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DM SOFTWARE Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:19:21 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Teams is Microsoft's most intriguing productivity app yet After reading the article I noted that Microsoft is really starting to position Office 365 as a full SMB. Offering "Teams" as a "free" addition to an already existing subscription is VERY cool! 

If you are one of the many SMB's that counts every penny but need a full fledged conferencing\meeting utility this might be worth a look.

Today marks the next major step for Microsoft Teams: It's opening up to all Office 365 commercial organizations, a figure that includes more than 85 million monthly users. It's also packing in several new features, like the ability to schedule meetings without leaving the Teams interface. As it evolves, Teams is looking more and more like the ideal productivity solution from Microsoft, wrapping in elements from other Office 365 apps while also delivering entirely new ways to work together.

As a fairly dedicated Slack user, I was surprised by just how thoughtfully designed Teams was after using it for a few days. It's easier to follow threaded conversations, since they actually look like threads instead of weird off-shoot chats. It's far simpler to start video chats with teammates, and you can even schedule video meetings from within rooms. And given that Teams supports video chats with up to 80 people, it could conceivably end up replacing conference calls for some workers. Even the mere act of creating new channels seems a lot more fluid than Slack, reflecting the fact that working groups tend to evolve quickly over time. A private chat between a few colleagues could end up becoming a channel to house conversations around a new corporate project, for instance.

On the mobile front, the Teams iOS and Android apps are both clean and well designed. Oddly enough, the Android app is the most advanced version, since it supports video and audio calls. That's something both Windows Phone and iOS will have to wait for. 

Read more about it here.

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Sharepoint Org Chart My wife was asking me about this software since her company wants to put their ORG Charts in Sharepoint for easier editing and make it access based for just those in her organization.

I read up on it and it seems like something other folks would want to look at getting. The price point is not that high (750.00) which seems like a bargain for what it does. Just something I found cool and wanted to pass along. 

SharePointOrgChart is used within companies to help facilitate communication within their organizations.

What are the features?

- Search and navigate your organization to find the person you need
- Displays secretaries, PA’s and team assistants
- Use conditional formatting to highlight important information
- Setup wizard simplifies configuration
- Show vacant or temporary positions on the chart
- Export to Excel and print organization charts to PDF
- Draw charts from Active Directory, CSV files, SharePoint lists, SQL databases or the User Profile Service 

Check it out here.

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Microsoft to make Windows 10 upgrades free for more Windows 10 subscription plan users Free is good. Right?

Microsoft is enabling Windows users who buy Windows subscription plans like Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 for free.

"Customers subscribed to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 as well as Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5, can now upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 without the need to purchase separate upgrade licenses," said Microsoft officials in a January 19 blog post detailing the new option.

Here's a quick refresher on some of the terms above. 

Read all about it here!

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How To Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive Have you done this yet? Stop lying! You have not done it so...since it's now Winter (here in the Sates) and you are locked-up for the next three months you might want to get this done. I would recommended you start the process at night and then in the morning it should be completed.  A Recovery Drive lets you boot your system and easily access a number of recovery and troubleshooting tools to revive a failing Windows 10 system. If you haven't done so yet, you need to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive. That way, you'll be prepared should…]]> (Digital Dave) Software Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:22:57 +0000 300 Excel Formula Examples I am not a huge Excel guy, but every once in a while I need a formula and this page provides over 300 of them!

Find the formula you need in our list of ready-to-use examples. Click a formula link for a full description. Related functions appear to the right and are also links. 

Check out the formulas here.

If you are new to Excel formulas, or are like I am and are just not all that good with them, you should check out this page called: Excel functions for the minimalist.

]]> (Digital Dave) Software Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:59:37 +0000
Microsoft's new business model for Windows 10: Pay to play This is a good article on the "in's and out's" of the new MS Windows 10 Licensing for Home, Pro, and ENT. Small Business users will be particularly interested in this article.

Every article I've read recently about Windows 10 focuses on its features, its user interface, its update mechanisms, or its privacy policy. But no one seems to want to talk about the fundamental changes in Microsoft's business model for Windows.

