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.

PowerPoint Designer and Morph

PowerPoint has two new tools that make it easy to build presentations with amazing layouts and animated transitions. PowerPoint Designer and Morph work for you by automating the creation of slides, animations, and presentations: Designer provides design ideas for your slides by using cloud intelligence to analyze over 12,000 graphic blueprints and Morph creates cinematic motion by seamlessly animating between your slides.

Learn more about these exciting new PowerPoint features.

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


Tips To Make The Most of Microsoft Office Mix


Office Mix makes it incredibly easy to create and share dynamic presentations. (If you’re familiar with using PowerPoint, you’re more than halfway there!) You can add voice overs and other audio, as well as quizzes, interactive activities, and simulations. Office Mix also helps you measure outcomes—you can see how much time students spend in each slide, and check on how they’ve performed as individuals on those quizzes that you’ve embedded.

Download the free Microsoft Office Mix add-on to get started.

During the 2015 Cengage Learning Computing Conference, Jim Federico provided attendees with an introduction to the capabilities of Office Mix. Here are a few suggestions from the presentation:

  • Do you add notes to your PowerPoint presentations? Use those notes as your “teleprompter” as you record your lectures.
  • Want to call students’ attention to particular concepts, or show them how to complete problem sets or exercises? Use digital ink to write your solutions, notes, or annotations onscreen.
  • It’s easy to share your completed Mix. You can choose to share a link, or you can embed it into a web page (as we’ve done above). Using the embedded social buttons, you can also easily share it to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+.
  • Concerned about who will see the Mix? Adjust the privacy settings so that only those who have the link can see it, or so that students must log in to see it.

Microsoft Office Mix: Integrated with MindTap for Computing

Microsoft Office Mix Integrated with MindTap for Computing

Thanks to the growth in online learning and flipped classrooms, more instructors are creating interactive video lectures designed to educate and engage students. New software solutions such as Microsoft Office Mix provide instructors with the ability to create these dynamic presentations with skill, polish, and ease.

We’re so excited that Cengage Learning is the first publisher to partner with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office Mix integrated within our MindTap digital learning solution. Shelly Cashman’s Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013, the first integrated course, is now available, and integrating additional MindTap for Computing courses is slated for the future.

“Office Mix turns PowerPoint into a powerful interactive lesson authoring solution,” says Jim Federico, Principle Product Manager at Microsoft. “We’re delighted to support Cengage’s innovation that enables instructors and students to create engaging and interactive learning content.”

Each chapter in the MindTap for Shelly Cashman’s Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013 is accompanied by a ready-to-use Office Mix presentation that includes walk throughs, videos and knowledge checks. You can also create your own Office Mix presentations and add them to the course—and encourage your students to do the same!

Visit the Cengage Blog and check out a sample of this new MindTap learning solution.

Microsoft Q&A with Corinne Hoisington

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for a conversation with Corinne Hoisington and the Cengage Learning team to learn about the exciting updates from Microsoft as well as the exciting product launches from Cengage. We received many questions during the WebEx and have answered them below. If you have further questions, please contact your Learning Consultant to continue the conversation.

Microsoft Office 365 and Office 2016 Questions
Q: How do you access Office 365 offline?
A: Office 365 is locally installed and always available offline. It does not live in the cloud.

Q: Is Access included in the Office 365 Pro Plus?
A: Yes, see Microsoft’s product details here.

Q: Will you be able to send the information out on how to not update to Office 2016 when using Office 365? I have the same issue with my current students, and I don’t want them to update yet.
A: Please see the directions on our blog.

Q: We have been told that we do not need to turn off automatic updates until February. Is this correct?
A: Please see Microsoft’s post.

Click here for more information on the Office 365 Pro Plus branching options.

Q: Is there any advantage to using Office 2016 as opposed to Office 365?
A: This answer depends on the industry that your business sits in and the use cases you have for your software; however, in academia we believe that there isn’t an advantage to using Office 2016. Your students will be purchasing devices with Office 365 on their machines and Microsoft is pushing the enterprise Pro Plus license to institutions, which again would give students Office 365. Therefore, ensuring that you are teaching to what your students are using is important to mirror their real world setting.

