The Sharper Blog

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Become a Microsoft Student Partner!

    If you know any students that would be interested, please pass this info along - https://www.microsoftstudentpartners.com We’d like to share with you a great opportunity to become a US Microsoft Student Partner . Each year Microsoft...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • What I Know For Sure

    This is not another FAQ , but I do want to let you in on a few things: I have no idea when the next version of Windows will ship. Other than two press releases from January 2011 - http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/Features/2011/jan11/01-05SinofskySOC...
  • Finally Got a Windows 7 Phone

    So Sprint took their sweet time coming out with a Windows 7 Phone - the HTC Arrive. It was finally released March 17th. I was out of the country at the time so I had to wait until the 24th when I got back. Let me say I love this phone! In fact, I'm typing...
  • Have You Ever Met Bill Gates?

    That's just one example of some of the questions I'm asked at least once a week. I've decided to put together my own FAQ in the hopes that I'll never have to answer these questions again: Q: Have you ever met Bill Gates? A: No I have not. Microsoft...
  • I Hate the New TechNet Blogs Format

    It's going to take me a while to get used to this, but I will because I always do. But let me just say the only thing I like vanilla is ice cream.
  • Mactopia

    Yes Microsoft does develop software for Mac computers. The relationship between Microsoft and Apple is "Complicated" (Facebook pun intended) and despite the commercials you see on TV I don't believe we'll ever really break up. If you are a Mac user check...
  • The Cost of Microsoft Certification Exams is Going Up July 1, 2011

    If you've been putting off getting certified, the pending price increase may motivate you to hurry up and take some exams. As of July 1, 2011 prices for Microsoft exams will increase by $25 from $125 to $150. To learn more about the change please visit...
  • Thank You Mr. President and Thank You to the Men and Women of Our Armed Services

    Regardless of your politics, let's take some time to remember that we are all Americans. May 1, 2011 is a historic day for many reasons. Please reflect on and embrace what unites us and makes our country great and set aside petty differences that only...
  • Office and SharePoint Launch 2010 is Here!

    OK so I'm a little late on this one given that Microsoft made the official announcement on Friday, April 16 that Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 have been released to manufacturing (RTM). Customers all over the world will be able to get access...
  • My Favorite Outlook 2010 Features Part I

    This is the first of a two part series detailing the my favorite Outlook 2010 features. Ignore – Oh 'Ignore Conversation' where have you been all my life? Working for Microsoft is literally Death by E-mail . People at this company...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • "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
  • Kinect for Windows Launched Today!

    More details - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows R.I.P Don Cornelius
  • Windows Phone 7 - Finally Something to Blog About

    This blog entry is not to annouce that Windows Phone 7 is here; everyone else did that yesterday. What I want to share is one of the first commercials I've seen for the product. Anyone who knows me knows that I believe our commercials leave a lot to be...
  • I Love Music with a Message!

    Happy New Year! I need to get back to blogging regularly. In the meantime please watch this video and think about what you can do to be a better person and show more love to your fellow man in 2011. (Please visit the site to view this video)
  • Bears Fan Honors Bet with Packers Fan

    This is one of my co-workers. Loves it! (Please visit the site to view this video)
  • Women in Business Networking Event at the Microsoft Store in Oak Brook, IL - February 22, 2011 from 8 to 10 AM

    Attention all professional women in the Chicagoland area! The Oakbrook Center Microsoft Store will host its first quarterly breakfast social for women in business, providing attendees with exceptional networking opportunities and a chance to interact...
  • Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – Free Online Classes – March 29 – 31

    Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology pros. Registration for “ Microsoft Virtualization...