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How to Create More Effective PowerPoint Presentations

How to Create More Effective PowerPoint Presentations

There's nothing worse than having to sit through a boring presentation. Unless, of course, you're the one presenting. Many presenters use  Microsoft PowerPoint to share information and data more easily. But are these presentations engaging with the desired audience?

There are simple ways to pump up a PowerPoint, like adding relevant images, themes, and better organization. Making sure your PowerPoint presentation is more engaging can even help you feel more confident in your presenting skills. Here are some easy ways to help make that happen:

Report Builder is a Free Tool?!

Report Builder is a Free Tool?!

Guest Author: Eric Brockway, Technical Instructor

At New Horizons, our instructors are often asked questions by their students pertaining to real-world scenarios. One of the many benefits of attending training is the learning that goes on within the classroom amongst the students. Someone may ask a question that you've had yourself, or it may be a question you might have in the future. 

We asked our instructor staff to share some of those questions, and the result is our new blog series, Direct from the Classroom. Here is Eric Brockway's story:

How to Embed a Web Video into Microsoft PowerPoint

How to Embed a Web Video into Microsoft PowerPoint

Videos can add an extra boost to presentations. Many people are visual learners and videos have proven to help keep people engaged with the content being shown to them. They can also make long presentations more enjoyable. Here is an easy way to embed videos into your PowerPoint presentations:

How to Use VLOOKUP in Microsoft Excel

How to Use VLOOKUP in Microsoft Excel

How often does this situation happen to you? You have 2 spreadsheets full of data and they need to be combined into one. What makes it even more difficult is that both tables are not organized in the same way, leaving you with data all over the place. There's an easy way to fix this.

How to Use Freeze Panes in Microsoft Excel

How to Use Freeze Panes in Microsoft Excel

Having long entries of data is what Excel was made for. However, it can cause confusion when you have large tables of data that can take some time to scroll to find the right information. Freeze Panes helps you keep track of categories as you scroll.

3 Biggest Changes in Windows Server 2016

3 Biggest Changes in Windows Server 2016

Guest Author: Norm Kennedy, Technical Instructor

Windows Server 2016 was first released on September 26th at Microsoft's Ignite conference, and it's first major update was released this October. While it seemed on the surface like just another iteration, Windows Server 2016 represented a major shift in the design of Microsoft's operating systems. 

The list of new features is steep, but I believe that the most substantial changes for Windows Server 2016 are as follows: storage spaces, virtualization, and containers. Let's take a look now at how these changes can benefit users and businesses alike. 

3 Reasons Why Businesses Are Choosing Microsoft Azure

3 Reasons Why Businesses Are Choosing Microsoft Azure

According to Microsoft, "Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money." Similar to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure can be an extremely attractive service for any size business.

What is XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service)?

What is XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service)?

Three common cloud services are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)—collectively known as (SPIaaS)—but more and more vendors are coming up with new ways of delivering traditional services via the cloud. These creative approaches have led to the concept of "anything" as a Service" or X-as-a-Service (XaaS), where the X represents an unknown value, just like it did in your middle school algebra classes.

XaaS, the essence of cloud computing, refers to an increasing number of services that are delivered via the Internet, rather than provided locally or on-site. Plus, analysts recently forecasted the global XaaS market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 38.22% between 2016-2020.

Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft Azure & the Cloud

Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft Azure & the Cloud

Cloud has been one of the biggest trends for 2016 and continues its reign into 2017. The benefits have been stated over and over again but what are some of the new factors that will really push businesses to make the switch? Some of the most common questions that many IT people are asking are:

Top Security Features of Windows Server 2016

Top Security Features of Windows Server 2016

Securing Microsoft Windows Server has become a more important task this decade as the complexity of the typical IT environment increases. Most important technical infrastructures were once housed on-premises and directly overseen by the IT department; but now, these assets may be situated in a public, private, or hybrid cloud, or in a colocation facility.

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