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The McKinstry Tool Tracker App: Using Access 2013 and Office 365 to manage critical assets

McKinstry, a builder and manager of energy-efficient commercial buildings, needed an efficient and accurate way to track tools. Microsoft worked with the company to create an app using Access 2013 (and hosted on Office 365) showing current location, availability, usage history, and storage locations. A barcode scanner sends keystrokes through a USB connection, and Access uses built-in search to instantly identify the tool based on the code in the record for that tool. A data macro checks…

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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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New server release: Spreadsheet controls in Office 2013

In April, we released 2 important new spreadsheet management server-based applications to complement the desktop spreadsheet management features we introduced with the release of Office 2013. Now available are Audit and Control Management Server (ACM), and Discovery and Risk Assessment, which are both designed to help you manage the use of spreadsheets and Access databases.  Read on to learn more.

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Join Access sessions at TechEd in June

Join us in New Orleans for Microsoft TechEd North America June 3-6 and in Madrid, Spain for Microsoft TechEd Europe June 25-28. Scott McFadden and Jeff Conrad from the Microsoft Access product team will present on the new Access web app features available in Microsoft Access 2013 at this year’s event in New Orleans. Harrison Shapley and Kevin Nickel from the Microsoft Access product team will share a similar presentation…