Microsoft Excel: Huge update expands data types beyond just text and numbers

Excel customers can now import their own data directly to Excel and use it as a data type.

Businesses can now create data types from their own data in Excel

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Excel is receiving what could be its most significant overhaul in years, after Microsoft announced that the program will allow users create custom data types.

Historically, Microsoft Excel has only allowed users to work with text and numbers. This changes in an upcoming update, which will enable customers to import their own data directly to Excel and use it as a data type.

This means that organisations will

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How to build an advisory board to help you with tough decisions

Some of the best decisions are made in consultation with others. Here’s how to set up your own advisory board.

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At the end of the day, our biggest responsibility as leaders is making decisions. The higher we climb in the leadership ranks, the more complex, difficult, and impactful those decisions become, in some cases even impacting life and limb. Many of the most effective leaders that I’ve worked with realize that decision making doesn’t always need to be a solo performance, despite the fact that at the end of the day, the leader often “owns” the decision and

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Ford announces Active Drive Assist pricing, package options, and more

The company also detailed an “early adopter incentive” and over-the-air software update information.

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On Friday, Ford Motor Company announced the pricing for its driver-assistance technology. Ford’s Active Drive Assist system leverages a suite of technologies including camera and radar to enable hands-free driving. Ford also announced vehicle package options, early adopter pricing discounts, scheduling information for over-the-air software updates, and more.

“As breakthroughs in new technology allow us to help reduce the stress of long highway drives, it’s important to make sure these capabilities can be enjoyed by the largest spread of people possible,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief

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Guide: 15 things to never do when firing an employee

Approach the process with professionalism and a lot of empathy, and follow these tips to ensure you cover all bases, according to new research from Headway Capital.

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Of all the work, reports, projects, and duties to pass on to a colleague, the least-wanted assignment would be the person responsible for firing a subordinate. It’s an odious undertaking for whoever draws the unfortunate responsibility. A dismissal is met with dread by both parties, as the potential for an emotional response is always a possibility. To deal with the inevitable–and whether you are the person’s manager or a human resources’

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New Windows 10 preview brings automatic Linux distro installation to WSL

Microsoft’s latest Insider build also marks a switch to the FE_RELEASE branch of Windows 10 development.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20246 is out.

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Microsoft’s first Windows 10 Preview Build under the new Fe (Iron) branch of Windows has landed in the Dev channel, introducing some handy new tools for quickly installing Linux distros in the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers run a Linux environment directly on Windows without the need for a virtual machine or dual-boot setup.

SEE: Top Windows 10 run commands (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

With Preview

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TikTok Countersues Rival Video App Triller in Patent Defence

TikTok and its parent firm ByteDance have fired back in court against a patent lawsuit by rival video-sharing app Triller, in a move aimed at heading off infringement claims.

The complaint filed in federal court in California seeks to quash the lawsuit filed in July in a Texas federal court alleging the Chinese-owned app infringed on Triller’s software patents.

The litigation comes with both apps seeing robust growth. 

Triller claims some 65 million active users worldwide and is weighing a plan to list its shares publicly. 

TikTok, which has at least 100 million in the United States and is

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