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By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Microsoft Releases Outlook for iOS and Office for Android Tablets

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Yesterday Microsoft released Office for Android Tablets, which allows users to perform basic functions in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free while requiring an Office 365 subscription for more advanced functionality.

They also released the long-awaited Outlook for iOS, rounding out the Office for iPad suite of individual apps. Available for free, this elegant app gives users the flexible email, calendar, and schedule workhorse on their iPads and iPhones.

An Android version is also available, though currently in Preview only. A final release for Android is most likely coming in the next few months.

Here’s what impressed us about these new apps.

By Scott Fegette | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Using Siri: How to Get the Most out of Your iPhone Assistant

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When Siri first debuted on the iPhone 4, I upgraded immediately. The thought of voice-activating my life drew me in like a magnet.

But after my first few tries, the reality of using Siri day-to-day fell far short of what I’d expected.

I didn’t give up, though. And despite periods of frustration, I finally learned how to get the most out of Siri. Now I use her many times a day, with great success. Here’s how:

By Curt Frye | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Create Pivot Tables in Excel 2010

Excel workbooks let you summarize your data using a powerful set of built-in functions and features such as sorting and filtering.

That said, basic worksheets are static and make rearranging data difficult. Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid all that cutting and pasting: Pivot Tables.

You can learn everything you’d ever want to know from my lynda.com courses Excel 2007: PivotTables for Data AnalysisExcel 2010: PivotTables in Depthand Excel 2013: PivotTables in Depth.

But here’s a quick-start guide for you:

By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, January 26, 2015

Stop Junk Mail from Burying You at Home

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How many free address labels and calendars do you really need?

Nonprofit organizations are one of the prime contributors to the piles of junk mail we get at home every day. And although you may want to support a particular charity and its mission, most of us do not need the constant donation requests in our mailboxes.

In my free video tutorial Stopping unwanted junk mail, I offer lots of tips for reducing the amount of mail you have to sift through and recycle each day.

Here’s how to stop junk mail from charities, specifically:

By Todd Dewett | Friday, January 23, 2015

How to Deal with a Difficult Boss: Managing Conflict at Work

Find out how to deal with a difficult boss

One of the most difficult parts of any career is working for someone you don’t like.

Your boss might have impossible standards, play favorites, or be relentlessly negative. In some cases, bosses can be flat-out discriminatory or abusive.

Most people feel they have little to no power to remedy these situations. But they’re wrong. I’m going to give you some tips on how to deal with a difficult boss.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Standing Desk: Make Your Own and Save Money

Make this DIY standing desk by following these tips

Tired of sitting in front of your computer all day? I think we all are. And it turns out all that sitting is very bad for us. It has to stop.

Fortunately there’s such a thing as a stand-up desk. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap.

Office furniture is expensive, and trendy office furniture is more expensive. Standing desks will always run you more than the sitting variety, and if you want one that lets you change the height back and forth from sitting to standing, you’ll have to shell out big bucks—which is not really an option for most of us.

So I came up with a better solution: I made my own.

By Jeff Toister | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Customer Service Tips: Offer the Worst-Case Scenario

Follow these customer service tips for happy customers

Employees have an opportunity to influence customer expectations with each interaction.

Many instinctively paint an overly rosy picture of the best-case scenario. They quote the fastest lead times, promise responsive service, or offer to sway their boss on a special request. It makes customers feel good in the moment—but they’re later disappointed when their high hopes go unfulfilled.

It seems counter-intuitive, but a better strategy is to give customers the worst-case scenario. It may wind up delighting them. Follow these customer service tips and see for yourself:

By Bob McGannon | Monday, January 19, 2015

4 Tips for Managing Team Debates

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When you work on a team, it’s inevitable that debates will surface.

Here are a few tips for managing these “passionate” discussions—to ensure they remain positive:

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