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What are QR codes and what are the benefits

What are QR codes and what are its benefits?

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Whether you are in a coffee shop, a retail store or reading a magazine, you probably can’t help notice the black and white squares with funny patterns on products, billboards and ads. These little squares with funny patterns are called QR codes (Quick Response) codes. These are not new, they have been around for quite […] Read More

What is Office Mobile for iPhone and how can I use it

What is Office Mobile for iPhone and how can I use it?

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On June 14th, 2013, Microsoft announced the availability of Office Mobile for iPhone in the Apple App Store. This announcement was warmly welcomed by many Microsoft Office and iPhone enthusiasts, but a lot of people were also disappointed by the very limited usage rights of the application. In this week’s blog post I’ll give you […] Read More

Getting started with the Lync App for Win 8

Getting started with the Lync App for Windows 8

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Update 1 (2015): Microsoft announced that Skype for Business will replace Lync. Update 2 (2017): Microsoft announced that Microsoft Teams would replace Skype for Business eventually.   Last week I wrote about the OneNote app that is available as a free download for everyone who has Windows 8. At the same time as the OneNote app was released, another free […] Read More

Getting started with the OneNote App

Getting started with the OneNote App for Windows 8

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On October 26th, 2012 Microsoft launched the OneNote app in the Windows store, a free application that is designed for Windows 8 devices with touch screens. An update to the OneNote app was released on March 22nd that included improved inking capabilities and support for Office 365 notebooks. The OneNote app is really clever, but […] Read More

Analytics for Twitter in Excel 2013

Use Excel to analyze Twitter data

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Would you like to know who is the most active tweeter in your field? Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what your competitor is doing on Twitter to attract customers? Do you wish you could see where in the world people are tweeting about your products? Well, you can! Using a free add-in for […] Read More

Whats whatsapp and how can I use it

What is WhatsApp and how can I use it?

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Even though I consider myself to be rather up to date on the latest in communications technology, I felt like I was in the hi-tech stone-age when I was recently introduced to WhatsApp by the other mothers at my son’s nursery. Since I frequently send text messages to friends and family in various parts of […] Read More

A richer LinkedIn integration with Outlook 2013

A richer LinkedIn integration with Outlook 2013

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Having a large, professional, business network is extremely important for your career. Most often this is where you will hear about new job opportunities, get connected to business deals and find talented people to hire. If you want to know more about how to increase your business network you can read my blog post, “Five […] Read More

Which new Office 365 version should I choose

Which new version of Office 365 should I choose?

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Note: Checkout out the blog post on our sister site Storyals to know the difference between Office 365 and Office 2019 and which one is right for you here. Last week, February 27th, 2013, Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of the new Office 365 for business. This updated version contains the newest version of Microsoft’s productivity […] Read More

Microsoft's Scroogled campaign is gaining momentum

Microsoft’s “SCROOGLED!” campaign gains momentum

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The past two weeks the media has been filled with articles about Microsoft’s “Scroogled!” campaign where they accuse Google of invading people’s privacy with their targeted email ads. In the campaign, Microsoft encourages users to switch over from Gmail to Outlook.com. By going to the campaign site www.scroogled.com, users can sign a petition addressed to […] Read More

How to save money with Skyp

How to save money using Skype

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How to save money using Skype Last week a report from telecom market research firm TeleGeography showed that Skype voice and video traffic over the Internet grew 44 percent to 167 billion minutes in 2012. Last year Skype hosted the same amount of calls as one-third of the world’s phone traffic. Skype is being used […] Read More

A new flexible way to get Microsoft Office

A new flexible way to get Microsoft Office 2013

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Last week I got a call from a friend who needed help buying Microsoft Office for his new PC. “There are so many options to choose from – what is the difference between the one that costs $399.95 and the one that only costs $99.95?” he asked. It’s always been a bit tricky to navigate […] Read More

What is Windows Azure and what are the benefits

What is Windows Azure and what are the benefits

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Today large companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft, that have extensive experience in managing large data centers, are offering customers to “rent” data capacity. This is great news for companies that want to focus on their core business application and not worry about the underlying platform. Microsoft’s cloud platform offering is called Windows Azure. In […] Read More

My wish list to Santa 2012: Gadgets I want for Christmas

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Last year I wrote two wish lists to Santa Claus, one with books I wanted for Christmas and one with cool gadgets. This year I’m focusing on the top five gadgets I would be ecstatic if Santa gave me. My wish list this year contains a mix of technical things covering all aspects of life, […] Read More

The benefits of Microsoft Excel 2013

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During the past few weeks, I have been writing blog posts about the benefits of the applications in the new Microsoft Office 2013. Even though there are a lot of great new enhancements in Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote that will for sure increase productivity, Microsoft Excel 2013 is in a league by itself. You […] Read More

