The Electric Wand

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

July, 2012

  • Tip o’ the Week #123 –Windows 8: sign in, with Pic & PIN

    A short but sweet Tip this week, aimed at those of you who are running Windows 8: if not, why not check out the Release Preview page. Out of the box, the logon security model that Windows 8 supports offers a variety of ways to log into or unlock your...
  • Tip o’ the Week #124 – The evolution of Windows Phone Marketplace

    Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted that an update a few months ago to the desktop Zune software has removed the Marketplace for buying or downloading Windows Phone apps. This was something of a surprise move to some, since the Zune software has been...
  • Tip o’ the Week #126 – Voice dial on Windows Phone

    It may be a little known aspect of Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 that you can issue voice commands to the device. There are essentially two functions – one, searching using Bing by voice, by pressing the magnifying glass button on the front of the phone, then...
  • Tip o' the Week #127 - Windows Phone and History

    This week sees a short but sweet Windows Phone tip, courtesy of Kevin Lief . He paints the picture of being in a meeting when someone says “did you get my email about … etc?” Of course you got the email… but getting it and reading it are odds apart sometimes...