That silence extends to Microsoft itself, by the way. Even though the company has made wholesale changes to the way it monetizes Windows, it continues to keep most of the details well below the radar.

The bottom line is this: The price of Windows, as paid by OEMs, is down. The exact price that Microsoft charges large OEMs for Windows is a carefully guarded secret, but there's no question that the price tag has dropped precipitously in the past few years. Indeed, on some devices, such as small tablets, the OEM price of Windows is literally zero. 


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Microsoft's fascinating GigJam service is open to anyone who wants an invite This might be something, especailly you SMB's, might be interested in checking out.

Anyone can get into the private beta of MIcrosoft's new GigJam productivity service, which is aimed at helping teams of people collaborate in real time over the Internet, the company announced Thursday.

GigJam combines data from a variety of services including Microsoft's own Office 365, Trello, Dropbox, and Salesforce. Users can then bring that information into a shared workspace, allowing them to quickly work together.

Users can easily redact part of the information they're sharing with other people, meaning they can selectively share only what needs to be seen in order to get a job done.

There's no way around it: GigJam is a kind of wacky product Microsoft has built to help people get work done together. But what's interesting is that it's emblematic of the company's current approach to the productivity market -- focused on letting people quickly and independently collaborate across different services while maintaining a secure environment. 

Read more.

]]> (Digital Dave) Software Fri, 13 May 2016 09:12:12 +0000
How to use Bing image search in Office 2013 and 2016 No kidding. Wow... I am finding out all kinds of stuff!

Microsoft made it much easier to add images to your documents starting with Office 2013, by integrating Bing image search directly into the suite. That was a nice addition, but recently Microsoft’s Bing and Office teams got together to improve the overall Bing image search experience inside Office.

When you search for images with Office programs on the desktop you can now add filters for size, type, and color, as well as easily find out other information about the photo.

Microsoft’s image insertion works with Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and Publisher in Office 2013 and 2016. In our example, we’ll use a OneNote page and search for tree house images to get ideas for an upcoming project. 

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]]> (Digital Dave) Software Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:49:27 +0000
Office 2016’s Smart Lookup is the next-best thing to a personal research assistant No kidding!!! I just used it and I have to say, this is pretty cool! 

Among all of Office 2016's useful new features, there’s one in particular you’ll definitely want to take the time to master: Smart Lookup. In short, it serves as a digital research assistant, pulling in information from the Web to enhance your work or help you decipher unfamiliar content. If you’re an Office regular, Smart Lookup holds the key to a more powerful workflow.

Where to find it - Smart Lookup is just one right-click away in any Office 2016 app. Highlight a word or phrase you want to research, right-click, and select Smart Lookup from the context menu. You can also get to this feature by launching Review > Smart Lookup and entering a query. 

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]]> (Digital Dave) Software Thu, 18 Feb 2016 03:49:04 +0000
Microsoft's Learning Tools beta for OneNote hopes to help students with dyslexia Damn... some pretty cool tools here. I think I'm going to check this out.

Alongside the Education Edition of Minecraft released today, the company is also releasing a new set of features for OneNote called "Learning Tools." It's an add-on that lives in your menu bar once it's installed, giving students access to "advanced" dictation and an immersive reading mode.

Microsoft says that the tools should be helpful for people with dyslexia, because it includes several different things to assist with reading: speaking text aloud as the current word is highlighted, spacing out the letters to make them easier to follow, using a custom font called "Fluent Calibri" that Microsoft claims is easier to read, and parsing out both syllables or parts of sentences to clarify their sound and purpose.

Microsoft's new font is designed to reduce "visual crowding" between the letters, though the company hasn't yet done any formal studies on whether it's helpful for people with dyslexia. It seems as though there's more research to be done on whether custom fonts can be helpful, though line length and spacing are thought to be important — both can be customized with Microsoft's new tool. Although Microsoft says it has good reasons for believing all of these improvements will improve reading comprehension, we will need to wait for real studies before we can really say whether they are effective, let alone as helpful as the company hopes. 

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