MS Trial Software

The Microsoft Office free download is one of the most useful trial offers on the software market today. Available for a full sixty days, it lets you test drive all of Microsoft’s flagship products including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel 2007. Additionally, it allows you to explore all these programs at absolutely no cost. If you are looking for productivity software for your home or office, this may be exactly the solution you are looking for.

Many people have used Microsoft Word at some point in their lives. It’s been around for a couple of decades now. They know they can use it for creating sharp, professional looking documents. At the same time, many are less sure how to make use of other popular Microsoft programs. For instance, small business owners can use Outlook to organize all their calendar and contact information. Excel can create easy-to-use spreadsheets for schedules and budgeting. PowerPoint then brings it all together with amazing graphic presentations.

The great thing about Microsoft Office is it allows you to harness the power of all these great programs together in one package. You can seamlessly switch between e-mails and documents, import and export contact information, and share it all with others. Microsoft Office also brings you into the modern age. It allows you to write and publish blogs and provides online privacy security unmatched anywhere.

The Microsoft Office 2007 is available for a free, sixty day trial download. It includes fourteen standard Office programs – everything from Access to Word. The download itself is simple. It only requires activation on a valid Windows operating system. After sixty days the software still works, but you lose the ability to create or modify any documents. At this point you must purchase the full version. Depending on the suite you choose, this will cost anywhere between $150-$500 US dollars.

A similar offers is available for Mac users. Microsoft officers a thirty day trial of Microsoft Office 2008, but only for Macs. The 2008 version is similar to the 2007 edition. The same conditions apply as the sixty day trial. Both downloads are available at Microsoft’s website.

So if you’re thinking about buying Microsoft Office but you’re just not sure yet, give this test drive a try.

Napoleonic Lessons for Google and Microsoft

Napoleon Bonaparte was arguably the most strategic mind set to war. As we shall see later, his strategic brilliance, however, is equally applicable to the competitive world of Business; and in this case, Microsoft’s rivalry with Google.

A little history

Microsoft, the world’s largest software vendor, has been around for quite a long time. Its target market is mainly selling operating systems and office applications for the desktop computers. Microsoft products are sold to computer manufacturers, i.e. Dell Computers, who in turn install and ship Microsoft software package to the consumers. So in a sense, consumers end up writing Bill Gates a $100+ check without ever knowing it. This is how Microsoft became to dominate the computer desktop industry and turned Bill Gates into modern day Henry Ford.

Google, on the other hand, is a relatively new company. It blossomed during the dot com boom, and eventually came to dominate the online search engine business. Today, Google attracts more than 200 million unique queries on its search engine every day; statistically speaking, each query generates 12 cents for the company…that is 8 zeros multiplied by 12! Google, for the most part, profits through its search based advertisement technology known as Adwords. AdWords makes online advertisement approachable in terms of easiness and affordability. Adwords, combined with a similar technology called Adsense, made Google endless amounts of cash. Google, today, is the undisputed champion of the online world.

How they became enemies

“When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna” – Napoleon

Until recently, both Google and Microsoft were living in harmony. The masses used Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to surf Google’s search engine. However, internet’s seemingly unstoppable growth since the early 2000 began to attract the attention of many industries. Microsoft executives clearly saw Internet as the next big thing; possibly a market worth pursuing. Meanwhile, Google continued to make unprecedented strides within its search engine market. Having generated enough cash, however, Google took a different direction; founded by technology enthusiasts, Google began to enter various markets unrelated to its search business. Rumors began to spread that Google is building an online “free” Operating System and various other tools such as an alternative version to the dominating Internet Explorer. This, as you might have guessed, ticked off Microsoft, and it took the bait and decided to roll its war drums against Google. Microsoft, by the way, is not the only company that feels threatened by its presence. Other internet giants, such as AOL, Yahoo! and eBay, are also feeling the heat ever since Google embarked on its journey towards dominating any market of technological interest. Google innovated in markets that already existed and, surprisingly, came about to dominating them. For Microsoft, it was a threat worth neutralizing. Today, Google has its hands in web search, email, online videos, calendars, news, blogs, desktop search, photo sharing, online payments, social networking, instant messaging, WiFi, word processors, web hosting, web browser, search tool bars, spreadsheets, discussion groups, maps and more.

