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Ok, on first glance this looks like it’s no big deal, right? I can hear you saying “I can already take pictures with my Smart Phone.” Yes, but…

Office Lens doesn’t just take a picture. This new update gives you the ability to convert your pictures directly into Word documents and PowerPoint presentations – that are EDITABLE!

For Word, Office Lens recognizes the text and the document layout. All the text, formatting and layout in the Word document is preserved. Images of typed text become fully editable—just like you authored it at your desk.

For PowerPoint, all the handwritten lines and strokes are transformed into PowerPoint drawing objects that can be recolored, resized, repositioned and edited. That great infographic or sketch from one presentation can now be reused in other presentations.

This is truly impressive. But don’t just take my word for it. Watch this short video and watch the magic happen firsthand!

Very cool!

Microsoft OneNote is an application designed for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It’s been described by some as their favorite Office app and has recently been made available for free on almost any platform. Hours after that announcement on March 17 OneNote jumped to the top of the free application chart on Apple’s Mac App Store (sorry, some premium features are available only in the paid version that comes with Office).

If you haven’t already, now’s your chance to become better acquainted with OneNote – courtesy of Simplex-IT!

This Thursday, April 10, from 11:00am – 12:00 Noon, join our own Michele Bobola for a free, fast-paced webinar and introduction to OneNote. You will learn how to keep track of what’s important to you, how to jot down your ideas, keep track of your notes and clips from the web, draw and sketch your ideas and more.

Using a free Microsoft OneNote account Michele will demonstrate how to store your notes on OneDrive so they are synchronized and available on all your devices whenever you need to refer to them. Other features she will review will include:

  • Making lists
  • Drawing and writing
  • Taking pictures
  • Scanning whiteboards and documents
  • Searching within notes
  • Sharing your notes with others
  • And more

Reserve your space for this free webinar here - – and we’ll send you detailed instructions on joining a day before the presentation. Or feel free to call 234.380.1277, or email

Then, download OneNote for free at and get ready to organize your world!

Ask Microsoft to describe their OneNote application and they’ll respond by saying it’s revolutionizing “the way people capture, annotate and recall all the ideas, thoughts, snippets and plans in their life.” Among those who have taken the time to become familiar with it, I’ve heard some describe it as the most powerful program they use. Now Microsoft is poised to make this multi-faceted application even more compelling. How? They’re making OneNote available on the Mac AND they’re making it available to everyone for FREE!

For the first time, OneNote is available on all the platforms you care about: PCs, Macs, Windows tablets and phones, iPad, iPhone Android and the Web! And all your devices are always in sync!

But that’s not the best part: Microsoft has announced they are making OneNote available for free! (Spoiler alert: Premium features are found only in the paid version)

As an added bonus, the OneNote service now provides a Cloud API, enabling any application to connect to it. This means you can capture ideas, information and inspiration from more applications and more places straight into OneNote, including:

  • OneNote Clipper – for saving web pages to OneNote
  • for emailing notes to OneNote
  • Office Lens for capturing documents and whiteboards with your Windows phone
  • Sending blog and news articles to OneNote from Feedly, News360 and Weave
  • Easy document scanning to OneNote with Brother, Doxie Go, Epson and Neat
  • Writing notes with pen and paper and sending them to OneNote with Livescribe
  • Mobile document scanning to OneNote with Genius Scan and JotNot
  • Having your physical notebooks scanned into OneNote with Mod Notebooks

For more information on compatible apps and devices, click here:

To get on the bandwagon and download your own free copy of OneNote, go to:

Want to learn more about OneNote? Join Simplex-IT’s next free webinar on Thursday, April 10 from 11:00am-12:00 noon – “Everything You Need to Know about OneNote.” Email for more info.

Get on the Microsoft OneNote bandwagon – it’s getting better all the time!

Office 2013 LogoBob here.  The next version of Microsoft Office is here.  Mostly.  Sort of.

The first openly available version of the new Office, now officially called Office 2013, made its debut earlier this week.  Some of the key pieces of information about the new version:

  • You can have both worlds.  You can install the Office 2013 Consumer Preview (which is Latin for “Beta”) without removing your Office 2010.
  • A lot of the control/user interface changes are aimed at tablet users (not surprisingly).  Working with your fingers (thumbs specifically) through what’s called “touch mode” is aimed at the tablet folks.
  • You need to have Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) or Windows 8 Release Preview (the latest “Beta” version).  XP or Vista?  Ah, no.
  • A majority of interface changes are for tablet users.
  • Word and Excel can both be used for presentations.  You’ll be able to share a document with another user, even if that person doesn’t have Word or Excel.
  • Images from the web can be put into documents without downloading and saving them.
  • Office will be tightly integrated with SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage offering.  For example, a document stored in SkyDrive can be opened by the same user on another workstation and will be bookmarked where the user left off.
  • Right now only Lync and OneNote are actually Metro-based applications.  Everything else still runs under Desktop Mode.
  • Release date?  Um, it’s called Office 2013, so that’s probably a first hint.
  • Thinking of buying Office 2013 when it comes out?  Get ready to download it.  Even stores won’t be carrying discs with the Office software.  You’ll buy a software license key, and then you’ll need to download it.

After using it for a couple of days on my Windows 8 tablet, I can say that it’s pretty stable, but the touch interface is a little…touchy.  More on that as I get more used to it.

Additional information:

Want to see more?  We’ll be demoing it at our annual picnic, Wednesday August 15th.  Plus our next monthly Lunchinar on Wednesday September 19th will feature Office 2013.  For more information on either event, contact John Harrow via email or call at 234.380.1277.