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Microsoft Office 2013 is out now

OfficelogoOrange_PageThe new Office is the most ambitious release of Office Microsoft has ever put out. It really is a ground up overhaul… The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications.

Best part is the modernizing Office, and an important part of that is the introduction of new subscriptions. Subscriptions open a host of possibilities and with a single subscription, you can use Office across a wide variety of devices – everything from PCs and tablets to Macs – and your documents and settings roam with you with Office in the Cloud.

Wondering if the subscription Office 365 or going with a boxed product that you’ve known for years is the right choice? Check out this chart.

 

I’ve got some great links that’ll help you know whats new and even better some quick start guides to help you jump right into the new apps.

What’s new in Word 2013

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What’s new in Excel 2013

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What’s New in PowerPoint 2013

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What’s new in Outlook 2013

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10 Years — Then vs Now

I’m part of the Windows Champions program so I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Windows XP and Office.  I could not get through my day without Windows and Office – and I’ll fully admit it my main PC is still running XP Pro.  I’d love to say that I need to do much more now a days but fact is when windows xp came out I was in college doing a little bit of everything (which is very different then today).  These days I use Word, Outlook, Notepad, and once in a blue moon minesweeper 😛

So the famous day that changed most of our lives was October 25, 2001 – I couldnt find a picture from Halloween of 2001 and sadly I havent a memory of what I even dressed up as.  I did find a photo from my 21st birthday that I shared with my two best/good friends Andrew and Steve.

I guess we’ve all changed since that time…

Where were you ten years ago?

Kinectimals on Kinect for xbox 360 review and giveaway

The idea of the virtual pet has come along way from the days of little black and white little egg shaped toys years ago.  Now children (and adults) can raise their own interactive pets… Kinectimals [amazon] is the first video games that allows you to be the controller using the xbox 360 kinect system to interact with your virtual pet.  There of course is a great twist which is you can purchase different stuff animals/plush toys to unlock different characters.  Since this was one of the first games being developed for the system its still by far one of the best.  Microsoft certainly has put a ton of work into this game and it show, from the details in the blades of grass to the interactions the animals have with the game player.

I’m not sure I love the fact that all the interactions are so standard it does make it hard for a toddler (my 2.5 year old) to interact with animals at times but I think any 3.5 year old or 4 year old should be able to control their emotions and arms for the 10 seconds to choose the different game plays. If thats the only fault of this game – then really its not a fault at all… its an advanced gaming system I’m not so sure its made for my toddler 😛 (shhh dont tell the wife I’m playing video games while she sleeps at night).

Here’s a clip of the video game I’m sure you’ve seen it before – its just great…

As you can see it does for allow for the full body tracking and is pretty awesome at the interactions with the animal on screen.

A wide-eyed Bengal tiger cub cocks its head to the side and playfully peers at you. Memories of your first trip to the zoo come rushing back. Through the magic of Kinect that furry tiger cub is in your living room and about to become your best friend.

“Kinectimals” invites children, their parents and animal lovers of all ages to build lasting friendships with some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Just like real pets, your “Kinectimals” will come running when they hear your voice, respond to commands such as “jump,” “roll over” and “play dead,” and purr with joy when you scratch them behind their ears.

Details

  • Get in touch with your wild side. Your journey begins when you adopt and name one of 20 playful friends, including a lion, cheetah and Bengal tiger.
  • Create memories that last a lifetime. From the first time she recognizes her name to when she learns to fetch, your cub will grow up as your sidekick, eager to discover the island around you. She will always be ready for a scratch and a belly rub with smiles and purrs.
  • The fun never ends. There are new ways to train tricks such as fetch, play activities such as jump rope, and even master agilvity courses with hops, stops and balancing acts. Invite a friend with his or her pet for some fun contests.
  • Discover, collect and customize. “Kinectimals” rewards those who are curious about the island they live on. Travel far and wide to discover treasures and toys, and find and unlock new environments. You can customize your pet and decorate your home, plus use the in-game store to shop for items to nurture and care for your new best friend.
  • Grow your “Kinectimals” family. Collectible, limited-edition plush toys will be available online and at popular retail stores. Choose your new friend, scan the code with the Kinect sensor, then watch it come to life on the screen right before your eyes. With your very own plush pal you can keep your new friend with you even when you’re away from your Xbox 360.

 

you do need the kinect senor for your xbox 360 to get this game up and running in your house (so dont forget that).

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. April 20th, 2011.
Leave a comment below with what big cat you’d have as your kinectimals pet and please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email).
You get 1 extra entry for following @dadarocks on twitter –www.twitter.com/dadarocks You must comment that you’re a follower.
You get 1 extra entry for following @xboxforall on twitter – twitter.com/XboxforAll You must comment that you’re a follower.

You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information: @xboxforall @dadarocks – http://dad.tc/ihieaL  and you must also comment with the link to your tweet.

Example: I want to win #kinectimals for #kinect for #xbox360 thanks to @xboxforall & @dadarocks – http://dad.tc/ihieaL

You get 1 extra entry for becoming our FAN on facebook – www.facebook.com/dadarocks You must comment that you’re a fan.

You get 1 extra entry for becoming their FAN on facebook – www.facebook.com/xboxforall (and leave a note saying that www.dadarocks.com sent you) You must comment that you’re a fan.

You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!
Disclaimer: Thanks to microsoft xbox 360 kinect team  for this giveaway.

How have computers improved your child’s life?

