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Introducing How to OneNote – Scenario-based OneNote Tutorials

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We have finally come to the end of the year and to end this year on a positive note, we are launching our last website in the free Office 2013 How-to tutorials series. If you haven’t kept up with our series and what we do – We have been helping users increase productivity using Microsoft […] Read More

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Introducing How to Excel – Scenario-based Excel Tutorials

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How to Excel is a new website where we make our tutorials available for free to help people across the globe master Microsoft Excel 2013 to easily navigate a spreadsheet, visualize data with charts, rearrange and clean up data and so on.

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Office 365 story-based tutorials now live on Udemy

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After refining our tutorials for bringing out the best learning experience, we are happy to share that “The Ultimate Real-life Office 365 productivity course”, is now live on Udemy.

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A review of the redesigned Outlook

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Do you use Outlook every single day? I do! That’s why I’m excited to learn about the new, redesigned Outlook that Microsoft is rolling out. Don’t worry – your favorite app won’t change overnight – you will be in control of the switch. Microsoft has announced something called “Coming Soon” to Outlook for Windows, a […] Read More

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Introducing How-to Outlook – Scenario-based Outlook Tutorials

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It is our passion to help users increase productivity using Microsoft Office for many years through our scenario-based tutorials. We have received astounding feedback from people around the world, and our tutorials are available through numerous online training platforms such as Udemy, CyberU, and OpenSesame – in addition to our own website Business Productivity. While […] Read More

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Introducing How-to PowerPoint – Scenario-based PowerPoint Tutorials

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We have been helping users increase productivity using Microsoft Office for many years through our scenario-based tutorials. We have received astounding feedback from people around the world, and our tutorials are available through numerous online training platforms such as Udemy, CyberU and OpenSesame – in addition to our own website Business Productivity. Although many users […] Read More

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Organize Your Life with Microsoft To-Do

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This article was last updated on July 12th, 2018 to include the new features introduced in Microsoft To-Do. Do you find it hard to keep track of things? Have you given up on Outlook for task management because it’s just too cluttered? Would you like a simple way to keep track of your to-do’s?Perhaps Microsoft […] Read More

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Introducing How-to Word – Scenario-based Word Tutorials

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For years, we have been helping users increase productivity using Microsoft Office through our scenario-based tutorials. We have received amazing feedback from people all over the world, and our tutorials are available through numerous online training platforms such as Udemy, OpenSesame and CyberU in addition to our own website Business Productivity. Even though many users and organizations today have […] Read More

Monthly Productivity Treats with Office 365

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Do you remember what it was like in “the olden days?” Where you had to wait for 3 years for new functionality in Office? My kids won’t believe it’s true if I ever tell them! With Office Pro Plus, which is the desktop edition of Office that is included in many of the Office 365 […] Read More

Introducing Storyals: Our Story-based Tutorials

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I recently received a message from a reader in France who had found our site via a video on YouTube. He said he was very interested in what we are doing but asked why there hadn’t been a blog post for so long. This really was the fuel I needed to sit down, even though […] Read More

OneNote in Everyday Life

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Last week we had a lot of fun at our house recording a documentary of how I use OneNote to stay organized in my personal life. The documentary will be shown during the “Learn OneNote Conference 2016”. This is a free, online conference that brings together the worlds’ experts on OneNote to share their knowledge. […] Read More

Announcing – Office 365 course for business people

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Being able to effectively leverage technology is becoming a necessity in today’s workplace. I would go as far as to say that it will become a differentiating factor between those who have a successful career and those who don’t. The entry of new, modern productivity tools, such as those introduced in Office 365, raises new […] Read More

Office 2016 and Office for Windows 10

Microsoft Office 2016 – the choice for productivity gurus

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As more and more people replace their laptops for smartphones and iPads, it’s only natural that the software we use on a daily basis is adapted for these types of devices with smaller screens that we interact with using our fingers. Naturally, there is a limit to what we can accomplish with these devices, and […] Read More

Our course Professional document using Word 2013 is live

Professional documents using Word 2013

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Do you ever think about how much time you spend using Microsoft Word? Microsoft Word is one of those applications that most business professionals use on a daily basis. Even though it’s so widely used, very few people leverage the full functionality of Word. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people […] Read More

Effective use of Outlook 2013

Effective use of Outlook 2013

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Today we are very proud to announce the launch of our new course “Effective use of Outlook 2013”. Most business professionals use Outlook on a daily basis to manage their email, time and contacts. However very few actually know how to get the most of Outlook to increase their productivity. By combining good work methods […] Read More

Save information to OneNote from anywhere any device

Save information to OneNote from anywhere!

