Showing posts with label Office. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Office. Show all posts

Monday, December 18, 2017

Office 2010 suites from Google, Zoho, Adobe, and others and responding

Office 2010 suites from Google, Zoho, Adobe, and others and responding

Microsoft has released a technical preview of Microsoft Office 2010. This is a pre-beta release intended for feedback, as

well as promotion, so it’s not feature-complete and may change before the final release planned for

the first half of 2010.

Nevertheless, it offers a fair guide to what Microsoft is planning for its ubiquitous office suite.

The short summary is ‘more of the same’: more of the controversial Office Ribbon UI, more features

for products that arguably have too many already, and more integration with SharePoint so that

users are drawn deeper into Microsoft’s platform.At the same time, the company is looking perhaps

nervously at web-based Office suites from Google, Zoho, Adobe, and others and responding with MS Office 2010 applications of its own, while

carefully avoiding any suggestion that they might replace the desk-bound versions.

“I wouldn’t give up the full capabilities of my Office applications on my PC,” says Office product

manager Monica Mendoza. “But isn’t it great to know that you can access your Office files from

anywhere, directly in a browser?” Considering the importance of Office to its bottom line, you

would not expect Microsoft so say anything else, but it is a complex message to articulate.The big

themes of were new XML-based document formats, which sparked a ferocious standards war, and the

disappearance of menus in favour of a fat-tabbed toolbar called the Ribbon. Web apps aside, there

is nothing so radical here. Office 2010 feels more like a refinement of the earlier version. The

Ribbon is now extended to Outlook and Publisher. One crumb of comfort for Ribbon-haters: a

“customise the Ribbon” option has appeared, letting you add and remove tabs, groups, and individual


As for Open XML, it’s notable that Microsoft neglects to mention it at all in its Reviewer’s Guide,

even though this is supposedly the release that will fully implement ISO/IEC 29500. It is odd how

this has gone from a cause to campaign for, to not-worth-mentioning in just over a year. To be

fair, few users ever cared about XML formats themselves: it is only when documents get scrambled or

fail to open that such things become important.So what is new here? 64-bit versions for a start.

They’re now an option throughout. The most obvious use is gigabyte-size Excel spreadsheets, though

working with any large document should now be easier. Excel also gets a new single-cell chart type

called a Sparkline and a new Slicer tool for filtering data. Some features turn up throughout the


The Office Button – really a file menu, and one which some new users find hard to discover

inBackstage view, combining file, preview, and document options into one full-window dialog. It

sounds odd, but it works well. Paste Preview is another new feature, showing an instant preview of

Paste actions.

Ideal for product reviewers, a screenshot button lets you insert an image of any open window into

the current document. Several Office applications now support simultaneous multi-user editing,

provided the document is hosted on SharePoint or Windows Live.For more information or buy office


Monday, November 20, 2017

Create a Green Office

Create a Green Office

Creating an environmentally friendly workplace is an excellent investment, achieving significant operating cost reduction, building team spirit and creating a highly desirable employment environment. And we all know that when employee morale improves, turnover decreases and hiring and training costs decrease. Publicized effectively, environmental responsibility will also enhance marketplace image resulting in increased sales and profitability. Market your new green agenda. Employees and customers will be pleased to learn that you care about the environment and are doing your part.

Ten Ways to Improve Workplace Environmental Performance

1. Buy "green" products. Every day we find new, environmentally friendly products which use less materials, reduce waste and reduce energy use. We can choose compostable waste bags, biodegradable packing peanuts, non-toxic dry-erase markers, recycled plastic products, and more.

2. Use re-manufactured ink and toner cartridges. Remanufactured cartridges are 100% guaranteed and cost less than new cartridges. Each re-manufactured cartridge keeps approximately 2.5lbs of plastic and metal out of landfills and saves about 1/2 gallon of oil.

3. Recycle ink and toner cartridges. Approximately 375 million empty ink jet cartridges are taken to landfill sites every year. Recycling cartridges reduces landfill waste and associated toxins.

4. Use digital storage, not paper files. Print documents on paper when necessary but only when necessary. When hard-copy paper files are necessary, maintain a central file, avoiding individual, personal files.

5. Reduce, reuse and recycle paper. Treat paper as a scarce commodity. Communicate by email rather than creating written notes and faxing or mailing documents. When you must create a paper copy, print on both sides whenever you can, use it as scrap paper and finally recycle it when it can no longer be used or reused. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, almost 7,000 gallons of water and more than 3 cubic yards of landfill space.

6. Buy Energy Star qualified products. Energy Star printers, computers, fax machines, monitors and other office machines can reduce energy use by as much as 75%. Using "standby" or "sleep mode" when equipment is not in use will reduce energy use and improve the bottom line!

7. Unplug machines that are not in use. Most people are surprised to learn that equipment consumes electricity when plugged in-even when turned off. Use power strips for simplicity and turn them off at days-end and when you take trips.

8. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs can save up to 75% of the electricity used by incandescent light bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs last 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and they fit standard fixtures and deliver natural light.