Before long, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo! and eBay maneuvered to encapsulate Google’s ever-growing strength. Over two hundred years ago, Emperor Napoleon, the Google of his day, found himself in a similar situation. Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain had decided to go to war.

The drums of war

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake” – Napoleon

Microsoft’s take on this war is quite different from that of Google. Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, has repeatedly alleged that the online market is not a zero-sum game; in other words, it is possible for two or more players to dominate a large share of this market. Microsoft is not used to this. In the past it has decisively eliminated any competition, and taken the throne for itself. Consequently, Microsoft has publicly declared an all out war on Google.

Ironically, Google is the company that is on the attack; it has been aggressively pursuing Microsoft’s market. However, using clever tactics, it has intimidated Microsoft to appear as the aggressor, while Google quietly carries on with its business. In other words, Google has lured Microsoft into a rash attack; when it ends up in disaster, Microsoft will have only themselves to blame, and everyone around them will blame them, too. Google will win both the battle of appearances and the battle on the field. Very few strategies offer such flexibility and power.

It takes more energy to take land than to hold it. Throughout history, defensive tactics have won more battles than the aggressors. After the first wave of siege, the aggressor loses the advantage of surprise attack and leaves himself exposed to a counter attack. The defender can clearly see his strategy and take protective action. Napoleon’s most celebrated victory, the battle of Austerlitz was a counter attack, defeating a larger army with a kill ratio of 15 to 1. A defensive position has become the perfect way to disguise an offensive maneuver, a counter attack. Google has repeatedly asserted that it is not interested in competing with other businesses; it is a web search business only. They have used this facade to make Microsoft’s concerns with the company seem paranoid; a clever move that worked. The fact remains that Google is a powerful secretive company, driven by smart people, and for a cause.

Do No Evil

“In war the moral is to the physical is as three to one”- Napoleon

In his day, most emperors preferred to hire mercenary armies simply because maintaining a healthy army of their own came at too much of an expense. Napoleon reversed this setback by recruiting young French loyalists more eager to fight for a greater France than for the money. As a result, during battle, French soldiers swiftly defeated much larger mercenary armies. My point? Bring people together around a cause and you create a motivated force.

With a 60% stake in the U.S. web search market, one might expect Google to have mottos of the kind “Let Google do the searching” or perhaps “Search fast, search Google”. On the contrary, Google’s motto is a simple “Do No Evil”. Recently, web search companies were asked by U.S. intelligence agencies to transfer private data on user searches over to them; while other web search companies concurred with them, Google saw it as evil and denied. This decision alone drove Google’s shares dwindling down several points on the NASDAQ, but Google remained true to its “Do No Evil” maxim. Google has come to be seen as a company driven not by the incentive of making money, but rather by the pursuit of knowledge through technological innovation; as a result, the company has used this justification to convince its competitors that it is not interested in defeating competition, but rather providing easier access to information for everyone, and hence making the world a better place. Google keeps its business silent and only attracts attention to the technological goodies it has brought to the masses. In fact, Google’s Machiavellian tactics have worked so well that most of its users do not even know how or if Google makes money.

Google’s army of 7000+ employees are loyal to the company. Over at Microsoft, the employees, especially senior executives, feel caged within the company; leaving Microsoft for Google might bring a lawsuit from the company, as it did for Kai-Fu Lee. To Microsoft’s credit, Google is simply reaping fruit from the hype that Microsoft once enjoyed. Sooner or later, the quality and quantity of potential employees will inevitably decrease in size as the excitement around Google is neutralized.

