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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Patterns start to Surface

Back in October I bought the Microsoft Surface RT and popped the iPad on ebay.  7 months later I thought it might be good to look back to see if it was the right choice for me. Work Microsoft Surface is touted as a work device in part,  easy to see as it has Office installed,  but…

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Wedding OneNote Wonder

With the recentish announcement of Google Keep (https://drive.google.com/keep/),  the note taking solution from Google,  I thought I might share the unsung wonder that is Microsoft OneNote. I am getting married in August to my fiancée Ilona and as you would imagine there is lots to organise.  From the very beginning,  we have needed to note…

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"Dont know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone"

Although a fleeting visit (unless Nokia want to furnish the Vodafone UK Microsoft Partner Manager with a permanent device),   using the Nokia Lumia 820 has reminded me of what I miss buy having a Windows Phone 7.8 device only. Lockscreen lovelyness – Although you update the Lockscreen with the Bing homepage picture each day,  that’s…

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Nokia Lumia 820 Trial – First impressions

The guys at @nokia_connects were kind enough to send me a Nokia 820 to trial this week so I thought I would try and do another series of posts (but perhaps less than before). Form factor As a previous iPhone owner and a current Nokia Lumia 800 owner,  the form factor is much better for…

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