing this.

In Windows 11 this is a simple change. You can still manually start Teams when needed but this video will show you how to prevent it starting each time you start your computer.

The business owner’s briefing: Reduce the burden on your brain

When you own or manage a business, your cognitive load can be overwhelming.

Not only do you have your own work to think about, but your focus often has to be split between that and what your people need from you.

That can mean interruption after interruption; a mounting to-do list; and never quite achieving that work/life balance. Which was probably one of your main goals when you started your business.

Now ‘Do Not Disturb’ means exactly that

Imagine hours to get on with your most important tasks, without any interruptions from your team.

It’s the dream isn’t it?

A major update to Windows 11 will help you work with zero distractions. Our new video shows you how.

Three new Teams features to look forward to

The use of Microsoft Teams has just exploded in the last few years, and it now boasts 270 million people using it every month.

Of course, it was the right tool at the right time when we all rushed to working from home at the start of the pandemic.

But the growth of Teams has continued, even if some believe the growth has slowed down a little recently.

Teams is so important to some businesses, that the owners and managers wonder how they ever managed without it.

Teams gives us the ability to stay connected wherever we’re working, and to collaborate on projects with no fuss.

Three clever tricks to get more out of Teams

Many business we discuss Microsoft Teams with agree it’s an incredible tool for communication and collaboration.

There are many clever tricks you can do with Teams. Here are three you might not have seen before.

Improve your productivity with Microsoft Lists

Productivity tools have come in very handy in the last couple of years and have developed rapidly in that time.
But for many of us, there is nothing better than a list.
Microsoft’s List tool could be an option for you.
What our latest video which will show you how it integrates with teams and other apps you use.

New ‘How To’ videos for Microsoft Outlook now available

Our ‘How To’ videos section has proved very popular.

The last couple of batches of videos covered Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams.

Our latest batch of ‘How To’  videos deal with Microsoft Outlook.

Plenty of tips including:

View LinkedIn profiles in your Microsoft Teams chats

Microsoft recently announced it’s working on a new feature which will allow you to see colleagues’ LinkedIn profiles during personal chats in Teams.

These small updates from Microsoft could make a big difference

These small updates from Microsoft could make a big difference

Don’t you often find it’s the small things that make the biggest difference?

That’s certainly the case with technology. Minor updates to the software you and your team use every day can have a surprising effect on your overall productivity.

Microsoft has recently announced a series of small improvements to Teams, Microsoft 365 and Windows 11. It’s keeping its foot on the accelerator despite the holidays being just a few weeks away.