QuickTip – Windows Emoji Keyboard Shortcut

Since today is World Emoji Day, the below tip is rather relevant! Did you know that Windows now has a keyboard shortcut built in to allow to access emojis? Windows key and period / full stop * or Windows key and colon   This will function across multiple applications and is not limited to Skype…


Transport Rule Changes For Next Exchange Cumulative Updates

Microsoft has provided rich support for Exchange on-premises to integrate with Exchange Online for several years.  This coexistence is one of the major strengths of the Microsoft cloud solution as it allows customers to perform Digital Transformation at their own pace. It is not expected that an organisation will transition all of their on-premises mailboxes…


Transport Rule To Force On-Premises Terminology In a Not So Subtle Way

There are many memes doing the rounds inside Microsoft which are sent out when someone uses the term on-premise rather than on-premises.  Note the extra”S” in the latter.  This is not new, and the last rant on this subject was a year ago Friday Morning Rant – Premise and Tenents.   For another bit of…


PowerShell Friday Fun

How many days do you have where the below describes the standard routine?   I have also been known to reference this when delivering Microsoft workshops in the preamble to break time….   Cheers, Rhoderick


Friday Morning Rant – Premise and Tenents

Since it’s Friday, let’s have a non-technical post.  You will likely have realized that I have some OCD and language issues.  This can come through in various forms, it may be how someone insists on saying “anyways” rather than anyway, or the latest internal Microspeak babble.  Raymond Chen has a dedicated tag to track the…


Heidy The Skype Squirrel

This is one of those silly but intriguing things that is worth sharing.  When delivering some internal training over Skype I noticed that some of the emoticons have names I did not expect.  Skype for Business introduced some really nice emoticons.  The below image is from the 2016 version of the client, showing the emoticons…


MIS–Blast From The Past

<Monty Python> And now for some off topic humour… </Monty Python> Am I the only one who thought of Mobile Information Server (MIS) when looking at today’s Bing wallpaper? This was from the time when we actually got CDs as installation media.  Things have certainly moved on… From the Microsoft archives, here is our old…


Windows Phone Upgraded

Feeling pretty pumped over here as I’ve just deployed the latest and greatest build onto my Windows Phone. In honour of all things retro, the phone team have gone a little old school and have tweaked the interface a smidgeon. The interface has been, well let’s just say “streamlined”. Update 1-4-2015:  Yes this was an…


Registry Editor Favourites – Who Knew?

When I was in Seattle for some internal training in January, one of the chaps delivering a demo used a feature that I wish I’d known about previously.   When he was demonstrating some of the update mechanics for Office Pro Plus he immediately skipped to the correct portion of the registry by using a shortcut…


Facebook Language Settings – Avast!

Here I was just trying to update my Facebook profile to use English UK, and what do I see?   Entries for not only English Pirate, but also English (upside down)…..     One can only surmise that the (upside down) is meant for our Antipodean chums!   Now for the pirate theme, I guess I…