#GetItDone with Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium {Review + Giveaway}

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I have some super awesome news to share with all of you– MY HUSBAND IS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!

Darren left college, halfway through, when he and I got married.  He wanted to focus on supporting us as we started our life together and I completed my degree.

The thing is– he is very good at his job and quickly moved up through the ranks.  He’s continue to rise and does a wonderful job at taking care of Raileigh and I.

However, that half-finished degree has always nagged at him.  He’s wanted to finish his degree for years, but between moving to a new company and relocating several times across state lines, the timing has never lined up.

Until now.

Darren was accepted into the college he previously attended a few months ago and enrolled in classes last week.  He begins in January.

We’ve been doing some things in preparation for the start of classes.  Up until now, Darren and I have been sharing a laptop.  Truth be told– he primarily uses his smart phone for day to day and would only get on a computer if he absolutely had to.  With the start of school, all that changes.  So, we invested in a new laptop.

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It came with a starter kit for Microsoft Office.  It’s nice and all… but it doesn’t have everything he needs to be successful in his courses.  Thar’s why we installed Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium.

His semester hasn’t even started yet and we’re already reaping the benefits of this amazing software.  Recently, Darren took our homeschool schedule and revamped it to something that is both user friendly and nice to look at.  Using Microsoft Excel, he made a spreadsheet template that outlines what we’re doing each week.  It’s easy to customize and fill in my lessons, helping us to stay on track throughout the day.

Plus, thanks to SkyDrive– the awesome document cloud associated with our Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium account– I can actually view the schedule on my smart phone.  I don’t have to print it out.  I don’t have to pull out my laptop every time I need to see what we’re doing next.  I can simply look at my phone.

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This came in especially handy when we had a death in the family last week and I had to take school in the road.  I was able to #GetItDone with no hassle or bulky devices.  It’s really quite convenient.

The truth is more than half of office workers (53%) would be willing to work more hours—and one in five would be willing to take a pay cut—to have more flexibility in where and when they got work done {according to a poll that Harris conducted for Microsoft}.  Microsoft Office 365 gives you that flexibility.

Let me share a few more ways that Microsoft Office can help you to #GetItDone.

1. Save documents in the cloud. From home, school, work and everywhere in between, it’s important to have tools that work the way you do. Office 365 lets you save your documents in the cloud on SkyDrive so no matter where you are, your information and ideas are available on your terms.

2. Take digital notes. OneNote is a digital note-taking app designed to keep you organized. Use it at home, school or work for recipe collecting, class notes, projects and more. Not only is OneNote part of Office 365, but it also comes as a free app for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android. Capture thoughts, ideas and to-dos in one place with OneNote, then access them across your devices via SkyDrive.

3. Use Office on your phone. Get stuff done on the go with Office on your Windows Phone, iPhone or Android phone. Access, view, edit, and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents by simply downloading Office Mobile on your phone and logging in with your Office 365 account.

4. Collaborate with anyone. Office Web Apps are free, touch-friendly web versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote. Share and simultaneously work on documents with classmates, friends, and co-workers from any browser. All you have to do is sign up for a SkyDrive account to start creating documents.

5. Have Office on five devices. You and your family work on more than one device and so does Office 365 Home Premium. With one subscription you can put Office on up to five PCs or Macs and five phones (iPhone or Android).

To get you going, Microsoft launched #GetItDone day last week.  On November 7, they installed GIANT checkmarks throughout NYC to highlight where change is happening and things are getting done.  You can also utilize the hashtag throughout social media to share and explore how others are using this awesome product to increase productivity and get it done, no matter where they are.

Plus, through November 21, you can enter the #GetItDone contest.  Here’s all the details:

Show Microsoft how you #GetItDone. You and a friend could win a trip to some of the most happening events anywhere. Get it done alongside the most accomplished athletes, filmmakers and musicians around—on a trip to NYC, a journey to Park City, Utah, or a musical voyage to Austin, Texas. Visit http://bit.ly/GetItDoneContest to share and enter to win.


Alright– ready for even more amazing news?  One lucky reader is going to WIN a one year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium– a $99.99 value!

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  1. renee says:

    Maybe I could talk my husband into using this to make a monthly budget for our family!
    Good luck to the hubby in school!

  2. Kathleen says:

    That’s awesome! Congrats to Darren!

    This sounds like a great tool to use, both for school and home. I’d probably use it to access documents on multiple devices, and keep things more organized.

  3. Teresa G says:

    Hello, thank you for the giveaway. I would get it done by speeding up my resume/cover letter writing and job search!

    • Desi says:

      My husband actually just created a spreadsheet to do that and it works great! We also can use the cloud to pull it up on our phones which is super useful, especially when traveling!

  4. Jessamine D. says:

    I would get this done by sharing it with my brothers. 🙂 I am glad it can be installed on up to 5 devices. 🙂

  5. Mippy/Sabrina says:

    I looove the option of being able to collaborate so easily with others. It would be wonderful for me for a variety of reasons, one being to share what I am typing up so my friend can help proofread it and to collaborate with other bloggers would be cool as well! CONGRATS to your hubby on going back to school! 😀

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