Why Learning Microsoft Office Matters – IDC Case Study

Top candidates for current and future jobs will be measured by capabilities and competencies, with 20 distinct skills bubbling up to the top in millions of high-growth, high-paying job postings, according to a white paper commissioned by Microsoft Corp. and released by IDC. The study provides insight into the skills students need for the top 60 high-growth, high-wage occupations that will account for 11.5 million new hires and 28 percent of job growth by 2020. Out of those skills, oral and written communication, detail orientation, and Microsoft Office proficiency top the list. Skills cited in the report include:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Detail attentiveness
  • Microsoft Office
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Organizational skills

More info here.


Free Office webinars every Tuesday

Join the Office team every Tuesday for free webinars about how to use Office programs. You can watch the Office 15-Minute Webinars live; or view them later by clicking the links below. They run 9:15 am-9:30 am Pacific time on Tuesdays with a live Q&A session to follow. We’ll add links to previous recordings below as they become available.

More info here.


Overcoming Microsoft Account (MSA) Creation Limits of 3 per day

By default, the Microsoft account (MSA) creation process only allows three new accounts to be created from a single IP address in a day to improve security for users. Because organizations or events often use proxy servers or NAT technology, requests from multiple computers are received from a single IP address, so the error occurs when the fourth person attempts to create an account.

Before customers, partners or field run events or attempt to engage in a Windows 8 deployment it is highly recommended to whitelist the relevant IP addresses (i.e. exclude from the blocking rule) so that users do not run into issues creating Microsoft accounts. This should be done within 30 days of the final day of an event, but not sooner.

The procedure for MSA IP whitelisting requests is facilitated via eform (https://support.live.com/eform.aspx?productKey=wlidipexc&ct=eformts&scrx=1) submission.


The Extreme Classroom Technology Makeover Contest

Acer is offering K-12 schools across the country an opportunity to transform their classrooms with immersive tablet technology that Promotes 21st century learning. The contest winner will be determined by public voting and will receive a classroom set of Acer ICONIA W Series Tablets featuring Windows 8. Approximate retail value is $15,000 (for 30 tablets).

More details here.


NJSBA Tech Conference

It was a great pleasure to be able to present at NJSBA’s first Tech Conference last Friday. We had a packed room full of lively discussion. I hope to record my Solar System lesson demo to have it available for all to view in the near future. In the meantime, you can find my templates at the link below.




PETE&C 2014 Sessions Follow-up

Thanks to the track coordinator (Lester S.) and attendees for attending our Why Microsoft in Education sessions at this year’s conference. I really appreciate you taking the time and interest in our topics. Everyone was very engaging and we nearly had SRO!

As promised, below are links to most of the items we discussed. If I missed anything, please let me know.

Office 365 for Education Overview and Signup Page: http://education.office365.com

Why Microsoft Info: http://eduempowered.com/ and http://www.whymicrosoft.com/Pages/Google-Apps.aspx

eBook lesson and spreadsheet templates: http://sdrv.ms/1aXsIVl

Thanks again!