Although we share quite a bit of deep technical training resources here on the Partner Technical Services blog, many of our partners need to train their customers on the basics of using Office 365 or individual applications in the Office 2013 suite. To that end, the following resources are publicly available and free, and can be shared with your customer as they make the move to Office 365:
If your organization signed up for Office 365 and you need to start reading email, sharing documents, and more, see the following resources to get started with Office 365:
Get started with Office 365
Get started with the new Office
Install Office with Office 365
Use my Office desktop applications with Office 365
Set up and use Office 365 on your phone or tablet
Start using Office and Office Web Apps
Start using SharePoint sites, SkyDrive Pro, and Newsfeed to share documents and ideas
Start using Outlook Web App for email and calendars
Start using Lync for IM and online meetings
Change your account settings in Office 365 like your password or language
Office 365 videos
The following Office 365 videos are available:
Video: Welcome to Office 365
Video: Share Documents in Office 365
Video: Use email and more in Office 365
Video: Communicate with Lync in Office 365
Video: Use Office and Office Web Apps in Office 365
Also available is the following downloadable Office 365 training course, which includes the preceding Office 365 videos to help you learn about Office 365, how to use mail, share documents, and more:
Get to know Office 365
Office 2013 suite
See the Office 2013 clean, new look. The features that you know and use are still there—together with some new features that are big time savers. To get started with Office 2013, see the following resources:
Self paced Office training
Office 2013 Quick Start Guides
Training on Office.com
What’s new in Office 2013
Access 2013 apps are built for the web for easier sharing and collaboration. Access Web App is a new type of database that you build in Access, then use and share with others as a SharePoint app in a web browser. To learn about Access 2013 see the following resources:
Access 2013 Quick Start Guide
What's new in Access 2013
Make the switch to Access 2013
Basic tasks for an Access app
Basic tasks for an Access 2013 desktop database
Excel 2013 has a brand-new look and it's also designed to help you get professional-looking results quickly. To learn about new features in Excel 2013, see the following resources:
Excel 2013 Quick Start Guide
What's new in Excel 2013
Make the switch to Excel 2013
To learn about getting started with IM, presence, and contacts, and how to set up, join, or share during a Lync 2013 meeting or set up your audio and video, see the following resources:
Quick Reference guides about Lync
What’s new in Lync 2013
Make the switch to Lync 2013
Office Web Apps
Microsoft Office Web Apps are a part of most Office 365 plans. Depending on the Office 365 plan that you purchase, you can use view and edit documents on the web. To learn about Office Web Apps, see the following resources:
Office Web Apps
Use Office Web Apps to work together in Office 365
Office Web Apps: Anywhere-access to Office documents in Office 365
Basic tasks in Excel Web App
Basic tasks in OneNote Web App
Basic tasks in PowerPoint Web App
Basic tasks in Word Web App
OneNote 2013 has a fresh, clean look. It is fully integrated with the cloud to enable you to free your files from your computer’s hard disk drives so that your notes and information are saved and searchable wherever you go, on almost any mobile device, tablet, or browser. To learn about OneNote 2013 see the following resources:
OneNote 2013 Quick Start Guide
What's new in Microsoft OneNote 2013
Make the switch to OneNote 2013
Outlook 2013 has a brand-new look that is cleaner, and helps you focus on what’s important by providing a clear view of email, calendars, and contacts. To learn about Outlook 2013 see the following resources:
Outlook 2013 Quick Start Guide
What's new in Outlook 2013
Make the switch to Outlook 2013
PowerPoint 2013 has a brand-new look and is optimized for use on tablets and phones so that you can swipe and tap your way through presentations. To learn about PowerPoint 2013 see the following resources:
PowerPoint 2013 Quick Start Guide
What's new in PowerPoint 2013
Make the switch to PowerPoint 2013
Project 2013 is a brand-new look and features that include a new set of customizable reports, built-in Lync features, and a task path feature that enables you to highlight how tasks interlink in complex projects. To learn about Project 2013 see the following resources:
Project 2013 Quick Start Guide
What's new in Project 2013
Make the switch to Project 2013
Publisher 2013 provides new ways to work with your pictures. You can use the new picture and text effects to move or swap pictures, and add visual effects to your publications. To learn about Publisher 2013 see the following resources:
Publisher 2013 Quick Start Guide
What's new in Publisher 2013
Make the switch to Publisher 2013
Visio 2013 has updated diagram templates, new styles, themes, and other useful tools to help you cut the time, you spend drawing. You’ll also find more ways to collaborate on Visio diagrams, and new commenting features. To learn about Visio 2013 see the following resources:
Visio 2013 Quick Start Guide
What’s new in Visio
Make the switch to Visio 2013
Word 2013 allows you to add an online video, open and edit a PDF file, and easily align pictures and diagrams. The new Read Mode works really well on tablets. Word includes improved collaboration features, and has direct connections to your online spaces and streamlined review features such as Simple Markup and comments. To learn about Word 2013 see the following resources:
Word 2013 Quick Start Guide
What's new in Word 2013
Make the switch to Word 2013
Users who are new to Office with Windows 8 on a touch screen can learn about touch and gestures in the Office Touch Guide.
