From: Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Saturday, July 06, 2013 7:51 AM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Office 365 Home



Cocktail Talk


September 2013

Cocktail Talk


Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Office 365 Home


I have a Personal Identification Number, or PIN. If someone asks for my PIN number they're asking for my Personal Identification Number number, a common mistake, when they really want my PI Number or PIN. Another confusing term commonly tossed around is "24/7, 365". 

24/7, 365 would be 24 hours a day / seven days a week, 365 days a year. 24/7 should be enough, 24 hours a day / seven days a week. It would even be OK to say 24/365. It would even make sense to say 24/7/52; 24 hours a day / seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. But in my humble opinion 24/7 says enough.  Anyway, that's where most of us live, 24/7.


Office 365 Home is a flavor of Microsoft's current office suite and for those of us in the 24/7 it's pretty handy. It includes Microsoft Office 2013 (times 5), Skydrive, Office Web Apps, Office on Demand, and Outlook.


Office 365 Home is a rental, about $100 a year that gives you the most current versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Outlook and Notebook. Current is the keyword here, Microsoft promises to keep you current. You can install it on up to five devices including PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets, so you could say you're paying $20 each. You can uninstall it from a device to install it on another device too. There is a website where you manage your account licenses and install 365.


Let's say I have 365 on a PC in my office, on Nancy 's  (not her real name), on my PC in Paris* , on my iPhone and on Nancy's iPhone. That would be a great value, but you have to wonder how you'd keep files managed across five devices.  Who edited what, when, and where is it now? Skydrive does that part for you.


You tell Skydrive what to synchronize to what device and it does it. Files I work on in Paris are waiting for me when I return to the office. Files remain available on Skydrive in the Cloud so you can access them from anywhere there's Internet, even from PCs that don't have 365, or from a smartphone, or tablet.  Skydrive manages multiple authors, even working on the exact same document at the exact same time, too.


From a non-365 device like a PC or Mac you can access My Office online and use Web App versions of the Office Suite, you can also download the files to work with them using Office on the local PC. If the local PC doesn't have Office, or it has some old version, you can use Office on Demand and run the current version of Office right out of the Cloud. When you're done, just save or upload the file to Skydrive and it will sync you up.


On a smartphone or tablet you can use the App or go to My Office online, your choice. The App is very nice and easy to install using the same website where you manage licenses. Change some files while on the train, or driving the car**, and they're waiting for you if you make it back from Paris.


Office 365 links to Outlook online. If you were a hotmail user you already know a little about this. Outlook online manages your email and syncs your calendar and contacts to your devices. Most people have email on their phones and tablets but using a big screen and keyboard does make life more pleasant.It doesn't seem to be all that fast in receiving email though.


Office 365 gives you current software on your PC or Mac without having to pay for upgrades or new versions, Web Apps and Office on Demand if you're on some other PC or Mac, Apps for smartphones and tablets, and Skydrive to store and synchronize your files among all these locations, for about $10 a month.


There isn't an App for the iPad, there is for the iPhone, and the My Office website is more than a little flaky with Safari, Chrome, Bing, Mercury and Terra on my iPad, but who knows what tomorrow will bring.



You can go 24/7, 365, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.


* Hey, if Victoria's Secret can call London Wisconsin "London", I can call Paris Wisconsin "Paris", right?

** Please don't, it is illegal and dangerous.






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