Tip o’ the Week 392 – distract with GIFs

We’re all used to file formats being associated with programs and the data they work with. Some, like .TXT, have been around for so long and are so cross-platform, they transcend association with any one application, whereas .PPT will always be PowerPoint – though that app has gained notoriety in such phrases as “Death by…


Tip o’ the Week 391 – Smile, control your emoticons

“Smileys” have been around in one form or another for a surprisingly long time. The use of the original 🙂 smiley goes back 35 years, but written symbolism to convey emotion goes back to the 17th century, maybe even in the days of Lincoln. In modern times, the smiley has evolved; after the grinning yellow…


Tip o’ the Week 338 – And now for something completely different

If you’re a Skype user – desktop, consumer Skype, or the various mobile platforms (including the Skype Preview on Windows 10 Mobile), as opposed to Skype for Business, you may know about smileys and emojis, but have you used “mojis”? Put simply, they’re short, often pithy and funny, video clips that can be quickly inserted…

1

Tip o’ the Week 326 – Skype for Business, meet Skype consumer

Power Skypers will probably know this week’s tip already, but it’s a fair bet that it’ll be news to others, even though it’s been possible since Lync gave way to Skype for Business (and was available in a slightly different form prior to that). Put simply, Skype for Business has the ability to communicate with…


Tip o’ the Week #293 – STOP SHOUTING ON CONF CALLS

Keeping track of the characters on conference calls could be a new type of buzzword bingo – from the people who stay muted the whole time (the only word they say being “bye”, at the end), to the unmuted furious typer/clicker/lunch eater/talker-to-somebody-else. This brilliant spoof of conference calls in real life features most of them,…


Tip o’ the Week #274 – Hello, Skype for Business

Instant Messaging (and later, voice/video calling) has been with us, in the corporate world, for 15 years – the first real enterprise IM platform was Exchange 2000 Instant Messaging, which used a variant of MSN Messenger as its client, and some workers had been using MSN and AOL for a while before that. The Exchange…

1