Bring Your Teams Together

The Microsoft Office 365 Groups feature moves team communications on to a new level by putting everything related to a project in one place. From Outlook, teams of users can connect, schedule meetings, share common calendars and files and take notes. Six tips and tricks for using 365 Groups. 1. Bring your team together around a topic or … [Read more...]

Easy Office 365 eBook

This new eBook is possibly the only guide you will ever need to all the amazing things you can now achieve using Office 365. For a thorough overview of the latest apps and productivity solutions your organisation needs, to tips and short-cuts to help you every day, this single slim volume has the answers.There’s more to Office 356 than meets the … [Read more...]

Get a December Deal on Office 365

It’s time to make the productivity leap to Microsoft Office 365, and save on 2017 prices. Subscribe to Office 365 now and you will always have the latest version of all your favourite Office software across all your devices, with the option to tweak your staff’s access to the various products, so you only pay for what you really need. Sign-up … [Read more...]

Expanding Our Service Support Team

To ensure we continue to up our game and deliver best of class, managed IT support, we are expanding our service team with a further addition; Greg Hooper. Greg has recently joined Astec as one of the Help Desk Team and will embark on one the most comprehensive IT development courses available – Microsoft’s Technical Associate Scheme a 14-month … [Read more...]

Microsoft Announces UK Specific Data Centres

Stay Creative, Productive and Data Safe in the UK Operating your IT solution from a cloud infrastructure has just become more British. Microsoft Cloud now operates Azure and Office 365 from UK located data centres, allowing organisations with UK specific compliance and policy requirements to retain their data in the UK. With a cloud adoption … [Read more...]

Things that go Bump in the Night!

All Hallows’ Eve is the night of mysterious happening and historically is the ancient time of year for change. The fields are bare, the nights’ drawing in, with colder days and frosty mornings. It is still a misunderstood time of year, where consumerism has taken over from mysticism. As in other areas of life, misconceptions are rife and often … [Read more...]

Deduped, A Little Magic To Clean Up Your Act

Excel is probably SMEs most used database and contacts manager system, and one of the tasks that is often performed is comparing lists and finding duplicate records. With increasingly stringent controls on data held by organisations undertaking this essential and highly efficient task will ensure you are confident in your data lists and eliminate … [Read more...]

A Cunning Plan For Successful Group Working

Are you running a team, or involved with planning for single or multiple teams and projects? If the answer to that is yes, or if you are juggling multiple activities and need an easy to use tool to provide an overview of the status of all of those tasks, then Microsoft Office 365 Planner is an application that you should take a look at. Planner is … [Read more...]

Marginal Gains Create Champions

We’ve seen it on the track and on the water, marginal gains have been a big concept in sport for a decade. Migrating that to your work space will save you time and helps you navigate your applications more effectively. Here we offer 15 short-cut key sets that save seconds and give you back time in your working day. Alt+F4 = Quit Program CTRL+C = … [Read more...]

A Big Leap For Our Apprentices

We are great believers in giving people opportunities at Astec, and over the years we have nurtured a number of highly skilled and accomplished apprentices into our technical teams. As a Microsoft Partner, Astec supports our teams in developing their skills and capabilities to understand and implement the latest technology products and services, … [Read more...]