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Find out how dynamic arrays in Excel will change your (working) life!

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 February 2020

Dynamic arrays are a new feature being rolled out in Excel 365. This blog explains how they work, and why they will make so many things in Excel easier.

Tags:   Excel | General

Meet Matthew, our newest owl

Posted by Karen Webber on 14 February 2020

Matthew Thirlwell joined Wise Owl as a Microsoft computer trainer in November. Find out more about this newest addition to our team!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Our series of Simple Talk tutorials on using DAX within Power BI is now complete

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 February 2020

Simple Talk provide excellent how-to guides on any aspect of Microsoft software. We are proud to have contributed a series of articles explaining how to create DAX calculated columns and measures within Power BI.

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

Microsoft have rewritten their Edge browser to be based on the Chromium platform

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 February 2020

Microsoft have completely rewritten their Edge browser. The result is (by design) very similar to Chrome - you can even use Chrome extensions -but is probably even easier to use than Google's browser.

Tags:   Musings | General IT

Office 365 ProPlus users will soon be using Bing as their default search engine

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 February 2020

Whether you like it or not, if you're running Office 365 ProPlus you will soon have your default search engine set to Bing. This article explains why this is happening, and how to get round it.

Answers to and the winner of our January newsletter competition

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 February 2020

There were only 6 correct answers to our January 2020 newsletter competition - this blog shows the completed phrases, and reveals the name of our competition winner!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

February 2020 newsletter competition - spot the VBA errors

Posted by Andy Brown on 06 February 2020

Wally Owl is at it again, this time managing to make no less than 10 coding mistakes in a simple Excel VBA macro. See how many you can find (if you can spot all 10, you may win a prize!).

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Our a-maze-ing Christmas day out

Posted by Karen Webber on 17 January 2020

We ended 2019 with a fun day out in Manchester. Here's what we got up to!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

A placeholder for the January 2020 Power BI Update

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 January 2020

The January 2020 Power BI update isn't out yet, but we will blog about it here as soon as it is announced.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Good news for geeks the world over - you no longer need to eject USB sticks!

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 January 2020

Microsoft have changed the default Windows policy for writing to USB sticks, which means that you no longer have to worry about safely ejecting them.

Tags:   Musings | General IT

Azure Data Studio versus SQL Server Management Studio

Posted by Andy Brown on 16 January 2020

Microsoft have brought out a new SQL editor called Azure Data Studio, to act as a substitute for SQL Server Management Studio, but this owl cannot see any justification for its existence!

Tags:   SQL | General

Introducing the new CREATE OR ALTER command in SQL

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2020

From SQL Server 2016 onwards you can choose to CREATE OR ALTER a procedure, trigger, view or function, as this blog explains.

Tags:   SQL | SQL programming

Revelations about Power BI - hiding preview and left-click drill-through

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2020

When we find new features which we didn't know about, we try to share them! Did you know that you can turn preview off when getting data? Or that you could left-click to drill-through? We didn't!

Tags:   Power BI | General

How to enter the 2020 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2020

Think you know Excel (or Word/PowerPoint)? Put your skills to the test in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships, held in California.

Announcing the first Wise Owl online training course (Excel VBA)

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2020

After a huge investment of time and expertise, we're proud to announce that our first full online training course is now live on our website! The course shows you how to program in VBA in Excel, and is completely free (you don't even have to log in to follow it).

Tags:   VBA macros | General

Our January 2020 newsletter competition asks you to complete the missing letters

Posted by Andy Brown on 10 January 2020

Somebody has missed out some of the letters in a series of phrases. Fill in the letters to spell out a hidden instruction!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

The December 2019 Wise Owl Christmas Quiz - Analysis of Results

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 January 2020

Which were the hardest and easiest questions in our Quiz of the Year? And more importantly, who won the prize?

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

A summary of the main changes introduced in the December 2019 Power BI update

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 December 2019

The December 2019 update allows you to customise your visuals pane and format KPIs better, but that's almost it!

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

A preview of what the feature to customise themes within Power BI will look like

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 December 2019

Power BI is getting a built-in facility to edit themes, although it is currently still in preview. This blog shows what you can expect.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Wise Owl 2019 highlights in numbers

Posted by Karen Webber on 19 December 2019

It's been a busy year at the Owlery, and we've taken a look back at some of our highlights.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings
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