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Find out how to set up Office 365 for your small business
If you run a small business and you need help setting up Office 365, you’ll want to check out the latest Office 365 Garage Series video, which gives you a step-by-step walkthrough of both basics and more advanced features. You’ll find out how to set up and/or use: the calendar for managing...
4 Dec 2013
Video: Learn how to use Power BI in less than 20 minutes
Power BI is like the Swiss Army knife of business intelligence. Need to create an amazing-looking 3D display of your geographic data? Use Power BI’s Power Map feature. Want to mash up your company’s data with external data sets? Fire up Power BI’s Power Query tool. I’m not...
20 Nov 2013
My SharePoint Sites app lets users jump quickly from site to site
An app called My SharePoint Sites adds quick navigation to all sites in a given SharePoint collection, and users can jump quickly from site to site from the suite bar, writes Dorrene Brown, a program manager on the Office Developer Platform team. The app “shines when applied to a medium-to-large...
20 Nov 2013
Jumpstart training for cloud app developers to be offered before SharePoint Conference
Before the start of the SharePoint Conference 2014, cloud app developers will be able to participate in an all-day training session to help them learn the skills needed to get ahead with building apps for both Office and SharePoint. The SharePoint Developer Team made the announcement on the Apps for...
19 Nov 2013
SharePoint now more touch friendly on tablets and mobile devices
SharePoint knows that you need access to your team and work documents on the go, so it’s now more touch friendly than ever with a new design that gives you an app-like experience when you work on tablets and smartphones. As the Office 365 technology blog reports , “The new Touch Design...
19 Nov 2013
Control your presentations through your Windows Phone device
If you’ve ever made a presentation using your laptop or tablet, you know that sometimes there are challenges, especially when you’ve got audience interaction and you need to pull up supporting documents quickly. As the Inside Microsoft Research blog reports , there’s a new app that...
18 Nov 2013
These are the Office Champions: Bloggers share how Office 365 helps them manage their lives
Office Champions are a group of bloggers who are joining the Office team and sharing their perspectives about how Office 365 helps them manage their lives. As the Office News blog reports , you’ll get to know more about how they use Office 365 from home, at the gym, and even behind the scenes...
14 Nov 2013
Trainer who teaches Microsoft technology to educators gives advice on how to prepare students for the future
Kim West, recently recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer and Fellow for 15 years of training teachers to incorporate Microsoft technologies into teaching and learning, wants to help educators prepare students for a successful future. In a post she writes on the Microsoft in Education...
13 Nov 2013
Eight security updates – three critical, five important – issued for Windows, IE, Office
On Tuesday, eight security bulletins – three critical and five important – were released by the Microsoft Security Response Center. Dustin Childs, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group manager for response communications, writes on the center’s blog , and says in the video...
12 Nov 2013
Step-by-step tutorial showcases PowerPoint’s patriotic animation effects
If you’ve always wanted to amp up your PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft MVP Sandra Johnson can help you with a step-by-step tutorial that covers how to animate shapes and text to create a customizable slide with background music that happens to coincide with the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday...
8 Nov 2013
Use Office Web Apps to work with others in real-time
Now on Office Web Apps – the best free alternative to Office apps – you can work with others on documents in Word, PowerPoint or Excel and see where your colleagues are working in those files, see changes as they happen and contribute/edit simultaneously. Can we get an ”amen!”...
7 Nov 2013
Get It Done Day and Office 365 help balance life’s demands
On Thursday, share your stories about how technology helps you accomplish life’s tasks and be part of the aptly-named Get It Done Day . No matter where you are — the office, airport or the gym — the need to get things done away from the office has never been greater. As the lines...
6 Nov 2013
OneNote helps pro baseball announcer hit a homerun in keeping tabs on players and stats
As OneNote celebrates 10 years of helping folks stay more organized, Milwaukee Brewers baseball announcer Joe Block has found it to be the best option to keep all players’ stats and stories together so he can grab any bit of information at a moment's notice. The OneNote Blog asked Block how...
