Happy Tech Talk Thursday!
Here’s a short video pointing out how integrated the search facility is in Windows 8, allowing Windows to scan all our integrated and installed components to find the resources we want in a hurry.
Happy Tech Talk Thursday!
Happy Tech Talk Thursday from New Horizons London
In this video Mark shows us how to add more comfortable signing in features to your Windows 8 PC. One of the new features of Windows 8 is that you can can now sign in with either a password, picture or pin — as demonstrated.
This is part of the Microsoft initiative to make Windows 8 desktops and tablets easier for us to use.
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Happy Tech Talk Thursday form New Horizons London
In this video Newson explores PowerPoint 2013, looking at the Presenter View. Presenter view is a new feature in Office 2013 which allows you to annotate, advance slides, view presentation notes and have better visibility of your PowerPoint presentation.
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Excuse our hiatus, we were dealing with lots of new video requests!
Well it is Tech-Talk Thursday once again and we have a new video for a customer who wanted to know a little more about Windows 8, particularly PowerPoint 2013.
So, without any further ado here is New Horizons’ Instructor Newson taking us through programme shortcuts in Windows 8 and an in depth introduction to PowerPoint 2013. This includes recent files, how to pin files, adding email accounts, sky drive, templates and many of the other new features in Power Point 2013.
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It’s Thursday again and time for another installment of Excel 2013 Tricks and Tips, as part of our Office 365 month!
In this video (part 3 of 5) Newson takes us through the new Excel 2013 Quick Analysis tool, this lets you convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less.
You can also preview your data with conditional formatting, sparklines, or charts.
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Throughout September we will be focusing on the new Office 365 and the migration toward the cloud. With this in mind Newson will be taking us through Office 2013 and the key features and changes that have been made.
In this video Newson introduces the new look Excel 2013 and takes us through some of the new features, including:
- Revamped backstage view from File Menu
- Every workbook has one sheet by default
- There are pre-set templates for budgets, forms, and reports, and more so you can focus on your data
- The new Quick Analysis tool lets you convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less
- There is also Flash Fill and Chart Recommendations
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In his keynote speech at the 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit today, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said we are in a “golden age of computer science” and that the progress we’ll make in the next five to ten years will be unbelievable.
You can read the full article on here, or if you would like to find out more about Microsoft training and certification visit New Horizons London today or call: 0208 532 3400 and speak to one of the team.
A cost effective way to boost IT skills among your workers
Keeping your spending down might be a top priority for your firm at present. In general, expenditure minimisation is a key principle in the business world, but particularly now given the tough economic conditions affecting the UK and many other countries around the world, this could be foremost in your mind.
It may only be by driving down your costs that you’re able to balance your books and continue operating.
However, there are certain areas you simply can’t afford to skimp on. For example, your organisation may rely heavily on effective IT systems and to help future-proof your enterprise, it’s really important that you have personnel with the relevant computing knowledge and skills.
This means it’s a good idea to invest in the relevant London IT training as and when necessary.
It may only be by advancing the skills of your workers in this field that you’re able to stay competitive. After all, you can rest assured that your rivals won’t be caught napping when it comes to the latest technology and systems.
The good news is, boosting the IT skills of your employees may not be as much of a hassle or expense as you think. Here at New Horizons London we’re experts when it comes to these courses and, as well as offering superb quality learning opportunities, we also go out of our way to ensure our services are as flexible and accessible as possible.
Whatever you’re looking for, we may well have the answer.
For example, perhaps our on-site training will appeal to you. Our experts will come to your premises to deliver the material, allowing you to train as many employees as you need to. Because it cuts down on lost time and on travel expenses, this can be extremely cost effective.
It’s also less disruptive to your day-to-day operations because your personnel won’t have to spend as much time out of the office.
In addition, it’s worth noting that our courses can be delivered ‘off the shelf’ or modified slightly. Meanwhile, if neither of these options is suitable, we will provide a completely customised package to meet your organisation’s learning needs.
