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Microsoft Announces New Program – Office Insider

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Microsoft announced on Friday the launch of a new program called Office Insider. This gives Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University subscribers the ability to opt in to pre-release builds of Office 2016 for Windows.

The program was announced alongside new features for PowerPoint, which are exclusive to Office 365 subscribers. These, the company said, are the first in a series of planned Office 365 updates which it will be rolling out soon.

“As an Insider, you get first-hand access to the latest innovations, putting you on the inside track for all things Office,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Microsoft Office team. “And when you become an Office Insider, you are joining a community of like-minded power users. With your partnership, we can ensure a high quality Office experience for millions of Office users worldwide.”

“If you are a commercial Office 365 subscriber and would like to get early access to new features, you can opt in toOffice 365 First Release,” he added. “Mac customers, stay tuned for more shortly on Office Insider for Mac.”

You can find the program and get more details here.

Why We Don’t Need A Traditional Office

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

You know, work would be great if you could actually get work done there. That’s the fallacy of the traditional office – you collect a bunch of people and the proximity makes it easier to collaborate.

The reality is that close proximity simply makes it easier to meet, ask for help, and push work back to someone else. (more…)

Turns Out The Future Of The Office Isn’t An Office At All

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

This past week I made a business move that to me embodies a great deal of the change that’s gone on in business over the last few years.

I’ve owned my own business for twenty-years now and in some fashion have operated pretty much like most traditional small businesses. Sure I’ve been online longer than most, and I’ve never actually met my bookkeeper face to face, but I’ve also had an office with desks and chairs and printers and coffee pots and conference tables and servers and trash cans and supply closets and all the trappings of a standard office. (more…)

Microsoft’s New Business Messaging App Called Send Launched On iOS

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Microsoft just launched a new iPhone app for people to send messages to their co-workers. It’s called send, and the company says it’s designed for “in-and-out email.”

The app is for people with Office 365 business and school email accounts for now, but Microsoft says it will expand support in the coming months. (more…)

‘Do More With Your Data’ with Google Sheets

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Google announced an update to Google Sheets, its spreadsheets application. Users can now add data labels to display exact values of bars or points. When the user uses line or scatter charts, they can change the shapes of data points, including stars, triangles, pentagons, etc.

When you’re working with spreadsheets, it’s important to turn your raw data into a story. With today’s updates to Google Sheets on the web, you’ll find even more ways to visualize and analyze your data,” says product manager Dan Gundrum. “Charts can make even the largest data sets digestible, so we’ve made a few improvements to help you highlight what’s most important.”

There are also new tools for analyzing spreadsheet data, including the ability to preview formula results as you type so you can more easily spot errors.

You can filter rows and columns by conditions such as “greater than” or “text contains” so you’ll only see the numbers, dates, and text you need. You can also add calculated fieldds to “pivot tables when you want to apply formulas to pivot table data.”

Finally, you can use the GETPIVOTDATA function to more easily get data from your pivot table.

“The more the merrier when it comes to collaborating in Sheets, but sometimes you need to take extra steps to preserve your hard work from accidental edits. With Sheets, you’ve been able to restrict editing to a specific set of users and a specific range, but now you can also warn folks who try to edit certain cells. This way you can collaborate with others, and remind everyone (even yourself) to edit with care.”

The new features are available for Sheets on the web.

Inbox by GMail Releases To Public

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

With the annual Google I/O conference firmly underway, the announcements are flowing like water. One of those is that Inbox by Gmail is now open to everyone.

The product was unveiled last fall as “the inbox that works for you”. It has been available on an invitation-only basis ever since. I had the good fortune of getting one fairly early, and I can’t say I was particularly fond of it. It didn’t take me long to switch back to Gmail. That said, a lot of people do seem to like it. (more…)