The concept of cloud computing is growing all the time and recently Microsoft have jumped on the band wagon. Office 365 is Microsoft's answer to cloud computing. If you have heard of or are using Google Apps then you are aware of cloud computing. Office 365 is Microsoft productivity suite offers tools so small, medium and large business access to email, documents, contacts and calendars via a browser from any computer. It is not a new version of Microsoft Office. Within the suite you have Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Lync Online, all running via the cloud.
Office 365 is a full browser based solution that incorporates virtually anywhere-access to webmail, document management and collaboration solutions for professionals, small and medium businesses. The suite can be used on most devices including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry.
If you already use Microsoft software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Office 365 works with these solutions. Microsoft stress it is an easy to use administration console which allows IT administrators easy control of user accounts, access rights, and organisation-wide deployment.
Security wise it uses the latest defences against viruses and spam. Disaster recovery is handled via multiple datacenters and automatic failovers and provides a 99.9% uptime guarantee. The Office 365 Enterprise Plan allows users will be able to connect to SharePoint services using secure https SSL-encrypted connections. In simple terms this means there is a cryptographic system for the secure transmission of documents over the internet. However only enterprise users will get this protection, professional and small business plan users will not get SSL-encrypted defences.
Like all cloud computing solutions Office 365 reduces the time and cost IT technicians would spend patching, upgrading, or updating servers. Plus you have the flexibility of being able to work from anywhere on virtually any device. The plans designed for medium sized businesses offer 24 7 IT help either via phone the web or email and there are plenty of online tutorials. Price wise there are pay-as-you-go options, and you can try for free for 30 days.
Whether this takes over from Google Apps for Business, which I believe is the leader in cloud computing presently, only time will tell. Google claims that it has got over 30 million active users of Google Apps which is a substantial amount. There are various other companies providing cloud-based business e-mail, productivity and collaboration tools such as Zoho, VMware and IBM, but Google is obviously Microsoft's closest rival. Have two large companies such as Google and Microsoft competing to be the leader in Cloud computing can only be a good thing in the long run.
Microsoft office is the most commonly used application in the field of IT. It is essential from the student's level till the professional level. Therefore, having a certification regarding the efficiency in office is very important now-a-days. Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certification is one such certification that centers on Microsoft office 2007. MCAS certification includes six different exams, from which the candidates have to choose one. These tests are as follows:
- Exam 77-600: MCAS: Windows Vista for the Business Worker
- Exam 77-601: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Word 2007
- Exam 77-602: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Excel 2007
- Exam 77-603: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
- Exam 77-604: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
- Exam 77-605: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Access 2007
Passing one of these exams enables the student to become a certified professional of that particular area. On the other hand, if the candidate passes more than one of these tests, then he obtains a logo that can be used on a lot of places like business cards, emails, letterheads. This logo represents that you are different from the certified professionals of MCAS. This MCAS certification is an authentic way of telling others that you have enough knowledge and training in the field of Office 2007.
Duration for the exam is 50 minutes and it consists of either 20-27 hands-on questions or 20-27 MCQ's. Replicated and live surroundings are used to take the test and the students have to demonstrate their skills in these environments. Giving theme to a specific range of cells is an example of the task that can be asked from the student. Specific Certiport centers govern these tests and so you must remain in contact with such centers.
Training, like in other certification programs, is also important for passing the MCAS certification program as well. Two types of training are available for this certification
Choice One: If you want to have training in accordance with your own timings, then you must go for the online training. This type of training is even cheaper as well.
Choice Two: A classroom session led by an experienced teacher is also very beneficial to the candidates, but it is somewhat expensive.
One thing to keep in mind while making your choice regarding training type is to have a mentor. The mentor can be either online or face to face. This is necessary because a mentor will always keep you updated about the recent changes. Hands-on practices are very crucial to training as well. These practices enable you to develop a strategy in order to be successful in the actual fifty minutes test.
