The End: this blog leaps over to Windows Live Spaces

I’ve decided to move my blog to a new home on Windows Live Spaces. I hope you’ll move with me. My new blog URL is http://usefultechnologyblog.spaces.live.com/. To subscribe to the new RSS feed, simply click this link: http://usefultechnologyblog.spaces.live.com/feed.rss. Thanks for being with me on TechNet. See you on the other side.

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My Blogcasts on Soapbox

I’ve been playing with the new Soapbox on MSN Video service. It’s pretty cool. I never really got into YouTube but I can see how useful it will be to be able to restrict access to my videos on Soapbox based on my existing Windows Live Messenger contact lists. I’ve uploaded 5 of my Outlook…

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The Joy of Finding Big Things (in Outlook 2007)

My former boss, Bruce Lynn, asked me this weekend how he could locate all the large (>200kb) entries in his Outlook calendar so he could delete them to free up some space in his mailstore. He couldn’t figure out how to do this but knew it must be easy. If you find your mailstore is running…

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Add some hyperlink action to your emails

Bloggers know how important it is to include relevant hyperlinks in their posts 😉 They can come in pretty handy in emails too. Instead of pasting a lengthy and ugly URL into an email you can add a hyperlink to any part of your email text. So, instead of this: The UsefulTechnology blog (http://blogs.technet.com/UsefulTechnology/) is really…

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Append a post to an email in Outlook

Sometimes even the most disciplined time management gurus cannot cope with sheer volume of emails flooding into their Outlook Inbox. And while it’s good practice to keep your Inbox as empty as possible (converting all those ‘things to do’ into tasks) there are some smaller jobs that are best left in the Inbox until they are completed. To…

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Achieving your career goals with Outlook

Here at Microsoft, all full time employees have to sign up to personal commitments for their job. At the end of each financial year these are reviewed in a Performance Review on which all sorts of things depend including bonuses and promotion prospects. Some companies have similar schemes called MBOs (Management By Objectives), Personal Goals or simply Job Descriptions…

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To flag or not to flag in Outlook

Outlook has always provided an amazing amount of customisation, and it’s never been better than in Outlook 2007. One area that I’ve personally chosen to customise is the default Inbox view. The default view now shows both the new colour category and the flag status fields against each item in the Inbox. And things can get…

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Instant search in Outlook 2007

[POST UPDATED – SEE COMMENTS FOR THE LATEST!] Those with ageing memories have long enjoyed the powerful search capabilities in Outlook using add-ons like Lookout or Windows Desktop Search. I’m loving the latest beta of Outlook 2007 (I’m running the Beta 2 Technical Refresh) and the search seems quicker than ever. In fact I’d describe it as…

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Office 2007 - new look icons

While I sit waiting for the 2007 Office system Beta 2 Technical Refresh to finish installing, I thought I’d share this blog posting of some of the new icon sets included in Build 4228 of the Beta. Of course, there’s no guarantee that these icons will make it into the final build 😉 but it’s…

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Understanding Outlook Icons

This isn’t a new webpage, but a question from a colleague reminded me that I really should mention this on the UsefulTechnology blog. For the definitive view of every icon in Outlook 2003 check out this page. Now, what’s the betting on Blake being the first to do something similar for the 2007 release?!

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