First Glance: Office 365

Sometimes, people get excited about strange things. Fortunately, I work in a technology role, so people are understanding when I start bouncing about the fact I’ve got a document from Office 365 opening on my phone. I got access to an Office 365 beta account yesterday and I’ve been playing around with the basics. My…


Playing in someone else’s patch

I was invited to write an article for TechNet Flash in the UK, a biweekly newsletter on Microsoft technlogy. You can find the latest newsletter here. If you want to go straight to my article, it’s here. TechNet Flash is a great way to keep up to date with announcements, events and technical aritcles in…



If you work with Microsoft for any length of time, it doesn’t take long to realise that we all talk in acronyms. For example, a partner might meet up with their PAM to write a PSP about BI and then bring in a PTA to discuss training about SSAS. To make things worse, not everyone…


Your Questions Answered

Got any questions about Microsoft’s BI offering? Myself and a colleague are running a free webinar next week for Microsoft partners and the subject of this is Your Questions Answered. The idea of this is that we will endeavour to answer as many of your questions as possible. Please do send in your questions prior to…



The BarCamp is drawing to the end of its first day. I did a Windows Phone 7 presentation. I picked a small room on the grounds that most people at an event like this are iPhone or Android users. We had to move rooms to one about four times the size and there were still…


SharePoint is officially sociable

It turns out that SharePoint is very sociable, at least according to Gartner. They recently published their Magic Quadrant on social software and SharePoint is up there as market leader in this space. Microsoft is ranked #1 on Ability to Execute and overtook several competitors (including IBM) to become #2 on Completeness of Vision. Don’t…


Computer Weekly Blog Awards

A colleague of mine, Andrew Fryer, has been nominated in Computer Weekly’s IT Blog Awards in the category of IT Professional Male. If you’re looking for some high-quality tech blogs to read, then taking a look at the shortlists in the various categories will give you some great new blogs to add to your RSS…


Office Mini 7: Mail Tips

This video continues my Office Mini demo series with a look at a new feature of Outlook 2010: mail tips [View:] If you have any suggestions for features to include in this series, please leave me a comment.


Office Mini 6: Trim Video

This video continues my series of demos showing Office 2010 features you might not be aware of. This demo shows how to trim a video in a PowerPoint presentation. [View:] If you have any suggestions for features to include in this series, please leave me a comment.