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  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces Office for ipad

    Microsoft is devoted to providing the tools which enable people from all walks of life to work anywhere and on any device. The ever increasing portfolio of Windows based devices available lay testament to that and with over a billion users of Microsoft Office globally we are now delighted to share that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft unveils the new Office

    Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer has unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview . The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is...
  • Blog Post: How to add a video to a PowerPoint presentation

    Welcome to Office Tip Classics - a series of one-minute videos where you'll get to see clips of film classics and learn a tip about Office 2010. In this episode, school tough-guy Marty has a hard time keeping his cool after losing the class presentation contest. His teacher tries to cheer him up, explaining...
  • Blog Post: Yes, it is possible to create nice looking spreadsheets

    by Diego M. Oppenheimer For the last couple years I’ve been meaning to pull together some of the tips that I’ve learned working on the Excel team about how to make nice looking spreadsheets. Well, last week, Rob Collie (a previous Excel Program Manager, and now CTO at Pivotstream and author of PowerPivotPro...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming changes to the way we make Microsoft Office available to students

    There are a number of upcoming changes to the way we make Microsoft Office available to students as part of a worldwide program to simplify and broaden the availability of our academic offerings. These changes will enable more students to buy Office at a significant discount from the product available...
  • Blog Post: Partner Event: Microsoft Office 365 prep for Education Providers

    At Microsoft in general, but especially in the UK we have a fantastically rich partner ecosystem, and within the education space alone there is a huge number of partner companies out there who can help with all sorts of projects. Oxford Computer Group, experts in identity and access management, are one...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 for Education appears on the horizon

    Last night we officially announced Office 365 , which is the next generation of cloud services – bringing together Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Lync (previously known as Office Communications Server) and Office (on both the web and your PC). And the good news is that there will be an education...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to download Windows 7 in Welsh?

    Did you know that we run a worldwide 'local language programme' which provides language packs for a range of our software? And that if you're in Wales, you can use them to run Windows and Office in Welsh natively? Welsh is one of Europe's oldest languages, and is growing, with over half a million speakers...
  • Blog Post: Start the term with new Office academic templates

    Am I the only one who gets bored with a document format after a few months, and then wants a completely different design? That PowerPoint that looked so smart last year looks a bit clichéd this term. A document which looked professional when you first published it, doesn’t look quite so good when it...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal student offer – marketing materials for students

    On Thursday, I wrote about the Ultimate Steal offer, and the two key reasons to mention it to your students before June (the price goes up with Office 2010, but if they buy now they get a no-cost upgrade to Office 2010 as part of our Tech Guarantee programme). UK students are more likely to choose to...
  • Blog Post: Overview sheets for Microsoft Office 2010 – ready for posting

    On Friday, I blogged about the Office 2010 Overview Fact Sheets and Product Guides. I’ve now managed to get hold of some paper copies, and can drop them in the mail to you. They’re sitting ready on the desk here, so drop us an email and we’ll pop an envelope in the post. I think that a writer who normally...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in the Office 2010 applications

    I’ve indexed all of the different product guides for the new Office 2010 applications. There are two separate documents for most of the products – the Overview version is a short two-page summary, and then there’s a detailed Product Guide which goes into much more detail. The Overview document is...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 for students – via the Ultimate Steal

    Each year we run a special offer (called The Ultimate Steal ) on Microsoft Office, only for Higher & Further education students and staff who have a .ac.uk email address. It allows them to buy the software directly from Microsoft, and make a big saving on the equivalent retail price. As we get closer...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 availability dates for colleges

    We have been developing Office 2010 for quite a while now – and many of you have been taking part in that by running the beta versions (at the last count, 7.5 million people have downloaded the beta version ). Late on Friday, Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 reached their last stage in the development...
  • Blog Post: Chemistry Add-In for Word 2007/2010

    The Microsoft Research (MSR) teams around the world are always cooking up clever new bits of code, and many of them get incorporated into new products as they roll off production lines in the future. However, they aren’t part of the product teams in the conventional sense – they have much more latitude...
  • Blog Post: Launch Announcement - New Moodle Integration for Office

    The Microsoft Education Labs team have just launched the Office Add-in for Moodle (or should it be the Moodle Add-in for Office?). This launch builds upon the success of the availability of the Microsoft Live Services Plug-in for Moodle which launched last July.  The idea behind the add-in is simple...
  • Blog Post: When students lose memory sticks

    You must have seen them – plaintive, desperate or just plain panic. It hasn’t taken long for the USB memory stick to turn into something that everybody has (and yet, I can still remember that sense of satisfaction when I was given my first freebie memory stick with 16MB of memory!). Now it’s not uncommon...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate student offer ends soon

    You probably have heard about the Ultimate Steal before. It’s the offer where students with a .ac.uk email address can buy a copy of Office 2007 Ultimate edition, for £38.95 UK students have some of the highest rates of usage of Microsoft Office in the world, and also one of the highest rates of ‘mis...
  • Blog Post: Lowest cost Office 2007 – Bulk order under Home Use Programme for staff

    This could be part of a “things you wish you’d heard about earlier…” series. If you’re working within a UK college, then there’s a fair chance that your university has signed a Microsoft Campus Agreement , and that this applies to YOU! The deal, in a nutshell, is that you can place a bulk order...
  • Blog Post: Letting your students know about the Ultimate Steal

    Last year, a few colleges, and quite a few universities, asked us for materials that they could use to let their students know about the Ultimate Steal offer ( Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95 ). And universities and colleges including Bristol , Kent , Stirling , Queens University Belfast , Salford ,...
  • Blog Post: Make reading easier for learners with visual impairments

    A while ago I wrote about the announcement of the work that Microsoft were doing to develop a DAISY XML translator. The DAISY Consortium was set up to help those with visual impairment (or ‘print disabilities’) to access digital content easily, and enhance their use of the materials. We’ve been working...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal – just five days left for students and staff

    You can’t have failed to miss the offer we’ve been running for students and staff who have an email address that ends in .ac.uk – Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95 – on www.theultimatesteal.co.uk But you may have missed the looming deadline – it closes on Wednesday night next week – so there are just five...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - good news for staff

    With only three weeks to go, I can imagine this blog post could create some howls...but better late than never. We have just managed to convince all the powers-that-be that staff should also qualify for the Ultimate Steal . Until today, if members of staff in your college wanted a copy of Office, they...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal - 36 days until the end

    The countdown to the end of the Ultimate Steal student offer has started. The deal (Office 2007 Ultimate edition for £38.95) ends at the end of April. Lots of students have used the deal to get their own (legal) copy of Office ( our earlier research says most students use MS Office, but few paid for...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility: DAISY Add-in for Office

    What is DAISY you might ask? The DAISY Consortium, a coalition of talking-book libraries and nonprofit organizations, was formed in 1996 to harness the rich capabilities opened up by the transition from analog to digital technology to ensure that all published information is available to people with...
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