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I've been working on a new project that launches tomorrow: Office 15-Minute Webinars. Each Tuesday at 9:15am PDT, I'll host these prompt how-to webinars from the Office.com Help writers. We will look at commands in Outlook that unclutter your inbox and photo tools in PowerPoint that..., and better ways to make charts in Excel, , and that just covers the first three weeks.
You can join live and hang around for the Q&A session, or simply watch a recording. Much more information can be found at http://aka.ms/offweb.
First up, if you use the Outlook Social Connector, you can get a recently released software update in our download center.
For those you don't know what the Outlook Social Connector is, watch this short video explaining how this free tool gives you a better way to view your contacts--including their social connections between Facebook and LinkedIn--while never leaving Outlook.
A restaurant can become a workplace using Windows Phone. With a built-in version of Office, communications software (Lync), and a way to access your files stored Microsoft's free cloud service (SkyDrive), you can see how to attend a meeting and even handle an emergency while eating your lunch.
If you wake up in the middle of nowhere--or have to work regardless of the weather--you can get a lot done with a Windows Phone. That's because it gives you lots of ways to reach people. In this video I show you some of them --including how Windows Phone lets you text by voice, send group emails, and stay completely connected to Facebook. Watch:
In case you want to know more about the features of a Windows Phone, click these links:
It's time to hear from the people. Here are the most clicked video posts created this year on the Office Casual blog. Click on the link to read the post and watch the video.
1. Not there? How to say you're Out of Office in Outlook
The motherload of irony? The most popular video is not one I created. Teammate Colin crafted a full training course about setting your Out of Office message in Outlook. My blog post looks at the nuts & bolts. Published on Jun 30, 2011 at 5:16 AM
2. Rotate text boxes in Word - the workaround
Looking at customer comments, we saw they wanted to do something that Word could not do; thus a workaround. Published on Mar 1, 2011 at 5:50 AM
3. Ribbon Hero 2: How to play the game
The best training tool I have seen for Office gets a sequel. Play a game and learn Office tricks. Published on Apr 26, 2011 at 5:03 AM
4. What Mathematics 4.0 can do for students
We made an accompanying video to the recent Office Future Vision video showing the current technologies that lead to this future vision. One segment of my Envisioning the future video illustrates the enigmatic talk of "being in the cloud" is not the future. One of the tools of today, the free Office Web Apps, is a good example how connecting to the cloud can connect people as they work together. This segment is for the novice, the one who is not sure why they would need "a cloud." I know a few, I'm sure you do to.
Looking for a new and nifty gift for your favorite techie (or geek)? The Touch Mouse is a mouse you have to feel to appreciate. The new Microsoft Touch Mouse brings the best of mice and touch technology into one cool device. In this short video, I give it a test drive on an Excel workbook.
Some folks wanted me to make a video about this week’s update to SkyDrive and how it helps working with the Office Web Apps. As soon as I started working with the new features, I quickly organized my own SkyDrive and start using the Web Apps even more. I think you’ll like the changes—you asked for them—and if you haven’t started your own 25GB of free storage (SkyDrive) or the free online companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote (the Office Web Apps), you might want to dig in.
Windows Phone includes mobile versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint. This Office Hub is your home away from your desktop: Start a Word doc or Excel workbook on your phone, then sync it to SkyDrive so you can write or edit some more on your computer later. Let me show you a few things in this short video, including some of the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” updates and improvements.
Want to see what the future looks like based on where today's software and devices are headed? Kurt DelBene, the President of the Office Business Division, recently introduced the world to a future vision of productivity. This elegant, non-narrated video is based on reams of research.
The video certainly is cool, but I wanted to see where today's technology is laying the foundation for this vision. I talked with the creators of video, looked at their data, and generally peeked behind the curtain. Here's my video connecting the dots between the tools of today and the visions for tomorrow. Below the video, you can find links on how to get your hands on these tools now.