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By Jess Stratton | Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monday Productivity Pointers: Collaborating with SkyDrive

SkyDrive is a free collaboration product from Microsoft that helps you store and synchronize digital files across your desktop and mobile devices. With SkyDrive, you’ll get 7 gigabytes of space for storing your files, photos, and important assets, which can then be accessed from either a web browser or native applications on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone.

In this week’s first Monday Productivity Pointers video, I show you how to use SkyDrive directly within Microsoft apps like Windows 8 and Office 2013, and also work on new documents directly in your web browser. With your SkyDrive account, you’re also entitled to use the Microsoft Office Web Apps—online versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel—for free!

By Bonnie Bills | Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Office 2010 for Business: Focus on Excel

lynda.com has been rolling out training on Office 2010, which launched to business customers earlier this month. I’ve been talking to our Office 2010 authors about their experiences with the latest version of Microsoft Office. Today’s Q&A features Bob Flisser, author of Excel 2010 New Features.

Q: In your opinion, what’s the most interesting new feature in Excel 2010?

A: Since Excel was already a mature application, I couldn’t imagine how Microsoft could improve it for 2010. Now that I’ve been using it for a while, I’d have to say the most interesting–which to me means fun–new feature is Sparklines. (Yes, I said a spreadsheet program is fun.)

Let’s say each row on your worksheet lists a product you sell, and each column shows the amount of a different month’s sales. With a couple of clicks, you can insert a tiny trend line or bar graph contained inside a cell at the end of each row, showing how sales of the product rose or fell over the months. If there are 20 rows, there are 20 miniature charts. With a couple more clicks, you can apply formatting that brings out exactly the information you need.

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