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Tuesday
Nov032015

Windows 10

Windows 10 is here! (yes, they skipped Windows 9). It provides a similar desktop experience with which Windows 7 users were familiar. They brought back the Windows 7-style start menu and added a host of new features.

Cortana

  • Microsoft's version of Siri or Google's version of Google Now
  • It can make appointments, open programs, check the weather and more

Project Spartan

  • Microsoft has been working hard to create a better web browsing experience, the result is Project Spartan
  • Chrome-like UI with built-in search
  • You can click on any section of a website to type out a comment for sharing with co-workers or friend

They also brought the multiple desktop feature from Mac and integrated it into Windows 10.

Faculty and Staff can download a copy of Windows 10 on your home computers here >>

http://www.colorado.edu/oit/services/personal-computing-devices/microsoft-software-ees

Note: The EES -- Enrollment for Education Solutions -- provides licenses as a common-good for all CU-Boulder faculty and staff and departmental computers, for Microsoft products including Windows, Office, and certain CALs.

Wednesday
Nov062013

Outstanding Outlook Organization - Part 1

Microsoft Outlook is a powerful tool, and I think that its functionality and ability to make lives easier is underestimated.  I consistently find new ways to keep my life - not just my emails - organized using Outlook.  So, here's a new series for you: Outstanding Outlook Organization!

This month, let's take a look at Calendar Grouping.

Do you have a group of people that you seem to meet with a lot?  Let's create a Calendar group, so you can easily check their free/busy schedules and blast a meeting request to all of them in much fewer mouse-clicks!

(I am on Office 2013, so my images may look slightly differen than yours.)

1. From your Calendar 'Home' tab, click 'Calendar Groups' -> Create New Calendar Group.

2. Give the group a name, and click OK.

3. The 'Select Name: Global Address List' dialog box will pop-up so that you can search CU's system for the user's name/email addresses.  

Tip: Select 'More columns' at the top so that user's names show up more easily.

4. Find and select everyone you want to be part of your new group and click 'OK'.

5. Your new group will be added to your Calendar pane of the left side of your calendars

6. To schedule a meeting with the group, find a free time and then at the top of your 'Home' tab, click 'New Meeting' -> New Meeting with All

7. It will auto-fill the email addresses for your group members as meeting invitees.  You can complete the remaining details and send it off!

 

To add more group members, right-click on the group name and select 'Add Calendar' -> 'From Address Book...'

To delete or rename the group, right-click the group name and select the appropriate choice.

To remove users from the group, right-click on their name within the group and select 'Delete Calendar'.

 

And, as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call, email or come by LTS!

 

Monday
Nov042013

Google Image Search.... Wait, what?

 

Ever find a picture of some beautiful scenery on the internet and can't figure out where the photo was taken? Or, have you seen a picture of a celebrity but can't remember their name? Well, you're not alone. Google has a feature built in to it for searching by image, and it's really easy to use. Google analyzes the picture for like features in other pictures in its own libraries and returns results to you based on these features.

To use it, simply browse to http://google.com and click on the "Images" link at the top. Drag and drop images from your computer, or even other webpages onto the search bar, or click the icon of the camera in the search bar... and presto! Don't believe me? Watch the video below!

If you're a Chrome user, make searching by image even easier by installing the Google Image search addin for Google's Chrome browser... Or, get the addin for FireFox. These add-ins will allow you to right-click on an image while browsing and choose "Search Google with this image." 

Monday
Oct142013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 has made marked improvements over its predecessor.

  • The Surface Pro 2 now features a longer battery life
  • Available in larger capacities, 256GB and 512GB
  • The larger capacities now come with 8GB of RAM instead of 4GB
  • microSD slot for added memory expansion,
  • A two position kickstand instead of one,
  • Wireless adapter for the Touch and Type Covers, 
  • Available docking station to use it as a desktop.

More information available from Microsoft.

Tuesday
Sep172013

PowerPoint Alternatives

We've all heard the phase, "Death by PowerPoint".  The presentation creation marketplace was stale for many many years, but alas, alternatives now exist!  Prezi has risen to the top in terms of mainstream PowerPoint alternatives, but let's dig a little deeper.  With focus on creating presentations on mobile devices, three great startups are gaining traction in this space.  

http://slideidea.com/ - SlideIdea is a presentation app that gives presenters the tools to interact in real-time with their audience. Designed to accommodate mobile device users, SlideIdea helps the presenter engage listeners through the use of the audience’s smart phones, laptops, or tablets

http://flowboard.com/ - Flowboard is a storytelling and presentation app that allows anyone to make side-scrolling publications with images, text, videos, links, and photo galleries. Whether you have a story to tell, an idea to share, or a presentation to give, Flowboard allows you to create & present right from your iPad, or share to any device. Flowboards are fun, stylish, and entertaining.

http://www.haikudeck.com/ - Haiku Deck is the simple new way to create stunning presentations – whether you are pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. Featured on the iTunes “New and Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” lists, Haiku Deck makes it fast and fun to create beautifully designed slideshows you’ll be proud to share. The app has been the top ranked productivity app on iTunes in more than 36 markets around the world.

Source:  CrunchBase