Mobility through decentralized command

“Separate to live, unite to fight” – Napoleon

Genghis Khan, like Napoleon, was a master of mobility in war. In a very short period of time, his empire stretched from Korea all the way to Europe. Neither two conquerors could have expanded like they did if it weren’t for mobility. Mobility was the key to decisive maneuvering during battle. Varying in size, from 15, 000 to 30, 000 men, each corps was a miniature army headed by a miniature Napoleon. Fluid, Fast, and Nonlinear. At the battle of Ulm, Napoleon completely surrounded the Austrian army within a few hours; cutting off any channels of escape or reinforcements. The Austrian emperor was forced to surrender an army of 30, 000 soldiers.

For a large company like Google, the hierarchy within the company is quite small. Google organizes employees in teams of three to five people. Each team is self directed, while the middle managers provide the required resources to support development within the teams. As a result, Google has fashioned a powerful self-directed decentralized approach towards product development. The consequence of such an arrangement is that there is no keystone employee or manager within the company. It is almost as if the company could run on its own even if it were divided into several smaller pieces. Forbes magazine described the phenomena this way: “Innovation will flourish for as long as the masses are running Google. When management forcefully steps in, the pace of change will slow.” Microsoft, on the other hand, has a well known bureaucratic problem. There are over 12 layers of middle managers between executives and the developers. As a result, the company takes the course that its top managers set for it. Instead of allowing innovation to originate from developers, it flows from top level managers to code-monkeys at the lowest base. This is quite common in other companies as well. The natural tendency of a top manager in any company is to want to control the group, to coordinate its every movement, but that ends up tying the company to the past and to the slow moving armies in history. It takes strength of character to allow for a margin of chaos and uncertainty-to let go a little-but by decentralizing army and segmenting it into teams; company managers gain in mobility what they lose in complete control. A critical step in creating an efficient chain of command is assembling a skilled team that shares the same goals and values; once this is achieved, the top managers at Microsoft can contentedly allow the teams to think and direct on their own. As Joel Spolsky puts it, “The goal of any business owner should be to break his/her job into functional pieces that can be replicated over and over.”

“The goal of any business owner should be to break his/her job into functional pieces that can be replicated over and over.” – Joel Spolsky

Google Achilles:

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets” – Napoleon

Napoleon demanded unprecedented loyalty from his men. When in 1815, Napoleon escaped from Elba and returned to the mainland, King Louis XVIII sent the Fifth Regiment, led by Marshal Michel Ney who had formerly served under Napoleon in Russia, to fight him at Grenoble. Napoleon approached the regiment alone, dismounted his horse and, when he was within earshot of Ney’s forces, shouted “Soldiers of the Fifth, you recognize me. If any man would shoot his emperor, he may do so now”. Following a brief silence, the soldiers shouted “Vive L’Empereur!” and marched with Napoleon to Paris. The strength of his image echoed in the hearts and minds of, both, his allies and enemies. He described this himself as “I have destroyed the enemy merely by marches”
Whatever a company’s strength might be, it is actually a potential weakness, simply because the company relies on it: neutralize it and the company is vulnerable. A company’s task is to put its competitor in a situation in which it cannot use its advantage. Google’s advantage is its brand.

“Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult” – Napoleon

The Wall Street judges Google’s worth in terms of its shares value in the stock market. As of July 29, Google is trading at $388.12 per share, the highest bid/share I have ever heard. However, Google’s out of the charts performance in the stock market is a weakness in disguise. Wall Street isn’t thrilled with Google’s secretive style of management, so the investor loyalty could be swayed quite easily. Google will lose its extraordinary command of the NASDAQ as soon as conditions stop favoring them. Google might have a strong user base, but its investor loyalty is at dismay. Without Wall Street’s backing, Google will lose its share not only in the stock market, but in the public relations department as well. Google feeds off its brand, so any successful attack on its image will cripple the company even when it continues to generate cash.