Hi Everyone. We are excited to bring you the Windows Store Skill Builder Series. This series is designed to help everyone build some more skills around Windows Store application development. If you’ve never built an app, this is the place for you. We’ll start with the basics and let you learn at your own pace. We’ll throw in some hands on labs and give you the chance to build an app and add in features each step of the way.
There will be 4 levels of videos in this series. We’ll start with the 4 part Beginner series and move on to Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert levels.
If you want the full online course experience head on over to the Partner Learning Center (PLC). If you want the quick version, then the YouTube post is for you.
In this workshop you will learn some of the fundamental concepts that every Windows Store Application Developer should know. Including: The attributes of a great Windows Store application. The common Windows Store Application Development Terminology. Getting Started with your first Windows Store Apps. Characteristics of what makes a great Windows Store Application.
Partner Learning Center – full course.
In part 2 you will learn about the available tools for building a Windows Store application. Including: Visual Studio 2012, Blend, Emulation, and Remote Application Debugging.
Partner Learning Center - full course.
Part 3 will help you build your skills to use Visual Studio 2012 and the C# templates to start building a Windows Store application. In addition, you will see a demo of a sample application that you will begin building in the hands on labs in future installments of the Windows Store Application Development Skill Builder Series.
Partner Learning Center – full course
Part 4 of this workshop will provide you with additional demos and hands on labs for building the Woodgrove Bank sample Application. Topics include: Customizing the App and Adding Data, Using Semantic Zoom, and Using the App Bar.
In the intermediate courses we’ll cover Tiles, Live Tiles, Snapping, and Embedded Search.
Hi everyone. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I’m a product manager on the Partner Services team. One of my focus areas is you the developer. I’m responsible for bringing content (like videos, blogs, etc) to our partners as well as designing services for you to take advantage of to build great solutions (code reviews anyone?).
In the coming weeks and months I’ll be sharing some of the great resources our Partner Consultants have been building for you. A great deal of it is free (never hurts to be free right). We’ll cover Windows Store Application Development, Azure, Windows Phone, Visual Studio, Dynamics, and plenty more, so stay tuned. I’ll also be sharing some of the ideas we have for things we want to bring to you over the rest of 2013 and asking you for your feedback.
Will you be at WPC? Then I’d like to meet you! I’ll share more on how we can do that soon.
Attention developers and aspiring developers, one of Partner Services very own, Laurence Moroney, has created a fantastic video for moving web services to Azure. Hit this link to check it out.
Also, be sure to follow Laurence’s blog for lots of great developer focused postings. We’ll also do our best to highlight them here on the partner blog.
If you are doing any type of Windows Store application development, you should check out the blog from the Windows Store Developer Solutions Team. If you haven’t met this team, they are a group of top level support engineers with some excellent insights into the world of developing for the Windows Store.
In this latest post, Matt Small, kicks off a series of 3-5 minute videos showing some of the coolest tricks for getting the most out of WebView in your Windows Store Apps. Check it out! If you like the post or have questions be sure to let Matt know.