The Sharper Blog

  • Windows Phone 8.1 - The Good, The Great and The What Were They Thinking

    Full Disclosure - I no longer work for Microsoft. I left May 2012. I'm not sure what the policy is for non-employees writing TechNet Blogs, but I figure this is the best place since I'm discussing a Microsoft product. Let's start with the...
  • Microsoft Services is Hiring!

    Recruiting Open House - Thursday June 7, 2012 6:00 to 8:30 PM Chicago Office - AON Center - 200 E Randolph St, Suite 200 All attendees should register in advance. Please send your resume and contact information to esjobs@microsoft.com and register...
  • Meet Microsoft - Women's Networking Event - Chicago, IL - Tuesday, May 15 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

    Do you have 8+ years of experience in sales, marketing, consulting services or technical support? If so, we invite you to attend the Meet Microsoft: Women’s Networking Event , a forum to network with local employees and learn about careers at Microsoft...
  • 10 Year Anniversary

    Well y'all my 10 year anniversary with Microsoft was February 25, 2012. I can't believe I've been working here for 10 years. Before coming to Microsoft the longest I'd worked at any company was three years. I remember when my second anniversary passed...
  • Kinect for Windows Launched Today!

    More details - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows R.I.P Don Cornelius
  • "Office 15"

    First official public disclosure - http://blogs.office.com/b/office-exec/archive/2012/01/30/quot-office-15-quot-begins-technical-preview.aspx
  • This One Is For All You Parents Out There

    Yesterday my very dear friend was at his son's football game. He got so excited when his son scored his first touchdown, he forgot he was supposed to be filming. I fell out laughing listening to him scream. Please enjoy..... (Please visit the site...
  • A Day Late and A Dollar Short

    I know I'm almost a week late with this, but I do have bid a fond farewell and to Dennis Ritchie, the father of C and Unix. For many years I was a Unix System Administrator and developer. I even saved copies of scripts I've written because I was so proud...
  • Moment of Silence Part III

    Dear Fred Shuttlesworth, Because of you and people like you people like me have the right to vote. We can live where we want. We can eat and sit where we want. Our schools are integrated. The laws of this land protect our rights now. You fought for...
  • Moment of Silence Part II

    Dear Steve Jobs, I was first exposed to Apple computers in middle school. In college I was always in the Mac lab. My first job out of college I standardized my entire department on Macintosh computers and I administered a Power Mac server. When I first...
  • And Now for a Moment of Silence.....

    Tonight my worst fear was confirmed - http://www.zune.net/en-US/support/zuneplayers/supportzuneplayers.htm . OK so not my absolute worst fear but, still disappointing news. There's been a lot of speculation in the press that this was going to be the direction...
  • I've Been Plagiarized

    This morning I woke up to discover that someone took the blog I posted yesterday about creating custom ringtones for Windows Phone 7.5/Mango and reposted it on their blog, word for word as if my words were theirs - You know who you are . While I appreciate...
  • Created My First Custom Ringtone for Windows Phone 7.5 - You Can Too!

    I really should be working, but I needed to figure this out. I don't think I'll ever pay for a ringtone again. What I used: Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 w/SP1 - http://www.microsoft.com/expression/service-packs/Encoder.aspx - This is a free...
  • I Got Mango Today - Here's What I Like and What I Don't (As Much)

    OK I am so excited that I got the 'Mango' (Windows Phone 7.5) release on my phone today. I am absolutely loving it! I believe that Microsoft finally has a phone that not only can compete but can take market share from iPhone and Android. I really should...
  • Tip for All You Current and Future Windows Phone 7 Users

    I apologize if I'm late in sharing this info, but I've managed to destroy two phones in a row and each time I replaced my phone I had to spend at least an hour or two re-installing apps that I purchased using my phone. How did I destroy two phones you...
  • Job Fair Thursday, August 18 - Chicago

    Details - http://blogs.technet.com/b/chicago/archive/2011/08/17/considering-a-career-change-check-out-microsoft-s-job-fair-in-chicago.aspx
  • Are We There Yet?

    Hope you guys are having a great Summer. I'm slowly easing out of my blogging hiatus after spending the first three weeks of July traveling for work and play. I've got one more work trip and two mini-vacations coming up and then I'm totally back into...
  • VEVO Finally Has a Windows Phone 7 App!

    I'm still officially on my blogging break, but I had to share this info. Go to the Marketplace on your phone and download now. VEVO is my new favorite app and something tells me I'm going to be burning out my battery a lot more than usual. I'm currently...
  • Time to Take a Break

    Well ya'll it's July which means it's that time of year again. It's Q5/Q1 - internal Microsoft-speak for we are still waiting for the final Q4 and full year numbers to be reported, but the new fiscal year has officially started. It's also that time of...
  • It's the End of Microsoft's Fiscal Year for Our Retail Stores Too

    You may or may not have known this, but Microsoft's Fiscal Year runs July 1 - June 30. Most of our business customers have known this for years and all of our account managers are busy trying to close out as many deals as possible. I just learned that...
  • Free Microsoft Store Summer Camps

    Are your kids bored already? Take them to Summer Camps at your local Microsoft Store. Attendance is free and open to children ages 8-13, but you must RSVP. Contact your participating Microsoft Store for detailed information and schedules. Just in case...
  • Microsoft Minority Partner Network Social at Worldwide Partner Conference July 12

    Sponsored by Microsoft's US Diversity and Inclusion Team, the 1st ever Microsoft Minority Partner Network Social will take place July 12, 2011 at Lucky Strike Luxe Lounge in Los Angeles, CA (800 W. Olympic Blvd) at 6:00 PM. This event is open to all Microsoft...
  • Office 365 is Officially on Microsoft's Price List Today for Enterprise Agreement Customers

    Today is June 1, 2011 which means Enterprise Agreement customers can start ordering Office 365 - the next release of our hosted solutions for SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, and Office. The official launch date hasn't been announced yet, but it's coming very...
  • Mango - I Think Microsoft Finally Gets It

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/ So you all know that Windows Phone 7 is my first smartphone - EVER. Sadly I've become what I've mocked - someone who can't put their phone down. Windows Phone 7 has made me a convert and now...
  • Free Xbox 360 with the Purchase of a Qualifying PC for Students Only

    Please vist www.windows.com/freexbox or the Students tab on the Windows Facebook Fan page for more info. Also check: Microsoft Store on Facebook Online Best Buy Dell HP Amazon