Tips and ideas to stay productive and connected at home

Our homes are now an office, school, playground, movie theater, and more. Below you will find tips and ideas for managing it all from home. This is life from home, and we’re here to help.


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Staying safer made easy

Get greater peace of mind when your device, data, files and family are protected with these powerful easy to use tools.

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Work from home comfortably

Be more ergonomic, comfortable, and productive with Microsoft ergonomic accessories.

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What ingredients are in your web cookies?

Learn how to manage your online privacy for better security.

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Ways to get better organized

Get tips to help achieve some of your New Year’s resolutions.

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Celebrate together, virtually

Tips for creative online get-togethers and more to celebrate the holidays.

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Reduce your holiday stress

Fuel your mind and body with these tips to help you manage and maintain your mental health for a more relaxed holiday season.

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Keep everyone entertained

Have fun with your family and friends over the holidays with these tips—even if it’s from afar.

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Keep your holiday cooking traditions

Get tips on ways to use tech to bridge the gap with those you love, wherever they are, so you can still enjoy holiday cooking.

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Have a PowerPoint Party

Throw an online party where everyone shares something they’re passionate about, using this template.

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Strengthen your resilience

How we respond to adversity makes all the difference. Get tips on how to set yourself up for success.

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Connect however you want

Stay connected, protected, and organized across your devices with free and secure apps.

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Too many passwords to remember?

We’ve got ways to make signing in easier.

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Visit a zoo

From penguins in Edinburgh to pandas playing at the Smithsonian, enjoy live zoo web cams.

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Tour a museum

See the world's most famous art and artifacts, up close and personal, from the comfort of your couch.

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See the sights

Go around the world in 15 minutes, as you explore some of its most beautiful landmarks.

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Enjoy beautiful gardens

Stop and “smell” the roses, with virtual garden tours from around the world.

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Special education and accessibility resources

Get support with accessible technologies and inclusive practices for all learners.

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Host a multilingual parent-teacher conference

Microsoft Translator enables parents and teachers to communicate, in-person or virtually, in their preferred languages.

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Everything you need to transition to remote learning

Get help driving student engagement and learning outside the classroom.

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Explore the world one photo at a time

Bring your desktop to life with a new background each day.

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Bring your ideas to life with Microsoft 365

From 300+ hours of creative classes to mindfulness and more, you’re sure to learn something new.

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Parents get started with Microsoft Teams

Tips for parents to help their children sign in, get setup, how to videos, tips and tricks and more.

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Students get started with Microsoft Teams

Tips for students to sign in, get started, and then how to share, organize and find files and assignments.

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Distance learning with Office 365

Guidance for parents and guardians to help get your student set up online.

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Learn a new language

Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, and English. Duolingo is fun and 100% free.

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Get more skilled to improve or change your career

This free online training gives you the skills and training for 10 highly recruited jobs.

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Tips for serious productivity

Turn your mobile device into a productivity powerhouse, with these hacks that use the best of Microsoft and Samsung.

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Use the same browser for work and home

Create work and personal profiles in the new Microsoft Edge. Keep your web browsing separate and easily switch between them.

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Collaborate with colleagues

Download Microsoft Teams for free and instantly chat, call, share files, and more on your laptop and phone.

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Try Microsoft 365 Business free for 1 month

Connect with customers and coworkers using Outlook, Exchange, and Teams. Manage and share files with 1TB of cloud storage.

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Learn to draw

Use this coloring book template to learn the basics of drawing with inking tools.

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Free activities collection

Find something to do today with your children, family, or friends.

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Play free games on your PC

Don’t have a gaming console? Check out free games for your computer.

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Build new worlds in Minecraft

Play solo or invite friends to create and explore worlds from your wildest imagination.

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Less search, more esports

Watch more, know more, find more with esports livestreams and updates from across the web, all in a single place with Bing.

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Save time online

Easily organize your online research using Collections in the new Microsoft Edge.

