Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 Certification Exams


Certiport has announced the availability of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 Certification Exams. MOS 2016 Certifications include:

  • Word 2016
  • Excel 2016
  • PowerPoint 2016
  • Outlook 2016
  • Access 2016
  • Word Expert 2016
  • Excel Export 2016

Visit Certiport’s website to learn about the new features and enhancements for the MOS 2016 Exams.

Microsoft Forms for Office 365 Education


Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Forms for Office 365 Education customers. The Microsoft Forms app lets Office 365 Education users quickly and easily create and/or respond to custom surveys, quizzes, and questionnaires. Forms can be distributed via links, or embedded in web sites, blogs or learning management systems. Quizzes created in Microsoft Forms include automatic grading and in-quiz feedback functionality. Use the Summary View explore real-time analytics and grades.

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Microsoft Planner


Microsoft Planner, originally launched in September 2015, is now available for free for all Office 365 users. This team collaboration software allows users to visually organize plans, assign tasks, share files, and chat by using Boards, Cards, Buckets and Due Dates. Users access the Hub to track overall progress of plans and see who’s on time and who’s behind. Users are able to filter down to see personal tasks and assignments.

According to Microsoft, the roll out will happen over the next several weeks. Current Office 365 users do not need to take any additional steps to get the app. The tile will appear in your Office 365 launcher as soon as it becomes available to you! For more information, visit the Microsoft Planner site or check out this TechCrunch article.


Microsoft Office Proficiency is Still Top In-Demand Job Skill

IDC_TopSkills-879x630 Proficiency in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint are top in-demand job skills according to research

The IDC has released a new white paper entitled Keys to the Future: Align Workforce Readiness Skills to Ensure Student Success. The IDC’s research examined the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce, and the skills needed for tomorrow’s best jobs. Their findings concluded that proficiency in Microsoft Office is still near the top of the list.

Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education as Microsoft says that, “while over the past three years we’ve seen the breadth of needed skills for jobs increase by 68 percent, we’ve also seen that communication skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint, remain vitally important for success in the workplace.”

At Cengage, we believe that mastering Microsoft Office skills is essential for success in the workforce. For more information and additional findings, check out the full article from the Microsoft blog.

Office 365 Updates for June 2016


In Microsoft’s Office 365 Updates for June 2016 video, Jim Naroski runs through the latest changes to Office 365. June 2016 updates include the availability of PPM Dashboard Apps, new capabilities in the OneDrive App on Windows 10, Power BI enhancements, Yammer external groups, Outlook 2016 for Mac formatting support, additional security capabilities, eDiscovery updates, and a new Office 365 datacenter in Canada.

Office Insider Fast Update for Mac Insiders



Microsoft recently announced the release of its first Office Insider Fast build to Office 2016 for Mac Insiders. (Non-Mac users take note: Microsoft plans to release Inside Fast builds for other platforms in the coming months!)

What’s the difference between Insider Slow and Insider Fast?

  • Office Insider Slow: This is the option originally offered to Mac users. It’s ideal for those who want early access to fully supported Office 2016 for Mac builds, with minimal risk. Every month, Microsoft typically releases one, sometimes two, Insider Slow updates.
  • Office Insider Fast: This is a new option is for those who want to use the earliest builds possible to improve quality and influence features. Office Insider Fast is best suited for those who don’t mind the risks inherent in using unsupported builds. Microsoft aims to release Insider Fast builds to Mac Insiders on a weekly basis.

For more information, check out the official Office Fast Insider Update from Microsoft.