It is also very beneficial if you want to download any information regarding the test or the test materials. This website is also useful in finding a test location. Moreover, the practice exams provided by this website are also helpful during the test.
As a small business owner myself, I know exactly how much you can spend starting up a new business, particularly on all the software you need for graphic design packages, email packages, email marketing packages, spreadsheets etc. It's huge!
You start offA with your new business and you find you have a problem (you used to have an IT department to sort this out for you probably!) you do some research online and you notice all the appealing software tools you can buy - either with very large price tags (Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop for example), or you see lots of little ones which only cost say A 20. You end up in a buying frenzy. Well, I know I do.
However, after being self-employed for a number of years now, I have done so much research on the topic, I know exactly how to save money and get the best deals here are some tips I have learned along the way to help you save lots of money on buying software for use at home, for your kids, or for your business:
a) Open Source products - Open Source means that anyone can use the software and it can be downloaded for free. For example Open Office (version 3 currently) isA a great alternative to Microsoft Office and it's giant price tag. Open Office also features a PDF writer, which is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat or Adobe PDF Writer.
b) Forums - there are endless forums online now, in area given market sector or niche you care to mention. I belong to one which helps web designers and small business owners developing their own websites with tips and shared downloads of software, expensive "internet marketing guru" e-books etc. It costs nothing to join and if you go straight to the Advanced Search Option and type in the name of the software or e-book you are looking for (relating to internet marketing on this forum), then click on Member Downloads, it will list all the software or e-books available with your search phrase.
I don't necessarily condone this behaviour of itself, but I do think most software manufacturers like Adobe or Microsoft charge the earth for products, and I think until they start offering more realistically affordable products, unfortunately, people will try their best to get copies of highly priced software such as theirs.
c) Student Software versions:A compare the price of the full version of Microsoft Office 10 (A 39.95) on a Student Software website vs the full price on somewhere like Amazon A 149.99 for an equivalent Home & Student version. You need to be careful that you are getting all the components of the Student package you need however. For example, I have noticed that Microsoft Outlook is often not included in the Student version, so you need to take care when purchasing if this is one of your software requirements.
d) Extended Trial Versions: you can often get trial downloads of software by Adobe, Microsoft and other leading software manufacturers/developers.
There are several different techniques you can find on places like YouTube which you can use to either remove the trial part of the download, or you can use a piece of software which stops the countdown clock on your software trial such as Time Stopper.
e) Discount Coupons & voucher codes: if you aren't a member of a student or teaching organisation, and you don't want to use a website you have never heard of before, the best option might be to search in Google for discount coupons or voucher codes + the name of the software you are looking for, or the name of the retailer you would like to use e.g. "voucher codes Amazon software". This will bring up a few good voucher code or discount code sites which will give you a link or a discount code to use on the your preferred retailer site. The discount codes are used at the checkout section of your purchase and remember to press UPDATE on the basket before you pay!
OEM software - BEWARE! There are many online websites offering cheap prices on OEM (basically own label or unbranded software produced by the original manufacturer). Often these sites will have nice pictures of the branded products, but you pay and you will be extremely disappointed when you are unable to download the software you have paid for, and unable to contact them for a refund!
Formatting text in Microsoft Word can be less frustrating if you know more about how Word works and applies formatting. Let's focus in on how to most effectively use the two most common formatting actions in Word: font and paragraph formatting. (By the way, Word documents are also formatted with document and section formatting as well).
Character or Font Formatting
Character or font formatting includes in all versions of Microsoft Word include:
Font typeface (such as Calibri, Arial, Times New Roman)Font sizeFont styleFont colorand other font enhancements
What It Is:The smallest "unit" that character formatting can be applied to is one character (letter, number, space or other). This means a line of text could have a different style of font formatting for every single letter and number including spaces although this isn't likely or recommended.
