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Those daffy commercials of people so lost in their phones that they run into people (see below) were a nifty kickoff to the Windows Phone 7. But what those commercials really are about is how it just takes a quick glance at your Windows Phone to find the critical information you need to know. See for yourself:
--Doug Thomas, from CES 2011
Besides celebrating our first birthday this week, we've also fired up 3 new product blogs and beefed up 2 others. The Excel, Access, and Outlook team blogs have moved here from MSDN. The Word and PowerPoint MSDN blogs have moved over too, joining the Word and PowerPoint blogs we started in 2010, and our homegrown Publisher and OneNote blogs.
Now, if you want to learn how to integrate Silverlight into an Access database, create a bulleted list in Excel, or need 3 tips for finding a wayward Outlook email message fast, you can find out right here on the Office Blog.
Here's what we're doing and why, and how it affects you.
The Access sessions of the Office 15 Developer Kitchen are being held March 28-31 on the Redmond campus, and we are looking for Access developers who want to get an early look at Access 15. This lab experience gives us great feedback and helps guide the next release of Access.
CES is all about the power of technology, media, and power--the kind of power that comes out of the wall into a mess of cables to run all your devices. Microsoft Office blogger Jessica Reading shows us a new device designed to simplify keeping those devices charged.
-- Jessica Reading and Louis Broome, from CES 2011
Templates provide a great way to get started with Access more quickly and get to the solution you need a lot faster. If you are a developer, templates help you make yourself known across the world by virtue of your community contributions. This post shows you how to create and share a community template.
This week is the start of a series of blogs on OneNote users.
We talked with Leanne Marshall, the "den mother" for the OneNote engineering team, among others.
We hope to feature more of our passionate, AWESOME users as we go along. Let us know if you'd like to be the subject of a blog!
At the end of 2010 I started feverishly typing to-do lists and New Year’s resolutions in OneNote. All of that planning got me thinking. How does everyone else do it? I mean, do I have OCD or is this a normal thing?
So I started researching. I found 5 tips to successful time management that led me to believe I have a pretty good thing going with my OneNote habits.
Read the full post to find out what I came up with and how you can do it, too!
Back one sunny day in the fall I was out for a
run along the ship canal here in Seattle, one of my favorite spots. At one
point on the path, I came across a gentleman relaxing on the warm grass, book
in hand-surrounded by four different types of solar charging devices.
Fascinated, I stopped to learn more. He was living completely off the grid,
charging a Flo TV device, netbook, mobile phone, and batteries, all from the
Even if you don't feel the need to go that green,
battery life being what it is, it's good to have options for power. This little
solar charging unit called the Joos Orange (orange! Like
Office!) has been a hit with Wired
reviewers, and just won a CES 2011 Best of Innovations award for Ecodesign and
Sustainable Technology. In a world of mobile devices, what better power source
than the one we always have available, our brightest star?
CES is full of things that I'm never going to
use, but this one makes tons of sense to me-go green, be connected, and stay
productive all at once. I like it.
-- Jessica Reading
The Office Blog crew is at CES today at the immense Las Vegas Convention Center. Every January, the Consumer Electronic Show is the hot spot for all things tech. Over the next week, we will blog and produce videos with an eye on how this technology will (could?) make you more productive in the near future. Starting with this one:
Keep reading for more info...
Today's blog post on repairing numbers that are formatted as text is brought to you by Gary Willoughby, who writes Help content for Microsoft Excel.
A few months ago, my new manager e-mailed us (that is, her team of Excel writers). She had a spreadsheet with some columns of numbers that she wanted to total, and the answer was resolving to 0. When you have lots of values in a column and their total is 0, you have a problem: Those numbers may not be numbers at all! (cue the scary music).
Keep reading to learn how to solve this common problem.