Office 365 Updates for April 2016

Jim Naroski’s latest video highlights what’s new in Office 365 for April 2016. Updates include Excel updates including the Get & Transform feature, free Office 365 training videos, SharePoint 2016, Project Server 2016, Skype for Business updates, Security Updates preview, new Office 365 Admin Center with Admin Center Reports, and FastTrack customer services to help organizations transition to the cloud.

For more information, visit Microsoft’s Office Blog.

Inside the #21CLCC


From April 4 through 6, 2016, we celebrated 21 years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Orlando, Florida, where we were inspired to be Change Agents of Computing.

Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions of a variety of topics, including: Cyber Security, wearable technology, mobile apps, computing in the cloud, Power BI, digital literacy and more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap and other Cengage Learning solutions.


Keynote speakers Rob Curtin of Microsoft, Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen, Corinne Hoisington of Central Virginia Community College, and National Geographic Learning Explorer Caleb Harper addressed trends and inspired us to embrace change in the ever-evolving world of computing.

Our Unconference sessions on virtual labs, the future of MindTap, learning by gaming, and flipping the classroom offered a behind-the-scenes look at the Cengage Learning product-development process and generated lively discussions among attendees.

And of course, we had some fun mixing and mingling, meeting and engaging with computing instructors from around the world! Whether it was your first time attending, or you’ve made it to several of our events, we hope you had a great time and we hope to see you again soon.

Did you attend the 2016 Cengage Learning Computing Conference?

Share your highlights in the comments section below! We also invite you to keep the conversation going on Facebook and Twitter – use the hashtag #21CLCC to share your  thoughts and photos!

Relive the memories! Take a look at our recap video from the Cengage Learning Computing Conference!

Want to add your photos to the gallery? Tweet us a@CL_Computing and add the hashtag #21CLCC!

Review presentation slide decks and Learning Engagement Center material!

(This post by Cassie Cloutier first appeared on the official Cengage blog.)

Power BI


Power BI isn’t brand new; it’s been around since 2013. Now with the emphasis on data and analytics, Power BI seen its popularity soar. But some of you may still be wondering: what is Power BI?

Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. Users create Power BI dashboards to display important metrics in one place that are updated in real time and available across devices. Power BI Desktop is a feature-rich data mashup and report authoring tool that allows users to combine data from disparate databases, files, and web services with visual tools. Power BI gateways allow users to connect SQL Server databases, Analysis Services models, and many other data sources to the same dashboards in Power BI.

Check out the Power BI YouTube Channel for informative videos and keynotes from the first Microsoft Data Insights Summit.

Save Your Email Messages in OneNote

You can easily save all of your email messages in OneNote. Open your OneNote Account Profile and link your email address. Select a default notebook to save email messages. As soon as this is complete, you can beginning forwarding messages to and they will be saved in the selected folder. (There is a dedicated button to save to OneNote in the desktop vesions of Outlook.)

If you want to save an email in a different folder, include the “@” symbol followed by the section name at the end of your email subject line

Windows 10 Anniversary Update


To celebrate one year since it’s release, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out in summer 2016. The update is free for all Windows 10 users. Here are some things you can expect from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update:

  • Windows Hello Brings Biometric Security to Apps and Microsoft Edge.
  • Windows Ink Brings the Power of Windows to the Tip of Your Pen.
  • Cortana Becomes More Helpful than Ever.
  • UWP Apps Come to Xbox through a Unified Windows Store.

Learn more on the Windows Blog and on Microsoft’s site.

Microsoft Ignite 2016


Microsoft recently announced that CEO Satya Nadell will deliver the keynote at this year’s Microsoft Ignite event. Microsoft Ignite is taking place in Atlanta, GA from September 26-30, 2016. So what is it? Microsoft Ignite is a 5 day conference of hands-on learning, industry insights, and direct access to product experts that will include:

  • 700+ sessions
  • Interactive Digital Labs
  • Direct access to product experts
  • Deep dives and demos
  • 300+ partner at the expo
  • Product roadmaps, vision, and strategies
  • One-on-one discussions
  • Ask the Experts

Visit the Microsoft Ignite website to learn more.

OneDrive for Business Spring Updates


OneDrive for Business has made significant progress over the past 6 months, but Microsoft knows there’s always room for improvement. Check out this video to learn about the OneDrive for Business Spring Updates and read the Office blog post for additional details.

Interested in learning about the future of OneDrive for Business and Sharepoint? Register for The Future of SharePoint online event on May 4, 2016. Jeff Teper, CVP of OneDrive and SharePoint, will unveil the new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.

MindTap for Computing: Office 2016 Overview


MindTap for Computing is an online learning experience for Computer Concepts and Microsoft Office applications that integrates skill practice, study tools, and more–in a easy-to-use, customizable Learning Path. Here’s an overview of what you can expect from MindTap for Computing for Office 2016.

For more information about MindTap for Computing products, contact your Learning Consultant or visit

Recapping Wednesday April 6 at #21CLCC

The third and final day of the 21st Cengage Learning Computing Conference included two rounds of Breakout Sessions, one more Tech Academy presentation, and final opportunities for demos and product previews in the Learning Engagement Center. National Geographic Emerging Explorer Caleb Harper delivered an inspiring closing keynote. As the Principal Investigator and Director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, Caleb discussed the future of food and the future of education.

Already missing #21CLCC? Relive the memories on Facebook and Twitter, and share your most important takeaways from the event!