Another day, another pretty infographic. This one breaks down the demographic differences between Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook and Twitter are the big boys in the social networking space. So big, in fact, that we’ve probably written about them a bit too much in 2010. But hey, why stop in December? This breakdown was put together by Digital Surgeons and shows demographic statistics (and a few fun facts) for both sites. You may know that Facebook is much larger with 500 million users compared to Twitter’s 106 million, but did you know that 52 percent of Tweeters update their status every day while only 12 percent of Facebook users do the same? How about the fact that half of Twitter’s users are in college compared to only 28 percent of Facebook users. It shows just how much Facebook has changed since its days as a university-only social network. Enjoy.
AT&T looks to capitalize on small business client base with Microsoft Office 365 offering\
Seeking to beef up its products and services for small and midsize businesses, AT&T Monday announced that it will offer Microsoft Office 365 as a cloud-based service.
AT&T is making the software as a service (SaaS) available for its 300,000 small-business customers, providing mobile and desktop access to popular Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Lync instant messaging platform.
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Mike Sapien, a principal analyst with Ovum, says the news makes a lot of sense for AT&T. “It’s a big play to have a really popular packaged app they can deliver to the SMB market,” he says. “They’re really putting something out there that businesses actually need.”
Buying a cloud-based version of Microsoft Office from a vendor like AT&T has a number of potential advantages for users, Sapien points out. A cloud model frees users from having to dedicate on-premise resources to hosting the application, while allowing the programs to be accessed across a range of devices, including mobile platforms on the AT&T network.
The offering also comes with Tech Support 360, AT&T’s support program for helping customers set up, migrate and service the software.
Cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 from AT&T starts at $6 per user per month and is broken into two tiers: one for businesses with between one and 25 users, and another for an unlimited number of users. In addition to purchasing the bundle, customers have a choice to purchase some apps as a stand-alone product, including Exchange email, Lync and SharePoint.
Technology is advancing day by day in fact the new technology is no killing the old technology in reality it is advancing the previous versions, peoples are more and more easy and secure way to in technology usage, Microsoft is always been a very fast detector how to reshape the new technology is all software’s like Microsoft Office, Operating systems like windows XP to Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8 IE8, and more,
Most of the bricks organizations are now becoming bricks and clicks organization, the requirement to advance these organizations required certified peoples to work with them and. A professional person holding Microsoft certifications in his hand is often valued over other workforce all around the planet. Among all on hand Microsoft certifications, one of the most accepted one is MCTS Training, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist focus on emerging technological prospective and employing these concerns for progressing in Information Technology industry. If you have certain required abilities for this exam you can pass it quite effortlessly. These abilities take in the following:
Intro on MCTS Certification
The MCTS certification is the one, which helps the candidate to step into the IT industry. MCTS also helps the professional who are already in the IT industry to get into a good position in the field. The candidates who are applying for the MCTS Certification should have experience about the network connectivity, desktop operating system, security, and applications. Those who are very good in these areas can have the MCTS certification without any problem and they may be experienced in a particular filed. The future of the certification will be very good and more demand will be there for MCTS certified professional. There are lots and lots of products that are developed with Microsoft Technology. Microsoft develops products which is very helpful for the users.
What expertise and skills MCTS certification demands?
Though you can acquire a reputable status by obtaining this certification, but it obviously demands a few expertises’s that you must have. For this reason, you must be able in:
* Computer network literacy
* Solving logon related problems
* Creating as well as maintaining the desktop applications
* Executing password resets and others alike
MCTS certification will enhance your
MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications
Microsoft SQL Server technologies
Microsoft Exchange Server technology
To get this certification, you will require an experience of at least two years in implementing, troubleshooting, and debugging a given technology. One can say that this certification is the foundation for all the different Microsoft Certifications that are meant to validate your expertise in the functionality and features of Microsoft key technologies. As an IT professional, either you can demonstrate your in-depth knowledge in a given technical application or choose to earn as many MCTS training as you want to endorse your capabilities across a number of Microsoft products. However, it is all the more essential to constantly update your certification to enhance your competency under today’s robust IT scenario.
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Thought I would make this post to give people the feedback about my first IT certification MCSE 2003. As this is rather a large subject covering a variety of areas, I have attempted to break these down Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 2003 preparation into different segments with timelines.
