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Microsoft launches new software subscription service

Microsoft will begin selling its Office programs as a subscription service starting in mid-July.Called Equipt (formerly code-named Albany), the package combines Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition, Windows Live OneCare, the security and PC management service, and other free services for $70 a year, which covers three PCs. Microsoft Equipt will be sold in nearly 700 Circuit City stores in the U.S. starting July 15.The annual subscription covers updates, and will save consumers money, analysts say.
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Excel Tip: Using the Excel camera feature

Our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk, provides us with an interesting technique for setting the print area on an Excel worksheet to include several individual, distinct areas. This is relatively easy to accomplish by holding down the Control key while selecting additional areas.
Technology

New tool links online files to Excel applications

Web spreadsheet EditGrid has introduced a new feature that works as an Excel Add-in linking online files to Excel applications running on your computer. With EditGrid, you can pull information directly from the Internet into your spreadsheets.
Technology

Multiple monitors: "The quickest and cheapest way to drive up productivity"

You may think this is a thinly disguised ad designed to sell computer monitors, but it isn't. More and more accountants are adopting the practice of using dual monitors … some are even using three or four. The results? They are seeing green, in more ways than one. First, there is much less need to print, therefore less wasted paper and ink. For many, that's the original idea. Then there is the other green... increased productivity, which translates to a greener bottom line. People who swear by multiple monitors say it is the path to ultimate multi-tasking.
Technology

Microsoft introduces two new training and certification programs

Despite the current air of global economic uncertainty, demand for trained and certified IT professionals is expected to continue apace over the next several years. Research firm IDC forecasts that demand for technology training and education programs will increase by 5.4 percent between 2007 and 2012, with the Americas leading the way with 6.6 percent growth over the forecast period.
Technology

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.
Technology

Excel charts tutorial: How to manipulate the pop charts

The tech team at our sister site, Accounting.co.uk, 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 to your data.Some challenges are hard to ignore.
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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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.Pivot tables sort, count and total the data stored in one table or spreadsheet and create a second table showing the summary. They are often used to extract statistical information from raw data. The pivot table is linked to the source data and the cells of the table can be read, but not changed.Installing Pivot4U allows users to click on the "add-ins" table of Excel, then select Pivot4U.
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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.
Technology

Are you spending too much time with Excel?

Access Accounting managing director John Beech argues that Excel is a part of the daily life of the accountancy profession, but poses significant risks if it's not integrated with the business and accounting system. This article from our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk, sets out a base line for how spreadsheets should work with accounting systems.There's no denying that Microsoft Excel has worked its way into the heart of modern business practice.
Technology

Gadget Zone: Computer gadgets can save power from 'energy vampires'

Consumer electronics are notorious energy vampires, sucking energy even when they're not in use. But going green in your office may be easier than you think.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, consumer electronics - 25 devices in the average American home - use as much as 25 percent of their power when in standby mode. Consider the computer, monitor and cable modem. Together, they use 11 watts of power even when powered down.
Technology

CPA Tech Advisor requests Innovation Award Nominations

The nomination period for the fifth annual Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards has been extended to allow companies to submit their products and services until April 11, 2008. The Innovation Awards are sponsored by The CPA Technology Advisor, the leading independent technology magazine for tax and accounting professionals. The awards will be presented in Los Angeles on June 12, 2007, at a special event at the California Accounting and Business Show & Conference.
Technology

Microsoft issues warning over Word flaw that allows targeted attacks

Microsoft has issued a security advisory about a software flaw that may affect Word users.Microsoft said it was investigating reports of "very limited, targeted attacks using a vulnerability in the Microsoft Jet Database Engine that can be exploited through Microsoft Word."The Microsoft Jet Database Engine is a database manager.
Education & Careers

Microsoft offers Office Ultimate 2007 to students at steep discount

Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal promotion is offering eligible students Office Ultimate 2007 software for purchase at $59.95 though the end of April. Students are also offered free access to the software for 25 launches before purchase. The full retail cost for Office Ultimate 2007 is $679.Students with a valid e-mail address ending in edu who are enrolled in a U.S.
Technology

Security patch for Excel doesn’t add up

An Excel security patch issued by Microsoft is creating math problems, as a bug causes Excel to return zeroes instead of the correct number in certain cases.The problem occurs only for some Excel users, and only when certain types of macros are run within the program, due to a bug in the MS08-014 patch, which was issued last week, IDG News Service reported.In an online warning posted March 13, Bill Sisk, Microsoft security response communications m
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Microsoft programs have difficulty dealing with leap year

According to the Microsoft Exchange 2007 team blog, system administrators attempting to configure Exchange e-mail networks on February 29th may have been met with the curt system message: "The Exchange server address list service failed to respond. This could be because of an address list or e-mail address policy configuration error."The error, it turns out, is Microsoft's, as several of its programs are unable to cope with the leap year date of February 29th.
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Google's anti-malware team uncovers million of potentially infected sites

Research by the search engine Google's anti-malware team uncovered more than 3 million potentially harmful Web sites. Weekly samples of infected sites among search results reached 1.3 percent in January, 2008 - a threefold increase on last year.
A&A

Microsoft announces worldwide availability of Office Live Workspace

Microsoft Corporation has announced the public availability of Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, the new Web-based extension of Microsoft Office that lets people access their documents online and share their work with others. Office Live Workspace was among the first entries in the new wave of online services in Microsoft's software plus services vision previewed last fall.Office Live Workspace is now available worldwide in English.

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