Tip o’ the Week 350 – Killing me Softly, part I

Many companies have products or services whose time comes, and they are – gently or otherwise – put into maintenance mode, put out to pasture, taken out the back etc. Some never go away entirely but they get superseded by other technologies, or their original reason for being gets diluted to the point where nobody…


Tip o’ the Week 349 – Office 365 UI updates

At the Ignite conference in Atlanta at the end of September, lots of news came out about Artificial Intelligence, Windows Server, Security and Office 365 – check out the keynotes and other videos, here. One of the new features that has appeared in some users’ Office 365 environment is a new app launcher UI –…


Tip o’ the Week 348 – Headspace and Mindfulness

“Mindfulness” is all the rage right now, or more to the point, it’s all the calm state of mental wellbeing. Airport bookshops are chock full of guides on how to empty your head, ironically just at the time & place when most people are rushing around with high levels of cortisol and many things fighting…


Tip o’ the Week 347 – Mentions in Outlook

One of the nice things about subscribing to client apps as part of Office365 is the regular feature updates which flow, tying together new capabilities in the service at the back end with updates to the client. One such change which came out recently was the addition of “mentions” in Outlook – you may have…


Tip o’ the Week 346 – Under the Bridge

There’s something beautiful about a well-made bridge, even a modernist one with engineering on display and functional elements providing elegance as well as strength. Of course, not all bridges work out quite as planned while some engender mythology all of their own. There other types of bridge too, of course – they form intrinsic parts…


Tip o’ the Week 345 – Android in the Garage

For some time now, there’s been a collective of off-the-wall projects and experiments (which may or may not become part of more fully-fledged Microsoft products) called the Microsoft Garage. In an homage to the semi-stereotypical Silicon Valley startup idea (a few techies hacking away in the garage to make stuff, as gave life to both…


Tip o’ the Week 344 – Inky betterness

Inky was, along with his friends Blinky, Pinky & Clyde, one of the ghosts in the original Pac-Man. A little further back, Henry “Inky” Stephens was a noted inventor, businessman, politician & philanthropist. More recently, Inky is a company aiming to displace Outlook & Exchange by “fixing email”. You could also think of apps that…


Tip o’ the Week 342 – LastPass on Edge

As has been discussed on previous ToWs, one of the notable features of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has been the slew of improvements that have come to the default web browser, Microsoft Edge. Even Thurrott is talking about it, if anyone is prepared to pay to read. The availability of extensions is surely one…


Tip o’ the Week 343 – QUIET!!!!

One of the rare regressions from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 was the effective loss of “Quiet Hours”, a feature which persists in Windows 10 Mobile 10 and lets you silence your phone at times when you don’t need to know there’s a conf call in a different time zone to which you’ve been invited,…

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Tip o’ the Week 341 – Project PCs to other PCs

Have you ever been in a meeting where you need/want to show something on your PC but… (any of the following apply): · There’s no wireless projection, it’s all cable-only and someone else is already plugged in · You can’t reach the cable · You didn’t bring the right adapter to fit the micro-HDMI/mini-DisplayPort/VGA etc…