New Microsoft Office Updates for iOS

THIS JUST IN: Good news for iPhone and iPad users, Microsoft is working to deliver new updates for Office on iOS.

As part of their September updates, Office for iOS will get support for Edmodo and Tencent, which means iPhones and iPads will now be allowed to store and access documents through Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Word is getting Smart Lookup which will allow users the ability to look up a word instantly. By simply pressing and holding on a word or phrase, users can search image information, word definitions, and more without leaving the document.

PowerPoint is also getting an update in the iOS platform. IPhone users can now use their smartphones as laser pointers by simply pressing and holding in the notes section while in presenter mode.

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The Mac platform of the office suite will be updated as well. PowerPoint Designer will be getting a bit of a face-lift and will have improved color guides as well as new audio and video trim options.  Additionally, Office 365 subscribers will get access to a new “focus mode,” which is designed to “remove distractions and improve concentration at work.” There isn’t a concrete release date for this update, but it should go live early September.

For additional information on Microsoft updates for iOS, visit their website.

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.

Cengage Learning Computing Conference

Cengage Learning Computing Conference 2015

From March 18 through 20, 2015, we celebrated twenty years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of enthusiastic computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions on a wide range of topics: 3D printing, online portfolios, privacy and cyber security, digital literacy in the 21st century, Raspberry Pi, computing in the cloud, and much more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap, and other Cengage Learning solutions.

Keynote presenters Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, Jim Federico and Anthony Salcito of Microsoft®, Corinne Hoisington of Central Virginia Community College, and teen inventor Jack Andraka addressed invaluable insights, trends, and tips related to teaching computing to today’s students.

Learn more and visit the Office Mix channel for the Cengage Learning Computing Conference.