All about Unified Communications

  • Two months on

    It seems like a lifetime,  but its only been two months since I joined Vodafone and a lot has happened.  First of all,  the important pieces are all in place ….. that is to say they know where to pay my wages into and I have a mobile phone...
  • Tweet and Post on the move!

    For the 6 months or so, I have been training to run the New York Marathon for Yorkshire Cancer Research and tomorrow I fly out to NYC. My friends have raised over £1650 and I wanted to use some technology in order to involve them in the race as much...
  • One way to use your free texts

    As you would expect, I look out for Vodafone related stuff on the web and one of my friends on twitter (@russelljfkirk) pointed me in the direction of this video - http://www.mobilebehavior.com/2009/10/26/vodafone-demonstrates-innovation-using-1000-mobile...
  • Farewell? Maybe not!

    Yes, its been a while since I have posted. I have moved onto Twitter as my means to communicate out and it seems to work for most things. However my intention is too keep posting when the thoughts come to me ... and some changes in my life mean I might...
  • Small organisations can have save money now!

    One of the reasons why smaller organisation don't have access to the latest and greatest cost saving technologies (like their bigger cousins) is because they simply don't have the time or money to invest in it in the first place … enter Business Productivity...
  • RichCopy – Is it the new sliced bread?

    I would like to announce the best thing since sliced bread …. RichCopy ! This tool has been available internally at Microsoft for as long as I can remember and over the years I have used it to copy virtual PCs and installations files over from Redmond...
  • OCS R2 Tips of The Day by Brett

    This has been working its way round the ‘Twittersphere’ so I thought I would post it on my blog too. Brett Johnson has put together some brilliant ‘tips’ on OCS R2.  Something there for everyone me thinks :-) ‘Share the love’ with Communicator Desktop...
  • IE8 and the history of the internet

    IE8 is available from today,  I have been running it for quite sometime in both Vista and Windows 7 and loving it.  Enough of that for now though,  when you have 10 mins free,  pop along to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet...
  • 30 days of Twitter

    It’s been about a month since my blog post on ‘To Tweet or Not to Tweet’ . I have done over 100+ ’tweets’ and have a modest following (as well as following approx 50 people) and the question I asked myself this weekend was “Has it been worth it and is...
  • Microsoft Vision 2019

    Once every so often,  Microsoft has a think about what the company will be doing in the future rather than having to focus on the revenue targets and metrics for the next 12 months.  It’s during these times in particular that I remember why...
  • You don't know what you’ve got ‘til its ‘gone’

    Just had a meeting today with a number of people around Microsoft using OCS R2.  We have three people in the room using LiveMeeting (in R2) and Roundtable,  another person joining remotely using their PC and one person dialling in on an ‘old...
  • Spending Microsoft’s money

    One of the great things about blogs,  Twitter,  Facebook and other similar networks is if there is something your want to share with colleagues, friends and ‘followers’ then it only takes a few minutes.  This is ok if used appropriately...
  • Microsoft’s Guide to Valentines Day

    It’s almost Feb 14th,  the card shops are getting ready for an onslaught of customers and the florist are busily increasing the prices of roses ;-) Just ‘ tweeted’ about this but thought I would do a quick post as well.  Follow this link for...
  • To tweet or not to tweet … that is the question

    I like to think I am still able to keep up to date with what the ‘tech cool’ are up to and Twitter is the latest thing I needed to get my head around. For the same reason it took me years to buy an iPod,  I didn't want to just follow the crowd and...
  • Nothings going to stop us launching OCS 2007 R2

    With snow falling in Reading as well as the rest of the UK on Monday (2nd Feb),  the country virtually shut down with 1 in 5 people in Berkshire not managing to get into work. Britain experienced the worst case of snow in the UK in at least 18 years...
  • Technology playing its part in history – Part 2

    I made a post recently on how technology was playing a part in the Inauguration in a way that I expect it had not before.  One of the technologies I mentioned was Photosynth and not that people have uploaded their photos there are a number of new...
  • Look what happens when marketing is not restricted to using normal ‘media’

    One great to convey/share information is in a video,  people seem to remember things better when they see them rather than just reading about it.  Traditionally within Microsoft this is done by producing the videos and having a Microsoft microsite...
  • Technology playing its part in history

    As I type out this posting,  I have the CNN website open with the live video stream of the inauguration.  Watching this sort of thing over the internet is not special but some of the technology that they are using in combination with the video...
  • Delivering information across the enterprise

    A while back,  I visited ‘The Register’ for a webcast about how to deliver information across the enterprise. I have done a few webcasts over the last few years but this was certainly one I will remember.  First of all,  it was ‘The Register...
  • Windows 7 in 7 easy steps

    With the beta coming available imminently,  I decided to install Windows 7 on my laptop …… that's right …. on my one and only work laptop.  Here is how easy it was Check to make sure Windows Live Sync has copied a backup of my files on one of...
  • Travel expenses more than £50 a day for your meeting?

    First of all let me wish you a happy new year … after a few weeks of mince pies, turkey and ‘Vin Chaud’ I have now started on my training plan for the Reading Half Marathon … time to get into shape. A few of the guys in the Small Medium Business team...
  • OCS 2007 R2 RTM

    To a Microsoft employee or someone ‘in the know’ that means something,  to the rest of you its means that Office Communications Server R2 has released to manufacturing.  All the code is complete … done … dusted … complete ….. finished :-) I...
  • More on The Legend of Dan Wilson

    I while back I did a post about ‘The Legend of Dan Wilson’ which ""was a tale of Freedom,  of love,  of sacrifice,  of a PBX that was about to be ripped and replaced.  Standing in the way was one man,  Dan Wilson, ...
  • Give the gift of Christmas ….that or just a Microsoft Roundtable

    Almost everyone,  both in organisation and at home is trying to think of ways they can save a little bit of money and as if by magic I have some across a promotion that we are doing on Microsoft Roundtable.  There are in fact TWO offers currently...
  • Microsoft Store and NSPCC – Your way to spend Microsoft’s money

    Microsoft in the UK have been a supporter of the NSPCC for a number of years now and this Christmas we have a special promotion going on that will raise even more money for the NSPCC If you are planning to purchase a copy of Office 2007 or Windows Vista...