Office 2010 Tips and Tricks Screensaver

If you are an organisation thinking about options and ways to get training and daily tips to your users, you could consider applying the Office 2010 Getting Started Screensaver. It’s a new type of Help, and a new way to deliver it. The screensaver shows short 60-90 second videos provide tips, tricks, and timesavers for…

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Interactive Command Reference for Office 2010

One of the most useful tools to help learn the updated interface in Office 2007 is the Interactive Command Reference.  It provides a useful mapping between features and commands in Office 2003, and then shows you where those commands are found in the Ribbon. We have recently released an updated version of these tools for…

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The Productivity Hub is now Available

The Productivity Hub is now live! What is the Productivity Hub? The Productivity Hub is a SharePoint Server 2007 site collection. It comes packed with over 300* pieces of content, including videos, documents and PowerPoint slides. This gives you a great start at building a learning community behind your firewall. Microsoft has developed the Productivity…

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SharePoint in Plain English

In my role as an Enterprise Productivity Specialist, I spend a lot of my time talking to customers about Office System, and how the Office Server (SharePoint) enables people and teams to work better together.  I usually talk to CIO’s and Senior IT Managers about this – and have presented “What is SharePoint” approximately 500…

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Real Life Value of Software + Services

I’ve been travelling overseas this week to a global Microsoft conference in the US.  I sit here in the Airport departure lounge (offline) reflecting on my week. A couple of events happened – and both are real life stories of the value of Microsoft’s Software + Services (S+S) strategy. 1) The hotel I stayed in…

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Building a Workplace for a Wide Spectrum of Generations

I’ve spent the last few working days briefing Government Agencies about how Microsoft approaches a new release of Office and decide on the investments in new features to give our customers new capabilities to support the emerging world of work. I highlight activities that provide insight to us for what the workplace will look like…

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Email Delay Rules

As I mentioned in my email approach PIFEM one of the rules I have turned on in Outlook is to delay sending email by 1 minute. This allows me to catch any emails I didn’t mean to send just yet, or more commonly, I remember to add something else just after I press send, such…

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Free Screen-cast Video Demonstrations and Training for SharePoint

A colleague of mine, Ketan, mentioned these free Screen-cast videos for SharePoint – provided by the crew at SharePoint e-Learning.com.  Asif and Wendy have put together a great set of audio narrated videos showing how to leverage a bunch of capabilities from Office and SharePoint.  Check them out as an option if you are looking…

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Use SharePoint Tasks to Manage Meeting Actions

My manager Peter was asking my advice for how to help organise a weekly meeting that he organises.  It’s a number of managers that are the leadership of our team, and they discuss the operations and strategy for the team etc. One thing they struggled with was how to keep track of actions and follow…

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Reducing Paper Use – Saves Big Money

I was talking to a customer of mine in Sydney yesterday, and the discussion of forms came up as a way of reducing the amount of paper the organisation uses. I recalled there was a study done by CitiBank about their use of paper, and ways they reduced their consumption, saved an impressive amount of…

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