Visio

Collaborating in Visio

Our customers say they spend a lot of time coordinating and communicating with coworkers to get their daily work done. Whether you’re working on a simple illustration or a flowchart documenting an extremely complex process, it’s not uncommon to have to go through multiple revisions, get feedback and work with others to get the details right. That’s why we picked collaboration as an area of focus for the new Visio.…

Yammer

Win Tickets to @swarmconf

We are very excited to be sponsoring Swarm Conference this year! For those who don’t know, Swarm Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia, September 13th and 14th, is all about connecting and educating community managers. The conference provides fantastic opportunities to exchange best practices, hear keynotes from internationally recognized community managers, and network for collaborative opportunities. We’ve long…

PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2013: Presentation is Everything

You wouldn’t wear your workout clothes to a job interview, unless of course you were applying as a personal trainer or professional athlete. When you make PowerPoint slides, you are probably trying to sell a product, make a point, or pass a class. It’s not so different from a job interview – you want to look your best. Well guess what? We want to help you look your best. When…

Word

Lights.. Camera.. Action! Adding videos to your Word documents

Videos are a great way to engage a reader, tell a story, invoke emotion, and communicate effectively. They are found all over the web (news articles, blogs, websites, etc.) and are a great way to enhance documents you send digitally. In the new Word, we added the ability to insert web video directly into your documents, allowing you to create rich, interactive output that pairs your words with video whenever…

Office 365

Women’s fashion designer BCBG picks Office 365

Leading women’s fashion designer BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP offers premier fashion brands for women in more than 1,200 BCBG stores in 45 countries. When employees began running into issues sending photos and other large attachments via email, the retailer decided it needed to address its limited email storage issue by moving to the cloud. “We are not a technology company and don’t want to invest a lot of capital in IT,” says Kent…

Excel

Introduction to the Data Model and Relationships in Excel 2013

This post is brought to you by Diego Oppenheimer a Program Manager on the Excel team. I am very happy to be writing this blog post today. Not just because I will be showing you another way Excel can make your data analysis easier but also because I will be introducing the new Data Model and Relationships features that will hopefully change the way you use Excel for data analysis…

Access

Feral Cats: Managing Access databases in your organization

It’s every IT manager’s worst nightmare: thousands of Access databases are running wild in your organization and you don’t know how to manage them. One CTO described compared the situation to feral cats wreaking havoc. Fortunately, Access 2013 features some great improvements that will increase the manageability of your desktop databases. Plus, moving forward, you’ll be able to take advantage of Access 2013 Web Apps, which take manageability to a…

Office 365

The Valley Goes Office 365

Today, the County of Santa Clara in the heart of Silicon Valley announced they’re moving to the cloud with Microsoft Office 365. They plan to upgrade and consolidate their multiple countrywide email systems for 15,000 employees in 26 public agencies and departments. Previously, county departments made technology decisions separately which lead to multiple countywide email systems, redundancies and unnecessary IT costs.  The County of Santa Clara chose Office 365 because…

Word

Updating layout in Word 2013 while maintaining compatibility

Since the Office Customer Preview was announced a few weeks ago, we’ve talked quite bit about the vision for the product and the new features that you’ll be able to take advantage of when you try it out.  One area that we invested heavily in this release, but has remained under the radar, is our work on the layout engine that Word uses.  When I say “layout”, I’m referring to…