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Help protect your online data and identity

Use Password Monitor to know if your passwords have been compromised on the dark web with the new Microsoft Edge.

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Protect what matters most

Create a safer space for your kids to explore online and set time limits on apps or games on Xbox, Windows, and Android.

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YOU can make a difference

With Microsoft Rewards, you can search with Bing and earn Rewards points that can be automatically donated directly to the cause of your choice.

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Live, work, and play with Surface computers

Whether you’re looking to connect, collaborate or kick back, find a Surface to help you get things done, wherever you are.

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Stay-at-home essentials

Keep connected, productive, and entertained with the best products and services for maximizing your time at home.

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Try Microsoft 365 free for 1 month

Office 365 is now Microsoft 365. Get premium versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook plus 1 TB of OneDrive storage.

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Office 365 Education

Students can get free access to Word, Excel, OneNote, Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Enjoy Xbox Live Gold and over 100 high-quality games, now just $1.

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4 ways to help keep your student safer

Learn easy safeguards you can put it in place to help protect from unseen threats online, while helping your kids become more independent.

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Get extra help with school assignments

Capture thoughts more quickly, get coached to improve your skills or helped with math homework, and more.

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4 ways to get a PC ready for the new school year

Get tips to best succeed in remote, distance, or hybrid learning by preparing the must-have apps for successful students.

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Manage your well-being during a job search

Learn how reducing stress and staying healthy can help improve your prospects for success.

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Plan your way to a new job

Tips on how to stay on task during the day, free opportunities to increase your skills, and more.

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Top 3 things every student’s PC should have

It’s an unusual time to be a student right now, and more than ever, having the right computer can help pave the way to a more successful school year.

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Job hunting? 3 ways to make a good first impression

Get tips on how to present your best self on your resume or LinkedIn profile and prepare for a job interview.

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3 reasons you should move on from Windows 7

If you’re a Windows 7 holdout, we get it—and respect the loyalty. But see a few reasons why you may want to reconsider.

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3 reasons to consider getting a new computer

Is your computer keeping up with everything you need to do right now? Get tips on what to look for in a new device.

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3 ways you can be a better ally and support Pride

Find opportunities to meaningfully support Pride in June and get tips for your allyship journey.

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Create the perfect present for Father's Day

Make a fun and memorable keepsake for your father or special father figure in your life by highlighting all the things you love about them.

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3 easy steps to take control of your online security

Check your security at a glance, keep your personal info private and best protect your photos, videos, documents and more.

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7 fresh ideas to make cooking easy and fun

From basic to advanced, get tips on how make the most of your efforts in the kitchen with the least amount of stress.

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Virtual summer camp solutions

Discover delightful ways to entertain the kids, through online camps and other activities.

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10 tips to use technology to manage your well-being

Read some best practices and technology related tips to help reduce stress and anxiety.

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Tips to make your computer work better for you

Learn how you can make your computer more comfortable to use, get help while reading and writing, and more.

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Save and share your old family photos

Now is a great time to digitize photos that have been sitting in a box and share them with friends and family.

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7 creative date night or anniversary ideas

Whether you’re spending time together or apart right now, here are some ideas to ensure you stay close emotionally.

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4 ways to help keep your family safer

Learn ways to manage screen time, set time limits for specific apps or game, content filters and more.

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6 ways to celebrate birthdays

Creative party tips, activities, birthday messages and more, to help you best celebrate birthdays while physically distant.

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3 ways to celebrate graduates

Get tips to throw a noteworthy virtual graduation party, create a thoughtful gift and celebrate the class of 2020!

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Create good habits for life

Create or refine your skills around presentation, money management, writing, activity or organization.

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5 ways to celebrate Mother's Day

Show mom how much you love her with gifts you can create or make while at home.

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5 creative ways to connect

From virtual Happy Hours to reinvented game nights, use these ideas with Skype to stay in touch with your friends and family.