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I’m a dedicated OneNote user – both professionally and personally. I use OneNote to take notes during meetings, to do research for blog posts, to gather information about the products I plan to purchase or trips I plan to take. I use OneNote to write down funny things my children say that I know I’ll […] Read More

Prezi or PowerPoint

Prezi and PowerPoint – overview and major differences

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If you attend or create a lot of presentations I’m sure you’re very familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint. Perhaps you have also seen or heard about Prezi? Prezi is a relatively new presentation software which allows you to create more free-flow, visually appealing presentations. In this week’s blog post I’ll give you an overview of the […] Read More

Use technology to unwind during your holiday

Use technology to unwind during your vacation

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Last year in July I wrote an article on how to unplug from work and how to stay away from technology to really unwind during your vacation. For some people that is exactly what they need – to stay away from technology. They prefer to go to an isolated place with no Wi-Fi, no TV, […] Read More

Office Video - a corporate YouTube solution from Microsoft

Office Video – a corporate “YouTube” solution

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Update: Office 365 Video will transition to Microsoft Stream   Have you ever wished that you could have a “corporate YouTube” solution in your organization’s Intranet? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have various channels with videos for training, strategy, product and service updates and other internal communication? There are a number of enterprise video […] Read More

Manage your contacts effectively in Outlook 2013

Manage contacts effectively in Outlook

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Do you have a pile of business cards on your desk that you would like to add to Outlook at some point when you have time? Is your contact folder in Outlook filled with contact details that might or might not be up to date? Managing contacts effectively is very time-consuming. However, having a large […] Read More

How to use social networks with Outlook 2013

How to use Outlook 2013 with social networks?

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In previous versions of Outlook, you could download and install a social connector add-in to connect Outlook to various social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook. In Outlook 2013 this capability is built into Outlook, all you have to do is to activate the connections. In this week’s blog post I’ll share with you how […] Read More

Enhancements of Surface Pro 3

Exciting new enhancements of Surface Pro 3

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On May 20th, Satya Nadella (Microsoft’s CEO) and Panos Panay (Corporate VP of Microsoft Surface) introduced the Surface Pro 3 at a press event in New York. Surface Pro 3 is the third generation of Microsoft’s Surface hardware and for every version more and more critics turn in favor of the device. Being an enthusiastic […] Read More

Our courses are on OpenSesame

Our courses now on OpenSesame

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The world of training is rapidly changing. More and more online training providers are offerings courses to individuals and organizations. I’m proud to announce that we have signed an agreement with OpenSesame to make our courses available through their marketplace. Now you have a number of options to access our courses through a wide range […] Read More

Roll out Office 2013 successfully

Make your Office 2013 rollout a success

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Are you planning to roll out Office 2013 within your organization? Have you thought about how to get people excited about the new Office? Having a proper communication plan in place with material and activities that increase awareness and train users on how to effectively use Office 2013 is key for a successful launch. In […] Read More

How to use Flash Fill

How to use Flash Fill in Excel 2013?

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One of the most useful and timesaving tools Microsoft has introduced in Office 2013 is Flash Fill in Excel. In my opinion, this tool itself is a reason to upgrade to Office 2013! Flash Fill takes tedious tasks, often performed manually, and executes them automatically. You don’t have to insert a single formula – Excel […] Read More

Office Mix

Create an online course using Office Mix in PowerPoint

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Update: Office Mix was retired on May 1, 2018. May 9th, Microsoft announced Office Mix, a new innovative cloud-based service that enables users to create interactive, online training sessions using PowerPoint 2013. Office Mix, which is currently available as a free customer preview, enables users to record and share their courses directly from within PowerPoint. This […] Read More

5 Steps for a successful IT system launch

5 Steps for a successful internal IT system launch

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Being focused on end-user adoption we are often asked to help customers with their internal IT system launches. Purchasing, implementing and rolling out an internal IT system involves a number of challenges. IT departments are usually very well equipped to go through the technical steps of the process – architecture planning, application testing, installation, configuration […] Read More

Get Started with GetSharpCourses

Introducing GetSharpCourses

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Today I’m very pleased to officially announce GetSharpCourses, our popular online Microsoft Office courses available via our own website.  Since we launched users have been able to access GetSharpVideos – our library of short videos on how to use Microsoft Office more effectively. With GetSharpCourses we are extending our website offering to also include […] Read More

Transforming the way we work

Transforming the way we work

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Last week, April 12th, I delivered the keynote presentation at the 1st Live Online SharePoint Saturday Gulf event with the topic, “Transforming the way we work”. For those of you who missed it or weren’t able to attend, you can see the full presentation below. Welcome Good morning (صباح الخير) and welcome everyone! (مرحبا) It’s […] Read More

5 Ways to train employees on Microsoft Office

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Employees in most organizations are expected to know how to analyze data in Excel, create a presentation in PowerPoint and write a report in Word. Even though Microsoft Office is used by business professionals for numerous hours a day, very few employees have actually been trained on how to use Microsoft Office. Here lies an […] Read More

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