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Free Microsoft Software
UPDATE: Be aware that Palomar’s Academic Technology department has discontinued our participation in the MSDN Academic Alliance program as of October 2013. No old accounts function, and no requests for new accounts will be processed. No, this is not spam, nor a phishing attempt. It’s not even a hoax, although I’ve found it difficult to convince people that I’m serious. There is a whole slew of Microsoft products available free for the asking to the students and employees of Palomar College. Now, before you get your hopes up, this does NOT include Microsoft Office. Let me say...
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Using Office AutoCorrect to Save Typing

Using Office AutoCorrect to Save Typing
AutoCorrect is the magical Office feature that corrects your spelling or transforms character-based symbols into upper ascii characters.  If you perpetually type “teh” instead of “the” because of a lazy index finger, AutoCorrect will transform “teh” into “the”.  If you type (c) in place of the copyright notice AutoCorrect will transform it to ascii character 0169, like this ©.  Pretty cool.  AutoCorrect can also be used to save you the trouble of typing long, complicated phrases by typing a simple abbreviation and leaving the rest to AutoCorrect....
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The New Microsoft Office

I have been working with the customer preview edition of Office 365, one of the instances of the new Office 2013.  There are not a lot of new features, which is good, since most people only know a few of the already existing features, but the ways you can get office are changing.  I attended a preview webinar today, and would like to report what I learned here. 1.  The release date for Office 2013 has not yet been named.  It is expected to be in early 2013, following the Christmas season (October 26) release of Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface. 2.  Office will come in three basic versions: On a...
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Microsoft Upgrades

Microsoft Upgrades
It has become clear lately that more than ever Microsoft is betting the farm on its upcoming host of product upgrades.  Windows 8 will be released for upgrade and on new PCs on October 26.  The public  preview is now available, but please do not place it on District workstations.  No date has been announced for the release of the two versions of Microsoft’s touch tablet named the Surface, it’s head-to-head competitor to the iPad, but one can bet it will before Christmas and not too long after the Win 8 release.  Microsoft’s biggest cash cow, Office, is also in public...
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PowerPoint 2013 Preview

PowerPoint 2013 Preview
Yesterday I posted on the press conference announcing public availability of the beta of Office 15, otherwise known as Office 2013.  Actually, the story is more complicated than that.  What is available for preview is the Office 365 web subscription version.  As I explained yesterday, Microsoft is moving to a cloud-based subscription model for their primary cash cow (Office, according to some sources, accounts for 70% of Microsoft’s earnings).  That means that you download a small installer from the preview web site, and it in turn loads local copies of the software that are connected to...
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