Comparing Online Office Software

While 1.2 billion people use the desktop version of Microsoft Office, when it comes to collaborating using online office software, the numbers are more varied. Users can pick from choices including the big 3 productivity suite options: Microsoft Office Online, Apple iWork, and Google Apps.

Microsoft Office

Desktop or Subscription

Apple iWork Google Drive OpenOffice or LibreOffice
Operating systems Windows and Mac Mac Online only Windows, Mac, and Linux
Apps iOS, Android, Windows Phone iOS Android and iOS N/A
Cost Starts at $100 for subscription service Free Free Free

Learn more about Microsoft Office Online, Apple iWork and Google Apps, and compare your options.

Windows 10 November Update


Microsoft recently released its Windows 10 update. After updating your Windows 10 PC, your computer will boot faster, your photos will be clearer, reminders will be easier to set, and your PC will perform more smoothly. You won’t notice any differences in the way Windows 10 appears as most of the improvements were made on the back end. But there are several Windows 10 hidden updates that you’ll be glad to discover!

While the November update was originally available via the Media Creation Tool, Microsoft removed that option. The company has decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. Check out Microsoft’s Windows 10 November Update: FAQ for more information.

Become an Office Insider


Office 365 subscribers can contribute feedback and make the next version of Office even better by becoming an Office Insider. To join, install the Office Insider build. You will get early access to the new Office innovations. Then tell you’ll have the opportunity to tell Microsoft what you think. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with other members of the Office Insider community.

And Mac users, stay tuned – Microsoft will be adding Office Insider builds for Mac in the coming months!

Students: Can You Get Office 365 For Free?


Attention Students! Do you know if you qualify for a free subscription to Office 365?

Find out if your school has joined Office 365 Education. Office 365 Education is a collection of free services for teachers and students that allows you to collaborate and share schoolwork. The service includes online versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, plus a OneNote Class Notebook and 1TB of storage in OneDrive.

Visit the Office 365 Education and type in your school email address to find out if your school is participating.

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


Teacher Dashboard for Office 365


Teacher Dashboard for Office 365 is a helpful tool that allows teachers to easily organize their content and student information within Office 365.

How can Teacher Dashboard save time and effort?

  • Manage all students’ OneDrives in a single consolidated view.
  • Instantly copy files to individuals, groups, classes or the whole school.
  • Create homework and assignments. Provide feedback and assessment.
  • Manage custom groups of students and teachers for instant communication/sharing.
  • Keep classes synchronized with your school’s Student Information/Management System (SIS/SMS) or Active Directory (AD).

Visit the Teacher Dashboard site to learn more.

Microsoft GigJam


Microsoft has invented a new method of work place communication: Microsoft GigJam is designed to help work groups collaborate quickly and efficiently across devices and applications.

Here’s how you use GigJam: You pull business data from a number of sources such as Salesforce, Outlook, Microsoft Office 365 or LinkedIn by typing, or by simply telling Cortana what you want. Once you have the data in GigJam, you can use the mouse or your finger to circle what you want to include and cross out anything you don’t want to share.When you invite others to work with you, GigJam only allows them to see what you selected to share. Other users can edit, add content, and send information back to the group.

GigJam is designed to provide a bit privacy than just broadcasting your entire desktop to a coworker; you control what gets shared. Plus it’s more productive than e-mail, since you don’t need to waste time taking screenshots or copying and pasting the relevant data into a message. With GigJam, you just pull up your stuff, choose what you want to share, and go!

Visit Microsoft’s GigJam site to learn more about the application. Make sure to sign up for exclusive access to Microsoft GigJam and know when the public preview version is available for download.


21st Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference


Cengage Learning Computing Conference 2016
April 4-6, 2016

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL

It is almost that exciting time of year again: the Cengage Learning Computing Conference (CLCC) registration! If you are interested in an engaging learning environment exposing you to the latest and greatest Microsoft has to offer, along with a host of many additional computing topics, then set a registration reminder in your calendar for Friday, November 20, 2015. If you have any questions about the CLCC, please contact your Learning Consultant.