Tag: Microsoft

Team Foundation Server 2015 Training

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QuickLearn now offers different levels of Microsoft TFS training to help companies improve their product management. The program was made to get more out of development teams. The three different types of training they offer are Introductory, Professional, and Advanced training to meet everyone’s needs.

Microsoft just came out with the TSF 2015, which include expanded features for those with the basic license. A few of the new items offered include team rooms and web-based test execution. Not sure what those mean? Take the training to find out!

If you want to become more familiar with the program make sure to sign up for Microsoft TFS training, to insure you know how to utilize all the functions. The great thing about the training is it is also available online so you can learn anywhere in the world.

Boost Productivity Using Google to MS Office Sync Tool

December 4, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

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Multitasking nowadays in basically the single most important skill everybody should live with at this time of day. It’s inevitable that no matter what we do, chances are high that at some point within our day-to-day living, we’ll be obliged to perform certain tasks all at the same time when the situations calls.

Working with documents in the office or at home would require much of our time and if urgency requires us to meet deadlines, we are staggered with so many things to do that we sometimes tend to skip our meals just to maximize our time or much worse, we don’t take the time off.

Now is the right time to start being productive because there are tools that will help us accomplish tasks easier and faster than we can imagine.

Suppose you have a Google Account, why not sign-up for Google docs and sync them with your Microsoft Office application? You can achieve this with OffiSync, a nifty productivity enhancement add-on that allows you to sync your Office files to your Google Docs account for document collaboration in real-time.

OffiSync interface within Microsoft Office

OffiSync interface within Microsoft Office

With OffiSync, you can save and open your MS Office files directly to Google Docs including the ability to create, delete and move folders and files in Google Docs right from within Office interface. Among the other salient features of the tool include collaboration management for emails, document, Google web and image searches fairly reasonable enough for the free download however, a premium download is also available for added functionality like Google Sites integration, saving files in their native format and direct support from OffiSync and their partners.

In order to use OffiSync, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A PC with Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 OS installed.
  • Microsoft .Net Framework version 3.5 (Will auto-install on PCs that don’t have it)
  • MS Office 2003 or Office 2007
  • A Google Docs or Google Apps account.

To fully understand how OffiSync works, watch the video below:

Download this MS Office add-on here.

I’m currently using this add-on along with MS Office 2002; I thought it wouldn’t work since it requires Office 2003 or 2007 however it’s working fine anyhow.

So, what are your thoughts about this add-on? Do you find it helpful?

Update 20 Dec 2009

OffiSync can actually slow down MS Office application loading time. The usual time it takes for my MS Word app to open has increased significantly by a few seconds up to the point of freezing. I have uninstalled the add-on after such incident since using MSWord for my posts is crucial so a responsive application is what’s important for me. If you’re looking at using this add-on, expect these things to happen.

Microsoft Office 2010 (Beta) Download Now Available

November 21, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More

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Microsoft has recently launched the beta version of Office 2010 available for download. According to Microsoft, the beta or trial version is made available to the public in order to gather feedback and reports on bugs which are common practice for beta releases.

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta - Free Download

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta - Free Download

Jacob Jaffe, Microsoft’s Information Worker Business Group leader, said during the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles that they had been planning the package before they released Office 2007.

Among the highlights of the beta release include a new file tab and set of visuals for ease of use plus the ability to save documents directly to Windows Live Skydrive (Microsoft’s online storage), from within the desktop application.

Both 32 and 64-bit formats are supported by the new office app and is compatible with XP (Service Pack 3), Vista, and the new OS—Windows 7.

Normal editions such as Office Professional 2010, Office Home and Business 2010, and Office 2010 Home and Student edition will me made available sometime in the first half of 2010.

Windows 7 Desktop Guide for Newbies

November 14, 2009 | By | 7 Replies More

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If you ever made the big switch to Windows 7 sometime last month or are willing to take a plunge into this brand new OS from Microsoft, then I’m sure you’ve been looking for something that would help you become familiar with the various workarounds with much ease.

