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“Tell me what to do” – Office’s new web feature!

Microsoft has added a new feature to its Office Web Apps in order to take some of the legwork out of formatting your documents. The new “tell me what to do” feature allows you to implement commands into Office that you previously may not have known how to find, by typing the command into a small search bar. Once you begin typing, Office will begin to display possible commands.

An example of this new function would be to type “double space” into the field. Once you type double space into the field, you are given a list of options including Line Spacing. From there, you can enter the line spacing tab and proceed as per usual.

The app is not currently available for the desktop version of office but it is likely Microsoft are just testing it online in order to receive user feedback and to beta its functionality. It would be safe to assume that this feature will be added to the desktop client of Office after positive user feedback and any issues have been debugged.

Other features possibly on the line to be added to Microsoft Office include an easier to access layout (possibly making this cool new feature redundant), an easier rendering of shapes, text boxes and images as well as a more simple way to access end notes and footnotes.

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Microsoft investors want Bill Gates to step down as chairperson

Bill GatesThree of the twenty largest investors in Microsoft are driving for the company’s co-founder and front man, Bill Gates to be ousted as chairman due to concerns of him wielding too much influence over the company.

The three investors previously mentioned hold more than 5% of the company’s stock, while Gates himself owns 4.5% of the company and is its largest individual shareholder.

Sources have reported that key shareholders are pushing Microsoft’s board for Gates to step down. They are concerned that, in this role, Gates is preventing the adoption of new strategies and also that he will limit the ability of the next-appointed CEO to make changes.

What’s you’re opinion on the matter? Let us know what you think at 4pm

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Windows XP Diagnosed as Non-Compliant

Microsoft extended support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. After this date, Microsoft will not release any security patches or updates for Windows XP. This will effectively make Windows XP non-compliant with HIPAA / HITECH after Microsoft support ends.

Saying Goodbye

Windows XP was released August 24, 2001 and has been widely deployed Software for Estate Agentsin homes and corporate environments alike.

In an ideal world your systems would already be off XP or you would be well into a migration effort. However, some of us have inherited this problem and must find a solution that not only addresses this problem, but also does so in a cost effective manner. Ideally, you will even have the opportunity to make technical improvements in your infrastructure, enhance security and manageability of your systems, and provide your clinical staff with a more efficient computing environment.

Looking Around

Getting your vendors involved is very important at this stage. You will Software for Estate Agentswant to find out about how to move to newer versions of their software which are compatible with Windows 7 or beyond. If you have current maintenance you may just need to download their newest software and apply your testing process. If you are not in maintenance, you may face pricey upgrades to move to their new platform.

Moving On

Now is the time to take action. Size up your vendor support for upgrading to a newer OS, get an inventory of your impacted devices, and evaluate how you will update your endpoints. Moving to a newer operating system will help you provide a more secure environment in your facility and ensure compliance with HIPAA / HITECH.

Have you already switched from Windows XP? What did you switch to? Let us here at 4pm know.



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Microsoft to launch Windows 8.1 on 18th October!

Rumours of Microsoft’s much anticipated release of Windows 8.1 were ended yesterday by the announcement that the new operating system will be rolled out on October 17th, with full retail launch on October 18th.

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The announcement was made on Microsoft’s blog last night and will be offered as a free update to current Windows 8 users.

“Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for our customers,” The software giant stated in its blog.

“And Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalisation, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more) that people will enjoy.”

Intrigued? Impatient? Or just plain interested? Microsoft’s already offering a preview version of the Windows 8.1 update for those who can’t wait another month.! We at 4pm would love to hear your thoughts on the new windows 8.1 and whether you feel  the software is changing too often? software for estate agents

A preview of the new Office 2013

The new Microsoft Office package has some pretty handy new improvements.

4pm has picked the main improvements that we feel will benefit you the most:

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New features in word:

  • With the new Online Video button you can insert video clips.
  • A right click on a specific word enables users to look up its definition in a dictionary or get help with the pronunciation.
  • Reply to comments or mark them as ‘done’.
  • We waited so long for this option, now it is finally posible – the ability to edit a PDF with Word 2013.

What’s new in Excel:

  • Shortcut letters will become visible if you click ALT. In order to activate this option you only need to tab the relevant key.
  • With the brush icon it is possible to preview changes to style and colour of a chart without actually changing something.
  • By pressing the ‘Recommended Charts’ button Excel will give you a variety of charts which suit best to your data.
  • Get the number of cells and the sum of all values or the average value by choosing a specific range of cells.

Improved PowerPoint:

  • Zoom into certain parts of your slide.
  • You now have the option to add background music.
  • Use the Eyedropper tool to choose a color up from other slides in the presentation.

Outlook function:

  • The filter option enables you to filter all messages for example by sender, date, by those with attachments.
  • Restore the To-Do bar option which is hidden under the View tab.
  • Link together all your contacts from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other other Social Media networks.

Here at 4pm we think the new Microsoft Office is definetely worht the investement as the new features bring a lot of improvements.
Have a nice weekend!