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We’ve said it for years, when it comes to buying Microsoft Office never, ever, pay retail. There’s always discounts available for the same software and license.
Sadly and probably deliberately there’s few discounts available for buying Office 2013, as opposed to renting or ‘subscribing’ to Office 365.
Office 2013: the real startup guide has a chapter devoted to the Office 2013 buying/rental options and how to save money getting Office 2013.
If you hunt around you can save a few shekels on Office 2013. As usual, we used Amazon US as our main guide since their prices are consistently cheaper and, in this case, have a post-purchase credit offer not available elsewhere. We also checked Best Buy who had almost full retail prices. The 'official' Microsoft Store, as usual, had the worst prices charging full retail down to the cent.
Amazon has two purchase options:... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Outlook Conversation view is a different way to arrange your email. It groups messages with (usually) the same subject together making it easier to follow an email thread. Conversations also makes better use of valuable screen real estate.
When Microsoft first showed the Outlook Conversations feature in Outlook 2010 it looked quite ordinary and we avoided it. Conversations view is also available in more recent releases of Outlook Web Access (Exchange Server). But we’ve recently given the Outlook 2013 version a try and we’re a convert!
To change to conversation view, right-click on the Inbox header and choose ‘Show as Conversations’. Make sure that Date order is selected.
In a regular, dated ordered, Inbox messages appear in the order received. That means emails on the same topic are scattered down the list.
In Conversation view, they are all grouped together with the most recently received message deciding its place in the Inbox list.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
MyCE.com has a worrying report on OneDrive for Business which appears to change the uploaded files. Microsoft seems to be adding information to customers uploaded files. We can’t find anywhere that discloses that and the reasons for it aren’t clear either.
When you upload a file to cloud storage you’d expect the copy you have and the copy on the cloud store to be exactly the same. No differences at all. As we’ll see, that doesn’t happen with OneDrive for Business.
The report only applies to OneDrive for Business (the new name for SkyDrive Pro). OneDrive, as used by most individuals seems unaffected. Office-Watch hasn’t been able to independently verify the report.
It seems that Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents uploaded to OneDrive for Business grew in size by around 8kb. That might not seem like much but there should not be ANY size difference.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
In the Outlook world a conversation is a series of emails with the same subject line or conversation ID. It’s as simple as that. In the past these were called email ‘threads’.
Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 can group messages by conversation or thread.
For most people the conversation is based on the subject line. A conversation ID is a hidden property of Exchange Server 2010 and later messages. Conversations between people on the same Exchange Server system, the hidden Conversation ID message property should override the subject line.
RE: or FW: at the start of a subject line doesn’t matter so all these subject lines are considered one conversation:
The last two are the German equivalents of RE and FW – other language variants are also accepted by Outlook.
Any change to the subject, beyond the ones Outlook is programmed for, means the message won’t be part of the same conversation. The following messages will NOT be part of the above conversation:... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
European airline, Easyjet has introduced unrestricted handheld device use. You can use your phone, tablet, ebook reader anytime while on the plane, as long as it’s in ‘Flight Mode’ (i.e all wireless communications off; Wifi, mobile and Bluetooth).
An interesting move ... hopefully other airlines will follow suit.
Mind you ... even on the same airline, the device rule is enforced erratically, especially when it comes to ebook readers. Most commonly crew can ignore ebook readers but will insist on phones and tablets being shut down. A color/backlit screen seems to be the point of difference for cabin crew. The current device rules differ between airlines and are applied differently by individual crew.
The problem with letting people continue to use devices constantly is that they are less likely to remember to switch into flight mode. At present, I suspect most people switch to Flight Mode when turning off before take-off. Happily the risk from an online device seems to be very low.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
The US Holidays list in Outlook 2013 adds some unexpected and non-holiday items to your calendar – the full list is below. There were some surprising entries in the list supplied by Microsoft.
There’s no doubt that Administrative Professionals, Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants and Secretaries deserve recognition. However “Administrative Professionals Day” is the rebadged ‘Secretaries Day” with its own registered trademark. It’s not a holiday but there it is added to your Outlook calendar:
Why has Microsoft decided to add this particular faux holiday?
The same ‘holiday’ is celebrated in other countries like Australia, but isn’t in the Australian holidays list.
Another surprising entry but at least Groundhog Day (2nd February) has a longer history going back at least 200 years.
Isn’t an official holiday. Though the Friday is often taken as an extra day to give people a 4 day break so it makes sense to add it. It’s also the major shopping day; ‘Black Friday’.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Microsoft has now released Office 365 Personal, a lower cost rental option for Office software.
The ‘Personal’ subscription/rental option costs US$6.99 per month (US$69.99 a year) plus any state taxes. For that you get:
Microsoft mentions other ‘benefits’ of Office 365 packages like:
That’s quite misleading. The Office mobile apps for smartphones where made free for home use in late March. Office Online is available to anyone with a free OneDrive account and anyone can install the OneDrive Windows or Mac software for offline syncing of data (Windows 8.1 has included).... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
The default date format in Excel has always been a mystery to newcomers and its stranger in Excel Online (the new name for Excel Web Apps).
To change the default date format for display and date entry for Excel Online, go to your Microsoft account:
Reopen the Excel worksheet and the date cells should change their look.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Office Online – the new name for the Office Web Apps – has received an update. Here’s a quick look at some of the new features.
All the updates should be available now or in the next few days as Microsoft global servers are updated. Go to office.com or onedrive.com and login with your Microsoft account to access these browser versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
The focus here is on comments. Now comments appear in edit mode via a right-hand pane similar to Word 2013.
Documents can now be downloaded in PDF format. That makes it easier to download then print from a wider range of computers even if the device doesn’t have Office installed.
Footnotes and endnotes can be added inline. Tables are rendered better, especially with merged and missing cells.
List making is now more like Word software. If you start typing below an existing list, the new line will be added to the list automatically. A right-click menu includes familiar options like Continue Numbering, Set Numbering Value (set a different start value) and Start New List.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
When you add holidays to Outlook, sometimes you can end up with duplicate entries because Outlook isn’t smart enough to detect simple duplications in the calendar.
Here’s an example of triplication of holiday items in the Outlook Calendar. It's easy to do given Outlook's poor holidays support.
Removing the duplicates is easy, in fact there are at least three ways to do it.
Go to the Calendar, switch to List view. This is useful view to keep in mind for various purposes because you can group and sort calendar items in ways not available in standard calendar views.
Choose ‘Arrange by Category’
Minimize other categories and scroll down to the Holidays category. Sort the list by Start by clicking on that column. That will put duplicate entries next to each other.
Click on the duplicates and delete.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
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