Category Archives: Microsoft

Lync Becomes Skype for Business

Beginning July 29, SMU faculty and staff who use Microsoft Lync will notice changes, like new notification tones, as Lync clients are upgraded to Skype for Business. What does this mean for current Lync users? If you use Skype to … Continue reading

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“Clutter” Is Coming to the Office 365 Mailbox

In June, Microsoft Clutter, a new mailbox management feature, will be activated for all SMU mailboxes hosted by Office365 (primarily student mailboxes). Clutter learns from your actions the messages you are likely to ignore. As less important messages arrive, they … Continue reading

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Excel for Windows Tips and Shortcuts Webinar

Boosting Your Efficiency and Productivity Offered by Lynda.com Explore Microsoft Excel tips and shortcuts you can use every day on a Windows operating system. Join Dennis Taylor, spreadsheets expert and lynda.com author, to unlock techniques for navigating, copying and pasting, … Continue reading

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Microsoft Forefront Replacement Coming this Month!

Microsoft is discontinuing support for and replacing Forefront, our licensed anti-virus application for SMU Windows machines, with a solution called Endpoint Protection.  OIT will begin deploying this replacement product via LanDesk over the next several weeks. About Endpoint Protection Endpoint … Continue reading

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Office 2016 for Mac is Coming!

Mac users seem to have been forgotten by Microsoft Office developers since the last version was released in 2010. However, the folks in Redmond have finally announced that a new version of Office is on the way! Office 2016 is … Continue reading

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Adios Internet Explorer

By: Shayan Gaziani In August of 1995 Microsoft released their first version of Internet Explorer (IE). A revolutionary feat at the time, eleven generations later IE has fallen behind rivals (such as Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox) in terms of … Continue reading

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Save Your Voice for the Presentation

By: Shayan Gaziani Imagine this Scenario: You walk into class prepared to deliver a paramount presentation. You’ve spent hours rehearsing every aspect from timing to delivery. You’ve spent days, if not weeks, preparing the file, compiling countless amounts of slides, … Continue reading

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What to Do when PowerPoint’s Presenter View Won’t Play Nice

The Presenter View option allows PowerPoint users to show the audience the slide show while giving the presenter a view of upcoming slides, a timer, notes to yourself, and other handy tools. (If you haven’t yet, be sure to give … Continue reading

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Resist the Urge to Answer the Email Now

It’s so easy to quickly reply to email as soon as you receive it. Consider scheduling times to process email throughout the day. Otherwise, you may end up buried in your inbox! If you are working on a critical project, … Continue reading

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Tips for Using Student Email at SMU

Navigate your email with ease With Office 365, your email is even smarter. Find important messages, communicate confidently, and collaborate with others in real time. Quickly view your important messages Take control of your inbox. People View lets you read … Continue reading

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