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Ali Larter #TBT photo kicks off Office “back” to school sweepstakes

With the back-to-school season upon us, it’s time for parents and students to start thinking about what they need to make this year the best yet. To help celebrate this back-to-school season and put the latest technology in the hands of parents and kids, Office is putting the “back” in “back to school” by kicking off a fun (and nostalgic) sweepstakes with the help of famed actress, author and mom,…

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Plug in to unplug

Information overload is real, and it’s important to #unplug for creativity and sanity. We also realize most people don’t always have the luxury of doing so, and that includes most of us at Microsoft. One of our dev teams even built an internal app, called Focus Time, to shut off electronic distractions. The app, which was downloaded internally thousands of times, switches Outlook to offline mode and sets Lync to “Do Not…

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Office is a life skill for graduates on the job hunt

A recent survey caught our attention this week, revealing that 83% of millenials say technology makes it easier to get a job. We couldn’t agree more. Computer skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office in particular, are fundamentals most employers expect. With this in mind, we wanted to share resources that will help the class of 2013–and beyond–brush up on Office skills and stand out from the crowd.

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Free templates to help families of children and teens with autism

One out of every 88 children in the United States has been diagnosed with autism–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in the last 40 years. To help the families of the more than one million children and teens with autism in the US, Microsoft has collaborated with Autism Speaks and the University of Washington Autism Center to release a series of free templates that families and therapists can customize to explain social…

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Extend your networking reach with social apps for Office

Social apps can make working with Office 2013 more engaging, efficient, and fun. They combine the networking and outreach capabilities of social media sites with the mobile productivity power of Office.  Together, Office and social apps give you more insight into your contacts, allow you to monitor your social channels without using a browser, and can spice up your SharePoint sites in ways that you’ll “like” (thumbs up). Read on to…

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The new Office lets me work from home–and everywhere else

As blogger-in-chief of MommaSaid.net for the past 10 years, Jen Singer has used technology to work around her kids’ (and occasionally, her cat’s) schedules. She’s done pre-show interviews with TV producers from the supermarket cereal aisle and edited books on her laptop while waiting for track practice to end. Now with SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud-based storage system, her Office can truly be wherever she is. She started writing this blog post…