Google depends on its hype. But hype does not stick around forever.

What Can Microsoft Do

“To extraordinary circumstances we must apply extraordinary remedies” – Napoleon

Google is successful not just for its technological innovation, but also for the command structure that makes this innovation possible and. Hence, to solely attack Google’s technology is a mistake since Google will always manage to innovate with quick decisiveness, as it has in the past. Google’s Achilles heel is its AdWords system; its money machine. Without it, Google can neither grow nor innovate.

The general rule for defeating any large army is to launch the attack on as narrow a front as possible. Whereas a defender must defend all their borders, an attacker has the advantage of being able to concentrate their forces at one place. By releasing, what seems to be a product every week, Google has stretched too thin. Aside from search and email, Google products are essentially at the mercy of another competitor, say Microsoft. Microsoft, with its MSN Search, cannot possibly defeat Google in search business, it is Google’s core business and the company will protect it however possible. Sun Tzu stated this in the Art of War as “Put your enemies in a spot where they have no place to go, and they will die before fleeting. If they are to die then, what can they not do? Warriors exert their full strength. When warriors are in great danger, then they have no fear. When there is nowhere to go, they are firm, when they are deeply involved, they stick to it. If they have no choice, they will fight to death.”

“Put your enemies in a spot where they have no place to go, and they will die before fleeting. If they are to die then, what can they not do? Warriors exert their full strength. When warriors are in great danger, then they have no fear. When there is nowhere to go, they are firm, when they are deeply involved, they stick to it. If they have no choice, they will fight to death” – The Art of War

Microsoft should adopt a partial non-competitive strategy. Instead of publicly and pragmatically target Google’s main business, it should, with surgical precision, covertly attack products Google doesn’t pay much attention to. Google’s policy to let beta products become widely accepted organically is a weakness waiting to be exploited.

There are many non-conferential strategies Microsoft can adhere to:

1. The giant can enter markets that Google would never tackle; Microsoft’s success in the gaming and music industry strengthens this point. Furthermore, Microsoft can let its allies (i.e. Yahoo!, AOL, eBay etc) confront Google in markets Microsoft wouldn’t want to.

2. Google, with its recent release of Open Source project hosting, has subtly brought on its side a smart culture of developers who already dislike Microsoft. This form of passive strategy is what Google is best at. CEO Eric Schmidt once stated that a company’s success lies in its programmers. Microsoft can hire more talented engineers. If there are two equally intelligent students competing for the top position, all they have to do is study 5 minutes more than the other would. Taking that one extra step in hiring employees will have a significant impact on the company’s business.

3. Be more reserved. An attack kept silent has a better chance at succeeding than one that is clearly perceived and understood by the enemy. As Niccolo Machiavelli puts it “No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.”

“No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.” – Machiavelli

4. Decentralize product releases. Instead of passing product decisions through a layer of eleven managers, let the product innovation come from the engineers responsible for designing them. A much more effective road that Microsoft can take is to provide seed capital for other startups releasing products competitive to Google. This has several advantages. Startups are more focused and motivated. Microsoft wouldn’t have to expend excess resources into startups since they can also rely on other VC’s. Since startups can think and manage themselves, this will decentralize innovation and also rid Microsoft off its 11 layers of management.

5. As mentioned previously, Google’s vital organ is its ad delivery mechanism. If Microsoft successfully releases a better system for delivering advertisements, it will decisively capture Google’s hold on ad publishers. Due to Microsoft’s huge hotmail user base, the company has an excellent opportunity at delivering more targeted advertisements.

6. Lastly, Google focuses a very small team, usually 3 to 5 engineers, on its beta products. Microsoft can take advantage of this by focusing more resources on similar products. Even though, smaller teams innovate faster, larger, more resourceful teams, have a better chance at success. A successful product requires the collective effort of more than just the engineering department.

