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  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips and Tricks Screensaver

    If you are an organisation thinking about options and ways to get training and daily tips to your users, you could consider applying the Office 2010 Getting Started Screensaver. It’s a new type of Help, and a new way to deliver it. The screensaver shows short 60-90 second videos provide tips, tricks...
  • Blog Post: Interactive Command Reference for Office 2010

    One of the most useful tools to help learn the updated interface in Office 2007 is the Interactive Command Reference.  It provides a useful mapping between features and commands in Office 2003, and then shows you where those commands are found in the Ribbon. We have recently released an updated...
  • Blog Post: The Productivity Hub is now Available

    The Productivity Hub is now live ! What is the Productivity Hub? The Productivity Hub is a SharePoint Server 2007 site collection. It comes packed with over 300* pieces of content, including videos, documents and PowerPoint slides. This gives you a great start at building a learning community behind...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint in Plain English

    In my role as an Enterprise Productivity Specialist, I spend a lot of my time talking to customers about Office System, and how the Office Server (SharePoint) enables people and teams to work better together.  I usually talk to CIO’s and Senior IT Managers about this – and have presented “What is...
  • Blog Post: Real Life Value of Software + Services

    I’ve been travelling overseas this week to a global Microsoft conference in the US.  I sit here in the Airport departure lounge (offline) reflecting on my week. A couple of events happened – and both are real life stories of the value of Microsoft’s Software + Services (S+S) strategy. 1) The hotel...
  • Blog Post: Building a Workplace for a Wide Spectrum of Generations

    I’ve spent the last few working days briefing Government Agencies about how Microsoft approaches a new release of Office and decide on the investments in new features to give our customers new capabilities to support the emerging world of work. I highlight activities that provide insight to us for what...
  • Blog Post: Email Delay Rules

    As I mentioned in my email approach PIFEM one of the rules I have turned on in Outlook is to delay sending email by 1 minute. This allows me to catch any emails I didn’t mean to send just yet, or more commonly, I remember to add something else just after I press send, such as another recipient, more...
  • Blog Post: Free Screen-cast Video Demonstrations and Training for SharePoint

    A colleague of mine, Ketan, mentioned these free Screen-cast videos for SharePoint – provided by the crew at SharePoint e-Learning.com .  Asif and Wendy have put together a great set of audio narrated videos showing how to leverage a bunch of capabilities from Office and SharePoint.  Check...
  • Blog Post: Use SharePoint Tasks to Manage Meeting Actions

    My manager Peter was asking my advice for how to help organise a weekly meeting that he organises.  It’s a number of managers that are the leadership of our team, and they discuss the operations and strategy for the team etc. One thing they struggled with was how to keep track of actions and follow...
  • Blog Post: Reducing Paper Use – Saves Big Money

    I was talking to a customer of mine in Sydney yesterday, and the discussion of forms came up as a way of reducing the amount of paper the organisation uses. I recalled there was a study done by CitiBank about their use of paper, and ways they reduced their consumption, saved an impressive amount of money...
  • Blog Post: More Ways Office can Save You Money

    Gray Knowlton, Office Group Product Manager, just posted a nice blog entry Bits on Boxes about the cost savings of deploying Office 2007 versus doing nothing at all and staying on Office 2003.  He has some interesting stats such as 73% of all security vulnerabilities reported for Office do not apply...
  • Blog Post: Impact of New Microsoft Office Interface (circa 1990)

    I was reading the content of an article published in April 1990 of Software Magazine.  http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0SMG/is_n5_v10/ai_8411962 .  The article is a software review of the new Microsoft Word for Windows.  In 1990 Word for Windows was quite revolutionary – it used...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Application Use Tracking

    A really good way to prove the value and usefulness of Office 2007 in your business is to run a pilot install with a small number of users.  During the Pilot, you can find out in-depth information about the way Office is used, compatibility with other applications, and what the users think about...
  • Blog Post: Taking Graphics and Text to the Next Level in PowerPoint

    With the introduction of Office 2007, a new feature called SmartArt was included that allowed anybody to create very professional looking documents quickly.  SmartArt is one of the reasons that almost 90% of users of Office 2007 report that it is easier to create professional looking documents compared...
  • Blog Post: Online Favorites for Internet Explorer - 2 laptops

    I normally do my day-to-day work on a great HP NC8430 laptop .  I have had it for a couple of years and it has been trouble free for me.   It has a nice full size keyboard and big screen - it's fantastic for doing demo's, managing email, and doing spreadsheets/documents. However, a large...
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