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  • Blog Post: office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays – use two versions of excel (and start saving disk space)

    i haven’t used office 2003 for a while, but this evening i installed it for a demo environment on windows 7.  then i installed office 2010 click-to-run (a virtualized second copy of office built upon the same application virtualization technology we use in app-v) on the same computer (i’ve been...
  • Blog Post: app-v 4.6 in production

    i was on an early field pilot of microsoft application virtualization and today my other managed computer received app-v 4.6 and a virtualized adobe reader. now i’ve got a virtualized copy of adobe which doesn’t have to be delivered as part of the corporate image.  i’ve also been piloting the click...
  • Blog Post: powerpoint 2010 - broadcast a presentation

    i have begun to broadcast my powerpoint presentations using the powerpoint 2010 feature and will give a quick tutorial in this blog post.  from the office 2010 backstage view (which you access from the file menu) under save and send you can setup to broadcast your slide show. there is a public powerpoint...
  • Blog Post: windows touch – from windows xp to windows 7

    in dekalb, il there’s a great little vietnamese restaurant called bea’s wok n roll and they run the business on a windows xp embedded register and application. (and it's a touch enabled device) bea’s wok n roll my daughter’s first grade class has a smart board interactive white board and is...
  • Blog Post: new privacy settings on facebook and the microsoft outlook social connector provider for facebook

    have you seen this?  one of my favorite outlook 2010 features is the microsoft outlook social connector for facebook.  there are also connectors for linkedin, myspace and windows live messenger .  what caught my attention recently was the “people feeds” i was seeing from people i hadn...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip–problem steps recorder

    today i was installing office 2010 using the click-to-run/application virtualization technology microsoft has and decided to use problem steps recorder to “document” the process.  to my surprise on a multi monitor system, problem steps recorder captured both screens in case something on the second...
  • Blog Post: 25 apps for christmas–songsmith and ribbon hero

    my daughter used to make up songs all the time (she still sings a lot but now it’s usually something she’s heard before) and that’s when i first discovered songsmith from microsoft research .  this is a program that can create a musical soundtrack to whatever you sing.  it’s very fun and there...
  • Blog Post: 25 apps for christmas–office, itunes and zune

    no list of applications would be complete without microsoft office.  i have always used this on windows and had a chance to check out office 2004, 2008 and 2011 on the mac.  the latest versions of office (2010 for the pc and windows phone, 2011 for the mac and the web versions of office from...
  • Blog Post: february post

    i haven’t had a formal post in almost a month, so this one has some information that’s been accumulating in my head or other places on the internet.  on february 11th i presented the keynote at sit (students involved with technology) .  i showed ford sync , microsoft tag and then some of the...
  • Blog Post: office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays

    i just discovered a blur feature in powerpoint 2010 that makes it pretty easy to mess with someone in a presentation. 1) start with a title slide and then save the title slide as a JPG 2) next import the JPG into PowerPoint 2010 3) under artistic effects blur the picture 4) then choose to animate with...
  • Blog Post: lorem ipsum and another microsoft word trick discovered

    I love my job – Friday I was introduced to the term Lorem Ipsum and not knowing what it meant I typed it into Bing. And then after reading a bit about it on Wikipedia – I discovered another Microsoft Word trick!  This is good enough to share with friends on Facebook, so I decide to post something...
  • Blog Post: powerpoint not required

    two years ago this month i joined dekalb area toastmasters. for the past year i have served as our club's president. today i was able to recreate my "icebreaker" speech the way i would have two years ago if a projector were available. the title of the speech was "powerpoint not required". i started out...
  • Blog Post: use the powerpoint 2010 action feature to touch enable your next presentation

    In PowerPoint 2010 there is a Hyperlink and Action feature that allow you to navigate to a certain slide when a word (hyperlink) or area/section (action) is touched by the presenter (on a touch screen) or clicked with a mouse.  I have found this very useful with some of the new intro decks for Windows...
  • Blog Post: onenote for the iphone

    yesterday microsoft made onenote available for the iphone – it uses skydrive to sync the notebooks across multiple devices.  i’ve been using a windows phone for the past two months and it’s great to be able to access notes from my phone, the web and a computer.  check out the official microsoft...
  • Blog Post: office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays (on a friday)

    today i’m going to share my office live story and a link to a bunch of office content.  christian maulsby gave a great presentation at cwug (chicago windows user group) last night on office live and how he uses it professionally.  great session christian!  my story starts a couple years...
  • Blog Post: office 2010 with click-to-run

    before we could speak publically about it, i was talking with a coworker about the fact that once windows 7 shipped i would still be dogfooding code since the next version office would still be in development and he asked if i had heard of click-to-run. click-to-run is based on core virtualization and...
  • Blog Post: natural user interface

    being a computer user, using pen and paper isn't natural anymore; but speaking is. onenote is an amazing program!  it took my natural handwriting and transcribed it word for word.  windows can do the same for spoken dictation or even commands with built in speech recognition. switch between...
  • Blog Post: office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays – web apps

    at cwug (chicago windows user group) this evening i demoed the office 2010 click-to-run home and business edition (which uses app-v virtualization to stream and cache the software locally) and we also had some fun viewing the new web apps and editing powerpoint and excel documents online. editing a powerpoint...