What is Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE 2003)
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 2003 (or MCSE 2008) is the best-known and premiere Microsoft certification. It qualifies an individual as being able to analyze the business requirements for information systems solutions, and design and implement the infrastructure required. As of 2008, the MCSE is available for two different product lines; Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, each of which requires a different set of exams.
For the MCSE 2003 certification, candidates must pass six core design exams (Four networking exams, one client operating system and one design exam) and one elective exam, for a total of seven exams. For the MCSE 2000, a candidate needs to pass five Core Exams (Four operating system exams, one design exam) and two electives. For the MCSE NT 4.0 (retired), a candidate needed to pass four Core Exams (Networking Essentials, Windows NT Workstation, Windows NT Server and Windows NT Server in theEnterprise) and two electives.
Core Exams for mcse 2003 certification
70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
70-291 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
70-293 Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
70-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 AD Infrastructure
The topic of these exams include network security, computer networking infrastructure, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and other topics of both general networking interest as well as specific Microsoft products.
The following is MCSE specialization, Upgrade paths
MCSE on Windows Server 2003
• MCSE on Windows Server 2000
• MCSE on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
• MCSA on Windows Server 2003
• MCSE: Messaging on Windows Server 2003
• MCSE: Security on Windows Server 2003
MCSE on Windows 2000
• MCSE: Messaging on Windows 2000
• MCSE: Security on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Train for your MCSA or MCSE 2003 Training on Windows Server 2003 and get closer to Windows Server 2008. The strength of Windows Server 2003 in the market today indicates that demand for related IT expertise will continue for years to come. The best way to demonstrate you have those skills—and to inspire confidence in a hiring manager, your team, and yourself on Windows Server 2003—is with the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) credentials. These credentials will not retire.
The most efficient way for Microsoft 2003 exams training.
- MCQ’s Training (multiple choice questions)
- Case Studies Training
- Study guides Training
- Labs Preparation
- Online Videos Training
- Audios Training
- Exams Testing Engines
- Scenarios Bases Question and Answers
When I started in the first line role, one of my initial questions was ‘what do I need to learn to get the best online mcse 2003 training at my home?’ I was given feedback from my friends whom boiled down to IT skills, MCSE 2003 would be preferential, but more importantly are your willingness to learn, attitude and aptitude.
I knew from the moment I had finished my initial training, that I was different to the normal bread of Helpdesk personnel. Rather than spending my time surfing the web, I had my head in a book reading and learning.
I also vetted all of my calls as if I was second line (even though I wasn’t). This did ruffle a few feathers, but I cleared it with my friend first and also made sure that a second line person approved my comments, before it went to third line. The feedback from my Team Leaders was it showed initiative and willingness to learn.
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Technology Series (MCTS)
Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007
- Exam 70-632: Microsoft Office Project 2007, Managing Projects
- Exam 70-633: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects
- Exam 70-557: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server, Configuration
- Exam 70-630: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring
- Exam 70-542: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development
- Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
.NET Framework specializations
- Exam 70-528: .NET Framework 2.0 – Web-Based Client Development
- Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation
- Exam 70-526: .NET Framework 2.0 – Windows-Based Client Development
- Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation
- Exam 70-529: .NET Framework 2.0 – Distributed Application Development
- Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation
- Exam 70-536: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
- Exam 70-562: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development
- Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
- Exam 70-502: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Application Development
- Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
- Exam 70-503: TS: .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Communication Foundation Application Development
- Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
- Exam 70-504: TS: .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Workflow Foundation Application Development
- Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
- Exam 70-505: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development
- Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
- Exam 70-561: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development
- Exam 70-511: TS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications
- Exam 70-515: TS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications
- Exam 70-513: TS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communications Applications
- Exam 70-516: TS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access
I am currently engaged with mentoring some young technology start-up businesses. What strikes me about these companies is that they spend the majority of their time utilising their skills to deliver their product. They are agile, knowledgeable and very hungry to succeed and to create.
When do they find time to “learn” new emerging technologies? They seem to have learnt it “on the fly” as they go along – such is the pace of technology at the moment. With cloud computing, mobile computing and social media now becoming the current “bubble”, I realised just how easy it is for anyone in IT to become out of date quite rapidly.
There is an old saying which says “use it or lose it” and I will add “use it, grow it and keep your eyes open to what is happening around you, always”. In this process we must keep learning.