Of course, if you’re going to spend your firm’s hard-earned money on Microsoft Office courses in London, compTIA courses London and other similar training programmes, you’ll want to know you’re benefiting from top-quality services.
With a total of 300 centres in 70 countries, we are the largest independent IT Training Provider in the world, so you can be sure we know what we’re doing. In 2012, we celebrated delivering 30 years of computer training to over 30 million students across the globe.
Find out more
If you’re keen to find out more about exactly what we have to offer, just take a look around our website or get in touch.
As long as you select the right courses, our training programmes should provide you with a superb return on your investment and they can help ensure your staff members have the skills they need.
Make sure your skills fit the market
Let’s face it, economic conditions in the UK aren’t great at present and this is having an impact on the jobs market. In general, recruitment remains subdued and many workers are putting up with meagre or non-existent pay rises.
In conditions like this, it’s easy to feel fatalistic and despondent. However, with a bit of initiative and effort, it’s possible to open up new possibilities. For example, if you think your IT skills could be improved, now’s the time to take action.
Here at New Horizons London we offer IT training in London and may have the perfect courses for you. All you have to do is select a programme that ticks all of your boxes and choose a learning method.
We offer a variety of options, including classroom sessions, private classes and online courses. Because of this flexibility, you may find it simple to fit your studies around your current activities.
Degrees in vogue
Highlighting the ever-changing landscape of the UK jobs market, research conducted by the Institute of Education recently found that the number of roles in the country requiring a degree has overtaken the total number of posts not needing any qualifications. It surveyed 3,000 adults across the jobs market and concluded that more than a quarter of jobs are now available only to graduates.
The findings are being described as a significant milestone in the employment landscape, with graduate positions at a record high and unskilled jobs at a record low.
It is thought that around 23 per cent of jobs need no qualifications, while 26 per cent of jobs are only available to graduates. About this, the report states: “At no time in the 1986-2012 period have falls and rises of these magnitudes been recorded.”
Responding to the figures, Neil Carberry from the Confederation of British Industry said: “Employers have been slow to take up the swathes of better-qualified workers, but now they are starting to wake up to the use of graduate labour.”
He added: “The vast majority of young people in future are going to need a route to higher skills if the UK is going to compete globally. The changing face of the economy means that we have to expand alternative routes to higher skills alongside traditional residential university courses.
Even below degree level, addressing the shortage of skilled technicians we face will require better-quality courses, with a strong role for businesses working with universities, colleges and providers to design the curriculum.”
Computing is a key area
It’s hard to predict exactly how the UK’s economy will evolve over coming years, but one thing is certain - IT systems will play a major role in the operations of virtually all organisations.
If you want to help ensure you’re as well placed as possible to take advantage of any opportunities that arise, it’s worth taking a look at the range of courses we offer, including our Server 2012 courses and Word training courses.
You may not be able to influence the economy at large, but you can help ensure you’re in a position to exploit any opportunities that come your way.
The future looks bright for ecommerce experts
Learning for learning’s sake can be great, but you might be determined to direct your personal development along paths that will pay off career-wise further down the line. With this in mind, it’s well worth checking out the impressive selection of IT training courses in London that are now available.
Firms are increasingly relying on their computing systems to function and the internet now plays a central role for many organisations. Indeed, some are based online and so are completely dependent on their IT systems to function.
The jobs market as a whole in Britain currently isn’t looking too healthy. There are lots of people looking for a relatively small number of positions, leaving many individuals disappointed. However, it seems as though this isn’t the case in all sectors.
Research conducted by Barclays has indicated that IT employment opportunities among web-based companies may be more numerous than in the economy more generally. This could be encouraging news if you’re about to embark on Microsoft SQL training or other courses in the field.
Barclays polled more than 300 online businesses and found that the average firm reported 11.4 per cent compound annual growth over the past three years. This compared with 0.2 per cent economic growth more generally around the UK.
Also, nearly two-thirds of respondents revealed they were optimistic about their growth prospects for the coming year, while 48 per cent said they were positive about the UK economy as a whole.
