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By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, September 15, 2009

lynda.com exclusive video training partner for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac

We’re really excited about our new partnership with Microsoft: With its release yesterday, new Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition (and upgrade) customers get lynda.com training in the box. Here’s the official press release:

SEPTEMBER 16 – CARPINTERIA, CA - lynda.com, the award-winning provider of online training and education for consumers, businesses and schools, today announced its collaboration with Microsoft to be the exclusive video training partner for its Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition products. Training will be included in product boxes for all purchasers of Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition and the Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition upgrade.

“We are proud to partner with Microsoft by providing in-the-box training for Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition customers,” said Lynda Weinman, co-founder of lynda.com. “Our goal is to help Office 2008 for Mac users to get up to speed on all the applications in this collection of top business software. Our partnership also underscores our commitment to providing high-quality video training content for a wide range of Office 2008 for Mac users.”

“Microsoft is pleased to partner with lynda.com to support our Office 2008 for Mac community,” said Kurt Schmucker, Senior Evangelist for the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft. “With lynda.com’s top-quality training videos included with the Business Edition and Business Edition upgrade, we know users can be productive and creative with our enhanced suite of business software and tools right out of the gate.”

The new Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition includes updated versions of Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Entourage®, and much more. Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition launched on Sept. 15, 2009.

Office 2008 for Mac Business Edition users are also invited to accept a special offer from lynda.com for further training in all Office 2008 for Mac software. More information is available at http://www.lynda.com/promo/MacOffice08

By Crystal McCullough | Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Avoiding common mistakes in Excel 2007

Numbers and financial data drive today’s business world and the goal of Excel 2007: Financial Analysis is to help decode this information. Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and Excel specialist Curt Frye teaches basic fluency in corporate finance, enabling users to see the meaning behind essential financial calculations. In this tutorial, Curt explains how to avoid common mistakes in Excel 2007 to assure fomula accuracy and correct spreadsheet value results.

Interested in more? • Become a lynda.com member • Watch Excel 2007: Financial Analysis at lynda.com • All lynda.com courses by Curt Frye

By David Rivers | Thursday, July 09, 2009

Windows 7 RC Preview takes you under the hood of Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate public beta is here and it’s yours for the taking! And the lynda.com newly released preview training for Windows 7, Windows 7 RC Preview, takes you under the hood of Microsoft’s successor to Windows Vista, exploring what’s new and enhanced in Microsoft’s newest operating system.

Many people resisted the jump from Windows XP to Vista, and for the most part, I would have to agree they had good reason. Windows 7 is not just a prettier version of Windows Vista. It’s stable, it’s fast, it’s secure, and it’s loaded with new and improved features designed to create a superb windows experience. In Windows 7 RC Preview, I tackle those features – not just telling you about them, but also guiding you through the steps to use them properly.

For example, the user interface contains a number of improvements to make life easier when performing those repetitive tasks, like searching for files and programs, switching between open programs, and arranging windows. You’ll be able to follow along with me as we explore and test these features with real programs and sample files.

In this title, we’ll also explore the new or enhanced windows apps and utilities included with Windows 7, including one that is sure appeal to those Windows XP users who are still nervous about changing their OS. If you’re thinking that upgrading to Windows 7 means you won’t be able to use those programs that run in Windows XP only, think again. I’ll show you how to setup and use the new Windows XP Mode to run your XP programs in a separate window, side by side with your Windows 7 programs.

Connecting to networks and connecting devices to your computer just became simpler in Windows 7, too, so we’ll be sure to explore features like Home Group, Device Stage, and Location Aware Printing in this title.

With the release of Windows 7 come new versions of Internet Explorer and Windows Live Essentials. Instant search capabilities, accelerators, and web slices in Internet Explorer 8 are exciting features that are covered in detail in this title. And if staying connected online is important to you, our coverage of the latest and greatest in Windows Live Essentials will help you to communicate online, synchronize your files online, and even share them securely.

Windows 7 will truly be considered a quality release and it has me excited for many reasons. As I researched for this title, the new features and enhancements had me blurting out “Wow!” on more than one occasion. I can’t wait to show you why.

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