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    I love Fora.TV and I’ve been figuring out a way to take some of Microsoft’s product content and abstract it out to neutral technology discussions that are more closely related to policy and vision.  So while browsing, I was greatly surprised to see Steve B’s head on the front page of Fora. ...
  • Blog Post: Track Your FedEx Package from Outlook 2007

    I came across this little add-on from FedEx that allow businesses to manage their FedEx accounts directly from Outlook.  To quote their website, “FedEx has developed a fast and convenient way for you to easily access some of the most popular features found on fedex.com using Microsoft technology...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not About Backup, It’s About Sync

    In the last year or so, there has been a wave of activity in the storage service space. Companies new and old have been entering into the fray to tout their friendly, automated consumer backup solutions. Many names may ring a bell and are in the process of reinventing themselves to take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: Previewing Office Online Web Apps…”Impressive”

    Techcrunch has a really good preview of our new browser-based version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Onenote.  At the moment it is being rolled out for free to some Live Skydrive users.  The public beta is happening in early 2010 but if you’re a religious Skydrive user, it may be worth checking...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's New Year is Gonna Bring a lot of Change

    Bink.nu has an extensive list of new software that Microsoft will be unleashing in the marketplace. It is amazing to be part of this company during a time where there has been just a dramatic change in product life-cycles. This is in stark contrast to the Microsoft of six years ago that was somewhat...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Goes Yahoo!

    Eileen beat me to the punch on this one. I am excited by this announcement because some of my favorite sites on the Internet are Yahoo properties such as Flickr and Upcoming. I also hope that that certain technologies die off like Yahoo messenger. Here are few thoughts that have been swirling in my head...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Hosted Services for Dummies

    I was doing some research for the organization I volunteer at. I was trying to make a case for a cost-effective email system based around Exchange. With all the talk around Software + Services I thought that this might be a perfect opportunity to propose a hosted Exchange environment. The more I looked...
  • Blog Post: How To: Use Google Calendar With Outlook

    Before joining the workforce, I never ever used calendaring software.  I didn't have a smartphone, and PDAs without internet access were a horrible value proposition for me.  I think life would have been a little different if I had Google Calendar when I was in high school.  Like many...
  • Blog Post: Confessions of a Mobile Blogger

    So for the last few weeks I've been secretly blogging without a computer. I won't tell you which articles, but a few of them were written, hyperlinked, and published via my Orange M3100; shitty phone, great pda. I accomplished this amazing feat by using an amazing killer app called "Diarist 2." Diarist...
  • Blog Post: iPhone 3GS, Project Natal, Palm Pre, ZuneHD, Windows 7 ZOOOOM!!!

    ZOOOOOM!!!  Technology is great!  It’s like a having a one-night stand every week though it never tends to be as good as your first.  Take Apple for instance with their iPhone 3GS announcement.  Bigger, faster, cheaper is their game.  Any real buzz they had with the product was...
  • Blog Post: The Universe Like Never Before, Microsoft WorldWide Telescope Blasts Off

    The 27th of February 2008 will be a day ingrained into the head of every man, woman, and child *2/27???* .  No, it is not because of the momentous launch of Windows Server 2008, although a great achievement in its own right.  Today Microsoft unveils to the public, the WorldWide Telescope ! ...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer’s Keynote in London

    The Web Pitch has a pretty good overview of Steve Ballmer’s London keynote session.  Some of the Q&A questions quite tough.  The thing I found most remarkable was the directness of Ballmer’s responses.  He didn’t fudge the responses.  Watch the video below or continue for the Q&A! Steve Ballmer...
  • Blog Post: Super Fast Technical Overview of BPOS – Exchange, SharePoint, and OCS Online

    Bpos Architectural Consideration Architectural Forum View more presentations from ukdpe . One of our partners at CSC posted an excellent presentation of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) offering which introduces IT to SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Office Communications Online...
  • Blog Post: Near Realtime Video and Image Sharing with Jing

    I was downloading Camtasia so that I could begin recording some screencasts when I discovered one of Techsmith's *makers of Camtasia* pet project called Jing . With a name like Jing , who could resist clicking on it. Even as I contemplated on what it could possibly be, my mind wandered to interesting...
  • Blog Post: A Partner’s Objection Handling Guide for Exchange 2010

    In my previous post , you read about the challenges and solutions that Exchange 2003 customers value. Now, that you understand the Exchange 2003 customer challenges and the way Exchange 2010 addresses these challenges, let's look at the common objections you might hear and how to handle these objections...
  • Blog Post: Xbox and Massive Used to Rock the Vote

    It was big news a few weeks ago when Microsoft announced that US citizens could use their XBox 360s to register for the 2008 United States Elections .  The eligible youth vote has always been a segment with one of the lowest voting turnouts on election day.  Some blame a generation gap, other...