4K definition with PowerPoint Videos

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For a while now, PowerPoint has been able to export to High Definition video. However, now you can easily share a high-fidelity version of your PowerPoint presentation as a video!
From Microsoft’s recent update, they have added the ability to export to 4K Ultra-High definition! Meaning… your presentation will look fantastic on any monitor, no matter what the size!

Additionally, this release means regardless of the version of PowerPoint installed on the viewer’s PC, slides and video will be displayed as you intended – no more issues with older versions of PowerPoint.
Another feature… the viewer can play the video without having to open it up in PowerPoint!

When you want to give a high-fidelity version of your presentation to others (either attached in an e-mail, published to the web, on a CD or DVD), save it and let it play as a video.

Other PowerPoint Video benefits:

• You can control the size of the multimedia file and the quality of your video – in PowerPoint you can choose the quality (HD, Full HD, Ultra HD – 4K)
• You can include animations and transitions in your movie.
• Viewers do not need to have PowerPoint installed on their computers to watch it.
• If the presentation contains an embedded video, the video will play correctly without having to interfere
• When creating the video in PowerPoint, you can continue to use the other features of PowerPoint while the video is being created

Check out our PowerPoint Morph blog to see what else your PowerPoint can do!

For additional details and tips on turning your PowerPoint presentations into videos, call us on 02890945542.

Forecasting in Excel

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Did you know in Office 365, Excel has a very useful forecast function?

This feature has the potential to help you make quick, better decisions.

For example, if you wanted to see what your sales might be in 6 months’ time; you would just enter your previous sales to now. Then, highlight the data, click “Forecast Sheet” on the Data ribbon, and choose how far out I want the forecast to extend. Tada! Excel does the rest.

It will create a new worksheet containing a table of the historical and predicted values, and a chart that shows these values graphically.

A forecast can help you predict things, which is ideal when you want to see your potential inventory requirements or consumer trends.

If you wish to find out more information on Office 365, contact us on 02890945542 or email info@heliosit.co.uk.

Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

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A bug has been revealed within Intel, AMD and ARM Chips, which has left vulnerabilities on almost every computer, as well as phones and devices made in the last 20 years.

The bugs are broken down into two vulnerabilities – Meltdown and Spectre.

Although this is only been announced now, researchers have known for months and have been working on patches. This means most systems have already received patches to mitigate Meltdown, but it is Spectre that is proving more difficult.

It has been identified that the vulnerabilities are from the architecture of chips, meaning that they won’t be fixed until these are replaced. According to researchers, it is unclear how a re-design could even happen to remove the bug. It will take many years for computers and chips to have the fixes for Spectre.

In Intel’s statement, they mentioned “Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits.”, proving software changes can only mitigate the issues.

Intel advises to “Check with your operating system vendor or system manufacturer and apply any available updates as soon as they are available. Following good security practices that protect against malware in general will also help protect against possible exploitation until updates can be applied.”

Major software providers have stated they are working on updates to try to protect their services from the vulnerabilities.

Microsoft mentioned “We’re aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers,”

Apple released security updates recently also for all their devices.

As mentioned above, it is best to check with your software providers to check if updates are required.

If you are concerned about the security of your devices, call us on 02890945542 and we can assist with your queries.

 

Office 365 with LinkedIn Learning

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To help enhance usability and knowledge of functionality within Office, Microsoft has introduced video-based training integrated right into Office programs, including in-depth content from LinkedIn Learning. Now you don’t need to leave Excel to learn how to create a PivotTable!

When in Excel, in the “Tell Me what you want to do” bar at the top of the window, just type in “PivotTable” and click “Get Help on…”

In the search results, you will see text help as well as be able to watch LinkedIn Learning videos to help you develop your Excel skills!

Additionally with LinkedIn integration, using Outlook via a browser, when you have a new external contact you can also now hover over their name in and view their LinkedIn profile (depending on how much they have chosen to display in their LinkedIn privacy settings).

If you wish to know more about LinkedIn Learning or Office 365, contact us on 02890945542 or email info@heliosit.co.uk.

 

 

Office Tutorials

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Within Office 365 applications (Word, Excel, etc) you can now see “tours“, which is there to help users get started and learn the tips.

Tours can be found on the initial launch screen of the application you are in. They are a great way to review the latest and greatest feature enhancements to Office 365 applications on Windows and MacOS.

With Excel for Windows desktops, there are 2 separate tours to help get the most out of all its functionality! One to cover all of Excel’s basic features, and the other, new tour which is an interactive tutorial on how to create a pivot table!

Currently, the PowerPoint Tour on Windows offers tips for simplifying the way you work on slides by leveraging PowerPoint Designer, Morph, and Smart Lookup.

The Word tour is interactive, so you can try out each skill without ever leaving the tour. Great way to test Word’s functionality and see what else you can do!

If you are interested in on Office Tutorials, contact us on 02890945542 or email info@heliosit.co.uk.

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