Q: Can you give us more detail on what it means that Office 2016 doesn’t update?
A: Office 2016 is the traditional version of Office software which is downloaded at purchase and will be static until a new version is released from Microsoft, estimated in 2-3 years (Office 2018 or 2019).

Q: Has the Virginia Community College System sent information to the IT Depts. about stopping the automatic upgrade for Office 365?
A: Please talk to your individual school about how they want you to stop upgrades. This will be an ongoing maintenance for a school in that you have to select out of this updating. This will not be a one-time flip to switch.

Q: What is the price point of the subscription for Office 365?
A: Here are pricing details for Office 365 for Home plans and Office 365 for Business plans.

Q: What are the document formats/extensions for 2016 (e.g., docx, xlsx, pptx, etc.)?
A: The exact same as Office 2013.

Microsoft Office 2013 Questions
Q: Can you run Office 2013 and 2016 on same computer; How do you run 2013 and 2016 simultaneously?
A: Microsoft recommends faculty who wish to test Office 2016 without replacing their existing Office 2013 installation should consider using a virtual machine equipped with Office 2016 for testing purposes.

Q: If students update to 2016 without really knowing the consequences, can they go back to the 2013 version?
A: No.

Q: If my student buys office 365 today, can they install Office 2013 today instead of Office 2016 so that it will match their Office 2013 textbook?
A: No, Microsoft does not allow you to go backwards with Office 365. Cengage is working on a solution to purchase Office 2013 trials (180 day licenses) that can be bundled with orders for Spring 2016.

Q: In 2013, themes “randomly” appear and disappear – is this fixed in 2016.
A: Microsoft states that the themes will remain constant.

Q: Will Office 2013 still be available in the Fall of 2016 for free at colleges even though Office 2016 is the current version?
A: Microsoft’s Office 365 Pro Plus enterprise license is available for an institution to purchase. This Pro Plus solution is for Office 365 therefore is for Office 2016 and beyond (with the continuous updates); therefore Office 2013 is not available through Office 365.

Application Questions
Q: Do you need a business account in order to use Skype for Business?
A: Skype for Business is a featured app of Office 365. It can be purchased as a stand alone subscription.

Q: Will the Skype for business be available in 2016 Professional or only for 365 users?
A: Skype for Business is a featured app of Office 365. It can be purchased as a stand alone subscription.

Q: How many students can participate in a Skype for Business “video call” at one time?
A: 25 on the video portion; 10,000 on the phone call line.

Q: Can you use the Skype feature to share the desktop and audio without the video?
A: Yes.

Q: Does Office 365 include features such as Developer and Mail Merge?
A: Yes Office 365 is a full featured locally installed program identical to Office 2016.

Q: Is the new tell me feature a replacement of the help or F1
A: “Tell me” is not a replacement for Help (or F1). It is in addition.

Q: Can we turn off Tell Me? Sounds like students taking a test could just use Tell Me to basically do the test for them.
A: No.

Q: Is the entire PowerBI suite available with Office 365, or is there a “pay for it” layer above it that is only available by subscription?
A: PowerBi is an app included within Office 365 the subscription for no additional cost.

MAC for Office Questions
Q: Does the Mac version have Pivot Table slicer capability?
A: Yes, it will.

Q: Will Office Mix work on Office 2016 for Mac? (for authoring Mix presentations)
A: Yes, it will.

Q: Does Excel 2016 map the Mac’s F4 key to change cell reference types like the PC does?
A: No. I recommend reading this article.

Sway Coming to Office 365 Business and Education


Microsoft has started to roll out Sway for qualified Office 365 business and education customers. Sway supports six languages in addition to English (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) with support for Japanese and other languages coming soon.

Microsoft has also improved Sway’s suggested search feature. This feature anticipates what content users might want to incorporate into their Sway by showing tags for related words and phrases based on the content that has already been entered. Suggested search results previously included YouTube videos, tweets and images from Bing Image Search, and now includes Wikipedia snippets.

Additional Sway improvements include the ability to add personal and community images from Flickr and use of the Grid Card. The new Grid Card organizes any images, videos and text added to it into a uniform grid which adjusts automatically for optimal display on various screen sizes.

Learn more