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

<p>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 out the tool and adds a record to the checkout history with a simple button click. Read on to learn more about this productivity improvement and cost savings and see a video of the tool tracking Access app in action. </p>

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We’ve Updated Excel Web App – What’s New as of June 2013?

<p>About a month ago, we announced that Excel Web App and the Office Web Apps are destined to become a comprehensive productivity experience on more browsers and devices (not just companions to the desktop applications). We didn't give any specific timelines as part of that, but last week we released our first feature update since that announcement. Head over to the Excel Blog to see some of the awesome new things you can do in Excel Web App now in both SkyDrive and Office365, and you'll also get a peak at some of what we've got coming in future updates! Read more in the Excel Blog!</p>

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We’ve Updated Excel Web App – What’s New as of June 2013?

<p>About a month ago, we announced that Excel Web App and the Office Web Apps are destined to become a comprehensive productivity experience on more browsers and devices (not just companions to the desktop applications). We didn't give any specific timelines as part of that, but last week we released our first feature update since that announcement. I'm excited to share some of the awesome new things you can do in Excel Web App now in both SkyDrive and Office365, and I’ll give a peek at some of what we've got coming in future updates!</p>

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The Garage Series for Office 365: First look at real-time co-authoring

<p>Take a look at the new Garage Series episode where hosts Jeremy Chapman and Amanda Lefebvre take a pre-release, first look at the upcoming Office experiences on the Web. They will walk you through real-time co-authoring beyond pure text editing across Word, PowerPoint and at a cell level in Excel, as well as net new capabilities previously only available on the desktop. Watch too as they challenge a local New Orleans band, Remedy Krewe, to compose a blues song real-time as they work together both online and offline. Get the full story on the Office 365 technology blog</p>

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A salute to “breadwinner moms”

<p>The number of "breadwinner moms" is at an all-time high in the US, and we hear from them every day about how fast-paced life has become and how technology can help keep work and life humming. Learn how the new Office helps these amazing moms to balance work and home life. </p>

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Office is a team player

<p>By embracing Microsoft Office, customers get a powerful set of tools that support the entire spectrum of productivity use cases, from the most basic to the advanced. By contrast, Google Docs has deficiencies. These gaps are just not advanced features used by a few people, but basic features. Learn more about what happens when you choose a productivity suite that has deficiencies. </p>

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Office Web Apps Announcements

<p>Yesterday we announced some exciting news about Web Excel (and all of the Office Web Apps) over on the Office 365 Blog. Specifically, we announced that we’ll be improving the Web Apps to be a comprehensive productivity experience (not just a companion to the desktop applications) on more browsers and devices over the next year and beyond. Head on over to the Office 365 blog to check it out!</p>

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Office Web Apps: More Office, more collaborative, more devices

<p>When we launched the Office Web Apps in 2010, they were companions to the Office desktop experience that enabled lightweight, on-the-go content creation and review. Since then we've made a number of investments in Office Web Apps to make it easier for people to work together, author documents and access Office content from virtually any device. As we think about how people communicate and collaborate today and how their needs will evolve in the future, we'd like to share our plans for some of the investments we are making in the Office Web Apps over the next year and beyond.</p>

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Webinar: Getting things done with Office Online

You can access and share Office documents with browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. Learn some of the basics and the latest features of these free tools. Note: Office Online was formerly known as Office Web Apps. There is an updated webinar about Office Online at http://aka.ms/online123. Can’t see this video? It’s also

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Office Web Viewer: View Office documents in a browser

Do you have Office documents on your website or blog that you want your readers to view even if they don't have Office installed?  Would you rather view a document before downloading it?  To give your audience a better experience, try the Office Web Viewer.

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Using conditional formatting to highlight dates in Excel

<p>Date functions in Excel make it is possible to perform date calculations, like addition or subtraction, resulting in automated or semi-automated worksheets. When you mix date functions with conditional formatting, you can create spreadsheets that display date alerts automatically when a deadline is near or differentiate between types of days, like weekends and weekdays. In this tutorial, Excel MVP Frédéric Le Guen shows how to put this functionality to work, with some examples in the Excel Web App so you can experiment with the results. </p>

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Project Online and Excel Web App: Cloud data improves reporting

<p>Along with the general availability of Project Online in Office 365, new scenarios have been enabled for Project Online reporting. We introduced the Project Online OData feed to help you access your data using Excel 2013, and now you can refresh Excel workbooks in Excel Web App that consume Project Online OData feeds. Learn how to grant the BI Azure Service access to your SharePoint Online tenant.</p>

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