Stopping learning, even for a few months or a whole year can make a huge difference. It is like being having a motor car – use it regularly and it works fine (sure it may need a little maintenance), but leave it parked outside for a year unused and the battery will be flat, tires a bit softer, oil a bit tired, the gas will have lost its vitality etc. (Of course it does depend on where you park it – it may not even be there when you return!)
Learning is the same, especially in IT (and most other professions – like medicine, law, tax etc) we need to keep up to date, and even a few months “out of the game” will render us less sharp, and left with an uphill battle if we want to regain our status.
If “IT” is our career, then we need to learn on a regular basis, via personal learning, e-learning, books, attending classes, or as I am realising, by working with very sharp entrepreneurs who are leveraging the three technology areas listed above without even breaking into a sweat.
What are your experiences of keeping yourself in the best shape you can?
Microsoft’s search engine Bing has managed to come to agreement with Twitter to extend its deal that incorporates Tweets into Bing, with the result that, for at least another two years, Tweets will be searchable through Bing.
Google had a similar deal until last July, but Microsoft and Google were not able to reach agreements over the terms of a renewed deal, with the result that, at least for the moment, the two are not working together here.
News of the Microsoft-Twitter deal was announced, as might be expected, in a tweet exchange between Bing and Twitter, which also indicated that they would be “doing bigger and better things” together in the future.
The final part of the exchange went:
@Twitter Been thinking about our last 2 yrs together. Instantly tapping into the wisdom of the Twitter community. Good times. ^bb
@Twitter Let’s say we stick together and do bigger and better things? ^bb
@bing We’re in. Can’t wait for what comes next.
So at least superficially, they were both happy with the way things unfolded.
Bing and Twitter originally got together in October 2009 at the Web 2.0 summit when Bing announced that it had agreed to index Twitter’s tweets on results pages.
As a result, Twitter is now integrated into Bing’s social search website, which also includes updates from Facebook.
In July, AllThingsD reported that Twitter wanted about US$ 30 million per year for its real-time stream, about twice the amount of the original agreement.
It also said that Microsoft hadn’t agreed at that time to other Twitter demands, including more interface control, a larger cut of the ads sold next to its Tweets and more linking back to Twitter.
The Tweet exchange earlier this week did not say what the terms of the agreement between Bing and Twitter were, but there must have been some kind of compromise position around these terms.
New Windows-based devices are emerging this fall that balance power and long life with style and a whole lot of “skinny.”
REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 21, 2011 — Ahh, fall. That glorious time of year when summer winds down, the autumn leaves put on their annual show and the technology industry unleashes a new cascade of must-have devices for the holiday buying season.
New Device Lineup for Fall 2011
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Acer Aspire S3
At 13 millimeters, the new Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is one of the thinnest notebooks on the market. The Aspire ships with Windows 7 Home Premium and takes advantage of low-voltage Intel Core i-series processors to deliver real processing power, a 1.5-second wake-up time from sleep, and up to seven hours of battery life. Availability: October 2011.
Already hitting the shelves are new Windows-based devices that will help people connect and share from anywhere, increase productivity, advance entertainment options, and get organized. Rich HD graphics, low-voltage processors, fast boot times, long battery life, advanced connectivity options and crystal-clear audio all are on deck across a variety of computing devices this fall.
But what’s the big trend this year? Skinny. Whether producing laptops, all-in-ones, tablets or phones, Microsoft’s hardware partners are shipping super thin and light devices, which are more portable than ever. In spite of their size, these devices are still strong and durable, thanks to advanced design and materials. With the latest processors from AMD, Intel, Qualcomm and others — and the broader availability of speedy solid-state drives (SSDs) — these devices boot up in seconds, and new battery technology allows them to work all day, with up to eight hours or more on a single charge.
In the interest of showing more and telling less, check out the eye candy in the slideshow for a quick tour of the next wave of skinny, innovative devices headed our way this fall.
You can use a wireless network (WLAN) to share Internet access, files, printers, game consoles, and other devices among all the computers in your home. After you’ve completed the initial wireless router setup and added your computers and devices to the network, you can use your home network to surf the web or to play online games—whether you're sitting in your living room or relaxing in your backyard.
