Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

After twenty years of faithful service the familiar Microsoft Office ribbon, containing your menus and commands, is going to change. As part of the latest round of updates, a new look is being rolled out progressively across the Office programs, beginning with Outlook. But don’t worry, you will have two choices of ribbon – the simplified ribbon or the classic ribbon.

If you have been using Office for a while, you will begin to notice some changes to the look and feel of the various products. Starting with Outlook, Microsoft is revising how the user interface appears. The simplified ribbon aims to help users “focus on their work and collaborate naturally with others”. The simplified ribbon will streamline the existing top section of the screen, reducing the space it takes up on the screen.

Here’s an example of how it looks in Outlook:

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office - Example of Ribbon changes - Microsoft Outlook
Example of Ribbon changes – Microsoft Outlook

You can switch between the simplified ribbon and the classic ribbon by using the switch icon, which is located near the top right of the window.

These changes will also follow on Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition, the ribbon has a new appearance with new colours and icons and has been designed to scale on screens of any size.

For more information on the simplified ribbon, please see the Use the Simplified Ribbon support page (link opens in new window) and reference guide (link opens in new window).

CyberGuru provides consulting, training and support in Office 365, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as a range of other products. If you would like to know more or want to enhance your knowledge and skills, please contact us.

Microsoft announces price increase for Office software

Microsoft Office 2016

With Microsoft Office 2019 due for release shortly, Microsoft has advised that their price for the Office software will be increased by approximately 10% on 1 October 2018.

If you are considering upgrading your Office license, we suggest one of the three following options:

  • Buy a perpetual license of Microsoft Office 2016 before 1 October and save 10%.
  • Wait until 1 October and buy a perpetual license of Microsoft Office 2019.
  • Buy a subscription to Office 365 and receive the latest version of Microsoft Office.

There are different editions of Microsoft Office available for each option depending on your needs.

If you would like further information about these options or for assistance in determining which option best suits your needs, please contact us today.

Upcoming professional development opportunities – May 2018

Upcoming professional development opportunities

In May 2018, CyberGuru will be presenting three professional development opportunities to small businesses, schools and not-for-profit organisations. All sessions are available for registration and payment made to the respective organisations sponsoring or promoting these events.

CSPL KnowTech – Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme, Overview of Office 365 and Office 365 features

Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru will be presenting at the first Clandestine Solutions Pty Ltd (CSPL) KnowTech Session covering the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme, an overview of Office 365 and some of the Office 365 features including SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams. The CSPL KnowTech session is designed to keep you informed of available technologies, tips and tricks, and how to use them to your advantage. This is being held at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Brisbane on 22 May 2018 at 11:00am. To register, please visit the CSPL KnowTech Session Eventbrite page.

Queensland College of Wine Tourism – Social Media as a Marketing Tool

CyberGuru is proud to partner with the Food, Wine and Tourism Gateway Schools program to bring an exciting teacher currency and professional development workshop on ‘Social Media as a Marketing Tool’ workshop. The workshop will highlight the importance of social media to the hospitality and tourism sectors. This half-day program will be held Windaroo Valley State High School on 24 May at 9:00am. To register or to find out more, please visit the Queensland College of Wine Tourism website.

Community Management Solutions – Protect yourself and your business from cyber security threats

CyberGuru is presenting “Protect yourself and your business from cyber security threats”, sponsored by Community Management Solutions. The webinar will be held on 29 May at 12:00pm. The session is going to be covering the latest in cyber security threats and how to protect yourself and your business. For more information and to register, please visit the Community Management Solutions website. If you have any questions you would like to ask us in advance, please let us know!

If you would like a similar or another training session developed for your small business, not-for-profit organisation or individually, please feel free to contact us.

Coming in mid-2018 – Microsoft Office 2019!

Coming in mid-2018 – Microsoft Office 2019!

Microsoft Office

Microsoft has announced the next perpetual edition of Microsoft Office, Office 2019. In keeping with Microsoft tradition, it will arrive in the middle of preceding year rather than the year of its name.

In breaking with tradition, Office 2019 will only run on devices using Windows 10 and not on older editions of Windows, namely Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Microsoft have also advised they will release Office 2019 with five years of mainstream support and approximately two years of extended support to align with the current version of Microsoft Office (Office 2016) which is expected to end on 14 October 2025. For more information, please see the Microsoft TechNet article.

While this seems harsh, we often still see computers running versions of Windows and Office well past their use by date. By the end of this year, Office 2007 will be nearly 12 years old, and Office 2010 not much younger. We strongly suggest that now is the time consider upgrading to Office 2013 or 2016, or transition to Microsoft Office 365.

It looks like the subscription model is becoming the increased focus from Microsoft, and purchasing Office 365 will be the way going forward to continue to keep getting the latest features. We expect Office 2019 will likely be the last version that Microsoft release, with future releases all being subscription-only.

CyberGuru is able to provide consulting, support and training in Microsoft Office applications, and able to support you in the transition from one version to another. If we can assist in any way, please contact us.

Improve your Business Process Management with the Oxygen Digital Workplace from ISAAC

Improve your Business Process Management with the Oxygen Digital Workplace from ISAAC

ISAAC Intelligence

CyberGuru are proud Australian partners of ISAAC Intelligence.

ISAAC create Digital Workplaces that manage everything from processes to people. The Oxygen application suite for Office 365 and SharePoint online is an intuitive, secure and scalable way to easily modernise the way you manage information, from where it is stored to how it is stored. Their approach is simple; human-centric applications, customised to suit your business, workflows and processes.

Oxygen is today’s Digital Workplace, built into the Microsoft Office 365 cloud, providing a cost-effective, scalable and secure environment to manage, share and collaborate from.

As 2018 begins, it is set to be the year of ‘Digital Transformation’ – a year where the integration of cost-effective and scalable technology further meshes with the SME sector. Never has the opportunity to benefit from innovative technology been so prevalent.

CyberGuru is very excited to announce our partnership with ISAAC, a global technology company who, using the Microsoft Office 365 cloud, create cost-effective, customisable and entirely scalable applications that grow and adapt as your business does.

As an existing Office 365 user, you are in the enviable position of being able to take advantage of this tech immediately. Each application is developed to suit your business, and the entire range has been designed specifically to cater for smaller, more innovative businesses, rather than today’s burgeoning enterprises.

As a high-level summary of the core Oxygen application suite from ISAAC – you can start out small and the apps will grow as you need them, enabling you to manage everything from processes to people, automating key tasks to simplify the flow and discovery of information throughout your business.

The fully customisable Oxygen app range consists of:

  • Intranet
  • CRM*
  • Extranet
  • HR
  • HelpDesk
  • Intelligent Document Management
  • CRM-Wealth Management & CRM-Corporate Finance also available

Why is ISAAC different?

  • Uses Microsoft Office 365 as its base no need for expensive software
  • Each app, including CRM, is flexible in design and fit into your specific work flows
  • Low capital outlay to build a platform
  • Pricing is much more cost effective that standard brands
  • Technology upgrades free via Microsoft Office 365
  • Able to design different and specific platforms, such as Finance and Human Resources.

CyberGuru offers a free 10-user edition of ISAAC Oxygen CRM, which allows organisations to carefully and consistently manage contacts, companies, customers, opportunities or cases (you choose!), leads or tasks. For more details, please visit this page.

If you are interested to discuss this further, please contact us and we will be in touch with you to discuss how these may improve your organisation.

We hope you have a successful and prosperous year.