Spring Cleaning Con Microsoft Office 365

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When my pals over at Microsoft Office and I started talking about the happenin's for the spring, we inevitably talked about Spring cleaning. Thanks to them and my crew at Social Influenz, I can now ensure at least one area of my life is not cluttered (does it count if the clothes strewn about in my room are clean? Is that clutter?).

So I don't know about you but, I accumulate a lot of electronic files.  Pictures are the worst. I upload to Facebook, download from my phone, have copies go right to automatic download, etc.  In an attempt to organize, I end up with folders and subfolders that would rival any Hoarders episode. This spring I'm changing that (because I totally enjoy the electronic clean up rather than the real one).

Enter Microsoft Office 365! I can now clean up and my files are nice and organized in good ol' SkyDrive. I use that for my personal files AND for my business files. This way my Office documents don't lose any of their formatting and I can give access to my clients to check out images, videos, spreadsheets or documents that we are collaborating on without having to email back and forth. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, is what I say!  You can even access these files on your Windows Phone if you have picked yourself up this little gadget.

Of course, you know I'm a fan of OneNote from my previous raves about it. If you ever wonder where I keep it all and how I keep things straight in my head, this is it.  I have a copy of the app on the mamiPad, on Sammy and of course on zenMami.  This means I can update on-the-go since OneNote is also available for all of my gadgets. How sweet is that?!

Office 365 Home Premium gives me the flexibility I need to handle the tasks on my plate. Wherever I am. I've been getting a lot of questions on 365 so I thought I'd give you Mami's FYI's.

It is subscription-based software, which means you can use one license for an entire household on up to five devices (YAY). The new offering includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage andSkype calling.

What it Includes:

  • The latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
  • One license for the entire household to use Office on up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and get Office on Demand from any Internet-connected PC
  • An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account
  • 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world (because if you remember, I totally need to talk to my dad on Skype again after the last rigamarole)
  • Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology
  • Automatic save to SkyDrive, so your documents — and even your personal settings — are always available from virtually anywhere and on your favorite devices (I like this because it always feels like whatever machine you're on is yours)

Office 365 Home Premium Pricing and Availability:

At US $99.99 for an annual subscription, Office 365 Home Premium costs the equivalent of US$8.34 per month. It can be purchased online at Office.com or in your nearest Microsoft Retail Store.

And there you have it. A surefire way to get organized this spring! I mean what more do you want from me? And before you answer that: no I will not come and do all this for you. Unless of course, you can come over to my house and put all these clothes away. In which case, what time can you be here?

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Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Social Influenz and Microsoft for Office 365. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Mamis and Microsoft

I've come to a life changing decision in my life. It has not been easy and it certainly has not gone without certain judgments from family and friends alike. The truth is, I've had a hard time talking about it.  I don't want to continue to explain myself or even feel the need to give someone that probably has no idea what I'm even talking about, an explanation.

I ran into some pretty cool people at the Blissdom conference in February. One of the things that came of it was that I saw some things that I'd given up on a long time ago. And it renewed hope in me that I could fall in love all over again.

So here I am. Trying to figure out how to tell you and how to tell the world. That, I'm going to be giving up my Mac and purchasing a Windows laptop.

Go ahead and judge me. I don't care. When I saw Windows 7 and heard about Live Journal and how it could make my blogging life easier, I got a little jealous.  Then I was reintroduced to OneNote and SkyDrive and I began to expand my mind a little. Today, I use those tools extensively to keep me organized and my schoolwork always at the tip of my fingers no matter where I'm at.

When Kludgy Mom talked about Windows 8, I was wowed.  But it wasn't until I started shopping around that I realized the old misconceptions of Microsoft, Windows and Office no longer hold water.  And then when I walked into the first Microsoft Store in the state of Florida this morning, I just knew I was making the right decision.

This isn't about one brand vs another or whatever social justifications you want to give for why we buy one thing over another. For me it's simple: I need to do A, B, C, D. Can I do it with a Windows laptop? Will it ease my workload and let me work smarter? How much will I pay as opposed to getting iMami replaced with a newer model? All these things are considerations.

I'm not working full-time. But I do everything on a computer. From attempting to not drown in Business Law as I make my way to an MBA in Social Media to this blog I am typing up and everything in between.  I cannot afford for iMami to go without having a replacement. And, if I'm replacing it, the questions above are serious considerations that this single mami has to make.

