Microsoft Corp. laid out the next phase in its strategy for online services, offering a road map for new offerings that synthesize client, server and services software for people and businesses. These offerings will combine elements of client-based programs with software that runs large servers and new services delivered over the Internet.

Live offerings span entertainment, communication and productivity. These services emphasize ease of use, simplicity of access and flexibility, and are ideally suited for situations where people either don’t have access to professional technical expertise or don’t require high levels of system management.

Office LiveWorkspace is among the first entries in the new wave of online services. Available at no charge, Office LiveWorkspace lets users do the following: access documents anywhere; work collaboratively on a project with others in a password-protected, invitation- only online workspace; easily connect to Microsoft Office Word, Power- Point, Excel and Outlook on their PC via the Web. 

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“Learning,” a new book published by the American Society for Training and Development, offers a set of methods, tools and strategies that will help learning professionals present a credible business case for learning.

Readers will find the communication model easy to apply, along with five key actions that show them how to present a persuasive business case, deal with changing business conditions, and positions themselves as a strategic partner rather than just a service provider.

Through the use of Presentation Mastery, readers can discover how to build a personal brand designed to get the attention of CEOs and sell their learning concepts and ideas.

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NetOp software helps instructors teach, allowing them to review work on a student’s computer on the other side of the class and show them how to complete an assignment or send them hints using instant messaging. With the software’s test center, instructors can easily put together grade tests and exams online.

The software also allows teachers to share any screen with the rest of the class, freeze a student’s mouse, or turn controls overt to a student for a demonstration. NetOp also allows the teacher to send messages to a student to make sure he or she stays focused instead of using the computer for online games or inappropriate browsing during class time. 

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EduGarage is the new home of the Blackboard Developers Network.

A wiki-based Website for all Blackboard Building Blocks and Blackboard PowerLinks developers to collaborate, share expertise and access the same tools and resources.

Several different groups of developers will now join forces into one Blackboard Developers Network. No longer is the developer site just for downloading the SDK. EduGarage is built on a wiki framework with embedded forums so developers can interact, participate and share expertise easily with other developers across institutions, across the globe.

With EduGarage, you can create a more open, externally accessible site that developers can access and add to the content and communication, and then share all of that knowledge and experience with the rest of the education world. 

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Winners of 11 categories receive rave reviews

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It's more than purchasing and installing software applications.
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Measuring and evaluating learning is one of the most critical issues in the learning and development field.

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My, how the e-learning industry has grown since 1997

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The 2007 Learning Leaders represent a wide variety of organizations. All demonstrate
innovation, business impact and excellence in corporate learning. Following are highlights about each winner, as well as observations

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SAP AND ADOBE JOIN FORCES FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING

Adobe and SAP AG are collaborating on a new product called SAP® Enterprise Learning environment, which is designed to help companies drive continuous employee education more efficiently and cost effectively than traditional in-person training. SAP Enterprise Learning combines the highly customizable Web conferencing solution Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional with SAP Learning Solution and is scheduled for availability in Q3 2007.

In other news, SAP and Adobe announced they have entered into a global reseller agreement that allows SAP to market and sell Acrobat Connect Professional as a standalone solution for enterprise-class Web-conferencing and collaborative communication.

“Entering this partnership with SAP allows Adobe to significantly expand on the capabilities and reach of the HCM [human capital management] solution to very broad audiences in the world’s best-run businesses,” said Tom Hale, senior vice president, Knowledge Worker Business Unit at Adobe. For more details, visit: www.adobe.com

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