Windows in a Box is a desktop tool that will guide you through Windows 7 from theme selections to Parental controls to accessing existing functions and settings all in one complete user interface.

Windows 7 in a Box

Windows 7 in a Box

The software is spyware, adware, malware free with the need to install and mobile which means it can run from a flash drive, sleek and light because it doesn’t consume your computer’s resources. Updates about the software will be made available soon.

Just a quick reminder guys, I haven’t used this software yet because at the moment, I still don’t have Windows 7 unless somebody would be willing to donate. I’d appreciate it. I’m not really sure if the software is free because based on the software publisher’s site, it doesn’t say so.

If you find this software interesting to download, you may do so here. If you ever find out whether the software is free or not, please let me know. Thanks!

Windows 7: Laptop Battery Test

October 10, 2009 | By | 11 Replies More

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In 2006, Microsoft prematurely released Windows Vista into the world. The OS met strong criticism after being released with numerous software kinks and high hardware requirements which made it buggy for many older systems. Among laptop users, Windows Vista became infamous for sucking laptop battery power at an alarming rate.

Fast forward to 2009, Microsoft is looking to redeem its former operating system glory with the coming launch of Windows 7. In an effort to avoid a repeat of the Vista debacle, Microsoft has made claims of comprehensive testing and improved energy efficiency for the latest version of the Windows 7 operating system. By using a proprietary technique called coalescing Windows 7 is able to execute a number of regular tasks that require the CPU and allows a laptop to spend more time in low-power mode.

Initial testing of the Windows 7 battery life results have been good, but not great. According to testing performed by Microsoft, users should expect to see a 10 percent to 20 percent improvement in battery life when watching a DVD on Windows 7 instead of Vista. This adds an additional 10 – 20 minutes of movie watching on average.

What does this mean to the casual laptop owner?

If you decide to make the switch to Windows 7, expect to receive a few extra minutes of run time for your laptop. For most users the improved battery efficiency alone won’t warrant a purchase. But if you’re considering the purchase of Windows 7 for any of the other updates this enhancement will be a nice bonus.

Whether Microsoft is serious about energy efficiency or if this is mostly a public-relations move has yet to be seen. But by addressing Vistas’ blunders, Microsoft has at least shown they can learn from past mistakes. Windows 7 is available in stores October, 22nd 2009.

This article is a guest post by David Sterik. He is a fulltime blogger for Priority Electronics. You can contact him at david [dot] sterik [at] gmail [dot] com.

Windows Marketplace Final Notice: Digital Locker Service Set to Close

August 20, 2009 | By | 5 Replies More

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Most of you who may not be familiar with Windows Marketplace or may have visited the site in the past but just couldn’t recall; they had transitioned from an e-commerce site to a reference site last 20 November 2008. Windows Marketplace formerly houses the links pointing to Microsoft Store, Windows Vista® Compatibility Center, and other destinations with compatible software, hardware and devices that support Microsoft platforms.

As part of this transition, the Digital Locker Service which was then affiliated with Windows Marketplace will be closed on August 31, 2009 giving way to the all new Microsoft Store. If you haven’t got the email from Microsoft, below is a sample of the email they sent.

Windows Marketplace Final Notice on Digital Locker Service Closing

Windows Marketplace Final Notice on Digital Locker Service Closing

In case you’ve made a purchase on Windows Marketplace, you certainly have acquired a digital locker account that allowed you to make the purchase, download and install products which also contains information about you, the software you purchased, including license information and the pieces of conversation you’ve had with resellers.

Make sure that you back up the contents of your digital locker account before they are permanently deleted and you only have a few more days left. And how do you make a back up?

  1. Print a copy of the software information from your account.
  2. Create a CD back up by following the instructions on FAQ #3.

Please note that BitLocker and EFS recovery keys will no longer be available after the closing. So what are you waiting for? Head on to Windows Marketplace and save those important files now! Do you have any memories to share about Windows Marketplace?