The Electric Wand

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

May, 2014

  • Tip o’ the Week #229 – Cortana, let’s rock!

    (Another slightly out-of sequence tip as this could be more timely now than in a few weeks) One of the most written-about and eagerly-awaited features in the soon-to-appear Windows Phone 8.1, is Cortana – the “digital assistant”, named after the character...
  • Tip o’ the Week #221 – Stay safe on WiFi

    Following last week’s misty-eyed retrospective on WiFi and Bluetooth , it’s worth pausing a little to pass on a few safety tips too. If you’ve a WiFi network at home which does not have encryption enabled (using a decently strong password – known as a...
  • Tip o’ the Week #220 – Wireless networking, 15 years on

    It’s amazing how quickly technology goes from an expensive frippery to a cost-insignificant near-essential. It’s not so many years ago that WiFi and Bluetooth first arrived (remember the Ericsson T29 or T68 , the latter of which not only had a COLOUR...
  • Tip o’ the Week #219 – OneNote takes flight

    In case you missed it, OneNote had some interesting news a few months ago. The application has a great following amongst fans who crave being organised (at least some GTD aficionados too) , more so than maybe any other application (even Outlook). If you...
  • Tip o’ the Week #218 – Have you got the touch?

    Using “ touch ” in computing has evolved so much in just the last five years. First phones then tablets evolved a new UI around using your fingers rather than a pointer & mouse, and with Windows 8, touch really got mainstream on regular PCs too. How...