The Electric Wand

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

December, 2007

  • The lost art of the OOF

    Some time ago, I posted about how the ".sig" has faded from grandeur. I'd like to add the somewhat terminal dryness of the OOF message to that list, and propose a solution. OOF is a Microsoft term for Out of Office. It should really be OOO,...
  • The downside of online shopping

    I bought myself an early Christmas present a few weeks ago. One Saturday morning, sitting at the home PC whilst noodling about on the web, I decided it was time to replace the old warhorse and get something a bit more modern. So I surfed off to my...
  • Unified Communications licensing made easy

    Well, hopefully. I get asked a lot about what licenses customer need when they want to deploy Exchange & Office Communications Server, in order to keep themselves legal & compliant. It's sometimes a bit confusing that there are several versions...
  • Tips for using Virtual PC and Virtual Server

    Like many people who demo software technologies or who need to perform testing on multi-machine environments, I've been using Virtual PC and Virtual Server for years (and VMWare before that). If you're unfamiliar with these two Microsoft products, both...