Microsoft Office Skills Rated Number Four on Most Required Skills List

A new white paper, Keys to the Future: Align Workforce Readiness Skills to Ensure Student Success, looks at the most widely desired skills in today’s workforce, and the skills and competencies that will be most in-demand by 2024. The research, conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) and sponsored by Microsoft, reveals that the top 20 most required job skills include Microsoft Office, which lands at number 4, and Microsoft PowerPoint, landing at number 16.

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IDC analyzed 76.7 million job postings from 2015 to identify the 20 most commonly required skills for these positions, then examined the skills required for 70 positions that are expected to have above average growth and salary potential between 2016 and 2024 – these are called “high opportunity positions.”

This top 20 list represents skills that are most required across all occupations and are considered “cross-functional skills.” IDC categorized these skills into three overlapping buckets:

  • Communication, integration, and presentation skills
  • Entrepreneurialism and related skills
  • Microsoft, Microsoft Office and other software skills

These cross-functional skills suggest that students require “job readiness” and not “job training” for success, as educators should focus on skills with the broadest applicability.

Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. Learn more about our resources for Microsoft Office here.

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:

reed.curry@cengage.com

sarah.marks@cengage.com

amy.savino@cengage.com

Students – Email reed.curry@cengage.com, sarah.marks@cengage.com, and amy.savino@cengage.com for an application!

We’re excited to hear from you!

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.

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

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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

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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

 

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.

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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