Alan Beattie

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Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft have now released Office 2016 for Mac, this is ahead of the release of the full Office 2016 suite for Windows based devices, which is due for release before the end of 2015 (no specific dates have been muted at this time). It is available to Office 365 customers using a Macintosh device, whether …

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Office for Android

Microsoft have now released their Office for Android package. This provides the availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phone.  Office apps for Android tablets has previously been released and this release now allows all Android uses to access the Microsoft Office applications. For more information read the Microsoft Office Blog …

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Using Count Functions In Excel

I was called upon this week to solve a problem using the Excel Count functions. The situation was that the user just didn’t understand the difference between each of the functions available, which I will summarise here. There are 5 Count functions COUNT Counts how many numbers are in the list of arguments COUNTA Counts …

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Background Services

A client called this week looking for some training on Windows 8 and email as he is having trouble accessing his email now. So I duly went to help this client, but the problem was his computer was running so slow that it was not possible to provide the relevant training. When asked how long …

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Western Digital Devices Accreditation

In previous posts I have indicated the importance of using a backup to keep all your data safe in the unfortunate eventuality that the data could be lost. In order to provide the best for all clients, whether consumers or  commercial organisations, AHB Information Technology Solutions have partnered with Western Digital. Western Digital are a …

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Certification Approved

    I wrote a couple of Months back about Advantages of Using a Microsoft Certified Trainer. In putting up with what I said there I have been certified for another year. By doing this I am committed to providing the highest quality training for everybody, whether it be for advanced users, or complete beginners. …

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Update Blues

Yesterday was an absolute nightmare whilst trying to close my overused laptop off. The day before was what is commonly referred to as “Patch Tuesday”, the day that Microsoft releases a whole series of updates for Windows and it’s applications. This occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Which meant that during my use …

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Advantages of Using a Microsoft Certified Trainer

Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are individuals who are authorised by Microsoft to provide training for Microsoft products. This certification is maintained by the Microsoft Corporation The MCT certification demonstrates that the owner is an expert in both using and training others in specific Microsoft solutions. This certification is annually renewed requiring specific requirements to be …

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Office 2016 Coming soon

Catching up on the news this week I read that the next version of Microsoft Office is due to appear in the second half of 2015, and Windows 10 has been unveiled by Terry Meyerson. So far there are no details as to the updates, changes, and fixes it will contain, that information generally doesn’t …

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Windows 7 Begins Journey to End of Life

Yesterday say a new step in the evolution of Microsoft Windows. Windows 7 is now winding down, the “mainstream support” for Windows 7 has now stopped as of yesterday (13th January 2015), but extended support continues until 14th January 2020, so no need to rush, just yet.  Retail sales have already stopped (back in October …

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