The Electric Wand

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

March, 2012

  • Tip o' the Week #106 - Revisiting Microsoft Tag

    We've covered Microsoft Tag before on Tip o' the Week, but it's worth paying another visit as a few things have changed. Tag is an innovative 2D barcode which can be in colour or black and white, and can even be heavily stylised and worked into logos...
  • Tip o' the Week #105 - Productivity? Learn to type!

    Thinking about general productivity often leads one down the path of some methodology to get things done , or some great tools to try and silence the background noise. I've certainly featured plenty of both as Tips o' the Week, but one thing we've never...
  • Tip o' the Week #104 - Windows 7's clock & date

    One of the neat little design touches of Windows 7 that changed as a result of usage analysis was the calendar that is shown when you click the clock on your system tray. User feedback taught product designers that in previous versions of Windows, users...
  • Tip o' the Week #102 - When did someone really put something in their calendar?

    I've been thinking about writing this tip since the ToW started almost exactly two years ago (yay!) but for various reasons, competitive advantage amongst them, I've held off. I figure it's now time to relent and share. genesis The tip concerns the differences...
  • Tip o' the Week #101 - Finding files for dialogs

    How many times a month do you have a file (a picture, maybe, or a document) that you want to upload to some website, or attach to an email. and you know where the file is, but then have to navigate through a dialog box to locate it from within the application...