“Between a battle lost and a battle won, the distance is immense and there stand empires” – Napoleon


Napoleon’s tomb In the end, despite his genius, it was Napoleon who became overwhelmed by counter forces and lost. Unprecedented success often causes blindness. My advice for Google is to continue its rapid innovation but also put a tap on its uncontrolled product releases. As for Microsoft, despite the company’s several ill conceived tactics, it has a lot of potential for improvement and much to learn from its rival, Google.


(1) Some excerpts were taken from “33 Strategies of War”.

(2) Despite the critical tone of this article, I can’t help but think how dull the tech world would be without either of these companies. I will gladly take down any part of this article if anyone at, either company, is disturbed by it.

(3) I didn’t write this solely for the purpose of comparing Napoleon’s strategies with that of Google or Microsoft. I wanted to write a piece that gave a strategic analysis for both companies. I wish I could’ve written some more on this subject, but thought most readers would fall asleep. I can’t write, I am an engineer.

(4) Any research on this article was done through Google. The article itself was written on Microsoft Word.

Create a Letter With Microsoft Word Processor

To make a letter the most basic use of a word processor, Open your word processor by finding the icon, or looking for word processor in your programs. Once you find the word processor (usually located on the desktop) open the program.

Once you have opened the program open the word file, and choose the letter document, and then a letter wizard should open. Once it opens you can choose the letter style, and then the letter wizard will open.

When the letter wizard opens fill out all the formalities such as who it is to, from, date, etcetera. The wizard will then close. You will see where to place the body of your letter. Look for an insert key on your computer then press it, and use your mouse to put the pointer in front of the point where you wish to start your letter, just start typing until your done. Then hit insert again to turn it off. Then go through the grammar and spelling by pointing at each word that is highlighted and right click. A box will then come up that will show you how to correct your errors. In addition you can go to tools, and find your thesaurus if you need it.

To keep your letter from being generic, there is a tool bar at the top of the page with a lot of options to spruce up your letter. After you have finished your letter, you can put the pointer at the top of the document by holding ctrl and home at the same time. Then click the left side of your mouse, and click and hold and drag to the end of the document until it is all highlighted in black. To change your font (letter style) you can go to formant at the top of the page, and choose the font and size you like.

If you want your paragraphs indented, then you will choose format paragraph, and this will make your indentations, and line spacing which is to decide if you want one or two lines between the end of each sentence. If you want to put bullets , to make a point highlight the area and go to format bullets.

To insert your date, just go to insert and choose insert date. If you wish to insert a picture go to insert picture, and insert the object or clip art. To underline you can highlight a word then choose the u with the underline at the top of the page and underline the specific words. The same goes for making some letters bold, aligning your letter, and numbering.

You can also add some fancy letters by going to insert artwork, highlight and choose the one you like and put your letters or words you want to add into your letter. If you do not like the artwork then highlight and choose the delete key on the computer to take it off the page.

Some key shortcuts are ctrl, home takes you home. ctrl end takes you to the end of a page. you have page up and down as well. alt s will save you progress. It is best to save to documents when finished until you get to know your computer pretty well. When you press ctrl and s at the same time a box will come up for you to name your letter. If you wish to print go to file print, If you wish to email go to file and send. When your satisfied your done. Then just click on the x in the upper right corner and close it.

Good luck and look I will make many more article on how to use you computer.

Positive Experience to Play Online Games

If you are the type of person who absolutely loves playing online games then I am sure you will be pleased to hear of ways in which you can make the games even more of a positive experience to play. They are called free Microsoft points and by free Microsoft points we mean that once you have these free Microsoft points you can then actually exchange them for very positive items within the online games that you play. These could be such things as granting yourself more lives or maybe there are some weapons you have been after but are unable to win, there are add-on as well that will enhance the games and make them more of a positive experience when you play these on line games.

But before you can do any of this you have to find out where and how you can obtain these points. You can of course buy these free Microsoft points but obviously if you had the choice them I am sure you would much rather acquire them free of charge or at least a little bit cheaper.

