Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts

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Microsoft recently announced a preview of Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts. Cortana Intelligence with Bing Predicts, is an end-to-end consulting program that brings the power of Microsoft’s unique blend of search, social and web data to deliver more intelligent advanced analytics solutions. This exciting new program will enable organizations to improve their predictions by enriching their data with information from anonymized and aggregated Bing search queries, anonymized and aggregated opted-in IE user sessions, and public crawled social media content and web.

SAM June Release is Now Live

We are excited to announce that the SAM June release went live on June 26!

With this release, we now have a lot of great content available for SAM 2016 including:

  • Over 800 Office 2016 exam and training tasks, including tasks for Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, and new applications such as OneNote and Windows 10
  • 161 Office 2016 SAM Projects for Illustrated, New Perspectives, Shelly Cashman, CMPTR, and Emerge
  • 39 Office 2016 Textbook Projects for Illustrated, New Perspectives, and Shelly Cashman
  • 29 Office 2016 MindTap Readers (eBooks)

We are also happy to announce new Keyboarding in SAM content and features including:

  • Keying drills for Lessons 1-25, including Timed Writings and Skill Building
  • Warmup, Timed Writing, and Practice Keying drills for Lessons 26-110
  • Word Drill Simulations for Lessons 26-28
  • Keyboarding Preferences at the Section level
  • MindTap Readers (eBooks) for Lessons 1-25 and Lessons 1-55

If you have any questions about this release or getting access to SAM 2016 content, please contact your Cengage Learning Consultant.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2, 2016

 

Don’t forget that Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer will only be available until July 29!

On Tuesday, August 2, Microsoft will make its Windows 10 Anniversary Update available for Windows 10 users. Updates include Windows Ink and Cortana features; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; new gaming experiences and new tools for the modern classroom. For more details, check out the Windows Blog.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 Certification Exams

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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.

College Keyboarding Products have Published

     

We are very excited that the full College Keyboarding series has recently published. These new keyboarding products can be paired with our Skills Assessment Manager (SAM). Keyboarding in SAM is an interactive, online learning tool that can be used on its own or in conjunction with the printed text, giving you access to powerful teaching and course management capabilities while allowing students to work independently when and where they like. Keyboarding in SAM includes Keying Drills such as Warmups, Timed Writings and Skill Building, as well as Word Drills.

Contact your Learning Consultant for more information, especially about what is going live with the upcoming release of Keyboarding in SAM, or visit Cengage.com to learn more about these titles as well as our other product offerings.

Microsoft Forms for Office 365 Education

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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.

Office 365 Education can get started at https://forms.office.com

Browse with Microsoft Edge for Longer Battery Life

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The Microsoft Edge team wanted to find out what would happen if four identical devices ran four different browsers. The results? The experiment proved that battery life on a PC running Microsoft Edge lasts 70% longer than Chrome, 43% longer than Firefox, and 17% longer than Opera! For more information about the experiment, and about the efficiency of the Edge browser, check out the Microsoft blog post.