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Microsoft Office 365: The smart person’s guide

Office 365 provides the productivity tools required by a modern enterprise workforce. This guide covers key details, including available applications, system requirements, and subscription options.

For just about any enterprise of any size, the productivity of its modern workforce revolves around the basic office suite of email, calendar, word processor, and spreadsheet. But as the enterprise workforce has become more mobile, the basic productivity toolset has had to adapt and change to match new requirements. This is why Microsoft updated Office 365 to be a mobile collaborative platform ready to get work done wherever and whenever it happens.

Microsoft Office 365 is the de facto productivity suite for many enterprises and it is the suite all the other competitors are measured against. So as a leader in information technology for your enterprise, it’s in your best interest to know everything there is to know about Office 365. To help you achieve that goal, TechRepublic compiled the most important details and related resources on Microsoft Office 365 into this “living” guide, which we’ll periodically update as new information becomes available.

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How to use Airplane mode on a Windows tablet or laptop

If you are a mobile user who travels a lot, then you need a way to work or have fun, while flying. Luckily, just like any smartphone operating system, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 both have a feature named Airplane mode. You can turn it on so that you can use your laptop or tablet while flying. Here’s what Airplane mode does, why you should use it and how, in both operating systems.

NOTE: If you are interested in instructions for Windows 8.1, read page 2 of this guide.

What is the Airplane mode in Windows?

Airplane mode turns off all the wireless communications on your Windows device. That means that it disables any radio chips that might interfere with the airplane’s communication and navigation systems or chips that might not work while you are flying. As the name implies, this feature should be used when flying on an airplane. In Windows, when Airplane mode is turned on, the wireless network card, the Bluetooth chip and the mobile data connection (3G or 4G) are turned off. You should turn it on when boarding planes. After take-off, you can enable the Wi-Fi or the Bluetooth, if you need to use them. However, they should be turned off again when the plane prepares for landing.

This feature also helps you save power when flying. Because some of your device’s components are turned off, they are not used and they don’t consume any power. Therefore, you’ll get slightly better battery life. This benefit alone makes this feature useful also when you don’t board planes but you want to save as much power as possible.

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How to Copy a Disc (CD, DVD or Blu-Ray) in Windows

Are you searching for a way to create a disc to disc copy, of a CD, DVD or Blu-Ray you have created at home? Then you are in luck. In this guide, we will discuss the steps and principles involved in making a copy of any disc. Then, we will cover some of the best tools for the job. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to read more.

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SD Card Choices

https://www.sdcard.org/developers/overview/speed_class/

Greater Performance Choices

There are wide discrepancies in memory card transmission speeds depending on the SD memory card manufacturer and brand. Varying speeds make it difficult to determine which card will provide reliable recording of streaming content. Recording video require a constant minimum write speed to ensure a smooth playback. The SD Association defines Speed Class standards indicated by speed symbols to help consumers decide what card will provide the required minimum performance for reliability. There are two kinds of speed indications regarding SD bus generation:”

More at the like above.

I like to play with video, so I use this card for my stuff.

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Adapter–SDSDQXN-064G-G46A-Version/dp/B00M55BS36/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1424789742&sr=1-8&keywords=class+10+micro+sd+card

 

When I used an older 64 (the black one) my device said that it was slow……………and I would have better performance from an better card.

So far, I’ve been real happy with it.

Bill

Google’s Vint Cerf warns of ‘digital Dark Age’

What do YOU think ?

Vint Cerf, a “father of the internet”, says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost.

Currently a Google vice-president, he believes this could occur as hardware and software become obsolete.

He fears that future generations will have little or no record of the 21st Century as we enter what he describes as a “digital Dark Age”.

Mr Cerf made his comments at a large science conference in San Jose.

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Even if we accumulate vast archives of digital content, we may not actually know what it is”

Vint CerfWeb pioneer and Google VP

He arrived at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science stylishly dressed in a three-piece suit. This iconic figure, who helped define how data packets move around the net, is possibly the only Google employee who wears a tie.

I felt obliged to thank him for the internet, and he bowed graciously. “One is glad to be of service,” he said humbly.

His focus now is to resolve a new problem that threatens to eradicate our history.

Our life, our memories, our most cherished family photographs increasingly exist as bits of information – on our hard drives or in “the cloud”. But as technology moves on, they risk being lost in the wake of an accelerating digital revolution.

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What is the future of OMUG ?

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Simple Questions: What Is OneDrive?

If you use Windows 8, 8.1, Xbox One or Windows Phone, you surely have encountered the term OneDrive. The same is true if you’re using Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365. Wondering what OneDrive is and what does it do? If you want an answer to this question, this article will explain everything you need to know.

What Is OneDrive?

OneDrive is Microsoft’s service for hosting files in the “cloud” that’s available for free to all the owners of a Microsoft account. OneDrive offers users a simple way to store, sync and share all kind of files with other people and devices on the web. Xbox One, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone also use OneDrive for synchronizing your system settings, visual customizations, themes, app settings and even Internet Explorer tabs, history and saved passwords.

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What Is The Cloud?

cloud-smThe Cloud. It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot these days – so much so that its definition seems to have been diluted over the years. What is the cloud, exactly? Why does it matter if we know about it? And what does it mean for us?

Don’t be intimidated by the jargon. At first glance, phrases like hybrid cloud and acronyms like SaaS might seem like alien talk, but I promise you that they’re actually quite simple. Keep reading and I’ll prove it to you.

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New Office 365 OneDrive storage is essentially “unlimited”

Microsoft raised the roof on its OneDrive storage this week. The new OneDrive capacities are still limited, but for most Office 365 users, the new OneDrive plans basically amount to unlimited online storage.

In April, Microsoft increased the OneDrive limit for Office 365 business accounts from 20 GB to 1 TB. Now, Microsoft is providing that same 1 TB of online OneDrive storage for all Office 365 accounts. Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University accounts will each receive 1 TB of OneDrive storage. Office 365 Home accounts will get a separate 1 TB of OneDrive storage for each of the five users on the account.

In a post on the OneDrive Blog, Microsoft explained the move to provide more storage. “With OneDrive, we want to give you one place for all of your stuff: your photos, videos, documents, and other files. Of course, to do this, we need to make sure you actually have enough storage space for everything, particularly given that the amount of content everyone has is growing by leaps and bounds.”

However, storage (in general) is fairly cheap. You can buy 3 TB of external storage for your PC from Amazon for $100. While most cloud storage providers — Microsoft included — continue to define limits, cloud storage capacity is evolving in much the same way as cellular calling minutes. In the very near future, the capacity will cease to be a differentiating factor in choosing a cloud storage provider, and unlimited storage will simply be the de facto standard.

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