The Electric Wand

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

September, 2007

  • How to cook the perfect fillet steak

    OK, this is pretty far removed from the norm of an IT blog, but it is the weekend so I feel it's allowed. The topic has some technical (practical) aspects, and is something I've been talking with a few people about lately. I've seen various techniques...
  • Custom presence states in Office Communicator

    I just discovered how to modify presence states in Office Communicator 2007: it's documented in the Office Communicator Deployment Guide (page 21, if you're interested), and allows for either the managed deployment of Communicator with additional corporate...
  • The business case for Exchange 2007 - part IV

    Another installment in a series of posts outlining the case for going to Exchange 2007. Previous articles can be found here . GOAL: Make flexible working easier "Flexible Working" might mean different things to differing organisations - some might think...
  • The Wal-Mart Effect

    Here's an interesting book on a business force which is changing the way that the US economy works, if you believe what the author is saying. Wal-Mart (which owns ASDA in the UK) has been growing like crazy in recent years, to the point where they're...
  • Identity & presence: the key to anyone's Unified Communications strategy

    I spend a lot of time talking with customers about what Microsoft is doing with various new technologies, mostly involving or revolving around the Unified Communications stuff with OCS and Exchange. It's really interesting to see how many people just...
  • The Return of Exchange Unplugged

    In late 2005, to prepare for Exchange 5.5 going out of support (and to help customers understand what was involved in moving up to Exchange 2003), we did a really well received tour of the country arranged around the theme of " Exchange Unplugged ". We...