Cloud computing for the Office user

(Toney Sisk is a writer for Microsoft Office, and his focus is on Project and Project Server.) No, computing in the clouds doesn’t mean your computer (or you) can suddenly float. But you might ask yourself, Why would anyone want to leave the security of their Microsoft applications to start roaming around in the clouds,…

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Zen in the art of data management

(Radhika Shankar was an international journalist before she boarded the technical and marketing content writing train about 10 years ago. She has enjoyed her writing journey that took her to creating advertising campaigns, documenting the nuts and bolts of computer hardware and software to a wide range of audience. When her demanding cat Cindy lets…

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Take charge of your health – Office templates can help

(Darla Crass is a technical writer for the Microsoft Office Online Web site. She started her career at Microsoft in Product Support answering questions about Windows 3.0. When she’s not at work, Darla enjoys remodeling her house and taking her two dogs for rides and finding new places to walk.) The templates linked in this…

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How wikis help us wrangle team processes

(Toni Saddler-French has been swimming in the waters of content creation for years and years, starting with Microsoft Word 1.1. She has worked with various Microsoft Office products, Internet Explorer, and server products and technologies. In this column, she gives a birds-eye view of how your team can better organize its documents and processes with…

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Blurring old border lines

Ed McKillop has been writing and editing technical and marketing content for over ten years. He has written catchy phrases and many manuals (some boring, some not so boring) for aircraft, servers, hardware, software, cell phones, and a machine that tested water and air for anthrax, back when no one knew what anthrax was. He…

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When you’re overwhelmed by e-mail

(Darla Crass is a technical writer for the Microsoft Office Online Web site. She started her career at Microsoft in Product Support answering questions about Windows 3.0. When she’s not at work, Darla enjoys remodeling her house and taking her two dogs for rides and finding new places to walk.) Inbox out of control? Too…

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March Madness…Office style

(This column was written with Kevin McDowell, who besides being a college basketball fan, is a Microsoft jack-of-all-trades, having worked in product support, training, user assistance, internal tools development and currently testing for Office Online. He spends his spare time with his wife, Leslie, and three kids (Noah, Seth and Eden), playing keyboard or guitar…

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More PowerPoint experts—How fifth graders presented the Bard

(Shellie Tucker writes training courses and videos about PowerPoint and other Office programs. She also spouts off on this blog about both bad and good PowerPoint slides.) Maggie, Aeron, and Hannah are fifth graders who had the challenge of presenting a biography of William Shakespeare to their class—using PowerPoint. Did they balk at tackling the…

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Creating a simple custom workflow to send confirmation email

(Loreen La Penna is site manager of an internal Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 site and a technical trainer who, at the start of her Microsoft career, fielded Windows 3.0 and Excel 4.0 support calls. Now, when she’s not nagging people to update their pages or delivering training, she can be found in the Redmond area…

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Bridled Creativity

(Holly Thomas is a technical editor by occupational hazard who has segued into writing for this blog and for Inside Office Online. At work and at home she tends to lunge for bright shiny ideas. Learn more about her art and writing at www.mindzayestudio.com.) "Everyone is a genius at least once a year. A real…

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