Responding to the figures, Sean Duffy, managing director and head of technology, media and telecoms at Barclays, said: “Online businesses have bucked the trend over the last three years and experienced success in spite of the stagnant economic conditions.
“The next challenge for companies operating online is sustaining this level of growth and ensuring that they take advantage of new and rising trends. We are advising our online clients to become mobile-ready, as it’s a significant opportunity, particularly with the imminent roll out of 4G networks across the UK due to make mobile browsing easier for more and more consumers.”
The right team
To keep up with developments in the industry, web-based firms will have to ensure they have personnel with all the relevant skills and knowledge. With this in mind, they are bound to turn to individuals who have had suitable IT training.
It will be impossible for enterprises that lack the right personnel to keep up with rivals and ride the wave of technological developments successfully.
Here to help
Here at New Horizons London we’re experts when it comes to VMware training and other IT courses. If you’d like to find out more about exactly what we have to offer, just take a look around our website or get in touch.
By being proactive and boosting your computing skills now, you may be able to improve your career prospects. Ultimately, this is important in terms of your job satisfaction levels and your earning power. A little hard work and dedication now could serve you very well in the months and years to come.
Happy Tech Talk Thursday!
In this video Mark teaches us how to enable the new Hyper-V feature for Windows 8, (Microsoft’s virtualisation platform) and briefly introduces what virtualisation is under Windows 8.
This inbuilt Windows Feature allows us to host multiple operating systems, inside of virtual machines - for various reasons, not least of which would be backwards compatibility — where we can run older operating systems in a virtualised space, allowing our old environments to be made logically available inside the new Windows 8 environment.
Enhance your prospects with IT training
The jobs market in the UK is tough, but you may be able to put yourself at a competitive advantage over rival candidates by furthering your training.
OK, so completing IT training in London will require an investment in terms of your money, time and effort, but this could prove to be a savvy decision. In the long-term, it may open doors, boost your earning power and lead to enhanced job satisfaction.
Also, it’s important to bear in mind that there are certain IT skills gaps in the country’s workforce. Recently, the BBC reported that major technology companies are struggling to recruit young people in Britain.
The news source noted that firms such as Facebook claim they are finding a gap in people’s skills. It also pointed out that Intellect, the nation’s technology trade association, estimates that around 100,000 people are needed to enter the digital sector each year.
Commenting on his firm’s case, Facebook’s head of policy Simon Milner said: “It’s really not easy. We don’t tend to find a lot of British young people who are ready to come and work at Facebook.”
Meanwhile, senior fellow at Yahoo! Bruno Fernando Ruiz added: “This is a race, a race for talent. Google, Facebook, Twitter, us, we are in the same game competing for the same people.”
Learning that suits you
However, furthering your knowledge and skills in the field of IT is not always easy. In the past, you might have been put off signing up to courses because they didn’t work around your schedule. You may be pleased to note therefore that here at New Horizons London we like to do things differently. We offer a number of training alternatives and you should be able to find versions that work for you.
For example, if you can make the time and you respond well to face-to-face interaction, our classroom learning options may be ideal. On the other hand, if you’d rather work remotely, our Online LIVE courses could be perfect. If it’s total flexibility you’re after, our Online ANYTIME solution may be the best fit. We also offer mentored learning and private or on-site classes.
Lots of choice
Of course, the content of your learning programme is key. To get maximum value for money, it’s imperative that the courses you choose map your objectives. We provide more than 1,200 course titles for you to choose from covering a whole range of subjects from high-level technical training to basic desktop applications and business.
Unlike lots of other courses, IT training programmes have to be bang up-to-date. Technology and computer systems change so rapidly that you really have to be on the ball. It’s no good flaunting skills you picked up years ago to prospective employers as the information you acquired may no longer be relevant.
Our courses are added to and updated constantly, ensuring they meet the needs of industry.
See for yourself
If you want to check out our programmes for yourself, just take a look around our website. Whether you’re after Microsoft office courses in London, MS SQL training or something else, we should be able to help.