I ran into an old co-worker at the store this morning and I am going to totally steal the line he threw out at me as we chatted: this is the year of reinvention for Microsoft. MAN! I wish I'd thought of that. Reinvention indeed.  And I'm excited for them. And for me. Because had I not been open to seeing something I thought I'd already seen and knew about, I wouldn't be here today (sit on that and mull over the life lesson there, will you?).

I am MOST impressed by Microsoft's ability to reinvent itself. To make the products sleek and sexy and align themselves with companies that do the same (I'm thinking here about the Asus Zenbook that I was drooling over at the store).  To invest in the communities where they are placing their brick and mortars (here, they gave grants to the Junior League, Boys & Girls Club as well as the YMCA).  But, you can do all that and if you don't have a good product you still fail, right?

This tech mami strongly believes that the quality of the products that are being put out there by Microsoft are probably the best they have ever been.  Not just on the outside (have you checked out the Arc Touch mouse?!) but also on the inside.

I'd love to get a chance to tell you about all that's on the inside. Perhaps I will in future posts. What you need to know right now is:

This Mami is backing Microsoft, she is in love with the Asus Zenbook UX31A, she cannot wait for Sprint to pick up the new Windows Phone (and I'm sad that I got my pants handed to me in the phone challenge) and tonight she will sleep a little better (okay, I'm done with the third person talk, what am I an athlete?!).

And I will sleep better not just because I'm working on 3 hours of sleep and daydreaming of hitting my pillow as soon as humanly possible. But because I think I'm making some pretty awesome decisions these days!

If you have any question as to what I'm talking about, head on over to the nearest Microsoft Store. If you are in Central Florida, RUN over. They have some ridiculous specials this weekend so if you'd like to buy me that Asus I desperately NEED, you get like 20% off! See, I'm always looking out for you.

But seriously, they have all the fun stuff for you to play with. The atmosphere today was that of a party. Each and every employee that I spoke to (and believe me, I made sure I got a chance to chat with at least a half a dozen of them) were enthusiastic about being there and knowledgeable about the products. You know what else? They were passionate. And I believe that left an impression with everyone today.

So tell me, are you working smarter with tools that will propel you forward day in and day out? I am. And I couldn't be happier.

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Disclosure: I wasn't paid for this post but I believe that when something excites me this much, I should be open and tell you what I'm thinking/feeling. This wasn't an easy decision for me to come to but, it's what is best for me in the long run (why do I feel like I'm writing a breakup letter to iMami?).

Tech Mami: Watch Out, I'm Confiscating Your Gadgets!

I can't take it anymore and I'm sorry but it has to be said. If you do not know how to use all this cute and sexy technology that we have been blessed with in the 21st century, it's OKAY! But don't try to be "cool" and go out and buy yourself something simply because you can afford it without having a clue as to how it should and could be used. Here's the thing, at some point in time, you mess around and look not-so-smart by letting others know you have no idea how to use that sexy gadget that you think everyone's liking you for. Educate yourself. And by educate I don't mean call me at midnight with your questions, coño (yes, this has happened and yes, I'm still salty about it).

I'm always getting questions about how to use smartphones, tablets, Macs, laptops, you name it. And, I'm no longer doing it. I'm fighting back and if you get these questions, you should too.

How, you ask? Well, here's a guideline to help you along but remember, you may have a list of your very own and that's okay too.

Signs Yo S**t Might Need to Be Confiscated

  1. If you ask whether or not you can use the iPad like an iPhone...yo s**t might need to be confiscated
  2. If you've had your smartphone for longer than a month and can only use it to make calls and possibly send a text...yo s**t might need to be confiscated
  3. If you still don't know which router is yours...yo s**t might need to be confiscated
  4. If you know which router is yours but have no clue what I'm asking about when I ask you for your password...yo s**t might need to be confiscated
  5. If you still don't know what that thing is that you put in the little hole on the side of your computer so that you can save files...yo s**t might need to be confiscated
  6. If you don't know the difference between Windows and Office...yo s**t might need to be confiscated
  7. If I ask you if you have a Kindle and you appear to be confused by the question...yo s**t might need to be confiscated
  8. If your toddler can operate your gadgets better than you...yo s**t might need to be confiscated (probably by your toddler. No sense in them having to pay for your mistakes. Rock on, kid!

I'm going to cut you some slack though because I do like helping people (though this blog might not give you that warm and fuzzy feeling). You can email me your questions and I will address them in this series.  You can ask me about Mac or PC, Apple or Android.

So, hit me with it. What question do you have that might get yo s**t confiscated?

PS: there's still time to enter the MS Office 2010 giveaway. Go find out how!