I’ve partnered with SAY Media and Microsoft on this campaign and in the hopes of opening a dialog around the concept of kids and computers (and more specific to me toddlers and slates/tablets) to allow brands to connect with audiences around their passions in environments where they’re spending time and opinions are being shaped. This question is how have computer improved your child’s life? Out of the choices and at my child’s current developmental stage its all about reading and speaking… so here’s my answer Having a toddler son who is growing up in the age of tablets is really special. Even at the young age of two and a half he knows how to open apps, close apps, switch to different video shows, and even play some of the games. It’s really amazing to me because at his young age he has a vocabulary that I still don’t think most 4-year-olds have. I know him knowing his full ABCs and 123s is impressive to many, and all that credit goes to the interactive reading apps he’s been playing with.  Full disclosure this post was Sponsored by ASUS Windows Slate. http://new.conversations.typepad.com/co0147e3365f71970b/how-have-computers-improved-your-childs-life#asset-6a0147e2c1eaf0970b014e873d335e970d Hopefully you’ll check out some other answers and add your own…

When you are not working on a computer? what do you do?

I’ve partnered with SAY Media and Microsoft on this campaign and in the hopes of opening a dialog around the concept of kids and computers (and more specific to me toddlers and slates/tablets) to allow brands to connect with audiences around their passions in environments where they’re spending time and opinions are being shaped. When you’re not working, how do you like to use your computer? I do sometimes watch movies on my computer but really that’s not nearly as much as I listen to music. I actually listen to music even at work or just while randomly surfing the internet. Adding your own soundtrack to life makes it move just that little bit quicker. – what would you answer this question as? http://new.conversations.typepad.com/co014e5ff312ab970c/when-youre-not-working-how-do-you-like-to-use-your-computer. Full disclosure this post was Sponsored by ASUS Windows Slate.

What develops Kids’ creativity?

I’ve partnered with SAY Media and Microsoft on this campaign and in the hopes of opening a dialog around the concept of kids and computers (and more specific to me toddlers and slates/tablets) to allow brands to connect with audiences around their passions in environments where they’re spending time and opinions are being shaped. What develops Kids’ creativity? I felt the answer out of the choices was drawing because creativity is the imagination at play, drawing is just that imagination. Because you start with just a blank page everything you draw or create is from your memory or imagination, you can create an entire world on your own. – what would you answer this question as? http://new.conversations.typepad.com/co0147e2cbe67b970b/which-activity-best-develops-kids-creativity. Full disclosure this post was Sponsored by ASUS Windows Slate.

What’s the best way to connect with your kids using a slate?

I’ve partnered with SAY Media and Microsoft on this campaign and in the hopes of opening a dialog around the concept of kids and computers (and more specific to me toddlers and slates/tablets) to allow brands to connect with audiences around their passions in environments where they’re spending time and opinions are being shaped. What’s the best way to connect with your kids using a slate? I felt the answer is simply based on the game play… while I feel that watching a video is pretty passive interactive game play will teach them a little knowledge how to get into the next level and hopefully their way around technology environment – what would you answer this question as?  http://new.conversations.typepad.com/co014e8641a931970d/what-is-the-best-way-to-connect-with-your-kids-using-a-slate. Full disclosure this post was Sponsored by ASUS Windows Slate.

XBox 360 & Kinect with 2 games giveaway!

A few weeks ago I gave everyone a good scare (myself included) and as I tweeted from the hospital the King himself gave me a gift of an XBox 360 & Kinect, I was trying to win one just like everyone else. I cant wait! It’s by far the most popular video game gift of the season.

I went to my friends at Burger King (because they partnered with Microsoft for the release of this amazing game system) and asked if I could share the joy of giving a family a Kinect prize pack because this will really help out with their holiday shopping! Of course was their answer!

The Prize Pack includes an Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect sensor and two games – Kinect ADVENTURES and Kinect SPORTS. Along with the Kinect, Burger King will give the lucky winner a $10 Burger King Crown Card.

While running around, picking up presents this holiday season, be sure to stop by Burger King to fuel up with a hot, flame-broiled WHOPPER or my new favorite TENDERGRILL Chicken Sandwich. It’s a great pit stop this holiday season, although we’ll be saving someone a drive from picking up the xbox 360 & Kinect from a store.

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. December 17th, 2010.

You must comment telling us what your favorite menu item from Burger King is? please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

You get 1 extra entry for following @DadaRocks on twitter – twitter.com/dadarocks

You get 1 extra entry for following @theburgerking on twitter – twitter.com/theburgerking

You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information: @theburgerking @dadarocks – http://bit.ly/iiyd1X  and you must also comment with the link to your twitter message.

Example: I want to win an #kinect from @theburgerking Thanks to @dadarocks – http://bit.ly/iiyd1X

You get 1 extra entry for becoming a Fan on facebook – facebook.com/dadarocks you must comment that you’re a fan (and leave a little note on the wall)

You get 1 extra entry for then suggesting to all your friends to become fans of DaDa Rocks – you must comment that you’re a fan (and leave a little note on the wall) — under the logo of DaDa Rocks is Suggest to Friends name

You get 1 extra entry for becoming a Fan on facebook – http://www.facebook.com/burgerking you must comment that you’re a fan (and leave a little note on the wall)

You get 1 extra entry for subscribing to our Feedburner digest mailing (right side subscribe by email) – you must also comment that you’ve subscribed

You get 1 extra entry for becoming a friend on Google Connect (right side below the facebook box) – you must also comment that you’ve become a friend

You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclaimer: Thanks to BURGER KING for this AMAZING prize for this raffle.