Computing Student Advisory Team: We Want YOU

Teachers! Do you have highly motivated Introductory Computing students who might like to get involved with Cengage?

Students! Would you like to get involved with Cengage?

We have an exciting opportunity for students to partner with our Computing group as part of a student advisory team!

We are looking for students who are self-motivated with proven leadership, analytical, and communication skills, and are passionate about making a difference and helping others learn!

We’ll PAY students to…

  • Participate fully from August 2016 through May 2017
  • Develop real-world work experience (which looks great on a resume!)
  • Collaborate with students all across the U.S. in a team environment
  • Directly impact education products

Teachers – Recommend any of your students today! Please send us…

  • Student name
  • Student email
  • Why you think this student would be a valuable contributor to the Computing Student Advisory Team

Please send all recommendations to us by Monday, 8/15:

Students – Email,, and for an application!

We’re excited to hear from you!

Learn Excel song

From University of Texas, professor Clint Tuttle’s musical genius will make you an Excel “Belieber.” He even gives a shout out to the SAM assignments that his class completed over the course of the semester. With nearly 1 million views to date, Professor Tuttle is convincing the world of the importance of learning Excel!


Power BI


Power BI isn’t brand new; it’s been around since 2013. Now with the emphasis on data and analytics, Power BI seen its popularity soar. But some of you may still be wondering: what is Power BI?

Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. Users create Power BI dashboards to display important metrics in one place that are updated in real time and available across devices. Power BI Desktop is a feature-rich data mashup and report authoring tool that allows users to combine data from disparate databases, files, and web services with visual tools. Power BI gateways allow users to connect SQL Server databases, Analysis Services models, and many other data sources to the same dashboards in Power BI.

Check out the Power BI YouTube Channel for informative videos and keynotes from the first Microsoft Data Insights Summit.

Get & Transform in Excel 2016 and Power Query Add-In

Query in Excel 2016


Get & Transform is a new set of features in Excel 2016 that provides quick and easy data gathering and shaping capabilities. Learn more with Microsoft’s Getting Started with Get & Transform in Excel 2016 guide. Since its release, Microsoft has continued to make updates to the Get & Transform feature set for Office 365 subscribers. Excel 2010 and Excel 2013 can also take advantage of these new features and updates by downloading the latest Power Query for Excel add-in. Learn more about Power Query with Microsoft’s Introduction to Power Query for Excel.

Shelly Cashman Products for Office 2016



We are very excited that our Shelly Cashman Office 365 & 2016 product offerings have started to release. These new products provide detailed, accurate coverage of the Office 2016 applications including Access, Excel, Word, Publisher, Outlook and PowerPoint, and highlight innovative new features including new color schemes, the Tell Me feature in the ribbon and the Insight Panel with Smart Lookup.

Contact your Learning Consultant or visit to learn more about these titles and our other offerings. Additional pub dates are quickly approaching!

Office Insider Release Unveils Dark Theme

Office-2016-Black-Theme-1050x591 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook now have a dark theme in latest Office 2016 Insider build


The latest Office 2016 Insider build has revealed several new features including a dark theme in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. To activate dark mode, go into Options and under Office Theme, select Black.

Other updates includes new funnel charts in Excel and ink annotations in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. PowerPoint has been updated to provide information on what slide each person is working on during collaboration. Learn more from WinBeta.

Comparing Office for Mac 2016 with Office 2013 and 2016 for Windows


Office for Mac 2016 users can check out the links below to see how Office for Mac applications compare to Office 2013 and 2016 for Windows.

Excel for Mac 2016 and Excel 2013 and 2016 for Windows

Word for Mac 2016 with Word 2013 and 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint for Mac 2016 with PowerPoint 2013 and 2016 for Windows


Word, Excel and PowerPoint released for Android Tablets

On January 29, 2015 Microsoft released versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint ported for Android tablets. The current system requirements for Office on Android tablet are: devices of screen sizes 7 inches or larger (a device with screen size greater than 10.1 inches will require an Office 365 subscription to create and edit), with an ARM based processor and 1 GB RAM or above. Today, the Android OS version that is supported is KitKat4.4.x. While you can use the apps on an Android tablet running Lollipop, it is not supported at this time but will be in a subsequent update. Microsoft is also committed to supporting Android devices with Intel chips via a native implementation that will be available within a quarter.

When you use the apps for personal use, core editing is free and premium features require a qualifying Office 365 subscription. When used for commercial use, you need a qualifying Office 365 subscription for editing and premium features.

Please download Word, Excel and PowerPoint from the Google Play store.

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