It's easier than ever to set up a wireless network, especially now that Internet access and routers (like Linksys wireless routers and D-link wireless routers) have become widely available. What you’ll need to set up your wireless network An operating system that supports wireless networking The Windows 7 operating system fully supports wireless networking. For Windows Vista users, we recommend installing Windows Vista Service Pack 2 before setting up your wireless network. For Windows XP users, we recommend installing Windows XP Service Pack 3. Use Windows Update to check whether you need the service pack and to install it. Click the Start button, click All Programs, click Windows Update, and then click Check for updates. Although the service packs for Windows Vista and Windows XP are not required for wireless networking, they can make things much easier and can help protect you against hackers, worms, and other Internet intruders. A broadband (DSL or cable) Internet connection To set up a wireless network, you need a broadband or high-speed Internet connection (not a dial-up connection) provided by an Internet service provider (ISP), usually for a monthly fee. Two common broadband technologies are Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable technology. These require a DSL modem or a cable modem (often provided by your ISP). After you have an ISP and a modem, you're ready to connect to the Internet. Set up a new connection to the Internet: Windows 7 and Windows Vista Windows XP A wireless router, a DSL modem, or a cable modem with built-in wireless networking support The router converts the signals coming across your Internet connection into a wireless broadcast, sort of like a cordless phone base station. Newer DSL and cable modems come with integrated wireless networking capability and are called modem routers. If the modem router you received or purchased from your ISP already has wireless capability built in, you do not need to purchase a separate wireless router. Just follow the instructions provided by your ISP for activating your wireless connection. If you do need to purchase a wireless router, be sure that you buy a wireless router and not a wireless access point. The Linksys router is a popular router for wireless networks because it’s simple to set up. There are many routers to choose from, for example: Linksys wireless routers D-Link wireless routers Cisco wireless routers ASUS wireless routers While you're looking for a wireless router or other wireless equipment in stores or on the Internet, you might notice that you can choose equipment that supports four different wireless networking technologies: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n. We recommend 802.11g (Wireless-G) or 802.11n (Wireless-N) because they offer excellent performance and are compatible with almost everything. NOTE: If you do not want to buy a wireless router or if you want to connect computers or devices temporarily for a specific purpose, like sharing devices or games, you can set up a temporary wireless network without a router. This is called an ad hoc network. Set up an ad hoc network: Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP A computer with built-in wireless networking support or a wireless network adapter If you have a newer computer, you may already have built-in wireless capabilities. If this is the case, you don’t need a wireless network adapter. Here’s how to check whether your computer has wireless support installed: Windows 7 and Windows Vista Windows XP If your desktop or laptop computer does not have built-in wireless support, you need to purchase a network adapter to wirelessly connect your computer to your wireless router. If you need an adapter for a desktop computer, buy a USB wireless network adapter. If you have a laptop, buy a PC card-based network adapter. Make sure that you have one adapter for every computer on your network. NOTE: To make setup easy, choose a network adapter made by the same vendor that made your wireless router. For example, if you find a good price on a Linksys router, choose a Linksys network adapter to go with it. To make shopping even easier, buy a bundle, such as those available from Linksys, Actiontec, D-Link, Netgear, Microsoft, and Buffalo. If you have a desktop computer, make sure that you have an available USB port where you can plug in the wireless network adapter. If you don't have any open USB ports, buy a USB hub to add additional ports. A copy of your router setup instructions Before you begin setting up your wireless network, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have the copy of the setup instructions provided by the router manufacturer or your ISP. If you do not have a copy, visit the manufacturer’s website for get instructions on how to set up your router. All routers vary, and you may need to consult the instructions to set up your wireless network using your specific router. Shopping list Shop for a wireless router Shop for a computer with built-in wireless networking support Shop for a wireless network adapter After you have everything you need, follow these five steps to set up your wireless network. 1. Connect to the Internet Make sure that your Internet connection and your DSL or cable modem are working. Your wireless network depends on this connection. 