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Wise Owl's monthly (ish) news tweet  |  Issue 44 - Easter 2021

The items included in this newsletter are listed below. Our newsletter go out about once a month - if you'd like to subscribe, just let us know!

Our 2021 classroom training plans and course schedule

Our current tentative plan is to resume classroom training in Manchester from September and in London from October, although we'll still be running a full schedule of online courses after that.  We've now added training dates up until the end of 2021: you can bookmark a one-page PDF listing all of our 2021 course dates, a page giving links to our full range of courses or a list of what's coming up in the next 10 weeks.

Book a free online training half-hour taster session

So many people - let's be absolutely honest about this, including ourselves - have been surprised at just how good online training is relative to classroom training (apart from the lunches, which are what you make of them).  To try to get across how interactive our online courses are we're now providing free half-hour taster sessions, so that you can see for yourself what attending one of our online courses would be like.

The future of online meetings?

The new preview Teams Together feature lets you and your team appear to share the same forest, bar or room.   We leave it to you to decide whether it's a useful productivity tool or an entertaining gimmick!  One step up from this is Microsoft Mesh, which allows you to holoport, subject to wearing the requisite Tom Cruise goggles (again, judge for yourself whether holoportation is for you).

Power BI

There's nothing much in the March 2021 update of Power BI Desktop (although we quite like X-axis constant lines).  However, the big story this month is the introduction of Diagram View to Power Query Online, allowing you to visualise your data flows (and giving a glimpse into the near future for Power Query itself, we are certain).

New function to split strings in SQL

It probably won't change many people's lives, but there is now a new SQL function called String_Split which takes a comma-delimited string of text and returns a table of values.  No more messing about with writing your own custom functions!

This month's competition: an Easter quiz!

This month we invite you do our fun Easter quiz .  If you complete it (there are only 20 questions) your name will automatically be entered into a modified version of our electronic sorting hat, in which your changes of winning our £50 Amazon voucher will be proportional to the number of questions you get right (so everyone will have a chance, but some people's chances will be better than others).  Last month's codeword competition was won by Michelle Ashworth of Rochdale Borough Council (you can see details and the answer here).

From one extreme to the other - a new mini computer

In last month's newsletter we featured a behemoth of a laptop with 7 screens; this month we're going to the other extreme to bring news of a new mini PC which fits a full-specification laptop into a space not much bigger than that occupied by your mobile phone.

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