To apply font formatting in Word 2010 and Word 2007, choose formatting options from the Home tab in the Ribbon (Font group). You can also access the Paragraph dialog box directly from the Ribbon or from the shortcut menu (right-click on selected text). A selection of common formatting actions are on the Mini Toolbar which is also available when you right-click on a selection. In earlier versions of Microsoft Word, most formatting commands are on the Formatting toolbar as well as the Format > Font menu command. For all versions, a wide range of keyboard shortcuts can be used to apply formatting. For example, press [Ctrl] + B for bold.
How Word Works with Font Formatting
How Word Works:Word doesn't have a beginning and ending code or instruction for character formatting. An enhancement such as bold or italics is either turned on or off for each individual character which can be easily visible from the Home tab of the Ribbon or in the Formatting toolbar. To remove an existing character formatting choice, just select the affected text and make the change (turn off bold, change font size, etc).
Has this happened to you? While editing a Word document, you move between two words and start typing only to see a different style of formatting than the surrounding text. Your new text is taking on the appearance of the formatting stored in the space between the words which may be different depending on the way the format was first applied. Remember every single character stores its own formatting.
Paragraph Formatting includes:
Text alignmentLine spacingTabsIndentsBullets & NumberingBorders & Shadingand other paragraph enhancements
What It Is:the smallest "unit" that paragraph formatting can be applied to is one paragraph. A paragraph is defined by a paragraph mark at the end of the text. Paragraph marks are created whenever a hard return is created and are visible when the Show/Hide icon or button is turned on. Tip: to turn on or off the display of non-printing characters (Show/Hide) including paragraph marks, press [Ctrl] + * or click on the paragraph mark (backwards P) on the Home tab of the Ribbon or, in Word 2003 and earlier, the Standard toolbar.
To apply paragraph formatting in Word 2010 and Word 2007, choose formatting options from the Home tab in the Ribbon (Paragraph and Style groups). You can also access the Paragraph dialog boxes directly from the Ribbon or from the shortcut menu (right-click on selected text). A selection of common formatting actions are on the Mini Toolbar which is also available when you right-click on a selection. In earlier versions of Microsoft Word, most formatting commands are on the Formatting toolbar as well as the Format > Paragraph menu command. For all versions, a wide range of keyboard shortcuts can be used to apply formatting. For example, press [Ctrl] + 2 for double-spaced text.
How Word Works with Paragraph Formatting
How Word Works: Paragraph formatting instructions are not stored in a code at the beginning of a paragraph, but are stored in the paragraph mark at the end of each paragraph. If you delete a paragraph mark between two paragraphs, the paragraphs will merge and take on the formatting of the first.
Any changes to the paragraph formatting of existing text will only affect the paragraph where the insertion point (cursor) is currently positioned or paragraphs that are at least partially selected. For typing new text, just make the formatting choices you want and begin typing.
Advantages: Once paragraph formatting is set up, just press [Enter] and all paragraph formatting (as well as current font formatting) will be "copied" forward to the next paragraph. This means any formatting such as indents, bullets, tabs, and alignment does not have to be turned on for each new paragraph.
Reveal Formatting… What's Going On
Do you want to know exactly how a section of text is formatted? Turn on the Reveal Formatting task pane by pressing [Shift] + [F1]. The Reveal Formatting task pane displays on the right of your screen. Click once into any text and the specific formatting choices will be defined.
Select… Then Do: Changing Formats
What's the best way to apply or change formatting? What works best for me and will usually save you time and effort is to choose your formatting options as you create and type text. Then, if you need to, go back to highlight and modify existing text. Personally, I like to see the appearance as I am building a document. Some people, however, prefer to create most of their text first and then they add most of the formatting later.
Regardless of your approach, one of the major ideas to know about Microsoft Word is that existing text can most easily be changed by remembering " Do."
What does this mean? If you want to change the formatting of Word text, select or highlight it all first and then choose the new formatting options of your choice. Similar or surrounding text will not be changed unless it is also highlighted.
