June 12, 2013

Plan Your Next Trip with Microsoft Office 365 and OneNote #OfficeTravels :: Review and Giveaway

Are you ready for summer summer vacation? Even if you are just planning a weekend getaway you can get more organized and streamline your planning using Office 365 Home Premium and the OneNote travel notebook. Then all of the important information can then be accessed on the go using SkyDrive. No more "where did I put that" moments! Once your notebook is in SkyDrive, access it on your mobile phone or in the browser with the OneNote Web App. Once in the cloud, you'll be able to access your information across your favorite devices - including your Windows PC, tablet, or Windows Phone. Windows 8 tablets are the perfect travel companion for travelers to check their plans and itineraries from wherever they are. I own the Samsung ATIV and I just love it! It is perfect for using OneNote and the travel planner. Let's get started with how you can use the travel planner before your trip.

Not only does OneNote offer expert tips from Travel + Leisure magazine, it is also your source for keeping your trip organized.As you are booking the different elements of your vacation (flight, hotel, car rental) you can use the OneNote notebook to organize and save all of your vacation notes, reservations, confirmation numbers, directions, website links, and more into one place. No more lost reservation numbers or endless piles of printed confirmations to keep track of!

I don't know about you, but before I travel I do endless amounts of research online. With OneNote, you can clip and save information from the web with the "Send to OneNote" tool. As you make reservations, clip screenshots and send web pages or entire documents directly to sections of your notebook, no printer needed! You can also scan into OneNote critical information that you might need on your trip, such as passports, medication labels or immunization records. This will ensure they are available even if the originals are lost or stolen. 

Before you go you can also collaborate with family members on where to go and what to do when you get there. You can share your notes and literally stay on the same page with each other. You can also share To Do Lists, screenshots, or whatever else you need for your trip. Give your friends and family access to your travel notebook on SkyDrive so they can add their own travel tips or advise, and keep track of your itinerary. You can even see where others make changes and revisions throughout your notebook with OneNote 2013 identity profiles. Each authors' initials are marked next to their work for better collaboration!

Another important part of planning any vacation is the budget. Create an expense tracker. With OneNote 2013, you can create and import an Excel vacation budget spreadsheet right into your notebook. What’s better is that when you edit that spreadsheet in OneNote, it will update the original Excel spreadsheet at the same time. It also supports formatting for data sorting, cell shading and header rows within table cells so you can make your information both beautiful and functional.

During your trip you can utilize the OneNote travel notebook by referencing your notes. Once all your research and planning details are in OneNote, it’s easy to recall a particular detail at any given moment. Use Instant Search in the bar on the top right to recall anything you’ve ever put in OneNote.

While you are traveling, you can also take notes and photos of places you really enjoyed (or places to avoid) to include when you’re ready to blog about your trip. This feature is just perfect for a blogger! When I return from a trip I am going to blog about, I spend so much time re-organizing everything. I will definitely use this convenient feature for my future journeys!

When you get home, you can use OneNote after your trip to access memories from your trip. From photos to notes about the places you traveled, use your notebook to create photo books or share your memories with family and friends.

You can use OneNote with a Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium cloud based subscription service. It gives you the latest and most complete set of Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access). It gets better! Office 365 Home Premium can be added on up to 5 devices, including Windows tablets and PCs. My favorite feature is that all of your documents and personal settings save automatically to the cloud on SkyDrive for easy access even when you’re on-the-go.

Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Includes:
  • The latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.
  • One license for the entire household to use Office on up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and get Office on Demand from any Internet-connected PC.
  • An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account.
  • 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world.
  • Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology.
  • Automatic save to SkyDrive, so your documents — and even your personal settings — are always available from virtually anywhere and on your favorite devices
  • At US$99.99 for an annual subscription, Office 365 Home Premium costs the equivalent of US$8.34 per month.

Get It :: Just think, you can have all of your notes, reservations, confirmation numbers, directions, website links, and more into one place. So what are you waiting for? You can get the travel notebook for free! This great tool is brought to you by Office 365 Home Premium with expert tips from Travel + Leisure. 

Win It :: One {lucky} reader will win a one-year subscription (US $99.99 value) of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium. Please Note :: You must have a computer with Windows 7 or 8 to be able to download Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium.

How To Enter :: Just use the simple form below to enter! This giveaway is offered to US residents only. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on June 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. Only one person per household/IP address may enter. Good luck!
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  1. I only have OneNote 2010 and I don't think it has the capability to insert a spreadsheet that also updates the original document when you update it in OneNote. That would be handy!

  2. I like the automatic save to the skycloud, very cool.

  3. Perfect to keep it all together for your bloggin g afterwards ! Love the Travel notebook and photo thing

  4. one note is great for document sharing and immediate updating

  5. I love that you can use it to take notes while traveling, so you can remember certain things about your trip.

    Entered the rafflecopter as "Wild orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  6. I like the budget idea - if only we could stick to one on vacation!

  7. I like the 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage.

  8. I love the ability to import Excel spreadsheets to track budgets and receipts, and to record travel info and tips at the same time.

    Geoff K
    gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

  9. I like the expense tracker, gotta know just how much money you plan on spending and stick to it

  10. automatic save to the skycloud

  11. I love the expense tracking and the excel spreadsheets! This would be perfect to keep track of all our spending and bills.

  12. I like that it has Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. I also like how you can plan your travel with One Note by OneNote as it can recall a particular detail at any given moment.

  13. Being able to share information and plans with family members on where to go and what to do when you get there and taking pictures and saving notes of destinations

  14. I think my favorite feature would be the auto saving to the skycloud drive thanks for the chance

  15. I like that it offer expert tips and that it keeps your trip organized

  16. I like that you can use it on up to FIVE devices in your home!!

  17. in one note i like Excel vacation budget spreadsheet and Expense tracking in travel and Leisure

  18. I like how easy it is to use!

    Monica M

  19. I like that personal settings save automatically to the cloud on SkyDrive!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  20. I really like the idea of the I like the expense tracker.


  21. I like that it is •The latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access

  22. Having all of your notes, reservations, confirmation numbers, directions, website links, and more into one place.

  23. love the budget spreadsheet to keep track of expenses BEFORE you go!

  24. You will have important documents when needed!

  25. cloud drive and use on 5 devices. i need this for school!

  26. I like the comprehensiveness of it - all of the Office applications, expense tracking, note taking, sharing, skydrive storage. Awesome!

  27. i would love to have this for my home budget spreadsheets
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  28. Expense tracking
    Brittney house bbrittbrat1398@yahoo.com

  29. I love that you can immediately update one note !!

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

  30. Thanks for explaining your use of One Note. I have it on my computer but have never taken the time to look and see if it is something I could use. I am now encouraged to figure it out.


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