The Electric Wand

Weekly tips from the "Tip o' the Week" email distribution inside of Microsoft.

February, 2007

  • Mac vs Vista ads

    I think Apple scored a home run with their "I'm a Mac"/"I'm a PC" ads, and in the UK have done a great job (and no doubt spent a good chunk of cash) in getting Mitchell & Webb to feature in them. You can see the UK ads on Apple.com/uk if you have...
  • WSS Site Admin Templates now online

    The second wave of releases for the Windows Sharepoint Services v3.0 templates (being referred to as the "Fabulous Forty" in some quarters ... anyone remember the Nifty Fifty?) is now online ... Server Admin Templates Absence Request and Vacation Schedule...
  • Transporter Suite 2007 for Lotus Domino

    Exciting news if you're looking to migrate from Lotus Domino to Exchange 2007: the development group has recently released the first wave of the new " Transporter Suite " for Domino (be sure to check out the release notes ). Exchange 2007 no longer needs...
  • Virtual PC 2007 now available

    The Virtual PC team released the latest version to the web the other day, and it's available for free , downloadable from here . Headline changes over previous versions are the ability to be run on Windows Vista, and to have Vista as a guest OS within...
  • Remote control of Windows Mobile

    The other day when I posted about VIrtual Earth Mobile, I was using some really great software to do remote control of my device and screen capture from the PC... SOTI Pocket Controller Professional . It's perfect for demoing Windows Mobile devices.....
  • Thought provoking stuff...

    I've no idea how accurate this information is, but in a short video on http://www.scottmcleod.org/didyouknow.wmv there are some wild predictions about the future... under the title of "Did you know?" This echoes somewhat " The Age of Spiritual Machines...
  • Virtual Earth Mobile - mapping on the move

    Microsoft's Virtual Earth technology continues to take strides forward - not just in the inevitable mash-ups, but in new ways of accessing the maps (as well as from http://local.live.com ... which I keep on trying to access as live.local.com... d'oh ...
  • Are you CrazyBusy?

    I was reminded the other day of a term coined by Edward Hallowell in his excellent and thought-provoking book, CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD . Hallowell, an ex-Harvard Medical School...
  • Orange announces SPV E650 Smartphone

    Now this looks interesting... as part of the slew of announcements surrounding Windows Mobile 6 which were made at the 3GSM conference in Barcelona, Orange have started talking about their SPV E650 Smartphone, which is based on the HTC Vox device. Details...
  • Windows Mobile 6 - aka Crossbow

    I've been in Seattle all week at a technical conference and have been largely living on Windows Mobile devices ... I have a QTek 8500 Smartphone (which is really nice and small Smartphone), a Palm Treo 750 (a Pocket PC with a smaller screen and built...
  • Sharepoint Services v3.0 Application Templates

    I noticed the other day that the first batch of templates have been published for Windows Sharepoint Services v3 - the free team site application that's been upgraded dramatically as part of the Office 2007 release wave. There are some interesting site...
  • Can your phone system talk to Exchange 2007?

    It's been online for a little while - I only really noticed recently, but there is a matrix of telecom PBX systems and VoIP gateways which can sit in front of them, in order to enable Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging. The Telephony Advisor for Exchange...
  • Do you want to talk to your Exchange Server?

    You might have seen demos of Exchange 2007 and the Unified Messaging capabilities (which are mondo -cool and so great to demonstrate to people that they're sometimes open-mouthed in awe): if so, and you want to play with it yourself, then check out this...