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Sarah here. Ever find yourself wanting to learn new technology but not sure where to start?  Not familiar with Azure but wondering what it has to offer to IT professionals?  Working with System Center and need to learn more?  Want to know what’s coming up in SQL Server 2014?  Have no fear – the Microsoft Virtual Academy is here!

FREE eBooks

There are many Microsoft eBooks that are available for FREE!  Some of the titles available include:

  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks
  • Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
  • Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model
  • Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

These are just some of the titles available.  These eBooks are available in various formats – including PDF, EPUB, and Mobi for Kindle.  Did we mention that they’re FREE? You can find these books at:

Online Courses

Regardless of whether you’re at home, in the office, in a hotel on the road, in a coffee shop, or anywhere else with Internet access, you can brush up your skills by taking online courses through the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  So many courses to choose from!  Some topics that are covered include:

  • Security Fundamentals
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Datacenter for a Private Cloud: Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Office 365 Fundamentals
  • SharePoint Online Overview for IT Pros
  • You can find all of these courses over at the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Live Events

If you happen to be able to get away from work to sharpen your skills, there are also Live Events offered by the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Don’t be fooled by the name – these aren’t in-person events.  The MicrosoftVirtual Academy is keeping it virtual, but these online sessions are at a scheduled time, with live presenters.  They also have recorded sessions from past events.  Interesting topics include:

  • DevOps: An IT Pro Guide
  • What’s New in Windows 8.1 Update
  • Moving to Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure
  • Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013 Jump Start

You can find these and more at:


Microsoft has provided a resource for techies to get up to speed on their various technologies – take advantage of this resource to help stay up on where technology is and where it is going!  Check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy at:

Simplex-IT Announces New
“Two-hour Targeted Training” Sessions for Office 2013

 Have you been frustrated with the traditional approaches to IT training your company has experienced? Typical complaints include:

  • All-day marathon sessions present too much information in one sitting
  • Too costly
  • Topics can be too basic, too complex or both!
  • Can’t be customized

 If these issues sound familiar, this could be the group training program that finally and affordably turbo-charges your office’s productivity!

Introducing Simplex-IT’s New Customizable
“Two-hour Targeted Training” Program for Office 2013

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose the individuals (limit 20) who will receive the training
  • Pick the application(s) from the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite – Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, Visio, and Publisher – and the topic(s) on which you’d like to focus – for example, Mail Merge, Charts, Slide Animations, etc.
  • Have your attendees work with us to set the agenda – they get to choose what topics will comprise the focus of the training!
  • Topics chosen will be presented in a two-hour live, interactive webinar. No questions will be left unanswered!
  • Training is presented through the web. No time-wasting travel is required!


Training will be arranged to fit your schedule and presented by Simplex-IT’s veteran trainer, Michele Bobola. All that is required of the attendees is that they have a modern browser, internet access, speakers and a microphone.

 The cost for each two-hour session is just $200.

Bonus! Be one of the first three clients to sign up, receive a $50 Early Bird discount!

Need more information or want to schedule a session? Contact Simplex-IT at 234.380.1277 or email Remember, Knowledge is Power!

Working with PowerPoint is pretty easy – hey, even 3rd graders are using it in school!  Most users can jump right in and work with it because it is a very user-friendly program. This webcast, presented by Simplex-IT, is designed for any user, beginner or seasoned, to demonstrate some quick ways of creating slides and of working with the new features in 2013, plus assorted tips and tricks.

In this session we will:

  • create slides
  • change layout designs
  • use the new section feature
  • work with placeholders and
  • change those placeholders to SmartArt designs and use graphics for bullet points.

We will look at some of the old and new views such as slide sorter, notes and the new reading view, as well as some of the design templates (they have really cut those down but you can still download many from the website).

Did you know that you can easily import slides from other presentations into a current presentation? Maybe you were doing the old copy/paste method – there is now a reuse slides feature that allows you to easily import your slides.

We’ll show you how to work with graphics such as SmartArt and Screenshot and then animate those designs in your presentation.  Learn to apply the new transition options and work with animation – it seems they try to make animations more difficult to figure out every time they update PowerPoint!  We’ll work with the animation pane and use the animation painter to copy animation onto multiple slides.

Finally, we will run our presentation and look at the different ways of printing your presentation for you, the speaker, and handouts for your audience.

Of course, there are many other features, such as being able to work with the slide master, create custom shows, create a photo album, work with charts, trim video or audio clips, create templates and use pictures as backgrounds, work with comments, create hyperlinks in the presentation to link to files, websites, etc.  We are saving those topics for another session so this would be a good place to start and then add to your knowledge at a later date.

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: Online – Register at and we’ll send you details on how to log on prior to the presentation.