Having worked in corporate life for many years, Microsoft Office was part of my daily routine. Crunching numbers, creating charts, documentation, presentations, you name it, Microsoft Office ruled. Admittedly, after I left corporate life, it was a bit of a transition to change the way I think about and use Office. I’ve come to realize that Office goes beyond the 9-5 workday – its become engrained in my everyday life in so many ways.
Excel is easier than balancing a chequebook
Though numbers and I have a love hate relationship, I’ve come to accept that decimals and digits are a part of life. A simple spreadsheet detailing our monthly budget, income and expenses keeps my husband and I on track. As we approach the festive season, Excel keeps our holiday spending on budget.
Word templates are da bomb
Staring at a blank document, not knowing where to start is intimidating, but Word has templates that anyone can follow to create proposals, posters, flyers, cards, invitations, calendars, catalogs, menus, even business cards. So whether you’re planning a festive holiday drop in, preparing the monthly school council agenda or creating flyers for the garage sale, Microsoft Word makes it dead simple to do.
A few years back my nieces gave Grandma a homemade calendar for Christmas. They used a photo calendar template in Word, bounded the 12 months together with yarn to create the ultimate handmade gift that Grandma to this day, still has hanging on her kitchen wall.
Thinking outside the box with PowerPoint
As I write this, my son is putting the finishing touches to his Geography project about the Canadian Rockies. It’s amazing to see how he uses slides, transitions, music, text and images with such ease.
A few years back, my girlfriend created in PowerPoint, a special year-end tribute for her daughter’s skating team. She had so many beautiful photos to share and together with her music of choice, created a memorable look back on their competitive season that she shared at the year-end banquet.
Your Office just got bigger (and better)
As a techie, I love how software gets better and more intuitive over time. As more people work from home and kids relying on technology to complete homework and projects, Microsoft Office 365 provides a complete solution for today’s busy families.
Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based service that includes Office 2016 tools Word, Excel, and Outlook, together with new additions like Skype, OneDrive, and Sway. Office 365 Home is ideal for families as Office 2016 can be added to up to 5 PCs and Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones including iOS and Android.
Here are a few examples of how families can use Office 365:
- Kids use Word and PowerPoint, and with OneDrive, they never have to worry about forgetting their homework. It’s always right there, saved in the cloud
- Use OneDrive for work and save the hassle of emailing documents to yourself just so you can work from home
- Outlook makes it easy to manage your family’s calendar. At this time of year, calendars fill up quickly with holiday work parties, school events and party invites from friends and family. Be sure to set reminders so that you don’t forget to bake those cookies you promised to bring to your son’s holiday class party
- Use OneNote to manage holiday shopping lists. Share shopping lists and cross off purchased items so that your partner doesn’t duplicate the purchase
From work, home, school, desktop, web, or across devices, everyone in the family can benefit from Microsoft’s cloud based sharing tools. Built-in intelligent suggestions offer helpful information that keeps you focused without leaving Office. Simply put, consider Microsoft Office 365 your new personal assistant.
Now is a great time to buy Office 365. Starting November 26th, as part of Microsoft’s Black Friday deals, Office 365 Home and Student will be available for $89.00 (or $69.00 with the purchase of any PC) for a limited time.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.