Product Reviews – Docs in the Cloud

For a while, there have been offerings from Google (Google Apps/Docs), Zoho, and others, and recently, Microsoft jumped into the “online office” game with

Pretty cool. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in the cloud. Limited, but you can create docs, share them, edit them, with *no software* installed on your system. Good in a pinch, good to sync some docs up that you might want to edit, good on a relatives computer that doesn’t have office.

Where have I started to use it more though? OneNote. What is OneNote? Well, before Office 2010, OneNote was installed as a separate application with Office. Kind of like Visio. My biggest problem with OneNote was that I was stuck to my laptop, or whatever. Had to be on the actual box.

Now, you can create a OneNote notebook in the cloud, and edit it in the browser, or on your machine. OneNote also has some cool features, like

“You can now share your notes with other OneNote users in real time by hosting or participating in shared note-taking sessions. Over a live connection, you can work together on a project or share a read-only copy of your notes with an audience.”. It also integrates nicely with tablet/bamboo and mic/text/voice recognition, as well as Outlook and meetings, etc. Integration everywhere.

I actually like OneNote better than Evernote – but Evernote I can get on my computers, web, iPad and iPhone. Yes, there is a OneNote iPhone app (MobileNoter) but you have to install a client, blah blah. Should just work over the cloud.

Anyways, if you need office online in a pinch, try, but also check out OneNote and using it with others to share/read notes in real time, really cool features.

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Office 2010: Excel 2010 – New Buttons on Ribbon for Pivot Tables – Custom Named Sets!

Just this week I blogged about adding Named Sets in VBA. Well lo and behold, in Excel 2010, there is a button “Fields, Items, & Sets” that lets you define your own Named Sets. Either with MDX or based on rows/columns you have on your pivot table


Works pretty slick! There goes the need for the custom VBA solution, which is fine by me. Although I am disappointed you still can’t create your own calculated measures. The OLAP Pivot Table Extensions add-in lets you, so I wonder why the built in functionality still doesn’t let you.