On the eve of launching the Office 2013 Preview, Microsoft has stayed true to its Office lineup and provided a preview of the Office Web Apps. The Web Apps are small, web-versions of Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Excel, that allow users to quickly edit and create files on the fly.
You can try the new Office Web Apps right now. Click on this link to get access to the preview via SkyDrive.
In a rather lengthy web post, Microsoft elaborates on the on the new design considerations for the Web Apps:
We’ve improved performance significantly. The UI has been updated to have a more modern, cleaner look, with less distraction from your document’s content. There are even animations that make transitions feel smooth and fluid
Below are screenshots of the new Web Apps Preview…
The new features include:
- Word count in the Word Web App – Yes, finally…
- Find in OneNote – There is a now a find textbox that makes it easy to search for a word .
- Displaying videos in PowerPoint – Slideshows now will show videos and movies
- Context menus throughout the applications – Right click is now supported
- Better copy/paste, improved undo, and the ability to print in Excel.
The company claims that the new Office Web Apps have been redesigned with performance and the cloud in mind. The apps have undergone significant overhaul in the UI, making them much more powerful and useful then before.
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Adobe Flash Player enables a lot of web and video animation on the Internet today. If you need to install Adobe Flash in order to view certain content on the web, just follow these steps.
- Launch your web browser (We recommend Internet Explorer 9)
- Go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. It looks like this:
- Click the Download Now button (NOTE: It will usually have an added download that can be attached to it, like Google Toolbar or Google Chrome. You can check the box to opt out from installing Google Toolbar or Google Chrome).
- Depending on your browser, the next step is variable. If you’re using IE 9, click the Run button on the lower part of the screen. If you’re using an earlier version of IE, click on the bar on the upper part of your screen and click Run. Other browsers require another but similar step. In almost every browser, the run option is usually available for downloaded .exe files.
- Another dialogue box comes from your computer after you select the run option, which is usually the “Do you want to allow this program to make changes on your computer?” Click Yes to install.
- After you click yes, another dialogue box will appear from the Flash program. It gives you the option whether to install updates automatically, to receive notifications to install updates, or to not install updates. Select the button that fits your preference.
- Flash Player will begin to install after you select your option on the previous dialogue box.
- It may ask you to close certain programs, usually any web browser that is open.
- After it finishes installing, click Finish.
- It will usually redirect you an Adobe web page that confirms installation.
- NOTE: You may have to install Adobe Flash on any other browsers you may have on your PC.
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It is sometimes necessary to locate and find the IP address of your PC. To find the IP address, follow these directions carefully.
- On the keyboard, hit and hold “WINDOWS” Key and the “R” key
- This opens the “Run” utility; type “cmd.exe” and hit ENTER
- In Command Prompt, now type “ipconfig”; Hit ENTER
- You will now see the following screen. ( NOTE: We have obscured the IP address for privacy concerns)
- In this screen, look for the first two numbers under the Category Wireless LAN Adapter Wi-Fi:
Link-local IPv6 Address: This is your IP Address ( v6 address)
IPv4 Address: This is your IP address ( v4)