Office 2010 Tips – Make Quality Diagrams with Visio

Get a backstage pass to vibrant diagrams Microsoft Visio 2010 gives you fast and easy access to a rich set of diagram templates that meet your needs. Choose the right template for the job and you’re on your way to creating a professional-looking diagram that simplifies complexity and gets everyone on the same page. Just…


SharePoint Conference Day 2 – IT Pro Overview of 2010

While I’m really busy tweeting live at this conference, I read a great overview for IT Pros who are interested in SharePoint 2010.  I’m doing more of a dev focus for this conference so if you’re interested, follow me on Twitter @tarpara  See Natalya’s post.


SharePoint Conference Day 1 – Keynote Bullet Points

What a conference! 7400+ Attendees 150+ Breakout sessions, Hands On Labs, and Chalk Talks 7.5 Miles of Cat5 cable…ironically for the wifi connection The biggest party the Mandalay Bay has ever had! Excellent Bullet Points from Keynote session SharePoint Conference has started stronger than any conference I’ve ever been too.  There is no fluff, no…


Office 2010 Tips – Language Translation on Steroids *laughs at Google Docs*

What language barrier? Find improved tools for translation in Word Word 2010 has great tools for anyone who’s ever worked with someone—a coworker, customer, or entire market segment—who speak a language different than their own. The improved translation tools in Word 2010 provide easy options for translating a word, phrase, or your entire document. Use…


Office 2010 Tips – Visio “Quick Shapes” Remembers What You Use the Most

A home for your favorite shapes and functions! Microsoft Visio 2010 gives you fast and easy access to shapes for your diagrams. The new Quick Shapes area at the top of every stencil – above a faint dividing line – holds the shapes you use most often. Simply drag shapes into or out of the…


Orange Broadband Router SE572 Fix – Block UDP 500

I just got a Orange Broadband since they have a deal for Microsoft UK employees.  They conveniently provide a wireless b/g router from Seimens, unfortunately its not the most high-performance access point on the market.  For the last few days I’ve been scouring the internet on forums for a firmware update, fix, or workaround all…


Super Fast Technical Overview of BPOS – Exchange, SharePoint, and OCS Online

Bpos Architectural Consideration Architectural Forum View more presentations from ukdpe. One of our partners at CSC posted an excellent presentation of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) offering which introduces IT to SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Office Communications Online, and Live Meeting.  Some of the topics covered in this in-depth 24 page presentation are aspects…


Microsoft is Having a Big Patch Tuesday – Webcast Announced

For October we are releasing 13 bulletins (eight critical and five important), addressing 34 vulnerabilities, affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Forefront, Developer Tools, and SQL Server. Most of these updates require a restart so please factor that into your deployment planning.  For more information visit the Advanced Notification page on the MSRC blog Also,…


Office 2010 Tips – Easily Edit Video in PowerPoint 2010

Break out the director’s chair Embed and edit video files directly in PowerPoint 2010. Easily bookmark and trim your video to show only relevant sections. Video triggers let you insert text and captions to call attention to scenes. Style effects such as fades, reflection, soft bevels and 3-D rotation are also available to help you…


Microsoft OCS Improves Interoperability – XMPP Supported and AOL is Free

Starting October 1, 2009,, a PIC License will no longer be required for federation with American Online (AOL).  Customers qualify for federation with AOL if they have Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL or active Software Assurance on their current LCS/OCS license.  Microsoft is  also releasing the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 XMPP…