The benefits of Microsoft OneNote 2013

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An application that has won many hearts since it was introduced in 2003 is Microsoft OneNote. You can think of it as a digital scrapbook, an application for collecting information in various formats – handwritten or typed notes, screen clips, images and audio and video recordings. I became a big fan of Microsoft OneNote when […] Read More

The benefits of Microsoft Outlook 2013

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Good News! Check out our How-to Outlook website for free Outlook 2013 video tutorials here. You can also have a look at out our other How-to sites for free Office 2013 tutorials here (more How-to sites coming soon!). For many people, Outlook is the most frequently used Office application. This is where we manage our email, our […] Read More

The benefits of Microsoft Word 2013

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Good News! Check out our How-to Word website for free Word 2013 video tutorials here. You can also have a look at out our other How-to sites for free Office 2013 tutorials here (more How-to sites coming soon!). Having worked for Microsoft for over a decade I have some insight into the very complex process of application development, the millions […] Read More

The benefits of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

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Good News! Check out our How-to PowerPoint website for free PowerPoint 2013 video tutorials here. You can also have a look at out our other How-to sites for free Office 2013 tutorials here (more How-to sites coming soon!). I’ve been using the new version of Microsoft Office, named 2013, for a while now and I wanted to […] Read More

SharePoint 2013 Online – My five favorite enhancements

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Today, November 12th, the SharePoint Conference 2012 kicks off in Las Vegas, USA. This year there are loads of interesting sessions covering the new version of SharePoint – Microsoft SharePoint 2013, which was released to manufacturing a few weeks ago. Some of the highlights of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 include new social capabilities, improved search, integrated […] Read More

What is Microsoft Surface? A tablet I want for business

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Last week, on October 25th, Microsoft launched their new operating system Windows 8 across the world. In addition to a new operating system, Microsoft launched the first version of “Microsoft Surface”. I’m very excited about this new type of device as it brings together entertainment and productivity in a form factor we haven’t experienced before. […] Read More

How to get started with Microsoft SkyDrive?

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Update: Check out our updated post on SkyDrive (now OneDrive) here.   In last week’s blog article, I wrote about the changes Microsoft has made to its online storage offering SkyDrive. I know that many of you haven’t used SkyDrive before, so this week I thought I would help those of you who want to […] Read More

Welcome improvements to Microsoft SkyDrive

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Update: Microsoft SkyDrive has been replaced with Microsoft OneDrive. You can learn more about OneDrive here.   August 20th, 2012 Last week, August 14th, 2012, Microsoft introduced the updated version of SkyDrive, Microsoft’s free online storage service. In a blog post I wrote February 6th, 2012, I explained what SkyDrive is and how you can benefit […] Read More

What is Outlook.com and how can I use it?

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Last week, July 31st, Microsoft introduced the preview of Outlook.com, a new web-based email service that will eventually replace Microsoft’s current offering Windows Live Hotmail. It’s not easy to keep track of all the email offerings that are available out there, in addition to the many offerings from Microsoft, there are also numerous other alternatives […] Read More

A first peak at Microsoft Office 2013

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Last week, July 16th, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer announced the availability of the preview of the next version of Office, at a press conference in San Francisco. The next version of the productivity software suite which has gone under the code name Office 15, will be named Microsoft Office 2013 when it launches. Microsoft has […] Read More

What in the world is SEO and why is it important?

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One of my ambitions with this blog is to make technology easier to understand for non-technical people. In today’s world, technical terms and abbreviations are part of the daily vocabulary even though many people don’t know what they mean. In this week’s blog article I wanted to give you a quick summary of what SEO […] Read More

First impressions of Windows 8 – my verdict!

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Last week I wrote a summary of the things you can expect in Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, that is due to come out later this year. In my early days as a systems engineer, I couldn’t wait to try new technology and I gladly installed unfinished code (so-called alphas and betas) on my […] Read More

A Windows 8 overview – in simple terms

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Later this year Microsoft is said to launch its next operating system Windows 8. About two months ago Microsoft introduced the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. This is an early preview version of Windows 8 that you can download and install for free if you want to get a taste of what the new operating system […] Read More

Increased Productivity when Microsoft meets Nokia

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Last week I bought a new mobile phone, and unlike everyone else it seems, I did not buy an iPhone. Since I’m a heavy user of Microsoft products and I have invested in Office 365 for our company I bought the new Nokia Lumia 800 which is a result of Microsoft’s and Nokia’s new partnership […] Read More

The Outlook Social Connector – a hidden jewel

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How many of you are using the Outlook Social Connector? Or perhaps I should ask how many of you know that there is something called the Outlook Social Connector? I would guess not too many of you. Currently, I’m working on a number of tutorial videos on managing your contact information in Outlook 2010, while […] Read More

Which version of Office 365 should I choose?

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[Note added March 4, 2013: Please see the latest article on Office 365 versions published March 4th, 2013.] Yesterday I attended a female entrepreneur networking event hosted by Microsoft in Dubai. I was invited to speak about my experiences as a small business owner using Office 365 in our day to day business. There was […] Read More

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