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  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – Share and Broadcast Powerpoint Presentations

    Share presentations quickly, easily, virtually PowerPoint 2010 is no longer just for creating presentation or presenting in face-to-face meetings. Allow your ideas to shine even when you aren’t in the same room as your audience—or even running the same program. Broadcast Slideshow streams your slides...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is Having a Big Patch Tuesday – Webcast Announced

    For October we are releasing 13 bulletins (eight critical and five important), addressing 34 vulnerabilities, affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Forefront, Developer Tools, and SQL Server. Most of these updates require a restart so please factor that into your deployment planning...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips & Tricks – Be in the Loop with Conversation View

    Outlook Conversation View: Make it Work for You The new Conversation View in Outlook 2010 is one of the most talked-about new features—but how can you get the most out of it? Conversation View is designed to connect relevant information on a topic, allowing you to track email threads without diving into...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day - Excel 2007: How to Print a Portion of a Spreadsheet

    Setting the Print Area in Microsoft Office Excel Have you ever wanted to print only certain rows or columns from a spreadsheet? Here’s how: With a spreadsheet open, select all the rows or columns that you want to print. On the Page Layou t tab, in the Page Setup section, click Print Area , and...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Webcasts: Working Across Different Timezones in Outlook

    Merry Christamas! Here is a webcast tip that will quickly show you how you can add a second timezone view to your Outlook 'Day' calendar. Hope this tip helps you out.
  • Blog Post: Buy Office 2007 Ultimate for £39

    It’s not piracy - It’s The Ultimate Steal! Microsoft® Office® Ultimate 2007 for a tiny £38.95 . You shouldn’t have to resort to piracy to get your hands on the software you need. So, while it lasts, you can obtain genuine Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 – featuring a pirate’s booty full of features –...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – Make Quality Diagrams with Visio

    Get a backstage pass to vibrant diagrams Microsoft Visio 2010 gives you fast and easy access to a rich set of diagram templates that meet your needs. Choose the right template for the job and you’re on your way to creating a professional-looking diagram that simplifies complexity and gets everyone on...
  • Blog Post: Want to Preview Office 2010?

    It’s that time again where Microsoft is close to showing off the latest and greatest productivity software!  There are so many things in Office 2010 I want to tell you about but can’t; however, I encourage you all to register to gain access to the Technical Preview in July.  This is invite...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day – Word 2007: Quick Line Count and Word Count

    Quickly Know How Many Lines or Words You Have Typed One question I get from a lot of people who loved Word 2003 is how to get the line count and word counts for a given document.  1. Goto ‘Review’ tab 2. Goto ‘Proofing’ section 3. Click ‘Word Count’
  • Blog Post: How To: Open All Office Applications in 0.5 Seconds!

    Did you ever wish you could defrag your workstation in 3 seconds?  Have you ever accidentally opened ALL the applications in your start menu *not really* ?  What about jump up and down with 24 running hard drives in your hand?  The boys at Samsung have and they have a pretty amazing story...
  • Blog Post: Burton Group Responds to ODF Alliance's Critique

    This is what I call a healthy and civilized debate unlike much of the garbage and FUD being released by the blogosphere and press. If you aren't aware, Burton Group recently released a document outlining the business implications of ODF vs. OpenXML Although I agreed with the technical merits of the document...
  • Blog Post: Mac Office 2008 SKUs Announced with Free Upgrades

    I've told a lot of people that Mac Office 2008 is one of the coolest consumer products that Microsoft has in the pipeline.  It is really going to open up the way students and home users generate content for projects, classes, and even for business...because YES, businesses do use Macs regardless...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Changes Student Computing Paradigm at Pharmacy School

    Palm Beach Atlantic University students in the Pharmacy program have adopted tablet PCs and Microsoft OneNote as the standard for academic collaboration and courseware. One interesting item in the statement says, "Course content documents are available 48 hours before a lecture for students to...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day - PowerPoint 2007: Creating Custom Slideshows

      2003 to 2007 Custom Slide Show Does showing the same Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 presentation to different audiences require you to manually hide and unhide irrelevant or confidential slides? With custom slide shows in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, you can create and save multiple shows...
  • Blog Post: 8 Tips for Improving Collaboration and Presentations with Twitter

    Olivia Mitchell’s blog is dedicated to improving presentation skills. She has written a great post on her use of Twitter to make more interactive and meaningful presentations. I think the most interesting part of her post is the following section. “Encourage your audience to tweet Let your audience...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips - Create Super PivotTables in Excel with “Slicer”

    Zero in on the right data points, faster. Excel 2010 delivers new and exciting slice-and-dice capabilities. The Slicer feature provides you with a rich visualization of your PivotTable view so you can dynamically segment and filter the data to display just what you need. With the search filter, you can...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips & Tricks – Group Meeting Scheduling

    Cut the stress out of scheduling group meetings Tip: Use the Group Scheduling View feature to quickly find that open slot for your next team meeting! This view shows the individual calendars of everyone on your team, all at once. Step by Step: 1. Select Calendar view 2. Click on the check boxes next...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches Office 2003 SP3

    OKAY....so maybe it's not so much of a launch as it is a quiet, understated announcement.  I'm sure everyone using 2003 will still want to download this service pack. "Microsoft® Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) represents a major evolution in security for Office 2003. It further hardens...
  • Blog Post: OpenXML Debate with GNOME Foundation Live at 1pm (GMT -5)

    I'm lazy today so I'll just copy an excerpt from Slashdot about something I will definitely be watching around open standards and file formats. lisah writes "Linux.com's Robin 'Roblimo' Miller will moderate a live debate today, Wednesday, December 5 at 1pm US EST (GMT -5), between the GNOME Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Online Office 2007 Training Resources

    During an internal discussion involving a secret plugin, an email was sent out basically giving a laundry list of training material for Office 2007.  Thanks Jessica for sending out this email! I particularly like the printable article and spreadsheets!  Web-based interactive command reference...
  • Blog Post: I Love The Passion, But Seriously, What An Idiot

    This has got to be the most absurd comment about Windows or Linux I've ever read.  Clearly the commenter holds Microsoft in high regard.  I just wish he wasn't so completely retarded misinformed. "You are kidding arent you ? Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips & Tricks – Visual Trending in Excel

    Share and Analyze Data Faster Use Excel 2010 as your Business Intelligence tool. New features like Sparklines and Data Bars help you present and compare trends in seconds. Whether sorting through sales revenue results or your favorite team’s last few seasons, these new tools in Excel 2010 help you make...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – Edit Your Pictures with Photo Filters in Office

    Create eye-catching visual effects in a flash Throughout Microsoft Office 2010, you’ll find new and popular tools to create high impact visuals to make your work really pop.  And they take just moments to use.  Pictures speak a thousand words New picture editing tools in Word , PowerPoint,...
  • Blog Post: OpenXML Interoperabililty Using Linux and Java

    Channel 9 has posted a great video interview and demo of how OpenXML easily allows interoperability with back-end systems on the LAMP stack. This demo was created by developers at Sonata Software who specialize in IT development and global off-shoring. The company is based in Bangalore but has clients...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – One Click Quick Steps in Outlook 2010

    Simple. Efficient. More ways to connect. Outlook 2010’s new Quick Steps get you through your inbox faster.  Cut down on the number of steps to your common actions and find better ways to respond to your messages, easier and faster. Then explore Contact Cards to connect you to your colleagues instantly...