Paul Booth

Tech Advice and How-to's for Small Businesses

Paul Booth

  • Protect the data on your Hard Drive with BitLocker & Windows 7

    Many of us use our computers to create, manage and store sensitive information. From bank accounts, payroll, business plans, email, invoices, tax returns, and passwords to financial websites, our hard drives often contain enough data to severely compromise...
  • Bing for iPhone: A new way to reach customers

    Following in the footsteps of integration into other mobile handsets , Bing launched it’s first iPhone Application this week to an overwhelmingly positive response from users. I have to say, I’m seriously impressed by the application, not just because...
  • PowerPoint Broadcast: a new tool for running virtual meetings

    If like me, you run a lot of meetings with team members or customers over the phone, you’ll be interested in this new feature of PowerPoint 2010: PowerPoint Broadcast. With the new Broadcast option in PowerPoint 2010, you can create a live URL for...
  • Microsoft Sharpens the Picture for Zune HD

    OK so admitedly not small or midsized business, I'm super excited about this! Now if only this will all work with my Windows Media Center so I dont have to go the extra step on there of downloading licenses before playing music on there that I've subscribed...
  • What's changed in Windows 7 between beta and RC?

    Take a look over at the Engineering Windows 7 blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/02/26/some-changes-since-beta.aspx
  • Office 2007 SP2 is out

    Office 2007 SP2 was released yesterday and I promptly installed it on both my home and work machines with no issues. You can snag the update from the download centre . For full details of the service pack, check the KB article . For me at least, the...
  • Loving the Microsoft Tag Blog

    http://blogs.msdn.com/tag/ I just love this technology!
  • Microsoft Brazil Launches "Eu faço o que gosto. A Microsoft me ajuda com o resto"

    I'm proud to point out that Microsoft Brazil has launched it's "Do what you love, let Microsoft do the rest" customer campaign. This innovative Silverlight site lets customers tell the story of how Microsoft has enabled their Small and Midsized Business...
  • Microsoft Italy Launches new Partner/Solution Finder and Licensing Tools

    Our new Partner/Solution Finder and Licensing components are live on Italian Small and Midsize Business portal.
  • Check out these two new trainings on Windows 7 from Microsoft Learning

    Migrating from Windows Vista to Windows 7 This learning plan is intended to help IT professionals gain the knowledge and skills to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Step 1 Answers to Common Questions About Windows...
  • Set different printers for different locations with Windows 7

    One of my favorite new features in Windows 7 is the ability to set different printers depending on where you are. For example, if you were using your laptop at work and at home, you can set a different default printer for each location. I have my laptop...
  • Windows 7 has some awesome new keyboard shortcuts

    Loving these new shorcuts in Win7... Win+Home: Clear all but the active window Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window Win+Down arrow: Minimize the active window...
  • Microsoft's New Zealand Small and Midsize Business Centre Launches!

    Great to see this going live! https://www.microsoft.com/business/smb/en-NZ/default.mspx
  • Add depth to your powerpoint presentations

    I frequently see powerpoint decks that try to fit waaaay too much content on one slide. Check out this really cool plugin from Office Labs called pptPlex , that allows you to zoom in and out of powerpoint slides, showing greater levels of detail as you...
  • Integrating interactive experiences into the fabric of buildings

    This was one of the best presentations from MIX09 & well worth a watch, integrating two of the things nearest and dearest to my heart, digital design and architecting the type of end to end experience that drives consumer advocacy. http://videos...
  • Drowning in Email?

    If you're anything like me, you have a huge problem both prioritizing incoming email and getting work done with a perminant inflow of email into your inbox that requires attention. If this sounds like you, check out Email Prioritizer , a concept project...
  • Microsoft Translator releases API set

    Microsoft Translator has launched a set of tools for web developers and others to start using. These include AJAX, HTTP and SOAP interfaces, and a simple to adopt web page widget (see the right rail of this page under "news"). Check out http://www.api...
  • IE8 is launched at MIX09

    Dean Hachamovitch announced the release to web of Internet Explorer 8 today at MIX09 in Las Vegas. All in all IE8 looks like an awesome browser & stacks up well against firefox and chrome in perf tests. Watch the MIX Day 2 keynote Read more...
  • Waiting for the MIX09 keynote

  • Silverlight 3 - the shape of things to come...

    Silverlight 3 has been a very hot topic at MIX09 and promises some pretty cool advances. I strongly encourage you to watch Scott Guthrie's keynote address where he talked about many of the new features including demos from Netflix, KEXP, NBC and others...
  • Microsoft Tag Treasure hunt!

    I really want to set up a Microsoft Tag Treasure Hunt. Anyone know someone from the Tag team? Here's the concept - create a bunch of tags and stick em around capitol hill. Scanning each tag gives a cryptic clue about where the next tag is hidden. The...
  • MIX first impressions

    I'm sitting waiting for the first keynote of MIX to start having just gotten breakfast and spoken to the six or so Microsoft customers at my table and the folks around me here at MIX. The first thing I've noticed? Microsoft Tag is everywhere! One attendee...
  • Leaving for MIX today

    Look for updates over the next few days on the sessions I attend and the people I meet! If you're attending MIX and want to say hello, drop me a line using the form in the right rail of this page. Thanks!
  • Watch MIX keynote addresses from home

    For those of you who can't make MIX this year, good news, you can watch the MIX keynotes from the comfort of your desk/couch/coffee shop a day after the live event. Head over to http://visitmix.com/2009 to watch the streaming video of the event, including...
  • Got a Microsoft Office tip you want to share?

    Or looking for advice on how to do something? Check out this awesome video based Community Clips site from Microsoft Office Labs that lets you take video screen clippings of your favorite Office tips & tricks & share them online.