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  • Blog Post: Down East (Fredericton) is also Ready!

    The weather was not as extreme as it was out west in Regina, leading to a stellar turnout of over 400 people for the Eastern stop of the Business Value Launch of Office 2007, Vista and Exchange 2007. I found this stop quite refreshing - as our team has not been down to Fredericton in quite a while. It...
  • Blog Post: IgniteIT Awards Finalist - Outcrypt

    Project: Outcrypt: Email Encryption as an Add-In for Outlook 2003 & 2007   The Challenge Describe the situation, challenge or problem you or your team faced.   Email is not thought of as a secure method of sending confidential information. Servers can be made secure, firewalls can be put...
  • Blog Post: I am Groovin'

    Are you Groovin'? When I first heard of Groove , long before I joined Microsoft, my first thought was "bah, don't see the use". Since joining Microsoft I've started using it and am converted! Groove absolutely rocks! Why you ask? Well I started using it to sync my Internet Explorer favorites between...
  • Blog Post: Green IT for the Home?

    Typically when you hear about Green IT it is all about virtualization, power and cooling savings, reducing the carbon footprint etc… But did you know that there is a lot more you can do everyday to be more green? Since it is Earth Day I thought I’d share some of these tips I found on the http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Who Wants a Licensing Advisor?

    I do! I am the first to admit that licensing can be really confusing but there are some tools that can help you (including the CanITPro team) navigate the waters so to speak. In the virtualization realm there are some calculators which I linked in a previous article to which would help you figure out...
  • Blog Post: Future of the Desktop Tour Lands in Vancouver and Soars

    Montreal was an amazing start to the Future of the Desktop Tour and Vancouver just kept the momentum going. We had just under 600 people show up to the event and it rocked!! The night before the tour we also had 90 people attend the Windows Vista Chalk Talk held in conjunction with the Vancouver IT Pro...
  • Blog Post: [Videocast] My Favorite Office 2007 Trick

    I like playing with new hardware and software as much as the next geek and I was thrilled when Rick managed to snag our team a few copies of Camtasia Studio from TechSmith . I've used their tools in the past and love them. I thought I'd use the tool to record a screencast of my favorite little tip from...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2003 and Vista

    So you've got your hands on Vista, installed it and then tried to add the Vista PC to the SBS domain. Doesn't work very well does it? Well the SBS team has been hard at work and there is a fix now! Previously you would have to manually join the Vista PC to the SBS domain, but with this fix you can now...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 and Vista Beta 2 Availability on TechNet Beta Central

    I have received a number of emails and comments from those that attended the Montreal stop of the Future of the Desktop Tour wondering about the availability of the Beta 2 bits for Office 2007 and Windows Vista. During the tour I mentioned that Beta 2 of both Windows Vista and Office 2007 was announced...
  • Blog Post: Office Tip of the Day

    Remember Clippy? That (not so) loveable little feature in all versions of Office previous to Office 2007? How it would appear with helpful little hints on how to get more out of Office? My impression is that this is the most often turned off feature in older versions of Office, mostly because of the...
  • Blog Post: Helping the Kid's Help Phone

    One of the things that worried me a little when I got to Microsoft was losing my "touch". As IT Pro Advisor's we work in the realm of the virtual lab a lot and well that is nice for learning and demos, it is removed from the real world. Because of this I was happy to jump onboard a project being done...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2007 - Ottawa Registration Walkthrough

    So the same path I took the evening before for setup, I took with all the people in the process of registration. This was taken AFTER I had my coffee and was prepared to actually shoot something with the camera. All this stuff happened after I had already setup the workstations for the event and we...
  • Blog Post: 22 Free Microsoft eBooks to Add to Your Must Read List

    During the summer months, I always try to catch up on my must read list. These are books that are perfect to read at the cottage on long weekends, when I’m off on vacation, or even when I’m travelling for work. For the work you do, it’s a little different; you’re probably not...
  • Blog Post: Character sets and Spam detection - Graham Jones

    Graham Jones (Vancouver, BC, IT Pro and UserGroup Lead) Character sets and email being flagged as Spam I haven't come across this myself as of yet, but it is something that you should be aware of in case you are emailing individuals and getting strange bounce messages by their hosting providers. In this...
  • Blog Post: RunAs Radio – Robert Manages SharePoint 2010

    As part of EnergizeIT 2010 we have partnered with RunAs Radio to produce some podcasts on Office 2010.  The first podcast of this 4 part series was posted yesterday.  If you don’t already subscribe to RunAs Radio I encourage you to do so.  It is a great podcast aimed directly at IT professionals...
  • Blog Post: Want an xBox360?

    Dumb question I know, but if you are looking to get your hands on one I know a way you maybe able to snag one for free! Now you are interested aren't you! Complete the TechNet Launch 2007 Quiz and get yourself entered in a draw for an xBox360! There are 10 questions in total, covering the products...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2007 - Ottawa is READY!

    Main room loading up just after the keynote and Barnaby and I are 2 minutes before showtime. I heard after taking my first break - 1200 individuals showed up - more than expected. I would have to say it was the largest crowd I've seen in Ottawa. Lots of new faces and people who had not been involved...
  • Blog Post: RunAs Radio – Nick Simons Puts Office on the Web

    As part of EnergizeIT 2010 we have partnered with RunAs Radio to produce some podcasts on Office 2010.  In this episode Richard and Greg talk to Nick Simons about the upcoming Microsoft office Web Apps. Web Apps are lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote available through Sharepoint...
  • Blog Post: What a Launch, what a week! Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007

    Man - what a week! Light on the blog posting material? Where have we been? In case you were sleeping under a ROCK someplace, Microsoft Canada is currently full swing in our Business Value launch for Microsoft Office 2007, Windows Vista and Exchange 2007. Let me recap some chronology for ya... Rodney...
  • Blog Post: My TechNet Q&A - Toronto

    Well it is a wrap! The MyTechnet Security Tour wrapped up last week with the final event in Toronto and Regina. Rick, Damir and myself had a great time meeting with IT pros in Canada to talk about security, and answer questions along the way. We had a ton of questions (the Q&A in Toronto lasted an...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2007 - Ottawa day of event arrival

    Ugh... When you travel - it is easier to get out of a hotel bed and off the the venue nice and early then it is to do it when you are in your home city. It was really hard getting out of my nice warm bed to get here in time to setup my systems for the rest of the day... All systems go... all hardware...
  • Blog Post: Seriously coooooool!

    The day is near, January 30th is upon us and Vista and Office 2007 are set to be released to the public. So what are we doing to celebrate the consumer launch? Well if you are in the GTA area, come down to Dundas Sqaure (that is at Yonge and Dundas for recent imports like me) and check out the Digital...
  • Blog Post: This is how we do IT

    Being a Microsoft employee means eating our own dogfood. No not Kibbles 'n Bits, but using all our latest technologies, long before they RTM. A lot of people as what it is like working in such an enviroment and as a geek, I love it. I love working with the latest OS and software, even if it doesn't have...
  • Blog Post: More Ice House pictures

    I just noticed that Developer Advisor Jean-Luc David posted some information on the Ice House as well as some more photos. You can see that over at the Canadian Developers Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs/archive/2007/01/31/microsoft-digital-ice-house.aspx If you were in the area and took some...
  • Blog Post: Answering Questions and Taming Gremlins in Quebec City and Edmonton on the Future of the Desktop Tour

    This week I criss-crossed the country with the Future of the Desktop Tour events in Quebec City and Edmonton. Capacity crowds filled the theaters in both cities, which was amazing to see and really made me feel good. However in both cities demo gremlins struck, though in different areas. I have tamed...