One way in which you can make sure you do not have to part with any cash for these free Microsoft points is to maybe have a browse around the internet and see if there are any surveys you may be able to take part in on line or maybe there are other on line tasks you are able to carry out where you will get rewarded and then you can exchange your rewards for more free Microsoft points but whatever way you get them you are sure to be really pleased with them.

There is always the option of browsing around the internet to see if you can buy them at a discounted price. You may find you come across a site that are offering them at unbelievable prices but be aware that they may be too unbelievable in that they are just scams and are only interested in taking your money and not delivering on the points, they may even just be after your credit card details, so if you find a site which you think is a bit too good to be true, check it out first, see if anyone else has had dealings with the site and whether or not they have had good transactions with them. The other things you can do once you have generated these points is maybe use them to rent a film or even to purchase some shows that have been on the TV, whatever you decide I am sure you will be pleased with what you are able to do with these points as the list is endless and items are being added to the list all the time. These points are actually like an online bank for you and more and more people are now using them to enhance their games or to be able to watch movies, so check out the internet today and make some inquiries about how you can get your hands on these points, you will not be disappointed.

Forex Pivot Point Calculator

A pivot point calculator is used on a daily basis by many successful traders to pinpoint key support and resistance levels where they can expect price to react.

You can download a free pivot point calculator from some web sites on the net by doing a simple search in your favorite search engine.

However, I like to use a pivot point calculator I can customize according to the exact currency pairs I like trading. Also I like to have additional pivot levels marked for reference.

A Microsoft Excel spreadsheet lends itself very easily to creating your own pivot point calculator. (Or if you wish you can download a free copy of the one I use listed in the resource box below).

The Formula

The formula for creating pivot points is based on 4 figures you need to obtain from your Forex charting software. You just need these values which can be obtained by looking at yesterday’s candle on a daily chart:

  • High
  • Low
  • Open
  • Close

The key figure in your pivot point calculator is the central pivot point. This value is obtained by adding the High, Low and Close figures together and dividing the total by 3. That’s it! You now have your central pivot point.

This pivot point now gives you the basis for calculating the other levels such as R1, R2, S1, and S2.

As the distance between these levels can sometimes be quite significant, many traders also put mid-levels on their charts and refer to them as M1, M2, M3, and M4. They are positioned as follows:

  • M1 – Between S1 and S2
  • M2 – Between S2 and the Central Pivot Point
  • M3 – Between the Central Pivot Point and R1
  • M4 – Between R1 and R2

The formulas for the other levels are:

S1: (Central Pivot Point x 2) minus the High

S2: Central Pivot Point minus (R1 minus S1)

R1: (Central Pivot Point x 2) minus the Low

R2: (Central Pivot Point minus S1) plus R1

Once these levels are calculated it is then easy to put the M levels in your pivot point calculator.

M1: S1 minus S2 divided by 2

M2: Central Pivot Point minus S1 divided by 2

M3: R1 minus Central Pivot Point divided by 2

M4: R2 minus R1 divided by 2

In the resource box below is a link to a spreadsheet that is setup for the six major currency pairs. I use this pivot point calculator as part of my preparation for each day’s trading session.

I simply call up my daily chart, hover my mouse over yesterday’s candle which gives me automatically a popup window showing the High, Low, Close and Open values.

I then just type them in to the appropriate cells on the spreadsheet and all the pivot points are automatically calculated for me.

After this I insert horizontal lines to mark the main pivot levels on the 15 minute chart. This enables you to see the general area of price activity for the day.

Sometimes price will go way beyond the average range for the day and exceed R2 or S2. On the spreadsheet referenced below, additional pivot levels are calculated to give some guidance for such trading days.

Pivot points are one of the key tools traders use to determine where price is likely to go and where it is likely to stall. Either use the formulas above to create your own pivot point calculator or use the free download below.