Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 Certification Exams


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 to learn more about these titles as well as our other product offerings.

Microsoft Forms for Office 365 Education


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

Browse with Microsoft Edge for Longer Battery Life


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.


Cengage and Codevolve Partnership


Did you catch the announcement earlier this spring about Cengage Learning’s partnership with Codevolve?

Cengage worked with the San Francisco-based ed tech company to integrate Codevolve’s computer coding environment into MindTap. The collaboration brings computer science and programming instruction to students through hands-on practice designed to teach users to write and run code. Five MindTap courses were released this spring with Python, Java and C++ Codevolve labs! Codevolve’s integration into MindTap is seamless, with no additional installation required. Students easily use Codevolve to code directly in the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) from their web browsers.

According to recent data from, there are more than 600,000 open computing jobs nationwide, but only 38,175 computer science students graduating to fill this need. Kristin McNary, product team manager at Cengage Learning, says that, “as job growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) continues to outpace job growth in all other areas, demand for computer science skills is on the rise. Preparing students for success in the workforce is paramount as we develop new ways to improve outcomes through our digital platforms.”

Microsoft Planner


Microsoft Planner, originally launched in September 2015, is now available for free for all Office 365 users. This team collaboration software allows users to visually organize plans, assign tasks, share files, and chat by using Boards, Cards, Buckets and Due Dates. Users access the Hub to track overall progress of plans and see who’s on time and who’s behind. Users are able to filter down to see personal tasks and assignments.

According to Microsoft, the roll out will happen over the next several weeks. Current Office 365 users do not need to take any additional steps to get the app. The tile will appear in your Office 365 launcher as soon as it becomes available to you! For more information, visit the Microsoft Planner site or check out this TechCrunch article.


Microsoft Office Proficiency is Still Top In-Demand Job Skill

IDC_TopSkills-879x630 Proficiency in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint are top in-demand job skills according to research

The IDC has released a new white paper entitled Keys to the Future: Align Workforce Readiness Skills to Ensure Student Success. The IDC’s research examined the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce, and the skills needed for tomorrow’s best jobs. Their findings concluded that proficiency in Microsoft Office is still near the top of the list.

Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education as Microsoft says that, “while over the past three years we’ve seen the breadth of needed skills for jobs increase by 68 percent, we’ve also seen that communication skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint, remain vitally important for success in the workplace.”

At Cengage, we believe that mastering Microsoft Office skills is essential for success in the workforce. For more information and additional findings, check out the full article from the Microsoft blog.

Office 365 Updates for June 2016


In Microsoft’s Office 365 Updates for June 2016 video, Jim Naroski runs through the latest changes to Office 365. June 2016 updates include the availability of PPM Dashboard Apps, new capabilities in the OneDrive App on Windows 10, Power BI enhancements, Yammer external groups, Outlook 2016 for Mac formatting support, additional security capabilities, eDiscovery updates, and a new Office 365 datacenter in Canada.