2. Connect your wireless router These are the steps for connecting a stand-alone wireless router to your DSL modem or cable modem. If you have a modem router, follow your ISP’s instructions for connecting your network. Since you'll be temporarily disconnected from the Internet, print these instructions before you go any further. First, locate your cable modem or DSL modem and unplug it to turn it off. Next, connect your wireless router to your modem. Your modem should stay connected directly to the Internet. Later, after you've hooked everything up, your computer will wirelessly connect to your router, and the router will send communications through your modem to the Internet. Next, connect your router to your modem: Note: The instructions below apply to a Linksys wireless router. The ports on your router may be labeled differently, and the images may look different on your router. Check the documentation that came with your equipment for additional assistance. Or do a Bing search on “[your manufacturer/model] wireless router setup” to find images and instructions. If you currently have your computer connected directly to your modem: Unplug the network cable from the back of your computer, and plug it into the port labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN on the back of your router. If you do not currently have a computer connected to the Internet: Plug one end of a network cable (included with your router) into your modem, and plug the other end of the network cable into the Internet, WAN, or WLAN port on your wireless router. If you currently have your computer connected to a router: Unplug the network cable connected to the Internet, WAN, or WLAN port from your current router, and plug this end of the cable into the Internet, WAN, or WLAN port on your wireless router. Then, unplug any other network cables, and plug them into the available ports on your wireless router. You no longer need your original router, because your new wireless router replaces it. Next, plug in and turn on your cable or DSL modem. Wait a few minutes to give it time to connect to the Internet, and then plug in and turn on your wireless router. After a minute, the Internet, WAN, or WLAN light on your wireless router should light up, indicating that it has successfully connected to your modem. 3. Configure your wireless router Using the network cable that came with your wireless router, you should temporarily connect your computer to one of the open network ports on your wireless router (any port that isn't labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN). If you need to, turn your computer on. It should automatically connect to your router. Next, open Internet Explorer and type in the URL or address to configure your router. NOTE: Do this on the computer that you are using to set up your wireless network. The computer automatically links you to the router’s page. If you type the router’s URL on a different computer, typing the address in the navigation bar will not take you to your router’s configuration page. On the router configuration page, you might be prompted for a password. The address and password you use varies depending on what type of router you have, so refer to the instructions included with your router or on the manufacturer’s website. For quick reference, this table shows the default addresses, user names, and passwords for some common router manufacturers. If the address is not listed here, you can read the documentation that came with your router or go to the manufacturer's webpage to find it. There may be multiple website addresses you can use. Router Address Username Password 3Com http://192.168.1.1 admin admin D-Link http://192.168.0.1 admin admin Linksys http://192.168.1.1 admin admin Microsoft Broadband http://192.168.2.1 admin admin Netgear http://192.168.0.1 admin password Actiontec http://192.168.0.1 username password Internet Explorer shows your router's configuration page, along with the modem IP address and other information. Most of the default settings should be fine, but you need to configure three things: Your wireless network name, known as the SSID. This name identifies your network, and it appears in a list of available wireless networks. You should change the default SSID that your ISP provided and give your network a unique name that none of your neighbors are using. This helps you identify your network, and it can help keep your wireless network secure by preventing it from overlapping with other wireless networks that might be using the default SSID. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA or WPA2), which can help protect your wireless network. It’s important to help secure your wireless network by setting up a network security key, which turns on encryption. With encryption, people can't connect to your network without the security key, and all information sent across your network is encrypted so that only computers with the key to decrypt the information can read it. This can help prevent attempts to access your network and files without your permission. Wi Fi Protected Access (WPA or WPA2) is the recommended wireless network encryption method. Wireless encryption (WEP) is not as secure. Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, and Windows XP Service Pack 3 support WPA2. When you set up most routers (stand-alone routers and modem routers), you are asked to provide a pass phrase that the router uses to generate several keys. Make sure that your pass phrase is unique and long (you don't need to memorize it). Some routers and modem routers now come with a function called Quick Security Setup (or QSS) that automatically issues you a key when you press a button on the router. Be sure to keep a hard copy and a digital copy of your network security key and pass phrase, in case you lose or misplace them. You can recover a lost network key or reset it on your router, but these are complicated processes that are different for every router and they sometimes entail setting up your network again. Your administrative password, which controls your wireless network. Just like any other password, it should not be a word that you can find in the dictionary, and it should be a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Be sure to save a hard copy and a digital copy of this password, too, because you'll need it if you ever have to change your router's settings. The exact steps you follow to configure these settings will vary depending on the type of router you have. After each configuration setting, be sure to click Save Settings, Apply, or OK to save your changes. Get more help making your network secure. Now, before connecting your computers and devices to the network, you should disconnect the wireless network cable from your computer. 