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14
Jul 2014

Windows Digital Workshops Receive an Update of Their Own

Submitted by: Digital Workshop Techspert
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Some of the most popular enrichment activities aboard a Holland America Line cruise are the Digital Workshops powered by Windows classes.
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14
Nov 2013

Learning Windows 8 at the Digital Workshops

Submitted by: Digital Workshop Techspert
Oosterdam's redesigned Digital Workshop.
Oosterdam's redesigned Digital Workshop.

Holland America Line has a wide array of enriching activities onboard, and among the most popular are the Digital Workshops powered by Windows. The popular complimentary workshops, led by Microsoft-trained “techsperts” on all 15 ships in the fleet, teach guests with varying levels of computer and camera experience how to take better vacation photos, make movies, edit pictures and create online scrapbooks.

Guests also learn how to share digital memories via email, keep a more secure PC at home, stay connected through instant messaging and webcams, find the best PC for their budget and lifestyle, and navigate new features of Windows 8. And if you can’t make it to the class, the techsperts blog about their lessons so anyone can learn more about their PC. Special thanks to Oosterdam’s techspert who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

Techspert Scott Daehler leads a session of the Microsoft Digital Workshop for convention attendees.

Techspert Scott Daehler leads a session of the Microsoft Digital Workshop for convention attendees.

At the recent Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) convention – the largest annual gathering of those who write about all aspects of the travel industry — the Digital Workshops powered by Windows has a prominent presence. As a professional development opportunity, SATW members could attend a Microsoft Digital Workshop, the same workshops that are held onboard.

SATW is a professional association whose members include writers, photographers, editors, broadcast/video/film producers, bloggers, website contributors and owners, creators of mobile apps and public relations representatives. This year’s SATW convention was attended by 110 travel journalists and 115 public relations representatives. The two Microsoft Digital Workshops offered to SATW members were co-branded with HAL and were led by “Techsperts” Scott Daehler and Kristin Viotto. Just like on board HAL’s ships, the sessions highlighted Windows 8 introduction and navigation, photo editing with Windows Photo Gallery, video editing and creation with Windows Movie Maker, introduction to the cloud with SkyDrive, online file management with SkyDrive, sharing photos and transferring photos.

If you’re not a writer and weren’t at the convention, don’t worry! There are still lessons to be learned. Special thanks to Noordam’s techspert Krista who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

Need a brush-up on how to access useful features in Windows 8 like the charms, your start screen, snap and search? The official Windows Video YouTube Channel has some great video tutorials that can help. I love that they’re short (most are 15-45 seconds long) and repetitive so you get a few chances to see how they do it.

Hope these are helpful as you continue to get to know your Windows 8 PC!

To learn more about your Windows 8 PC, be sure to visit us in the Digital Workshop Powered by Windows on your next Holland America Line cruise.

Holland America Line is a proud partner of Microsoft on the Digital Workshop powered by Windows program.

20
Sep 2013

Top 10 Things to Bring on a Caribbean Cruise

Submitted by: HAL Social Media Team
Top 10 Things to Bring on a Caribbean Cruise

We asked Holland America Line Facebook fans to share their “must-haves” when they go on a cruise. Here are the Top 10 responses, along with some other great ideas and unusual suggestions. Is there something not on these lists that you always bring with you? Let us know in the comments below!

Family & friends are tops   when it comes to cruising.

Family and friends are tops when it comes to cruising.

Top 10:

1. Family & Friends: Nearly half of all respondents said that bringing family and friends is top priority when it comes to cruising. Anniversaries, birthday celebrations, family reunions and honeymoons are all great reasons to take a cruise. Whether snorkeling at St. Kitts, kicking back at Half Moon Cay or gathering together for dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, it is precious to make memories with the ones you love.

