Tip o’ the Week 405 – Bye Bye, Bird’s Eye

The Bird’s Eye view is/was one of the nicest bits in Bing Maps (get there quickly, at www.bingmaps.com – did you know you can type simply bingmaps in the address bar of Edge or Chrome, and press CTRL-ENTER to add the www and .com bits?). The Eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted that some changes…

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Tip o’ the Week 406 – A path! A path!

One issue that’s plagued the user experience of computer application design, is the traditional need to force the end user to understand the file system of their machine. In a nutshell, the hierarchy that operating system designers decided was a necessary way of storing or at least referencing files (and it is generally a Good…

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Tip o’ the Week 404 – [%subject%] not found %&

This CONTENT can’t be reached Tip o’ the week’s author could not be found. Did you mean http://www.typoweek.com/? Search bing for tipoweek ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED Just kidding! Time to celebrate the error page most people probably see the most, or at least that’s what you might think. In truth, some years back admittedly, Google suggested than 500…

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Tip o’ the Week 403 – Office Insiders and training

The Windows Insiders program is well known as an early-access scheme for Windows, with millions of users trialling out new versions regularly and getting new functionality ahead of general release. A new “fast ring” version of Windows 10 came out just the other day, in fact. Did you know that Office has a similar programme?…

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Tip o’ the Week 400 – Shake your Groove thing

Streaming tunes has been covered by ToW in the past (#284, #350 and perhaps, most pertinently, #361) and if music be the food of love, then stream on. But Groove no more, sadly. The Groove app now offers an option of migrating your stuff over to new BFF, Spotify. Groove Music Pass (which was Xbox…

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Tip o’ the Week 399 – What’s in Store?

The Windows Store was/is a key part of Windows 8 and 10, it being a place to distribute apps that conform to the “new” model (originally known as “Metro”apps, after the codename given to the design ethos that typified the redesign of apps and the OS itself, though thatname was later dropped in favour of…

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Tip o’ the Week 401 – Go with the Flow

We all get notified of stuff that we’re probably interested in, but which we never get around to reading about in-depth, or trying out. Well, this week’s topic presents both an example of exactly that (for some of us at least) and a potential solution to it – Microsoft Flow, a free-to-use, simple*, workflow tool…

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Tip o’ the Week 398 – New Dimensions in Sound

Sound technology has been advancing ever since the phonograph wax cylinder, through higher quality recordings and transmission formats, stereo, quadrophonic, multichannel home cinema and so on. High fidelity sound is delivered via a combination of lots of overlapping but distinct technology; from the quality of the original recording equipment, technique and media the sound was…

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Tip o’ the Week 397 – Bing visual image search

Loyal Microsoft fanbois and grrlz will doubtless use Bing as their default search engine, and many “ordinary” computer users will also stick with whatever their browser or phone apps default to. Even after years of trying, though, Bing is still very much a runner-up in the league of most-used search engines, even if arguably it’s…

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Tip o’ the Week 396 – Handling dates in Office apps

There are many times when you may need to deal with dates in ordinary applications – and there are a few shortcuts that you can make it easier. In Outlook, any time there’s a date field (like when you’re setting a reminder, or entering the start date/time for an appointment) you can choose or enter…

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