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MAY 14, 2008

Editor's Note

We're trying our best to keep up with the times here at AccountingWEB. This Excel Zone Supplement is one example of how we have incorporated pop music, great Internet deals, Excel tutorials, and news of other spreadsheet phenomena into our everyday lives. Visit the Excel Zone at AccountingWEB by clicking Excel Zone in the left margin of any page, read the latest news, take advantage of practical tutorials, and add your questions and advice.

Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor

Excel goes pop: Guess the songs that appear in spreadsheet charts
Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet has provided a platform for the web's latest sensation - graphical charts that summarize the concepts set out in pop song lyrics.

Excel charts tutorial: How to manipulate the pop charts
The tech team put their heads together and came up with this response to the recent net phenomenon where abstract graphs and diagrams are used to illustrate pop lyrics such as "Never Gonna Give You Up." This tutorial applies some of the more obscure charting options for your data.

New tool available to edit Excel pivot tables
Excel4U.Net Solutions is offering a way to eliminate one of the frustrations of using Microsoft Excel - the inability to make changes directly in the data area of a pivot table.

Lotus Symphony Office Suite available for free from IBM
Internet users may now access IBM's Lotus Symphony Office Suite for free from IBM's Web site. The program, which permits the user to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations from software stored on IBM's servers, is available for both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, with support for the Apple Mac OS platform planned for the future.
It's for real: Microsoft offers software at 91 percent discount
Listen up college students! Or the parents of college students! Or anyone who knows a college student! Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal promotion, which AccountingWEB reported on last month, has been extended through May 16, giving eligible students a few more days to snap up Office Ultimate 2007 software at an unbelievable 91 percent discount - only $59.95 instead of the full retail cost of $679.

Captain Excel: A Call to Accounting
So my boss just tagged me with a project to teach fundamental accounting to our management and supervisor team. They include the plant manager and all the departmental supervisors, the quality department, human resources, engineering, and more. It contains the basics such as definitions of assets, liabilities, equity, income and expenses. I will go over the assets equal liabilities plus owners' equity. I will talk about accruals and the matching principle. I've been in accounting for 26 years with big 4, local and regional public accounting, manufacturing industry, and private consulting experience, so this can't be hard. Can it?
Read Captain Excel's blog and add your own comments!

Gartner IT analysts opine that Windows is collapsing under its own weight
Windows is too "monolithic," claimed Gartner IT analysts Michael Silver and Neil Macdonald last week. And when two analysts from Gartner got up and warned at the Gartner IT/Expo and Symposium in Las Vegas last week that Windows was in danger of collapsing under its own weight, all hell broke loose.

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