Cengage Learning and Microsoft Announce Integration of Microsoft Office into MindTap

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We are proud to share the announcement that Cengage Learning will be integrating Microsoft Office into the MindTap platform. The integration will start with Business Statistics and Computing as these course areas prepare students for jobs that rely heavily on the use of Microsoft’s applications and business software. With our Microsoft Office in MindTap integration, we are the very first learning platform provide students with live access to Office directly within the learning platform.

Cengage is also one of the first higher education providers to be included in Microsoft’s third party cloud storage program for Office Online. This allows students to use in Office within the MindTap platform and save their work automatically to the cloud.

“Real-world context is key to making the student learning experience more engaging and relevant. Because of the flexibility of our MindTap learning platform, we are able to seamlessly integrate Microsoft technology directly into a student’s learning path in order to give them experience using the live application,” said Jim Donohue, Chief Product Officer, Cengage Learning. “This integration will allow students to develop the key business skills needed to be competitive in today’s workforce using the actual software that they will be using once on-the-job. This live access is above and beyond what can be done with a standard simulation.”

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Pickit Add-in for Microsoft Office

Pickit integrates with Microsoft to help users replace clipart

Goodbye ClipArt. Hello Pickit.

Pickit is integrating with Microsoft Office to give users access to a collection of thousands of of free, high-quality photos, icons, and moving images. Pickit is available as an add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Sway, and also as an app on any Windows 10 device. Once downloaded, it will appear as a button in the PowerPoint and Word ribbons.

Pickit gathers images from professional image banks and its community of photographers,  making the images available in a centralized location. It is estimated that 85% of all pictures used in presentations are stolen from the internet! Pickit solves this problem by ensuring that all images have legal clearance for publishing by only aggregating images from leading stock image providers and providing a safe platform photographers worldwide to showcase their work to the biggest photo market in the world: the 1.2 billion Microsoft Office users!

Download Pickit from the Microsoft Office store for free.

Cengage Wins BostInno’s Tech Madness Competition

Cengage Learning is the winner of BostInno’s Third Annual Tech Madness Competition! Cengage Learning beat 63 Boston-area companies to be named the most valuable local tech company in the next five years. Thank you to everyone who cast his or her vote for Cengage in this competition!

“We’re thrilled to be named champion of the 2016 BostInno Tech Madness competition and, while biased, we know that we’ll have tremendous impact on Boston and in our industry in the coming years as we continue to evolve as an edtech company,”  said George Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Cengage Learning.

In its third year, BostInno’s Tech Madness Competition is a month-long online, bracket-style competition that allows readers to vote and advance their favorite Boston technology companies through different rounds and to the championship. The competition began with 164 nominees from which 64 companies were selected to compete in this year’s bracket. Read the full article and view the final bracket from BostInno.

Office 365 Updates for May 2016

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Jim Naroski is back with his monthly video highlighting what’s new in Office 365, keeping you up to date so you can get the most out of Office 365. May 2016 updates include enhancements for Excel Online, Office 365 Video, Delve Analytics with dashboards that provide insights on time and relationships, OneDrive for Business collaboration tools, Skype for Business, and Power BI with new usage reporting.

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ending July 29, 2016

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Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices! Check out this video from Windows team member Brian Roper as he explains 10 reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 10.

What’s the number one reason to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible? The free upgrade offer ends on July 29. After July 29th, you’ll only get Windows 10 when purchasing new devices or you will have to purchase the full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.