Getting Started in a Career in IT
The IT sector is an exciting sector to be involved in. Constantly changing, it employs the highest number of graduates of any other sector. This is because graduates can work for either a dedicated IT company or within a specific IT role in another kind of industry. The fact is that these days every type of organisation uses some form of IT in their day-to-day business, whether it be a single laptop for accounting or administration purposes to a more complicated set up with servers and networks spanning the globe. It is an industry which is constantly growing and so offers a certain level of security for the possibility of future jobs, which is not something that can be said of all industries at the moment.
IT is also an interesting sector to get involved in because there are so many different areas that you can specialise in. Employees enjoy the variety of their jobs and the opportunities to work in a range of different sectors. Jobs can include programming, technical support, web development and software engineering, among many others.
To get into and stay in an IT role, you need to be constantly on top of your game when it comes to the latest hard and software and changes. It is an industry which is constantly evolving and you need to be prepared to keep pace with those changes through training. We have a wide range of IT training courses in London, including our Microsoft SQL training courses and our Linux London courses.
Even without thinking about future technological developments, it is still important for IT professionals to keep on top of other types of skills, including IT security skills, in keeping with demand for these skills in the jobs market.
If you are thinking about getting into a career in IT, think carefully about which sector you’d like to be involved in out of preference. Looking to the future is wise, but you should also consider what types of IT work interest you and what you already currently have a passion for. This could be gaming, software design, network administration or writing software, for example. By choosing something you enjoy, you are more likely to enjoy the learning process as you qualify and then progress faster in your career once you start.
Remember, the more training you can get and the more skills you acquire, the more attractive a proposition you will be for employers, probably resulting in a higher salary too.
Why Windows 8 Might Be Best for Your Business
It has been rather controversially received, and many businesses don’t like upgrading their operating systems at the best of times, but Windows 8 could actually become a beneficial tool for your business. Yes, the Start button has so far disappeared (but is due to return in Windows 8.1, sort of) and the design is more geared up for a touchscreen, but once you get past the newness, there are a lot of positives.
Changing to any operating system which is very different in appearance and function will always pose some problems and you might need to organise a Windows 8 course for your employees. Our IT training London catalogue of courses now includes a range of Windows 8 training courses to help you and your staff make the transition without too many hiccups. This will help them to adjust quickly, increasing productivity in your office and minimising errors and downtime.
When you first start to use Windows 8 you’ll notice straightaway that the interface is completely different in use and appearance. The ‘Metro’ or Start screen has been designed for touchscreen technology firstly, although it does of course work on non-touchscreen devices too. What this means for your business, however, is that it can slot seamlessly in with the rest of your technology, be it professional or personal, which also operates using touchscreen, meaning that processes are similar. Touchscreen desktop monitors can be navigated quickly and efficiently using swiping and tap-and-drag gestures. You can also run two apps side by side, such as working on a Word document while having your email open at the side, for example, meaning you won’t miss a thing.
If you use a touchscreen desktop monitor or Windows 8 tablet, you can take advantage of handwritten note-taking using OneNote and handwritten comments in Word. When out and about meeting clients and suppliers, you can take advantage of this technology to receive a digital signature straightaway. These are great new possibilities for businesses which can make the best use of time and resources.
Laptops are now changing too. Over the years, the advances we’ve seen in laptop design have mainly involved them getting smaller and lighter – more portable. The same can be said of new designs in terms of portability, but many new-style laptops now offer a 2-in-1 function – the screen half can be removed to become an ultra-portable tablet. This offers up a host of new opportunities for businesses who need to go out and about and bridges that gap between hardware and mobile devices. It also saves you money on having to purchase two devices when you could just buy one.
Speed of technology is obviously a major concern for all businesses. Who wants their employees sat in front of a computer staring at that egg timer icon (or rotating circle, as it has been in newer versions of Windows) when they could be working instead? Windows 8 takes around half the time of Windows 7 to boot up, and faster processors available on newer machines also make running speeds much quicker.