4. Connect your computers, printers, and other devices to the wireless network You can connect multiple computers, printers, and many other peripheral devices, such as an Xbox, Xbox 360, TV, cell phone, iTouch, or iPad, to your network. Before you connect them to your network, make sure that the computer or device you want to add has built-in wireless networking or a network adapter. Many newer devices have built-in wireless capability. If the computer or device you want to add does not have built-in wireless network support, plug the network adapter into your USB port and place the antenna on top of your computer (in the case of a desktop computer) or insert the network adapter into an empty PC card slot (in the case of a laptop). Windows automatically detects the new adapter and may prompt you to insert the CD that came with your adapter. The on-screen instructions guide you through the configuration process. Use the following links to find step-by-step instructions for adding your specific computer or device to your network using your operating system. There are instructions for each operating system, and they show you how to automatically or manually add wired (Ethernet) or wireless computers and how to add computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP. There are also instructions for adding printers and both wired and wireless devices. Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP Use Windows XP to join a network Add a Windows XP-based computer to your network Windows XP: Add an Xbox or Xbox360 to your network 5. Share files, printers, and more Now that your computers and devices are connected, you can begin sharing files, printers, games, and much more. One of the top reasons for setting up a home network is to share a printer. Another is to share files. The steps for doing this, however, aren’t always obvious, so here are instructions to get you started: Share a printer Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP Share files Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP File and printer sharing with Windows XP, 2000, 98, ME, and NT 4.0 File and printer sharing: Frequently asked questions Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP Troubleshooting After your wireless network is set up, Windows can help you troubleshoot network connection problems. Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP Get more help setting up, securing, and using a wireless network: Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP
For most people, templates are the poor cousin of computer applications. They’re overlooked altogether, ignored as boring, or thought to be good only for the occasional party invitation. But templates are valuable workhorses that can save time and add style to your personal, school, and work life.
Using templates can help you avoid the frustration of the blank page, build study skills, make your documents impressive and appealing, express your creativity, and much more. All you have to do is select an appropriate template and customize it. If you are looking for help using templates with Microsoft Works, read our article, "Express yourself with Microsoft Works 9 templates." Where do I find a template? Microsoft Word comes with several templates already installed. To find them, click the File tab, and then select New. All of the templates currently installed are listed under Available Templates. If you don’t find the template you’re looking for there, you can download one from Microsoft Office 2010.com. Browse more than 40 template categories to find the perfect schedule, receipt, contract, worksheet, certificate, card, or other document. Word 2010 and Word 2007 make it easy to access this array of templates. You can preview all of the Office.com (called Microsoft Online in Word 2007) templates in the Available Templates window and download the one you want without leaving Word. At Office.com, you can find templates for coloring and other activities for kids, plus catalogs, planners, meeting minute forms, labels—and almost anything else you can think of. Check the available templates at Office.com often; new ones are being added all the time, like this graduation album design set. Use the new Office 2010 graduation template to create an album as unique as your graduate. After you’ve created or downloaded a template, it’s easy to access. Under Available Templates, select My Templates, and then select the template from the Personal Templates window. Why spend your time reinventing the wheel? Use templates. Here are some fun and helpful ways to use Office Word templates to create personal, school, and work documents designed just for you, your family, and your community. 1. Get organized, and stay in communication Some people like making lists and writing thank-you notes to teachers and others. Some people just don’t have the time. Office Online has Word templates for many of these everyday tasks. Browse the templates to see what you can find. Templates can help you simplify common tasks like these, stay organized, communicate more effectively, and keep track electronically—and neatly!—of all your necessary information. Here’s just a sampling of the list, schedule, form, and letter templates available: Youth sports snack schedule Youth sports emergency contact list Student attendance record Generic music staff Electronic teacher grade book Student database College costs calculator College comparison worksheet Notification to school of upcoming absence Letter to legislator urging action, to an official expressing concern, or to volunteers in thanks And don’t forget templates to help you create a unique calendar for your family, team, workgroup, or business. Lunar, retro, photo, Christmas planner—there are many choices available. 