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28
Aug 2013

Digital Workshop: Get Creative with Auto Collage

Submitted by: Digital Workshop Techspert
Digital Workshop: Get Creative with Auto Collage

Holland America Line has a wide array of enriching activities onboard, and among the most popular are the Digital Workshops powered by Windows. The popular complimentary workshops, led by Microsoft-trained “techsperts” on all 15 ships in the fleet, teach guests with varying levels of computer and camera experience how to take better vacation photos, make movies, edit pictures and create online scrapbooks.

Guests also learn how to share digital memories via email, keep a more secure PC at home, stay connected through instant messaging and webcams, find the best PC for their budget and lifestyle, and navigate new features of Windows 8. And if you can’t make it to the class, the techsperts blog about their lessons so anyone can learn more about their PC. Special thanks to Amsterdam’s techspert John Roberts who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

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Remember when you were a kid and you cut out pictures and glued them onto paper or cardboard to make a collage? Well, now you can get your inner-child going with an exciting digital update to your classic collage project of yesteryear.

Put away the Elmer’s glue and check out the feature called “Auto Collage” in the latest version of Photo Gallery from Microsoft.

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30
Jul 2013
Digital Workshop: Convert Any File

Special thanks to Maasdam’s techspert John who posted this on post from HAL’s Digital Workshop blog.

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Have you ever found that now and then there’s a computer file—such as an audio file, a video or a document—which is in a format that you can’t open? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to easily convert it to something you can use? Videos are a great example: sometimes you may receive or download a Flash video, but don’t have a media player that can handle it. Or maybe you have a Microsoft Word document that you want to view on your tablet, but don’t have Word installed there. Or perhaps a friend sent you a type of picture file that won’t work on your computer, even though you can usually display pictures with no problem.

If so, there are a number of web sites that you can use to convert files from one format to another and many of them are free. Online-Convert.com is one that I’ve had good experience with and it’s very easy to use. You can use it to convert almost any type of file from one format to another, including documents, ebooks, images, video files and more. It can even generate QR codes to use in transferring videos to a mobile phone! It’s like a universal translator for computer files.

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25
Jul 2013


Special thanks to Noordam’s Techspert Krista who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

If you follow tech news at all you might have heard of Windows 8.1. If you don’t, you might be thinking “what! They’re changing Windows AGAIN?”

Well, hold on a second, because I think you’re going to like what you see here. Windows 8.1 is an update to Windows 8. So yes, there will be changes. But guess what? It’s a FREE Update! Later this year, if you’re using Windows 8, your computer will let you know that an update is available, and you can just follow the instruction to install it. Super easy, and FREE!

Until then Windows is giving us lots of info on what to expect with Windows 8.1. When I first read about the additional features, I was thrilled. So many things that I already love about Windows 8 are going to get better and easier. I could tell you all about it, but instead I’ll let you take a look at the video below where they walk you through some of the cool new features that you’ll get with Windows 8.1!

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19
Jul 2013
Digital Workshop: Windows 8 Includes a Free Antivirus Application

Special thanks to Nieuw Amsterdam’s Techspert Frank who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.

Did you know that every copy of Windows 8 comes with a free antivirus application? The application is called “Windows Defender” and is quite similar to the “Security Essentials” program available for Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP. This is what it looks like when you search it out;

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28
Nov 2012
Digital Workshop: Windows Live Photo Gallery

Special thanks to Veendam’s Techspert Rob who posted this on HAL’s Digital Workshop blog.

Rob here on the ms Veendam, today we have just finished our first cruise around Cape Horn in South America. This trip has so many highlights, ranging from the Chilean Fjords, Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina, Cape Horn and to top it all off, a final stop in Buenos Aires! During our longer cruises we often urge our guests to make good use out of the digital workshop or more specifically the fantastic features of Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Here are a few pictures you guys have been taking along the way. The photos are courtesy of Rick Fadden of BC, Scott Webb of Oregon, and Elizabeth Havas of Australia. Smooth sailings, everyone! – Rob

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