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By Jess Stratton | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Five Must-Know Tips for Word 2016

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Whether you’re new to Microsoft Word or use it daily, here are some must-know tips for getting the most out of your new software.

We’ve got brand new in-depth training in Word 2016 — but these tips also work for previous versions of Word, so you’ll benefit even if you haven’t upgraded yet.

By Jess Stratton | Thursday, July 9, 2015

Office 2016 for Mac Available for 365 Subscribers

Office 2016 for Mac

It’s been five years since Microsoft released a version of Office for Mac users. The latest version released today.

Office 365 subscribers can download it right away. Office volume licensing customers will be able to download the software in August, and all other retail users can download and purchase the software in September.

Office 2016 for Mac looks and feels like Office 2013 for Windows. Gone is that feeling that you’re using a completely different piece of software, and if you’re familiar with Office 2013 for Windows, then you already know how to use Office 2016 for Mac! As Microsoft puts it, it’s “Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.”

Here are some highlights

By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Microsoft Releases Outlook for iOS and Office for Android Tablets


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 Jess Stratton | Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to Start Your Own Business This Year

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So you want to start your own business this year? Congratulations! Making that decision is huge. It’s the first step towards a very exciting and rewarding endeavor.

It can also be overwhelming. In addition to knowing your craft or trade, you also now have to know how to run a business! But you can do it.

I’m going to show you exactly what you need to know—and exactly where to learn it.

By Jess Stratton | Thursday, January 8, 2015

CES 2015: Using Your Phone to Make a 'Smart' House

Here's what's hot at CES 2015

I’m at CES 2015 with fellow lynda.com staff authors Nick Brazzi and Garrick Chow. Every year thousands of consumers head to the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to see what technologies vendors have been working on and what we can expect to see in the upcoming year.

Yesterday, Nick told you about his favorite stops on the show floor; now it’s my turn! If you’ve watched the lynda.com Home Techonomics series, you know that my passions lie with home automation—and I’m seeing some cool home tech tools at this show.

By Jess Stratton | Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kickstart Your 2015 Productivity with lynda.com Learning

kickstart your productivity for 2015

If you’re like most people, then right about now you’re looking at the year ahead and wondering, “How can I get more done?”

You can get started today—in your pajamas, even—by hopscotching through the productivity courses at lynda.com. From time management tips to home gadget recommendations, we’ve got the expertise to launch you into an efficient and productive 2015.

By Jess Stratton | Friday, November 14, 2014

Virtually Together: 5 Ways to Connect with Your Family Digitally

A video chat is a great way to connect with far-away friends

‘Tis the season for connecting with loved ones. And if you can’t connect physically with your family and friends over the next few weeks, there are plenty of options for you to do the next best thing: Connect virtually.

Whether you’re across town or halfway around the globe, here are some ways to make your world a little smaller and bring loved ones closer to you.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, October 20, 2014

Use Google Sheets to Make Templates

Make templates with Google Sheets

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you how you can make your own templates out of Google Sheets—Google’s version of a spreadsheet.

You can find Google Sheets by accessing Google Drive.

Why would you want to do make templates out of them? The best example is for a time sheet or expense report.

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