Getting the small screen on the big screen

Over the last few months I have been playing about with a few small gadgets, in particular the type that project your screen onto the TV.As an iPad and iPhone owner for a number of years, I was an avid user of Apple TV which worked great when I was part of Apple ecosystem.  Since…

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'Windows' where you don't expect

At the minute there is a lot of news about the 'internet of things' from Nest to Google Glass to the recently announced Android Wear.  The 'internet of things' in the next big thing without at doubt,  so much so that if I understand correctly we have renamed the Windows Embedded team to 'Internet of…

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100 Months of Microsoft

This month I celebrate 100 months of working at Microsoft so I thought it might be interesting for me to look back and see what's happened during my time here.  I am sure I will have missed a few important events,  but these are the ones that came to mind as the most important for…

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Is there space for the 8 inch tablet?

How we got here There was a time when a Windows Personal Computer was exactly that,  a box sitting under your desk and if you wanted something to use when out and about then you purchased a mobile.   Later on came the laptop, which meant you could take your computing with you as long as…

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Xbox One

Just in case you didn’t hear,  the Xbox One was launched last Friday and I managed to pre-order one.  There have been countless reviews on the hardware and games so I am not going to cover either of those,   instead I am going to share with you some of my observations thus far. More than…

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Accessing my ‘Big Data’ with PowerQuery and PowerMap

One of the great things about Office 2013 is that it includes something called ‘Self-service Business Intelligence’ which allows mere data-crunching-mortals like you or I to play with data through a tool that we understand i.e. Excel.  After watching a demo of these two tools being used,  I downloaded PowerQuery for Excel and PowerMap Preview for Excel and installed them…

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Common misconceptions about Office 365 (as discovered at IPExpo)

Last week I spent a few days at IPExpo talking to partners big and small about Office 365 and I wanted to cover a few of the areas that came up repeatedly. Office 365 isn’t selling that well is it? People want to own the software and service? Office 365 has now reached a yearly…

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Home is where the heart is

Over the last six years,  a lot has happened in my life and it’s taught me a 3 simple things. 1.  True friends and your family are worth their weight in gold,  never take them for granted 2.  Enjoy life as you never know what’s going to happen.  Don’t worry about what could happen,  live…

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Windows 8.1 – One month on

After installing Windows 8.1 in July and with the impending final release in of the final code in August,  I thought it might be a good idea to review how thing went since my initial post….. what have I noticed the most? Split screen – This really is more noticeable and important than you would…

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Windows 8.1 on my Surface RT – First impressions

Last night I finally completed the install of Windows 8.1 preview on my Surface RT (there is a UK version now). I have retweeted a number of articles but thought I would add a few words on my own first impressions. Set the background picture for the metro interface – I have not playe with…

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