3 Techy Must Haves for Mami

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[box type="shadow" ]Disclosure: I am a Microsoft Office Champ.[/box] Let's dive right in. These three things make me more productive and are sure-fire ways to make me happy as well. I bet your Mami would appreciate them. And if you're a Mami: getchu some!

A Phone

Windows_925Thing is, you've been sitting back and sleeping on this Windows Phone. I'm here to tell you it's time to wake up and smell the tiles!

I had the great pleasure of playing with one this past week and was even allowed to bring it home with me (as opposed to the last time when a certain someone had to tackle nudge me into giving them the one I'd been playing with for 2 days). This is the Nokia Lumia 925 and it's about to be my permanent phone in about 24 hours (I need to give it a name).

Now, Windows 8.1  is going to bring you the fire so I suggest you get in now and get acclimated to all this hotness for when Cortana  hits the streets. Don't know who that is? Your very own personal life manager/best friend/lifesaver/digital assistant, that's who! Cortana (or C-Boogey, as I like to call her) is bringing you some goodness. Here are a few of the things you will thank me for later:

  • CortanaQuiet hours. So, after reading that you're all ¿Que? No hablo ingles. Here's what that means: your phone will be quiet from the hours of whateveryoudecide to youvehadenoughsilence. No rings, buzzes or beeps. The best part is that you can set your inner circle and still get text messages from your man/woman/child (I won't tell if they're not really in your inner circle). You get the drift though, right?
  • Reminders that won't slip your mind after your alarm goes off (don't act like it's just me). Cortana can remind you to do something at a specific time, a particular place, or when you talk to a certain person.
  • Of course, you will STILL have access to all of your OneDrive documents which means I can totally send my clients the files they need at 6 a.m. without actually leaving my bed

In short: amazeballs. I could go on and on but, I need to tell you about 2 more things.

Microsoft Office 365

Office_365A few of you folks had been asking me some questions privately. Here are a few:

  • Can I use Office 365 on the iPad?
  • Can I find Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the app store?
  • How do you do it all?

Allow me to respond in public. Yes {insert name here}, you CAN. How do I know this? Microsoft announced it on my birthday. Because, well, I'm awesome, this is awesome. It's a no brainer, people!

The apps have the robust capabilities and the look and feel you recognize as Office, and now you get a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. Which is mighty nifty if you ask me!

With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. When you edit a document, you can be sure that content and formatting will be maintained across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone.

And that last question? Folks, I just Get It Done.

Surface Pro 2

SurfacePro2In December I told you about the Surface Pro. Now I'm here to tell you about the Surface Pro 2. I'm not going to bore you with technical specs.

I am, however, going to tell you that I have been running MY LIFE on one. I was just upgraded from the first and the second is certainly not letting up on the fantastic. I think the word I'm looking for is seamless. I can move from device to device and still access all of my files. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. As the frog princess says can you imathine (I love the lisp!).

So one question: which one of these are you going to get/give?

I can help you out one at least one. Enter the giveaway to own your very own copy of Office 365 Home edition. You're welcome!

Disclosure: I am a Microsoft Office Champion. All opinions, thoughts, references to being awesome and thangs are purely my own (including the bright idea to tell you what to buy for Mami's Day).