Useful Microsoft 365 resources during the lockdown

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped us. Being specialists in Microsoft 365, we’re well placed to continue working as a team, albeit with individual staff members working from home. And that means that we are still busy helping customers with business continuity challenges so that they can mitigate the effects of this unprecedented event. So below are a few resources that you may find useful.

COVID-19 lockdown-related resources


Image: Microsoft Teams Rapid Enablement Process banner

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in organisations everywhere identifying a need to accelerate Microsoft Team deployment and adoption. However, organisations are all different and are typically at different stages of Microsoft Teams deployment, often due to concerns about security and compliance, potential sprawl of teams or lack of IT resource. So where do you start?

Here at Silversands we have established a process to suit the needs of every organisation with the goal of rapid deployment and we are actively applying that now, with recent success at:

The Royal British Legion – 1900 users enable in 3 weeks

Connect Plus Services – 600 users enabled in 3 weeks

If you want to know more, download our 1 page PDF.

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Image: Microsoft Teams Quick Start Sessions

As many organisations race to extend usage of Microsoft Teams, for many workers this may be their first experience of the chat, meeting and collaborative features of Teams. There are plenty of online resources available, but our experience shows that people learn best from other people.

So Silversands is offering Microsoft Teams Quick Start Sessions hosted by one of our Teams experts. For more details of how this works download our 1-page PDF overview.

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Videos – recorded webinars:

Using Microsoft Teams to inform and engage your workforce during a crisis

Making Microsoft Teams a safe and secure environment to collaborate

Introduction to Windows Virtual Desktop


Home working. Useful tips for online meeting novices

Microsoft Teams. Thoughts on remote working governance

Microsoft 365 solutions for home working

SharePoint Intranet. Enabling staff engagement in a crisis

Threat protection needs grow due to COVID-19

Device management and conditional access. The lockdown edition

COVID-19 crisis support

We know that many of you are struggling because you have either not fully deployed available Microsoft 365 solutions or are simply overwhelmed by demands on your IT Team, or both! Silversands can offer help with pre-paid support providing access to experts who can help you with Microsoft 365 needs such as:

• Remote IT cover
• IT service desk calls / escalation
• End user support calls
• Setting up VPNs on firewalls
• Windows Virtual Desktop
• Microsoft Teams deployments
• Intune / BYOD management
• General Microsoft 365 advice & guidance

If your organisation’s IT Team is struggling, get in touch and let’s have a chat about how we might be able to help

Covid-19 company statement

We continue to monitor closely all developments regarding COVID-19 and to follow guidance from The UK Government and The National Health Service. We are taking all appropriate steps to support the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers, partners and the wider community, and to underpin business continuity for all our customers and partners. We have augmented our Business Continuity Plan and associated procedures, and as part of our phase of preparedness, we have taken additional precautions. These include provisions for all employees to work from home so we can maintain business as usual across all our business areas. Employees will make use of our existing remote and virtual meeting infrastructure to conduct internal and external meetings.We are committed to ensuring minimum disruption to the operations and delivery of services. Our existing flexible and remote working policies and practices mean that we are already well placed to allow for sustained home working arrangements and business continuity, including restricted office access and re-allocating employees across the business should that be necessary. We continue to test these procedures actively as part of our BCP. We appreciate the situation is changing rapidly and remain fully committed to supporting public health and maintaining our business operations to the highest standards including mitigating any disruption via alternative or updated plans where necessary. We will provide further information as appropriate.

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