9. Reduce transportation. Promote public transportation, carpooling and bicycle use by employees. Use teleconferencing or videoconferencing for meetings. Purchase from local suppliers.

10. After reducing your energy consumption as much as possible, consider purchasing an offset. Individuals and businesses can offset greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing carbon credits.

Stan Gassman, BSC Sustainability Services Copyright 2007

Stan Gassman is a co-founder and principal of BSC Sustainability Services, a consulting company devoted to helping clients increase marketplace value by incorporating sustainability within their culture and operations.

Contact Stan via email,

Friday, October 6, 2017

Can My Small Website Design Business Benefit from a Manhattan Virtual Office?

Can My Small Website Design Business Benefit from a Manhattan Virtual Office?

Let's say the you live in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and design websites. You work from home and serve customers throughout. Your orders are taken via on-line transactions and you design your clients website in your home office's design studio.

However, you've been thinking about expanding into larger markets to attract new clientèle. How can you do that instantly?

Answer: By opening a Manhattan virtual office!

You can go from a Coeur d'Alene based home business to having a business presence in a major metropolitan area instantly, for example: Manhattan! Your company now has 2 locations! Imagine how snazzy a Manhattan office address from VH International Business Solutions would look on your website!

Opening a virtual office in another country can also make you an international company instantly and open up the market for you to sell your products and services beyond the US.

Need local fax and phone numbers to complete your business presence? No problem! We can get them setup for you in a few hours. You can also have a live operator answer your calls, a machine answer your calls (voice mail) or, we can even transfer your Manhattan phone calls to you in Coeur d'Alene. You can also receive your 212 Manhattan faxes right in your email in-box.

Need to meet with a client or vendor in Manhattan? No problem. You can rent a fully equipped, fully furnished private office or conference room to meet with clients on an as-needed basis. You can even have your lunch or breakfast meeting catered in the office.

Need a local hotel or restaurant recommendation? We can help you with ideas! Our knowledgeable staff is at your service. Our neighborhood is chock-full of first-class hotels, chain hotels and wonderful boutique hotels. Our neighborhood's Michelin Stars sparkle amongst restaurants boasting top chefs, celebrity chefs, and world renown chefs.

See how easy it is to open a Manhattan virtual office… Keep doing what you are doing in Coeur d'Alene and we at VH International Business Solutions will handle your New York business presence.

VH International Business Solutions, Inc. Since 1990. Offering unbeatable service to individuals, small and mid sized local companies; as well as larger domestic and international firms seeking to establish a presence in the U.S., and particularly in the New York market. As the pioneer of offering Virtual Office services online in New York City, we are the leader and have the most expertise of working with local and global businesses when entering the New York marketplace. While others emphasize services, we emphasize service. Manhattan Virtual Office How can VH International Business Solutions help you? Tel: 1.212.627.8900 Fax: 1.646.861.6610 Since 1990.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Office Design Concepts and Needs - What Creative Marketing Agencies Wants

Office Design Concepts and Needs - What Creative Marketing Agencies Wants

Creative marketing agencies that look to move to new offices or refurbishing their old ones should do so in style. After all they are usually in marketing and looking good plays a big part. Creative agencies should look for an office design company to give them an office that becomes more than just a place of work.

There are plenty of office design companies out there who offer modern, creatively designed offices for marketing companies who want their place of work to have a little more vitality than the norm. The concepts need to reflect the client's personality, have modern, co-ordinated, quality materials, colours and finishes.

Inside a creative marketing agency many hours of employees' time is spent discussing creative ideas, developing concepts or meeting with new and or prospective clients. So not only do they need an office space that will impress current and potential clients, they also need an office space where employees can interact easily and in comfort - which is especially important for the marketing industry where creativity is Key!

Some of the many challenges an office design company face during the office design process of a creative marketing agency is to capture the dynamic and flexible nature of working at such an agency, to enhance the creativity and to use it in the office interior design. Set out to master the creative human side of a marketing agency.

Marketing agencies who nowadays want to have their office designed or have their old one refurbished desperately need office spaces that eliminates barriers to team working, with personal design boards that can be alternated into a client-facing space plus the variety of brain-storming, workshop, presentation and meeting areas. Creative marketing agencies look for office work desks that can be fully customised to suit the user, by having desks and chairs to fully suit the user's size and sitting position. In summary, creative agencies want to have office furniture which is completely user-controlled, meaning that the office layout can be adapted totally by employees.

Away from their desks, employees want to enjoy office breakout areas - designed especially to encourage interaction and collaboration. These breakout areas, typically non-working areas, give employees stimulation by being away from their usual environment - ideal for employees such as graphic designers who need to be at their most creative. Similarly, in meeting rooms, glass partitions, light furniture and maximum daylight make meetings feel more relaxed and informal. All these office design aspects are meant to boost creativity.

A creative marketing agency wants complete control over how their office will operate and how it will feel as a place of work. The office need to fit in with the way they want to work. The challenge is in finding an office design company to give you the flexibility and freedom to work the way you wish. Finding an office design company to give you an office you are always proud to show current and prospective clients.

Further reading: For office design and office refurbishment visit IORgroup Ltd, a London based office design company.