29 Oct 2013
OneNote celebrates 10 years with three videos that show how it makes life more organized
For OneNote, October represents 10 years of helping people capture notes at home, school, work and everywhere in between. As the Office News blog reports , “In that time, OneNote has grown and added features for managing everything from recipe collections, to class notes, to projects and events...
28 Oct 2013
Can you boost your business with Office 365? Find out at the free virtual event on Nov. 7
Want to learn how to inspire innovation and collaboration? Attend the free Office 365 virtual event on Nov. 7 featuring industry thought leaders and other special guests, the Microsoft US Partner Team blog reports. Among the speakers will be Luke Williams, author of the best-selling book, “Disrupt...
24 Oct 2013
Microsoft teams with Autism Speaks and University of Washington to help autistic kids deal with bullying
Microsoft has published a series of PowerPoint templates covering bullying and other social situations faced by the families of the more than one million children with autism in the United States. The new series is part of a collaboration with Autism Speaks and the University of Washington Autism Center...
24 Oct 2013
MetLife puts 90 million customers first through the power of Office 365
MetLife Inc. , which you may know as a leading provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs serving more than 90 million customers (or by its commercials with the “Peanuts” crew), has chosen Microsoft Office 365 to offset the challenges of a rapidly expanding global workforce...
21 Oct 2013
Here’s how to bring that great Office mail app idea to life
There’s nothing worse than having a great idea for an app, only to be hit with logistical roadblocks. Well, the folks on the Apps for Office and SharePoint blog have shared some tips to help you remove those barriers and create mail apps that go the extra mile. Say you’re building a mail...
16 Oct 2013
Study reveals skills today’s students need to succeed in tomorrow’s world
On Tuesday, Microsoft released findings from an IDC study we commissioned to gain a better understanding of how we can help better prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. The study identifies the skills and competencies that will be highly valued by employers now and through the year 2020. As...
15 Oct 2013
Shake and bake! Rally car race pits iPhone, Android and Windows devices against each other in testing Office 365 mobility
There are all kinds of ways to show how agile the Office 365 Cloud and Office Mobile are on different devices, but the creative folks over at the Office Garage Series decided to think outside the box and take their testing off-road. (Then again, these are the same folks who brought you flamenco dancing...
9 Oct 2013
Excel 2013 video tutorials app gives you fast answers directly from your worksheet
Unlike my biz school sister, I’m no pro when it comes to Excel. But luckily, help is easier to get to than ever before with the free Excel video tutorials app , which launches how-to videos right from the ribbon in Excel 2013. These are the same free Excel 2013 video training courses that you...
8 Oct 2013
Say buh-bye to boring old-school charts and hello to a new era of visual storytelling with Excel
Nothing breaks up miles of text and numbers better than visuals, and sometimes, a chart is worth a thousand words. As we’ve seen with the updated preview version of Power BI , which lets you instantly create slick-looking interactive charts and graphs, Microsoft Office has more tools than ever...
2 Oct 2013
Translation tech powers automatic subtitles for everyday life
The world is a big place, but advancements in language translation are making it a little smaller every day. A shared understanding emphasizes what we have in common, rather than the chasms that keep us apart. While we’re not living with “Star Trek”-like universal translators yet, we...
30 Sep 2013
Create stunning interactive charts and graphs instantly with the updated preview version of Power BI
Microsoft Office now puts even more self-serve business intelligence capabilities at your fingertips, thanks to a round of significant updates announced in a Data Platform Insider blog post on Wednesday. The updates beef up the data analysis and visualization features of online service Power BI for Office...
25 Sep 2013
Show off your spreadsheet skills and compete in ModelOff 2013, the Excel Financial Modeling World Championship
If your heart beats fast for finance, spreadsheets and numerical analysis – and you know who you are –it’s time to show off your chops and compete in ModelOff 2013 , the Excel Financial Modeling World Championship. The Excel Blog explains that “financial modeling is the numerical...
24 Sep 2013
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