Nerds: the Bill vs Steve Musical


It’s ultimate Computing showdown: the Nerds Musical pits Bill Gates and Microsoft against Steve Jobs and Apple. The new musical comedy about the rise and rivalry of these two tech luminaries will open on Broadway in April.

Broadway World has a glimpse of what audiences can expect:

“Before Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were the undisputed titans of technology, they were Nerds. Join America’s favorite garage inventors on a hilarious musical journey from the floppy disc era to the iPhone phenomenon, and the epic competition in between, that would revolutionize modern culture as we know it. Fittingly, the production will feature the most progressive technology seen on Broadway, including: on-stage holograms; projection mapping; and an enhanced theater-going experience through app integrations that allow users to interact with the set and other audience members, choose the show’s ending, and more special features soon to be announced.”

Learning Tools for OneNote


Microsoft’s new Learning Tools for OneNote help all types of students improve their reading and writing skills. Learning Tools for OneNote is a free Add-In that promises to increase student comprehension, help students become independent readers, and provide teachers with more instructional time. Features include enhanced dictation, focus mode, immersive reading, font spacing and short lines, parts of speech, syllabification, and comprehension mode.

Learn more and check out the Getting Started and Frequently Asked Questions.

Office Insider Program for Mac Users


In November, Microsoft introduced Office Insider, a preview program for Office 365 consumer subscribers to get early access to the latest Office innovations. The program was initially launched for Windows desktop, Android, and Windows 10 mobile users. But now Mac users can also get early access to Office innovations! Opt-in to the Office Insider build from the Microsoft Auto Update (MAU) tool on your Mac. Learn more about Office Insider and how to get started on your Mac, and follow Officer Insider (@OfficeInsider) on Twitter to learn about new updates coming your way and to get Office Insider support from the Office team.

Microsoft Edge Web Summit

Picture from Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2015


Are you an Intro Computing instructor who moonlights as a web developer? Microsoft announced its second annual Microsoft Edge Web Summit will be held in San Francisco on April 4, 2016. This free event gives developers the opportunity to learn from the engineers who build Microsoft’s Edge browser, rendering engine and developer tools through breakout sessions, Q&As, and workshops. Registration will open soon.

On April 4, the Computing team will be in Orlando for the Cengage Learning Computing Conference. But if you’re on the West Coast, let us know if you’re attending Microsoft’s summit!


Computing Team is Excited for the CLCC



The Cengage Computing team was asked what we’re most looking forward to at the 21st annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference. Our team is excited to demo SAM 2016, meet authors and customers in person, and learn and interact with Intro Computing instructors. Two more reasons why we’re eagerly anticipating being in Orlando from April 4-6 for the CLCC: warm weather and an evening at Disney!

Cengage Windows 10 Products







We are very excited to release our Windows 10 product offerings from the best selling Shelly Cashman, Illustrated, and New Perspectives series. These new products provide detailed, accurate coverage of the Windows 10 operating system and highlight innovative new features including Cortana, the Edge browser, and new search functions.

Contact your Learning Consultant or visit to learn more.


Security Update for Office 2016 for Mac



Visit Microsoft Support’s website to get the details of the security update for Office 2016 for Mac: January 12, 2016. This update addresses multiple security vulnerabilities, fixes bugs, and adds select new features across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. New features include:

  • Viewing Outlook  in full-screen mode to view multiple messages or invitations side by side
  • Saving Word PDFs to flash drives
  • New Excel and PowerPoint selection panes to keep track of worksheet objects and slideshow objects, and rearrange their placement and order
  • Adding shapes to OneNote notebook pages

The free update is available from Microsoft AutoUpdate within Office 2016 for Mac or the Microsoft Download Center, and requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 or later and a valid Office 365 subscription.

Office 365 and Windows 10 for Your Car

harman microsoft in dash office


Can you imagine having the power to connect to Microsoft Office through your car’s dashboard?! This may soon be a reality. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft announced that they are partnering with Volvo, Nissan, IAV and Harman.

“In the near future, the car will be connected to the Internet, as well as to other cars, your mobile phone and your home computer,” executive vice president of business development for Microsoft Peggy Johnson said in a recent blog post. “The car becomes a companion and an assistant to your digital life. And so our strategy is to be the ultimate platform for all intelligent cars.”

Learn more from PC World or read Microsoft’s blog post.

Reminder for Students: Find Out if You Can Receive a Free Office 365 Subscription


With the start of a new semester, we want to issue a reminder to all students! Make sure to find out 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.