Tag Archive: Microsoft

Nov 01 2013

Toggle the Charm Keys on the Surface Keyboard

Here’s a quick tip for Surface power users. The keyboards are one of the hardware highlights of the Surface particularly for power users. However, the F keys (like F1, F2, F3, F4, etc) are inverted such that they are assigned special uses such as accessing charms, navigation options or multimedia control. Unfortunately, this can be …

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Oct 24 2013

Grab a Copy of the Windows RT 8.0 Recovery Image

A short, sweet tip for original Surface owners out there. If you’ve ended up with a bricked Surface RT tablet after attempting an upgrade to Windows RT 8.1 then you might have wondered what to do to get it working again. Well, Microsoft has released the recovery image for Windows RT 8.0 which you can …

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Oct 17 2013

Meeting Request Error 0x80070057-00000000-00000000 In Microsoft Outlook

An obscure tip but one that I found worked this week. A colleague at work was attempting to send a meeting request but repeatedly received errors from our Microsoft Exchange server for one of the recipients. Everything seemed fine and the contacts were correctly populated from the contacts cache. Sending the request met with no …

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Oct 10 2013

Who’s Talking on Lync?

I wouldn’t have thought it but I am actually a big fan of Lync. For those of you who haven’t heard of Lync it could be likened to a corporate version of Skype with instant messaging, audio/video calling, screen sharing, content presentation and meeting recording capabilities. It can hook in with Active Directory to tie …

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Sep 14 2013

Active TechNet Subscribers Receive Free Extension

Microsoft’s recent announcement of the end of TechNet took everyone by surprise and, in the opinion of a good number of people, the option of free evaluation software in its place just doesn’t cut the mustard. It’s a shame that the end is approaching but the end has been delayed. If you’re a TechNet subscriber …

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Sep 04 2013

Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Devices and Services Business

This is already major news but if you’ve been under a rock then Microsoft is acquiring Nokia’s smartphone business and a ten year license arrangement to use the Nokia brand on mobile phone products. Perhaps the major kicker is access to Nokia’s intellectual property which is important as the smartphone wars heat up on both …

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Aug 02 2013

SkyDrive Gets a New Name

Just a short one for today. SkyDrive has been around for a while but has perhaps become more popular along with other cloud services given the ubiquity of fixed and wireless broadband connections. However, due to a trademark dispute, SkyDrive will have to find a new name after a run in with BSkyB. Personally, I …

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Jul 09 2013

Microsoft Calls Time on TechNet

A lot of people out there will be disappointed to here that Microsoft will be wrapping up its TechNet program which allows users to evaluate full version software for an annual fee. It was a more affordable version compared to MSDN which remains the realm of  businesses or hardcore developers. It is a great way …

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Jul 05 2013

Office 365 Finally Gets Upgraded

Just a short note today. I’ve been using Office 365 for a while now after some issues trying to manage an explosion of e-mail with my webhost and, after some anticipation, I’ve finally had my account upgraded to the equivalent of Office 2013, Exchange 2013 and Sharepoint 2013 overnight. I did have to manually upgrade …

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Jun 26 2013

A Smarter Way to Change Ribbon Tabs in Microsoft office

Very quick tip for today. If you’re using a more recent version of Microsoft Office from 2007 and onwards you would have realised that the menus of old have been replaced by the ribbon. Granted, it takes some getting used to but a lot of people would find it hard to go back to the …

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