Interactive Guides to Help Transition to the Office 2010 Ribbon

If you are having trouble transitioning to the ribbon interface in Office 2010, have no fear, the interactive guides are here. One of the biggest pieces of feedback when moving to the new ribbon style interface in Office 2010 from previous versions (anything Office 2003 or prior so include Office XP, Office 2000, etc.) for…


Looking to Achieve a Microsoft Competency? These Training Guides Should Help!

This site is a great reference point that provides insight into how to prepare and pass the assessments and certifications required to attain or renew a Microsoft competency.  Following the changes made to the Microsoft Partner Network in October 2010, these guides relate to the new competency requirements. For each and every competency, there is…


Free Microsoft Antivirus for Home and Small Business PC

Did you know that as a home user or a small business with up to ten PCs, free antivirus is available from Microsoft to help protect your Windows investment? Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection that guards against viruses, spyware and other malicious software.  It’s simple to install, easy to use and always kept up…

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Internal Software Usage Rights for Microsoft Partners

If you’re a Microsoft partner, from 1st November 2010, the internal usage licensing rights for Microsoft software were updated to take into account the new competency model for the Microsoft Partner Network. If you need an update on how this affects your organisation, the first thing to download should be the Software Licensing Overview for…


Office 2010 Translation Services

I’m a big fan of Outlook and Word 2010, I particularly like the ease in which you can handle translation services.  For example, the other day I was running the office World Cup sweepstake when a colleague fortunate enough to claim an envelope drew Paraguay.  The response came back via email.  Hastily, I reached for…


Using Visio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 to Share Network Diagrams

Good to see that the Visio 2010 Add-in for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2 is now available.  The Visio Add-in lets you create diagrams that show objects by geography on a map, by location in a data center or building, by role in a logical view of an application, or by topology for…


Windows Azure Platform & Scrabble

Technorati Tags: Cloud,Windows Azure,SQL Azure I’m convinced that I use phrases and therefore put them into everyday use more and more when I’m reading, learning and getting into something new.  When it comes to getting started in a meeting right now I have a tendency to ask whether everyone is all in before I start,…


In the UK, We’re All In…What’s All In? – A Microsoft Cloud Services UK Roadmap

I’ve just published a Microsoft UK Cloud Services roadmap titled “We’re All In…What’s All In?” – get it here http://bit.ly/dBdIth.  This was pulled together from lots of public information available on the web from various blogs/sources, happy to point you to the source if you need further clarification.    Feedback, comments appreciated… Parkesy


Excel Conditional Formatting Demo File

A few folk asked me for my Excel file today during a Live Meeting I delivered… Here’s the link: http://cid-d0ea2b861503e006.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/Contoso%20Bike%20Sales%20Demo.xlsx  


Introducing Microsoft Office 2010

There’s a great series of eleven short Silverlight videos from the Microsoft product team with regards to Microsoft Office 2010 available!  The videos detail: Access Excel Office Mobile Office Web Applications OneNote Outlook PowerPoint Publisher SharePoint Workspace Word Each video lasts around two minutes and looks good in full screen view.  Head on over to…