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Microsoft Teams vs Slack

Microsoft Teams is adding massive numbers of users through large organizations, schools, government agencies, and its existing Office 365 customer base. Slack, meanwhile, has been around a lot longer and is more comfortable as an independent application to startups, and cooler to younger, independent developers for collaboration. No matter where you are on the workspace spectrum, workspace, and chat tools are more important than ever to keep up productivity, normalcy, and communication. In this post, we will compare Microsoft Teams and Slack to see how their pricing, innovative features, and usability stand up to each other and how they might help you decide which application is best for you.


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Introduction to Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop(WVD) or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure(VDI) is a comprehensive cloud-based desktop and app virtualization service running on the Azure cloud. It is the only service that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, and support for Remote Desktop Services Environments(RDS). Windows Virtual Desktop allows you to deploy and scale Windows desktops and apps for employees on Azure in minutes, with built-in security and compliance.


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2020: The Year of Digital Transformation

We not only lean on technology during stressful times but we utilize countless services to enjoy conveniences and entertainment brought to us through the cloud. What can already be seen today is that the cloud-based digital transformation has already happened in our homes.
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The Evolution of Web Apps - Part II

In our previous post, I wrote about the benefits of migrating web apps to the Azure cloud.  I also discussed what customers value when visiting a website and how poor performance could lead to the loss of business.

This post will focus on the process of migrating your business web applications to the Azure cloud. The migration of web apps to Azure has three main stages...


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The Evolution of Web Apps: Migration to the Azure Cloud

In this series of posts, we will discuss the migration of web applications and websites from an IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) model; a local or private environment (on-site or dedicated server) that most SMBs use today for their websites to a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) solution using Microsoft Azure Cloud services. 


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Additional Tips & Tricks for Teams

As a gold-certified Microsoft partner, we also rely on Microsoft Teams as our main tool of collaboration and communication. CSW Solutions started using teams in 2015 when the product was still in beta. As a company with a distributed module, it is extremely important to have a central hub for collaboration, chat, meetings, and video conferencing... We recently created a shortlist of some of our favorite features that we've used over the years.


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Connecting Remotely to SQL Server on Linux

If you followed our previous post, you should now have a working SQL Server instance running on Linux. The instance at this point accepts local connections. This means that if you try to connect from your Windows SSMS you most likely won't be able to, however, that mainly depends on whether you are running a firewall or not.


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Trying out SQL Server on Linux

You are now ready to test SQL Server running on Linux but you don't know exactly how to start. Let's explore the few simple steps you need to follow to get the environment up and running. This post is designed for those who have no previous experience with Linux.


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SQL Server On Linux Requirements Checklist

SQL Server really runs on Linux, but as is the case with any other software there are some requirements in terms of distros and hardware. We are going to explore these requirements and to do a checklist for you to use and validate your environment can actually run SQL Server.


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Is Chatbot Right for Your Business?

Advancements in artificial intelligence, along with the proliferation of messaging apps like Skype, WhatsApp, and Messenger, are fueling the development of Chatbots — software programs that communicate through a chat interface. These AI can carry out any number of tasks, from scheduling meetings to assistance in clothing purchases.


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