Office for Android Tablets – Preview

This is a key step by Microsoft, preview versions of the big three from the Office suite are available for Android Tablets. Not final versions, but worth exploring. So far I have installed them on my old Nexus 7 (with KitKat). I’ve done a few basic tasks in Word, but haven’t checked them out in full (report next week)

If you want to try them out use the links below to get to the Google Play Store

When you get to the Google play store search also for  OneDrive and OneNote (There is even OneNote for Android Wear!)

If you are on any other device you are already catered for MS Office for most devices

So why is this a big deal?

As Office 365 and SharePoint online start to get some traction, users will want to work with content in the field. Android tablets are a cost effective way for business to provide a handy, but functional tool. While there are third party apps for working with Office files, I found this a mixed success and the lack of these apps is what lead me to moving to a windows tablet (and the cost of basic windows tablets becoming competitive).

So when the final apps are released, companies can give staff a good android tablet and use Office 365 (and bank the money they saved vs buying i-Pads).

Steven

Problems Embedding YouTube video in PowerPoint 2010

Using the current or old embed code from YouTube in PowerPoint 2010 generates an error.

My guess at the cause is YouTube having to change the original code since Office 2010 was released.

The fix is to adjust the code that YouTube creates. Its an easy fix and clearly set out in this article: PowerPoint cannot insert a video from this embed code in PowerPoint 2010 presentation

Amanda Palmer on Asking

I am recommending this TED talk for two reasons (i) Amanda presents an alternative to conventional business models and (ii) It is just a really effective presentation.

I will be recommend  this and the Amy Cuddy TED talk as examples of effective presentations in my PowerPoint courses – any of the TED talks are worth studying to improve presentation technique beyond PowerPoint.

I know every business presentation can’t be like this – but why not just a little bit?

Watch one, Learn something today

Steven

PS last few minutes includes an image that in certain cultures may be NSFW. Its a sad world where there is a need for this disclaimer.

Death by PowerPoint by Don McMillan

I might be the last person to have seen this. It was referred to me by a trainer on a recent course.

An effective use of humour to make a point. Watch and Enjoy!

Blog or Wiki – The Prime Directive – To Share

It occurred to me while explaining wikis and knowledge banks on a recent course, that this blog is more of a wiki than a traditional blog. The ultimate purpose or “the prime directive” of this web presence is to share useful tidbits that I find with you.  The secondary purpose is to act as a portable on-line reference, I can use when asked questions while on site training and consulting.

So lets share some resources…

Found these via discussions in LinkedIn.

For Presenters using PowerPoint

ARE YOUR SLIDES A SLEEP-AID?

This is all about moving from endless bullet points to more effective graphical metaphors. PowerPoint 2007/2010 make this easier than ever before. Features makeovers of  bullets to visual approaches and interviews with known experts on presentations. Continue reading “Blog or Wiki – The Prime Directive – To Share”

Twitter Lists make Twitter manageable. Here are some I made earlier…

Folks

Twitter is an undervalued resource for leads to IT and Business resources. But as I am only able to review my Twitter account every couple of days, I felt I wasn’t getting value out of it, just seeing masses of posts. So I have set up some lists, which filter the accounts you follow by categories you create.  I know I am the last person to discover this feature, but really useful, all the same!

You might find them useful, so here they are: Continue reading “Twitter Lists make Twitter manageable. Here are some I made earlier…”

Over 1000 views

My YouTube channel has had over 1000 views. I know movies of cute puppies will get  this many views will get that many views in 10 minutes… but its a big deal for me. So see Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Acrobat and other tips at http://www.youtube.com/user/TrainAScope

Useful Resources, PowerPoint and Twitter

Yes, Twitter is more than just messages about when someone had a sandwich. Or the same commercial message over and over (which happens, if you do this, stop it now and find something unique to say).

For example PresenterNews has links to good resources tweeted regularly and if you follow, you will get a direct message which leads to more useful links. (I’m not going to repeat them here – do the “follow” thing and get them for yourself!!!) Continue reading “Useful Resources, PowerPoint and Twitter”

Blogs as a resource

Everything has a time management angle, finding useful information efficiently saves us time and helps us get things done faster. Corporate Blogs are a useful source of tips, articles, samples, templates and seminars. They also provide leads to other sources of information. Here’s a few of interest: Continue reading “Blogs as a resource”

I have to give a PowerPoint. Arrgh!

I cringe inwardly when I hear people say I have to give a PowerPoint. Arrgh! You are giving a Presentation. Ideally, You are delivering an idea, a concept,  a plan. The Presentation and PowerPoint are tools you are using not the end in themselves.

So in passing on some useful links on PowerPoint, I will start with some links on Presentation Technique: Continue reading “I have to give a PowerPoint. Arrgh!”

PowerPoint 2007 Animation Issue

In the presentation below I  illustrate animation of text, Smart Art and Charts. I also briefly discuss a problem and a solution at the end of the presentation. Continue reading “PowerPoint 2007 Animation Issue”