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New Excel MVP and user group
Good to see the Excel User Group site that is run by the new MVP for Excel, Nick Hodge .
22 Jan 2008
Office Live Workspace beta out today
Before you get too excited, this is only launching in the US however this is still an important milestone as it means the functionality is public. If you preregistered for Office Live Workspace in the US you will be able to start using the service today. I have been using it for a month or...
10 Dec 2007
Google don't use their own stuff - so why should you?
This amused me today from a friend of mine who noticed this. A job application on the Google website for the " Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Google.org - San Francisco " Check out point 3 from the mandatory job qualifications: Requirements : 5-8 years administrative experience in a fast...
25 Oct 2007
Remember that episode of the apprentice when they had to sell stuff on a shopping channel? Well it was my turn on Saturday night when I appeared on QVC 's Small Office Home Office show to sell Home and Student Edition at the very good price of £63.24. It was good experience and there are few things I...
8 Oct 2007
Clean up with MOPPS
This week we launch Microsoft Office Performance Point Server 2007 . And what more fitting a way to celebrate than to give away coffee and muffins. Tony Crowhurst, the product manager here for MOPPS is going to have a busy day. Is that an order coming through already Tony? So I thought instead of telling...
24 Sep 2007
Excel users can all pivot
So after the third person in a week stopped me in the corridor while I was walking from the coffee shop to lunch etc. to interrupt me from my clearly very busy and important schedule only to ask me how to do calculations on data in a pivot table, I started thinking, what is it with you people? are you...
29 Aug 2007
Pivot tables - they aren't that hard
Since I mentioned using calculated fields in Excel , I've had a few questions through about what I meant. I can see this is an area people are confused about with more people wanting me to record the steps in a video. However, this is already part of the training which was the point of the post. In particular...
23 Aug 2007
Calculated fields and formulas in pivot tables
You've been meaning to get round to it for years haven't you? Did you realise that there are some brilliant training courses online that can help. A much underadvertised resource IMHO is the office online training. It takes you through the lesson with audio narration and flash demos, then there is a...
11 Jul 2007
Better decisions faster: Blogcast demo
Continuing my series of blogcast demos, this week I am talking about business intelligence , showing how customers can derive more value from their data and turn information into insight. Things I cover in this demo: Report Center in SharePoint Server Webparts in SharePoint Server Excel services, publishing...
18 Apr 2007
Blogcast: my launch demo
For the launch of Exchange Server 2007, Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, I put together this demo and have been hawking it round pretty much every event since (well that's just good reuse right?). This demo required a fair amount of stuff installed on the virtual PC including Exchange...
3 Apr 2007
Nobody likes a SmartArt: 2 top tips
Two things I learnt today. Excel in dual screen If you are working on two excel spreadsheets you can run two instances of Excel at the same time. Don't launch Excel by clicking on the file or from recent documents but instead just launch the application first and then open the spreadsheet from...
21 Mar 2007
February top customer support calls on Office
Every month I get a report from support which tells me what the most common support issues are with my product. Now that the 2007 release is out, we are starting to get some more support calls and a few issues come up regularly and are therefore worth a post I thought. Office 2007 over terminal services...
19 Mar 2007
First Look: 2007 Microsoft Office system
I've decided to create a new book review category and tell you what I think of the new books. As I'm given books to review by publishers, I'll write a review. Title: First Look at 2007 Microsoft Office system. Author: Katherine Murray Publisher: MS Press Price: £9.89 What does it cover...
18 Aug 2006
Excel 2007 multi-threaded calculation boosts performance
Some mention of this was made on the Excel blog about the performance improvements that can be derived from Excel 2007 due to the new multi-threading capability but I don't think people are aware of what a huge difference this can make. A quick overview on excel multi threaded calculation can be found...
17 Aug 2006
Hallelujah! beta 1 gets a face lift
Today the beta 1 technical refresh got released internally and it looks great :-) First impressions New look is nicely polished. This really does look the business now. Its fast. The live previews are stunning. Galleries are more extensive and rich More robust and stable...
9 Mar 2006
Blogcast: Intro to the Office 12 user interface
Sometimes its better to show than to tell so I thought I'd have a go at recording one of my demos of the new user interface in Office 12. It is recorded with only 16 colours so it will look a lot nicer in real life. I'm attaching the spreadsheet that I used in the excel 12 demo in case you have beta...
5 Feb 2006
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