Software Solutions
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By itself a computer is nothing more than an expensive bookend ...
it's the software that makes your computer useful ...
We Develop Solutions and Support Software Users as well as Educate with Training Solutions
Owner: Cathi Barker           Mobile: 027 2852389          Email: cathi@xtra.co.nz         Skype: cathi.barker69


On this blog page we will keep you up to date with news regarding Software Solutions, and the software industry in general, and also tips and tricks in various software applications, so come back often

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Why small businesses should switch from an Exchange Environment to hosted Office 365

Posted on 9 March, 2015 at 15:15

Use the Office 365 Business plans which offer a hosted service to eliminate deployment and maintenance hassles of having your own Exchange Server environment.


Follow Software Solutions on Facebook

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 19:35

More info and tools are available on our Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Software-Solutions/944317038935766?ref=hl

Blue September Mystery Cruise 27 September 2015

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 19:15

I have just registered a Blue September Mystery Cruise event for the 27th September, when the event is approved I shall provide more details:



Pink Ribbon Mystery Cruise May 2015

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 19:10

After the success of last years Pink Ribbon Mystery Cruise in May, we will be doing it again this year as soon as registrations are open, so stay tuned



Software Solutions and AllTranz Training Web Site

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 18:30

Software Solutions was happy to develop the following web site for Neville Irvine Alltranz Training: http://www.alltranztraining.co.nz/


Get started with Project

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 15:40

Some people start up Microsoft Project with the greatest intentions. They add a few tasks, and then freeze–unsure of what to do next. In this webinar, we’ll show you how to get past that. We’ll demo the basics so that you can get started with more confidence and less stress.


For more information on our Mastering Project courses or teach yourself packages click the Project button at the top of this screen

Organisation charts in PowerPoint and Visio

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 15:35

Need to create an organisation chart? Unsure of whether to use PowerPoint or Visio? In this webinar, we’ll show you both ways and the advantages of each depending on your audience, plus we’ll share tips and best practices for creating organization charts.


Sharing calendars in Outlook

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 15:35

In a world of multiple schedules, datebooks, and timetables, Outlook can help you consolidate all of your digital calendars so you can view your entire week in one place. In this week’s webinar, we’ll go over ways to view and share your calendar with others.


Get to know the new Office 365

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 15:30

I'm hoping this will help those thinking of upgrading to Office 365...



Track changes in Word

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 15:30

Effectively tracking changes in a Word 2010 or 2013 document is a technique many struggle with and so I hope sharing this webinar with you might demystify the topic and clarify the techniques involved in doing this.


Cyber Attacks and Small Business Are you protected?

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 15:15


Headlines frequently put the world on notice that large corporations have become victims of cyber attacks, putting sometimes millions of customers' data (names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and sometimes even credit card numbers and other financial data) at risk.


Some of the largest attacks in the past year or so included E-Bay (145 million users), Home Depot (109 million customers), JPMorgan Chase (83 million customers), Target (70 million customers), and Michaels Stores (3 million customers). While not all of these involved the theft of customers' credit card or other financial information, all involved theft of some types of customers' personal information.



The Power Of Keeping a Journal

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 15:15


Dust off OneNote if you have it installed as part of your Microsoft Office suite...



Apple Watch: 8 things Apple needs to get right or it will fail

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 0:20

Clearly the Apple Watch is going to be a thing – but will it be as successful as prior launches of the iPod, iPad and iPhone? I’m guessing not at first, but it will be the beginning of an Apple-led revolution in wearables. The company is late to the wearables party (just like it was for smart phones and MP3 players), but if it is in it for the long-haul, I think Apple can really make a difference. The first Apple watch will probably disappoint many. But if it keeps at it, I’ll bet version 3 or 4 becomes a bona fide hit that changes how we interact with the world. Here are the 8 things, in my opinion, that Apple needs to do to be successful.


The "Tapping" Point for Mobile Payments: Insights from Mobile World Congress

Posted on 7 March, 2015 at 20:45

85,000 attendees. Nearly 2000 exhibitors. One topic: The future of mobile. After my team spent a week in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, it’s clear that mobile payments in particular have reached the “tapping” point, if you will.


Mark Zuckerberg reveals his one rule for hiring at Facebook

Posted on 6 March, 2015 at 21:35

'It's a pretty good test and it has served me well,' Facebook founder tells audience at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona


100 Best Companies to Work For

Posted on 6 March, 2015 at 21:35


This year’s list marks Fortune's 18th year of partnering with Great Place to Work. Google ranks No.1 for the sixth time, and 16 new companies make impressive debuts, including Acuity (No. 3), Twitter (No. 24), and Riot Games (No. 13).


Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

Posted on 6 March, 2015 at 20:55

Ah the good old days. Stocks up $25, $50, $100 more in a single day. Day trading was all the rage. Anyone and everyone you talked to had a story about how they had made a ton of money on such and such a stock. In an hour. Stock trading millionaires were being minted by the week, if not sooner.


Word 2013/365: Lost the Table Eraser

Posted on 5 March, 2015 at 21:50

Email I received: I just have a quick question Cathi. I often use the tables in word and in the past have used the rubber to delete lines and the pencil to add in squares. With our latest updates I appear to have lost my rubber. I have searched and can’t find. Are you able to help please.

Answer: When you click on the table and look at the Table Tools>Layout tab you will see the Eraser button in the Draw Group to the right of Draw Table :)

Microsoft Office Mobile

Posted on 5 March, 2015 at 21:40

Yesterday I installed Microsoft Office Mobile on my Samsung and so far I like and how can you complain it's free - so I thought I'd share this with you


Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your Android phone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact.*


  • Access documents from virtually anywhere:
  • Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents that are stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint.
  • Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
  • Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.*

Office documents look much better:
• Great-Looking Documents - Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
• Optimized for phone - Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been optimized for the small screen of your phone.
• Resume Reading - When opening a Word document from OneDrive or OneDrive for Business on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
• Presentation Views - The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.

Make quick edits and share*:
• Documents Remain Intact - Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
• Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
• Comments - You can review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.


* Sign in with a free Microsoft account to create, edit and save documents for home use. A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to create, edit and save documents for business use. Qualifying plans include: Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government), Office 365 Education A3 and A4, and Office 365 ProPlus.

Requires a phone running Android OS 4.0 or later.

Outlook: Upgrading from Outlook 2003 to 2010 Video 1

Posted on 5 March, 2015 at 21:35

The first in a series of Software Solutions videos to assist those upgrading from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2010 and really focusing on what's new


Apologies for the sound quality