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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, Ali Larter. Read on for a chance to win a year's subscription to Office 365 Home Premium or even a Surface Pro!

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Office Mobile for iPhone

Office Mobile for iPhone available at no extra charge from the Apple App Store for Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers. Similar to our free Office Mobile for Windows Phone, the iPhone app enables Word, Excel, and PowerPoint file viewing and on-the-go content editing capabilities. Read on to learn more.

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How the new Office helps me manage my “mompreneur” life

As a busy mom, entrepreneur, coach, TV correspondent, and founder and editor-in-chief of an award-winning women's lifestyle blog, guest blogger Erica Diamond needs to be organized at all times. Find out why she loves the new Office and how she uses it to help keep everything on track.

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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 on her home desktop, saved it to SkyDrive, put her cat in his carrier, and dashed off to the vet. While waiting for him to have a few tests, she fired up her tablet, pulled this document off SkyDrive, and continued writing in Word while listening to a chorus of disgruntled cats. Read on to learn more about how the new Office supports Jen's on-the-go, working mom lifestyle.

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Watch Office 15-Minute Webinars anytime

Join us every Tuesday for free webinars about how to use Office programs. You can watch the Office 15-Minute Webinars live; or view them later. They run 9:15 am-9:30 am Pacific time on Tuesdays with a live Q&A session to follow. We'll add links to previous recordings below as they become available. You can also download a calendar reminder for the series. Click the link to join Tuesdays starting at 9:00 am Pacific time (we start promptly at 9:15 am): Join online meeting  https://join.microsoft.com/meet/dougt/F274WBQZ If you are prompted to call-in for audio, call 1 (888) 320-3585 or find a local number. Conference ID: 84172528

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Download our free Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

<p>Thinking about making the change to Office 2013? Changes bring exciting new features, but new versions of your favorite software can take a bit of getting used to. To help ease the transition, we've put together nine handy Quick Start Guides that introduce you to the newest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Project, and Visio. Read on to learn how to download the guides and get started with the new Office. </p>

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Free 2013 calendar templates

Happy New Year! Our free calendar templates are now available. Whether you like to plan out your days, keep track of special occasions, or see a year’s worth of holidays at a glance (spoiler: July 4th is a Thursday), we’ve got you covered. Customize your home calendar by swapping in your favorite photos or pick a business calendar for the office. We also had fun creating calendars for students and teachers counting down the academic year and expectant parents looking forward to their due dates. An Excel wizard even built a "semester at a glance" academic calendar with tools to help college students organize their courses and track when assignments are due.

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Your top 10 favorite Office posts of 2012

The  Office Blogs is really 14 blogs rolled up into one. The posts on this list were the most popular across all of them. Check out the year in review to find out what most piqued people's curiosity about the new Office and which how-to's they found the most useful.

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Support for international users and multiple languages in the new Office

We have made major new investments in the new Office to support international users who work in languages other than English.  Three new languages have been fully localized for the first time and Language Interface Packs added in 13 more.  The range of languages supported in Office 365 and in Office Mobile has also been greatly extended. For the many international users who need to consume or create content in more than one language we are introducing new ways to access Office proofing tools in additional languages.

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