Time to stop saying “Microsoft never does anything for me” – seriously

By Sandra Clitter  

I have a love/hate relationship with technology…as longtime readers of this blog know, I’m ‘of a certain age’…let’s just say that there were no such things as video games when I was a kid and be done with it. So, I’m a technology immigrant – technology landed in my world without asking my permission(!), or asking if I needed it to be there…it just showed up…and, for the most part, it came with a Microsoft emblem blazing the way (that’s because I never did get the video game “thing”, so I can NEVER speak authoritatively, or even un-authoritatively, on video games).

Microsoft has so many products these days (for example, are you aware that Microsoft owns Skype?) that it’s hard to keep up with what they control, much less really understand what it all does. So, as I travel between my clients, I spend alot of time speaking with the IT folks about what they’re using, what they like, what do I need to know about because it is careening my way, etc. Bless one of these dear souls for sending me a link to the mother-load of Microsoft information…

Free Microsoft e-books

Yes, you can come to this page and search for a particular Microsoft product and probably find some assistance…from the very simple (and yet extremely useful):

Excel 2013 Keyboard Shortcuts
Word 2013 Keyboard Shortcuts

Then, there are quickstart guides to most of the Office applications – taking a glance at these, even for an experienced users, isn’t a bad idea…I already saw a thing or two that I’d forgotten.

to the more complex (quite frankly, I don’t even know what this title means, but it sounds impressive!):

Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks
Microsoft Azure Essentials Azure Machine Learning

The quickest way to find one of these e-books on a topic you want is to click the “Free Microsoft ebooks” link above or this link (it’s the same one):

I’m giving away millions of free Microsoft ebooks…

Then, hit CTRL+F (that means, hold down the “CTRL” key on your keyboard, then hit the “F” key while you’re holding down the CTRL key)…that will open up a search (find) screen. Enter in the word you’re searching for (e.g. Windows 8.1 or Excel) and hit ‘enter’…that will take you to the location of the first occurrence of the word/phrase you entered. See if that ebook can help. If it sounds interesting, click on the link under the image and download it. If that one doesn’t look like a match for you, hit enter again…the cursor will relocate to the next place those words appear. Rinse and repeat! Search away…and remember, don’t say that Microsoft isn’t trying (at least trying) to help you better understand their products!

Happy hunting! Tell me your favorites once you’ve found them!

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