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Office 365 Licensing Change | Chilliwack & Abbotsford Computer Consulting Experts

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Later this month, Microsoft are rolling out changes to the way it manages your Office 365 license. According to their official update notification “These changes will help simplify activation management and streamline the Office activation experience for users.” Most people will probably not notice a difference, but if you happen to run your 365 on multiple devices, you may see the change.

Subscribers can use their Office 365 account on up to 5 computers, 5 tablets and 5 smartphones. Currently, if you reach the device limit, you are asked to deactivate one of your installations before activating Office on a new device. Once the change comes into affect, you won’t have to anymore! Office will simply log you out of your least-recently used device when you reach your login limit.

As before, you will still sign-in to activate Office on your devices, and Office will automatically pick up the credentials and activate Office, if single sign-on is enabled.

For subscribers on the Monthly Channel, this is expected to start in late August, (although no specific date has been announced yet), and like all other updates, will just happen automatically.  

Office 365 Tips - Dictate Function | Fraser Valley Tech Support

With the introduction of Office 365 and moving functionality to the cloud, our Office programs are now getting all sorts of regular tweaks and updates to help make working smarter easier. We know you are far too busy running your awesome company to keep up to date with these changes, so we’ll keep track for you, and add some of the most useful to our blog!

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Photo by bruce mars from Pexels

So… it’s Thursday afternoon (I know… I am writing this on a Friday, but I’m trying to paint a picture!). You are tired… your eyes hurt… your fingers ache. It’s just one more day until the weekend, but you have to get those meeting notes typed up before 5pm today, or maybe you have an awesome idea and you want to get it recorded before you forget it. Well, the bods at Office HQ have now added a Dictate function to Word, Powerpoint and Outlook!

To find this handy tool, simply click Home tab in your top menu (Or Message in Outlook), and it should appear in your tool options above, called Dictate

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Click the Dictate button, and you should see a red dot. This means it is now recording. As you talk, the text will appear on the screen! To insert punctuation, say the name of the punctuation mark you want to add. Here is a list of what it recognizes…

  • Period

  • Comma

  • Question mark

  • Exclamation point

  • Exclamation mark

  • New line

  • New paragraph

  • Semicolon

  • Colon

  • Open quote / Close quote

  • Open quotes / Close quotes

When finished, click the Dictate icon again to stop recording. If you happen to make a mistake while dictating, simply move your cursor to the mistake and fix it with your keyboard. (No need to turn the microphone off… or just wait until you are done and go back to make your changes!)

That’s it! You just need to have Office 365 and a microphone, and away you go!

Office 2019 is Almost Here! | Fraser Valley IT & Tech Support

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The countdown is ticking ever closer to Microsoft’s launch of its new version of Office for fans of the perpetual license model. Office 2019 is rumored to be released on October 1st of this year, although commercial users have been able to play with a BETA version for a few months now. So, what’s the difference between Office 2019 and Office 365?

Put simply, Office 2019 is perpetual license version – ie you pay a one-time license fee and that’s it! In contrast, Office 365 is a monthly subscription version and run online. So, the latter benefits from more regular updates and better features than it’s offline counterpart.

The cloud subscription version (Office 365) is still the way Microsoft really want you to go – at least that’s how the marketing seems. They seem to be pushing the online version way more, with more support available for subscribers, along with regular updates and more features.

But, there are still many who either don’t like the growing trend of the subscription model or are unable to switch short term, and Microsoft acknowledges that, hence why this perpetual license option being available. However, many experts are speculating that this will probably be the last perpetual license version that Microsoft will develop.

What’s new in Office 2019?

According to Microsoft’s website, the features will include:

In Word – a new black theme & new sounds, learning tools captions & audio descriptions, text to speech, improved inking functionality and improvements to accessibility.

In Excel – funnel charts & 2D maps, new functions & connectors, publishing capability to PowerBI, enhancements to PowerPivot & PowerQuery.

In PowerPoint – zoom capabilities for ordering of slides within presentations, a morph transition feature, inserting/managing Icons, SVG & 3D models, improved roaming pencil case.

In Outlook – Updated contact cards, @mentions, focused inbox, travel & delivery summary cards, and (with an Exchange online account) Office 365 Groups.

What else do I need to know about Office 2019?

The most important thing to consider, if you are planning to upgrade, is what operating system you are running on your computer. Office 2019 will not (easily) run on any system older than Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 or macOS Sierra. This new suite will also only receive 5 years of mainstream support followed by roughly 2 years extended (compared to the 5 and 5 of previous versions) – meaning that support of Office 2016 and 2019 will finish on the same day – and further evidence of Microsoft’s possible plan to ditch perpetual licenses in the future.

If you are looking to upgrade and have questions on which version is better for you, drop an email to the Wild Frog Systems IT Support Team at info@wildfrogsystems.com or call 778-771-0184.