To make changes to existing text:
Select all of the text that you want to change.Then, select the icon, button, or keyboard shortcut that will give you the desired results.
To change the format of text as it is being typed:
Choose the icon, button, or keyboard shortcut for the formatting of new text.Type the text.Select another formatting choice to change formatting for next text.
Understanding how Word formatting works will simplify how you work with your Word documents.
My phone cost me $500. Let's see what it is capable of. Firstly, I needed a mobile to work away from the office and this one has not let me down. It uses Microsoft Office Mobile suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and it includes Windows Media Play 10 (for mobiles), Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer & Adobe Reader (which is great for scanned documents). My XV6800 comes with 64 megabytes RAM, 256 megabytes flash memory and 150 megabytes free memory for new installations.
If I need more storage, it has a microSD card slot that takes up to 4 gigabytes. I find it doesn't lag much between windows and documents with large graphics as some mobiles do and I enjoy using push email using wireless sync or MS Exchange Active Sync. It has the usual BlueTooth features, headsets, hands-free and ports. My XV6800 boasts a horizontal slider QWERTY keyboard, with an adjusting screen to match it horizontally returning back to vertical when the slider keyboard is replaced. The selection keys are slightly too close to the screen though not easy to use. The 2.8 inch touchscreen is awesome - touch-friendly with vibrant, colourful images. The inbuilt camera of this phone has a flash (the manufacturer's actually remembered to install one! Amazing!).
This means I can take photographs inside. It is a two megapixel camera so the qualities of the images leave much to be desired, but useful along with its video feature for transferring in messages to others. I have Voice Command button (believe it or not) to enable me to record voice messages. What I like most about my XV6800 is that it's simple to use. It has dedicated buttons on the front and side to access most frequently needed features. It's a breeze to use. I'd recommend it.
Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 helps your family make the most of every opportunity, every day, from managing home projects and planning important gatherings to helping your kids polish their homework. With over 1 billion PCs and Macs running Office, Microsoft Office is the most-trusted and most-used productivity suite ever. And Office for Mac 2011 is here to help you do more with your Mac your way. Use familiar applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to help you take your ideas further. And since Office for Mac is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents with virtually anyone on a Mac or PC. Store your files in a password protected online SkyDrive folder to access, edit, or share your work from virtually anywhere with the free Office Web Apps. Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 includes Word for Mac 2011, Excel for Mac 2011 and PowerPoint for Mac 2011.
(1) Word for Mac 2011
First of all, this version has the powerful write tool to help you create beautiful documents, store in online easily, edit and share your works. It can create visual effects such as newsletters, brochures and other variety documents through the layout preview. Second, you can see the effect of the style applied to the documents through the version style. Third, you can use Word Web App to view, edit, store, and share the documents. What's more, you can sharing and co-founded the documents with any person no matter they use Mac or PC Office.
(2) Excel for Mac 2011
Use a spreadsheet which easy to analyze to make the financial statements looks distinctive. You can also upload a spreadsheet to the Web to view, edit, share or co-create the file with your family at anytime and everywhere. Also, you can use Visual Basic automate repetitive job to enhancing work efficiently and save your time. At the same time, you can analysis the data much faster and more efficiently by use PivotTables. What's more, Excel table can help you organize, filter and format the relevant information.
(3) PowerPoint for Mac 2011
With this version, you can make a strong professional presentation to inspire your audience and the real interpretation of the report online may leave a deep impressive on them. And, you can removing the background in PowerPoint, or add photos in color fillers. In addition, you can also webcast presentations more than in a conference room. What's more, through the dynamic reorganization, you can re-arrange the text, photographs and graphics level rapidly.
I believe with Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011, you can find you work more relax, easy and attract. So, if your work that always need to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, this version is your best choice.