2. Build good study habits, and help improve your reports and research papers Sure, you can buy or write out your own flash cards. But you’ll be memorizing and studying faster if you use a template, and you might have a little more money in your packet. You can use basic vocabulary lists or create your own list of words associated with a specific book, topic, or language. With electronic notebook, research paper, and book report templates, you can make sure to keep track of all the information you gather, present it in the proper academic format, and make your final presentation appealing. Elementary school Multiplication table Multiplication flash cards Vocabulary flash cards Zebra print border for 4-by-6-inch lined note cards Middle and high school Base 12 multiplication, Excel periodic table, and square root sheets Electronic school notebook You can use OneNote notebooks to collect notes, gather research content and citations, keep track of your project’s schedule, and organize all of your information, including URLs, photos, videos, and more. Research paper in Modern Language Association (MLA) style Report cover with divider pages 3. Get noticed when searching for jobs Today, it’s especially important to make a good impression when you’re applying for a job. It’s also critical to impress colleagues and bosses with your qualifications, experience, and professionalism after you’ve landed that job. Microsoft Word offers many customizable templates for job seekers who want to get noticed—from résumés and business cards to correspondence and scheduling worksheets. Customize your cover letter and résumé The first thing a prospective employer or client sees is your cover letter and, of course, your résumé. These documents should both be professional, specific, and polished until they shine. Cover letter. Using a template as a guide, you can create a professional letter that helps distinguish you from the competition and a résumé tailored to both the job you’re seeking and to your own personality. Word has templates for a wide variety of situations you may need to include in your letter—jobs you’ve seen in ads or those that were referred by a mutual acquaintance, an explanation for an employment gap, a reminder of having met at a college career fair—in addition to templates that coordinate with specific kinds of résumés (chronological, technical, or entry-level, for example). Want to follow up with a prospective employer, thank someone for referring you, or thank an employer whose company you are leaving? There are templates for those letters, too. Résumé. No matter what kind of application materials you need—a basic résumé, a résumé for a specific profession or situation, or an academic curriculum vitae—Word has a template you can use as a starting point. Just select the appropriate template and then customize it to best represent your qualifications and express your unique qualities. There are templates for recent high-school and college graduates, transfers within a company, medical assistants, and ESL teachers, just to name a few. Using a job-specific template can help you best describe your strengths and experience. Selecting an appropriate professional-looking résumé form and personalizing it with specific color, design, and other choices can help make your job application stand out in a crowd. If you prefer to submit a digital portfolio, an Office PowerPoint template can get you started. Track your job search Applying for jobs is just the first step. After you’ve applied, you have to organize and keep track of your applications, follow-up correspondence, and interview schedules. To help you manage all of your job-related activities, use the Office Excel job search template. It can save you time, help you make sure you don’t forget anything essential, and guide you as you plan your next steps. Use the job search log template to track your résumé submissions, employer responses, interview dates, and more. 4. Express your creativity, and show others you appreciate their uniqueness Just because you’re using a computer application and a template to save time, get organized, and be professional doesn’t mean you can’t inject a little of your own unique personality into the documents you create. Using templates can actually make it easier for you to create documents that express your creativity and acknowledge the uniqueness of others. You might not be a painter, a poet, or an actor, but don’t let that keep you from being creative. With a template as your guide, it’s easy to express your individual style, no matter what kind of Word document you’re creating—a party invitation, a soccer game or household chore schedule, or even a gift certificate. Show your style on business cards. Business cards are often the most visually interesting and creative part of a job search or sales package. Whether you’re a student who wants to paint houses for the summer, a freelance writer, or an experienced retail sales person, printing creative, personalized business cards to hand out to contacts and prospective employers is a great way to show off your personal style. From subtle and elegant to hip and colorful, Word has more than 150 business card templates you can use to quickly design and print a card that is uniquely you and that prospective employers won’t soon forget. The painted business card and the photo business card templates are just two of the many ways you can use Word templates to communicate your unique personality. Show others you appreciate them for who they are. Students and team members always appreciate personal attention. You can use a Word template to create an award certificate customized for each student or team member, with images and colors that reflect their unique personality and contributions. Watch a video that shows you how. Show others you appreciate them with customized certificates. The personal touch, whether on a gift certificate, a greeting card, a party invitation, or even newsletters and stationery, is always welcome. Find a Word template to help you express yourself. Get to know Word templates! Far from boilerplate boring, they’re the first step in organizing, improving, and expressing yourself with your computer.