Don’t save any documents to My Documents

Yes. You read it correctly. If you have OneDrive for Business, there is no logical reason why you would want to store files in My Documents. Here is why.

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Why is OneDrive called “ONE” drive?

This is not just a brand name. The word “one” is the key to understanding how to use OneDrive. That is why everyone should know it.

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another name change :( OWA = Outlook on the web

Yes. Outlook.COM is for personal use (renamed or evolved from Hotmail.com). Outlook Web Access was the way to handle corporate mail – stored in Exchange server on the browser. Outlook Web Access is now called Outlook on the web.

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Power Map Example: Plotting Flight Path

Hello from New Zealand. Here for 5 days conducting over 15 sessions for key customers.

We have seen how to use Power Map for Excel and create geographical visualizations. Read these articles for details. We will plot a flight path using Power Map in this article. Here is how it looks.

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Have you tried Office 2016?

Yes it is a free preview right now (18 Aug 2015). Just install the new Office 2016 Trial from here. Here is the list of new features. If you have the appropriate version of Office 365 you will receive the upgrade automatically when the product is released.

Test it using a separate PC or a virtual machine. DO NOT install it on your regular work machine because it is still in testing stage.

I will cover the features in more detail. But here is a very interesting feature which some of you may like. You can do forecasting very quickly using the Forecast Sheet feature of Excel 2016.

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Here is the raw data – a time series and the forecast generated from it.

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More coverage of new features coming soon…

(I had written another post about this trial, which I have deleted. That was because the side-by-side running of new version with older versions mentioned in that article requires lot of technical explanation, which is not worth the trouble at trial stage)

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Still don’t like the Windows 10 Start Menu? Use this one: Classic Shell

Install Classic Shell. I have been using it since Windows 8 days. Works perfectly. Has all the features you expect (and more) from Windows 7. Extremely customizable. I have already started using it.

Of course the New start menu has many good things. But sometimes, you just want to start a program, search for a file and get going. You don’t want any distractions. That is when you use a start menu replacement like this one. Of course if you Shift Click on the Classic Shell Start icon, you can still get the New Start Menu anyway. So we get best of both worlds.

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The only thing I wonder about is, if it is so simple to give the world what they want, why did Microsoft not provide this as an option for so many years. If people had got back their favorite feature, they would have looked at all the “New” features and “Apps” more positively. Even now it is not too late…

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Windows 10: Usage Guidelines

After upgrading to Windows 10, here is what I found. Read these guidelines when you upgrade. It will save you some confusion and smoothen out the migration.

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