Released for the first time in May, 2008, Lotus Symphony is a suite of office applications developed by IBM. Similar to Microsoft Office, Lotus Symphony offers the possibility to create/share/edit texts, presentations and spreadsheets. Unlike its counterpart from Microsoft, the IBM suite gives its users the possibility to open a text/presentation/spreadsheet application from the same location. Practically one can write a document, fill in a spreadsheet and prepare a presentation in parallel, from the same location.
Lotus Symphony is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and can be downloaded and installed free of charge. The office suite is made of three applications: IBM Lotus Symphony Documents, IBM Lotus Symphony Presentations, IBM Lotus Symphony spreadsheet.
It's important to know that IBM Lotus Symphony owes most of its core to 3. So, there are a lot of resemblances in terms of features and capabilities between Lotus Symphony and OpenOffice.
- A major advantage of Symphony is the fact that's free
- Users don't need to worry about software licensing
- It's compatible with the three main OS: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
- It supports both OpenDocument formats and Microsoft Office
- It's capable of exporting PDFs (Portable Document Format)
- It's a good business resource, capable of taking care of the daily tasks in an office
- It has a friendly user interface and familiar features (formatting tools, editing tools etc.)
- Has a user-friendly Java interface for handling documents creation and manipulation
- Symphony is based on the Eclipse technology, which means that's easy to customize for a company's daily needs
- Is compatible with Microsoft Automatic technology: can be controlled from external programs
- Performance issues: one needs to wait a few seconds before the application opens
- Although is compatible ,.docx,.xls,.pptx type of documents, the user may lose some quality on the way
- Has no email client
- Has no database
- Its basic features allows Symphony to be suitable for simple office tasks, but it's not a good choice when it comes to more complex ones
With 12 million users (as stated by IBM in February, 2010), the IBM suite is a good tool for small companies and users that require basic features and medium performances from and open suite. The advantages of using Lotus Symphony are more numerous than the disadvantages, but even so, the latter are more important and play a major part when a company decides to choose an office suite.
However, the third version 3.0 includes various enhancements (sidebars and compatibility with Visual Basic), and chances are that the IBM suite will get better and better, targeting more powerful features and performance enhancements.
Open Office () is open source software, collaboratively developed by people from all over the world. The Microsoft Office Suite (MsOffice), on the other hand, was solely developed by the Microsoft Corporation. They have pretty much the same content - a word processor, a spreadsheet application, a presentation maker, etc. However, they have some major differences that makes them unique from each other.
First - Open Office is cheaper than MsOffice. The cheapest MsOffice package starts at USD 149.99 while Open Office is absolutely free. A hundred and fifty dollars may not hurt a lot, but this becomes a considerable pain in the neck when a large company has a lot of computers to install it to, as the each MsOffice package can be installed on just one computer, as required by law.
Many universities across the world have shifted to OpenOffice because of this. The University of Melbourne and the US State of Maine are just two of them. Various private companies have also adopted them, such as Sumitomo of Japan, and also government offices, like the City Government of Berlin, Germany.
However, some institutions still prefer MsOffice due to its popularity and familiarity. Some features of OpenOffice work in a very odd and unintuitive way. For example, putting page numbers on text files in OpenOffice Writer can be one heck of a challenge, while it takes only a couple of seconds in Ms Word.
Second - OpenOffice has everything in it, unlike some MS Office Packages. All of the features of OpenOffice are already there - it has an equation editor, an HTML editor, everything. On the other hard, the basic MsOffice package, MsOffice Student Edition at USD 149.99, only has Excel (spreadsheet), Word (word processor) and PowerPoint (presentation maker), while everything else is a la carte. A full MsOffice package can cost as much as USD 499.99 - the same price for a mid-end laptop.
However, MsOffice gives more comprehensive technical support than its competitor. MsOffice offers phone-based support, something that is very important for someone who needs accurate answers fast. OpenOffice on the other hand, offers only forum-based support, which can be problematic especially when you do not know the name for the feature that you are having a problem about.
