My Two Bits

  • Thank you and goodbye!

    After six years at Microsoft Egypt, I’ve decided to move on. I’ve enjoyed writing this blog and adding to it. The origins of this blog were quite simple. I wanted to keep customers and partners up to date, so I used to send out newsletters. After a call...
  • Microsoft to Acquire Skype!

    http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/may11/05-10CorpNewsPR.mspx Just out! Looks like we’ll be rocking our UC business bigtime! Watch out competitors…
  • Time Zone Update

    Update – April 28 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2543367 A hotfix has been released and you may download it via the support article listed above. After application, please ensure you see the following in your Date & Time settings. Original Post:...
  • Lync resources online

    Some updates from our amazing Khaled Zeid: “ Lync 2010 - Bandwidth Calculator ” has just been published. In addition “ Lync Server 2010 - Capacity Calculator ” which has been published earlier. 3 other documents that have been recently published on TechNet...
  • Blogging just got better!

    I found an email in my inbox today showing me how to share Excel sheets and presentations on blogs! http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/embed-an-excel-spreadsheet-on-a-web-page-FX102602477.aspx I’ll try it out right now… I looked through this to customize...
  • Lync Readiness for End Users

    Hi all, we’ve got some great resources for partners & customers to ready end-users on Lync! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=f01a17e2-bec0-42c7-b1ce-fd4842ab1c91 So what have we in this package? What's New articles and videos...
  • Online privacy

    Among some cool features that protect your privacy online, IE9 now offers Tracking Protection Lists: http://iegallery.com/en/trackingprotectionlists/ These lists can be downloaded from the add-on gallery or you can create your own. The format’s pretty...
  • Hero sessions in March

    HERO March Sessions * µ Date Event Presenter Online Registration Link On-Site Registration Link Monday March 28, 2011 Virtualization, Management, and Partner Solutions Sherif Talaat (Microsoft), Representatives for HP, Citrix, and Virsto Tuesday March...
  • What motivates us?!

    Found a thread at work which shared this video! Loved it!
  • MS lights a LAMP?

    Just today I ran into WebMatrix . And as I scratched my head wondering what it was, I had some really confusing ideas of what it could be. A DotNetNuke thingy? perhaps. Or something closer to SharePoint? maybe. But now that I’ve had a chance to review...
  • Win Next (8?)?

    I’ve heard of Mary Jo Foley. “She’s got the run of the campus,” according to a colleague of mine in Redmond. And it shows! Here’s what she’s published about Win 8. And knowing that Steven Sinofsky’s the Windows lead. He’s a stickler for timing. He delivered...
  • Bread Baking issues resolved

    Sorry - this is off topic - it was supposed to be posted to my personal blog. I hope you enjoy it anways :) Fresh yeast has helped loads! I’ve baked bread twice in the last week. Perhaps it’s the feeling of hope or a return to normality...
  • WP7–I’m excited!

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9209361/Major_Windows_Phone_7_upgrade_to_offer_IE9_cloud_support Excellent article! 1. March – we’ll get copy paste functionality and more 2. 2011 2nd Half – we’ll get major enhancements (IE9 browser, multi-tasking...
  • IE9 hits RC– important note for Admins

    IE9 will be hitting our automatic updates soon. I’ve been very pleased with IE9 testing this far, but for those who wish to stop this hitting their end-users please use Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 9 More info on the RC here...
  • Have I thanked ClearContext enough?

    On an internal DL I came across ClearContext. I was intrigued enough to try it out. I’d strongly recommend it. For a price tag of approx 89USD (support etc extra) – it’s a neat software. Things I like: Filing add-in Follow-ups Project View Task Organizer...
  • Downloads 21/12 (fixed links)

    Apologies for the mixup on my end. I royally messed up with the links. Thanks for leaving a comment to ask for a fix. Here it is.             Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Help           Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Documentation Help File       ...
  • Intranets–what’s in it?

    I keep getting asked this question over and over again. At one point I did a whole bit of research and came up with an idea around how the intranet should be divided. I’ve shared this with customers and they seem to like the ideas. I’d love to see your...
  • Organizing oneself, one page at a time

    So if you’re a big fan of GTD, you may be interested in managing your work in the way Allen suggests. How do you do it then? While I’m a big fan of computers and OneNote, I still find that crossing out a task on paper is a lot more satisfying! MiracleBind...
  • New customer/partner-ready media content from Microsoft IT

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of four new customer-ready Work Smart productivity guides. Work Smart guides provide employees with scenario-based, best-use productivity aids on Microsoft products and technologies. Download...
  • Awesome post on managing the mail monster!

    In my last post I’d done a search on minutes writing, and that got me more into thinking about writing. So I looked up the blog again (Lynn’s) and decided to search for newer posts. I found one which really did resonate with me. I’m enjoying her blog...
  • Meeting Minutes–the why and what of it!

    Often, I find myself in meetings where I’m the only one taking notes. It surprise me to no end to find that people are comfortable with this. Note taking is such an important activity in my daily life. I make an effort to take notes in a meeting or generally...
  • Win Phone 7 Development

    Found this in my mailbox today! Free eBook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold This book is a gift from the Windows Phone 7 team at Microsoft to the programming community. Within its pages, you'll learn the basics of writing applications...
  • My recent use of SharePoint 2010

    Finally after a long wait (time hardly matters), the Center of Expertise is ready! I’ve got 4 amazing dudes working with me and they’re specialists in various technologies: Name Specialization Amr Ammar UC & Exchange TSP Ashraf Mansour SharePoint...
  • Great post on WM7

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/windows-phone-7-everything-you-need-to-know/ Found it a great read. Full feature line-up with all the missed opportunities highlighted
  • BlogMS Updates

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/blogms/archive/2010/08/09/blogms-weekly-articles-published-2nd-august-2010-to-8th-august-2010.aspx Office Applications  Office Access  Website | RSS Feed Video introduction to hybrid web applications   - 08-Oct...