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Cindy Grigg

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Top 8 Free Microsoft Office Alternatives for 2014

Thursday May 29, 2014

Office Gifts for $50 USD or LessMicrosoft Office, as in the full-priced desktop version or the Office 365 subscription, can feel too expensive for some users.

Check out this list of eight free alternatives, which includes two free options from Microsoft as well. Read More...

4 Ways to Get Free Microsoft Office Training Online

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Office 2013 LogoYou may already know of some helpful resources for improving your skills in Microsoft Office but here is a list likely to have at least one or two you were not aware of.

Microsoft Office training is available in many flexible options, making it easy and affordable to brush up on your job skills or just improve your productivity altogether. Read More...

Free Summer Templates for Home or Business

Wednesday May 28, 2014

altrendo-images-Stockbyte.jpgSummer is a welcome season for many of us, but that doesn't mean it doesn't get busy.

Keep things as sane as possible. Check out these free summer tools from Microsoft for work or personal events, holidays, and more! The best part of all? These are free! Read More...

Microsoft's Top 28 Free Templates for Your Job Search

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Justin-Sullivan.jpgMicrosoft offers hundreds of free templates, but when you are looking for employment your time is at a premium. Save time by checking out what I consider to be the top 28 free Microsoft Office templates for your job search. Read More...

Awesome Tools for Boosting Your WPM...or Typing Less Altogether!

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Woman in an officeBeing able to type more words per minute (WPM) takes practice, but you can make it fun by checking out free typing games.

14 Games to Help You Type Faster

Even better, what if you could get away with not typing so much at all? You may have use for a software utility known as text expansion or a text expander. It lets you type a short code instead of text or other document elements you use all the time.

Top 8 Text Expansion Programs

You'll find solutions along these lines for PC or Mac, so jump in and see if you can save some keystrokes.


Why the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Could Be a Productivity Game Changer

Thursday May 22, 2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3Do you think you could ever make your tablet your main productivity machine, replacing your desktop or laptop?

Microsoft's new Surface 3 is intended to do just that. For that matter, it's obviously also intended to replace any iPad you may own. Read More...

Microsoft Office Mobile for iOS or Android Now Free

Friday May 16, 2014

Editing a Word Document in the Microsoft Office Mobile App for iOSIn case you missed it, Microsoft Office Mobile for Android or iOS smartphones used to be free only with a qualifying Microsoft Office 365 subscription, but now they're just free! Period! No Office 365 account required.

You can of course still integrate the Office Mobile apps Read More...

Celebrate the Mothers in Your Life with Free Templates

Wednesday May 7, 2014

Mother-s-Day-1.JPGMother's Day is this upcoming Sunday. Microsoft has some really nice (free!) templates you can use to tell the mothers in your life you care.

Find templates for cards, menus, gift coupons, and more. Templates are customizable and work with Microsoft Office programs like Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher.

Microsoft's Best Mother's Day Templates

So jump in and take a look!

(c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

24 Quick Tips in Microsoft Office for iPad

Tuesday April 29, 2014

PowerPointforiPad_Web.pngThese quick tips for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Microsoft Office for iPad can help you boost productivity.

Still thinking it over? Check out my full review: 2014 Review of Microsoft Office for iPad.

Here's how to get more out of your Office for iPad experience, in as little time as possible.

(c) Image Courtesy of Microsoft

Office Mix, Microsoft's Amped Up Presentation Tool

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Microsoft PowerPoint presentations are a bit of a one-way street, with the presenter doing most of the communicating. Microsoft is looking to change that with an amped up presentation tool called Office Mix.

Microsoft Office Mix

This dynamic tool will operate in the cloud, integrating a user's web cam and touch PC to create amazing, shareable presentations which facilitate audience participation. Read More...

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