Every time you go over to someone else's house or even go to work you always seem to come across Microsoft Office 2003 and if you are like me you probably wonder why they don't make the upgrade to 2007. It's possible that they are afraid of the differences or even more likely the price!
Some of the featured changes in Office 2007 are the User Interface Ribbon, the menu bar, and the quick access tool bar. In office 2007 they did away with the standard drop down boxes click and click functionality. At the top there are seven categories; click on these to access the most used functions in previous versions of the software. They placed all of these functions in a user friendly graphical interface.
Most people are also used to the menu bar at the top containing all of the functions in the software that can also be found in the old GUI, they did away with this outdated feature and added an Office logo in the top left corner which contains most of the functions found in the file menu. Just to the right of this menu are the a few of the most commonly used functions, like save and print. One of my personal favorite features is the quick access tool bar that appears when you right click, for example in Word 2007 it contains the most used functions right at your mouse tip for easy access like Bold, Italics, and Underline.
If the new easy to use features are not enough to get you to switch or upgrade to Office 2007, then what is holding you back?
Office 2007 is not a huge system hog, the minimum system requirements are normal Pentium III PC with Windows XP SP 2, Server 2003 SP1, or Vista; at least 256 MB RAM and 2 GB hard drive space can be use to install Office 2007. If you already purchased Office 2003 then it's obvious you're already used to playing way too much for an Office suite software package. Office 2007 also offers eight different packages for you to choose from, these included Microsoft Office Enterprise, Professional Plus, Ultimate, Professional, Small Business, Standard, Home & Student and Basic 2007.
However, if you just are not a believer that $675.95 is worth it for a few office programs then visit my blog to find out more about the specific changes to Office 2007, what the packages include and how to get yourself a copy of Microsoft Office 2007 completely free, thats right obtain a working copy at absolutely no cost to you.
I cannot possibly tell you in the scope of this article many things a person can do with Microsoft Excel. It is used in homes, schools Kindergarten through college, and a variety of small businesses by thousands of people. Knowledge of office applications is a need in almost every place a prospective employer is hiring for. The salary a person receives depends on their level of ability. So the question is what do you want to learn about Microsoft Excel? There are some very practical ways to approach your goal of learning Microsoft Excel.
The first step is to figure out just how much you need to know based on what your needs are. The knowledge is out there to help you with a home project, job promotion or how to go all the way to Microsoft Excel Certification.
There is a surplus of ideas that come to mind for learning Microsoft Excel. The first place to start would be at your favorite book store. When you are shopping for your book it is wise to look at the contents first. If you are reading this article you are most likely a beginner; a good starting point would be to explore the excel window, learn a few keywords, and how to navigate a worksheet. Two things to consider are: if topics are within your level of expertise, and are structured for the beginner.
Most community colleges offer classes in office applications that are either credit or non-credit classes. Most local library's have free computer classes. If you are the type of learner who needs someone to coach you along the way these are good choices for you.
If you are the more adventurous type and self-motivated Microsoft's web site offers help and how to video courses that take you through step by step tutorials you can also link to information about Microsoft Certification. The web site's navigation is very easy so finding the video courses is a relatively easy try.
There are easy to read icons at the top of the page and you can just click on the office application of your choice to gain access to the free instructions. Be aware though that the video courses only cover Microsoft Office 2010. If you have an older version of Microsoft Office on your computer you may find some instructions by reading the links to find older versions or use the search bar to type in your version of Microsoft Office. For written instruction check the library, thrift stores, eBay, yard sales, and bookstores that carry older books. Just have fun with it and remember nothing you do on your computer is Permanent so if you mess up just start over.
So decide what your level of expertise is and what you want it to be. Figuring out where to start is the most difficult step in any project. You won't be so overwhelmed by all the information out there if you already know what you are looking for. Then have some fun with an inventory, such as a collection or if you are working out a family budget then use the formatting to make it have a visually pleasing look.
by Dorolis Day-Morris