Save Gas, Use PowerPoint
By Jayvee Fernandez
As a web entrepreneur, I have gotten used to the habit of finishing things on the fly. The PowerPoint presentation I need to edit on the boat, the flagged emails I need to reply to whilst in the car (passenger seat of course!), or even just browsing Facebook to bide the time between meetings. It’s all gotten a lot simpler. I’ve been on a personal crusade for the past several months to try and convert clients into embracing the virtual office. It’s obviously more efficient, albeit with a slight learning curve, but the fact that everybody knows how to use a mobile phone leaves me with a bit of hope.
Here’s the beef: so we’ve all got the emailing and texting and calling down to a science. We’ve learned to browse the Internet from our smart phones. We’ve learned to make Facebook more than just a time waster, but as a way to help our brands keep in touch with our communities. All this is good. But there’s one thing that we can’t seem to take into the virtual space: the Presentation. And by god do I mean PowerPoint.
Think about it. You spend several hours a week in a cab or driving to a client meeting to present your deck. That’s how many hours wasted in the commute and how much gas consumed? And mind you, gas isn’t getting any cheaper. In my quest to find a more efficient web tool for presentations, the closest thing I got was either web services that were too expensive to subscribe to on a monthly basis or something that wasn’t compatible with other operating systems. But guess what? After weeks of searching for a solution, I found something rather exciting, making me exclaim how PowerPoint never looked this sexy. Ever.
I was at Starbucks with a friend. We had two laptops. He had a Lenovo and I had a Macintosh running both OS X and Windows 7. He said, “wanna see something cool?” He fired up PowerPoint. After we both found a wireless hotspot, he told me to check my email. I found a link that he sent – “view my broadcast.” I clicked on it, and my browser launched. We had our screens side by side then and lo and behold, what I saw on my portable was an exact replica of the presentation he’d opened. Transitions. Effects. Everything. And I was on Firefox. “PowerPoint Broadcast works on any browser and any computer as long as you have an Internet connection and a web browser launched. The person you’re broadcasting to doesn’t even need to have PowerPoint installed.”
Wow. So that means I can broadcast my PowerPoint deck to any client without fear of distorting my presentation (sometimes clients have different version of PowerPoint installed on their computers). This also lets me have a powerful alternative in actual presentations: I’ve given talks where the LCD projector effs up the resolution due to compatibility issues. Since almost all venues have WiFi, why not broadcast the entire presentation directly into the laptops of your attendees. It doesn’t matter what browser or operating system they have, as long as you’re running the new Microsoft Office 2010.
And think of the gas money and time you could save. With PowerPoint broadcast on your desk and a phone on your other hand, you can present to your clients even from the office. Save gas, use PowerPoint. Who would have thought?
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The Office 2010
By Miyer C. Bernabe
It is another day to go to work. For others, work is just an ordinary day doing stuff to earn money and others. For me, the office is an exciting place. What makes it exciting? It is Microsoft Office 2010. Microsoft Office 2010 or Microsoft Office 14 is the latest version of Microsoft’s office productivity suite that has been used by millions worldwide in various ways and applications. As new versions of software come, new features also emerge that really give excitement to users
I will share some of these cool new features, including the screenshot feature. As you can see on the left, I just took a screenshot of this very article from within Microsoft Word 2010. This is a very helpful feature that will make illustrating capturing ideas easier and faster. Oh and this feature is available in most of the Office 2010 applications.
Another cool and exciting feature of Office 2010, especially in Excel 2010, is the new Sparklines feature. It is a feature that enables you to create a small graph in lines or using bars for a single column or row range of data. This is very helpful in determining trending and to see basic changes in data.
There are a lot of new features that Office 2010 has in store for users. The ones shown here are some of my favorites. Others are the fact that multiple people can simultaneously edit the same file, new security features, and others. The most impressive thing about Office 2010 is the loading time and speed.
The Office is exciting again.
I am from the Office of the Ombudsman. I am also an active member of the Windows7ako and the Office2010tayo communities. I am an aspiring MCTS/MCP. My hobbies are singing, playing mucisal instruments, composing and arranging. I also play computer games, code (a bit), an audiophile and audio technician, and a freelance hardware and software technician.
Productive Anytime, Anywhere
By Chester Coronel - Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Office System
One Thursday morning while on my way to the office, I suddenly remembered to write a synopsis for my upcoming speaking engagement which is due noontime. I did not have a computer at hand during that time and with no time to spare; I pulled my Windows Phone out of my pocket, started Word Mobile 2010 and worked on the synopsis while commuting. After a little less than an hour, I finally arrived at my office desk I connected my phone to my computer and continued working on the synopsis using Microsoft Word 2010 where I made some additions, edits, and formatting.
Being able to work and be productive anywhere at any time is one of the things I love the most about Microsoft Office 2010. You do not have to be on a computer at all times just to work on something, like me you can start writing down ideas on your mobile phone whenever inspiration strikes you. You can also do many things like preparing that expense report while waiting for your next flight home or making some minor edits onto the content of your PowerPoint presentation, just fantastic. Aside from being able to work from a mobile phone, we also now have Office Web Apps – these are the web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Therefore, if by chance you need to work on something quick and there is no Office installed on the computer available all you need to do is to access these Web Apps from a browser.
You can try the Technical Preview of the Office Web Apps if you have the Office 2010 beta and Windows Live SkyDrive - for more information you can go here: http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/start-using-your-office-web-apps-technical-preview-in-windows-live-HA101674925.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA101632199
Once again, I started working on this article on my phone late that night on the way home while commuting in heavy traffic, continued working on it the following day with Office on my PC. I hope that you too will be productive anytime, anywhere with Office 2010.