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Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 ships

Posted by Darren on October 17th, 2013 / No comments

For Microsoft employees such as me, Windows 8.1 has arrived in three stages. The first was a preview, which the rest of the planet also had access to. This was covered here. Then came RTM (release to manufacturing), the … [more]

Instagram apps

Instagram apps for Windows Phone

Posted by Darren on September 15th, 2013 / 10 comments

Apps are an important consideration when choosing a phone. I’ve had a number of discussions about ‘missing apps’ for Windows Phone, and in the past one of them was Instagram. True to say that there’s still no official Instagram app … [more]

Arsène Wenger

The transfer window of doom

Posted by Darren on August 18th, 2013 / No comments

It’s a funny old game, football… if you support Aldershot Town, you could only aspire for your team to reach the dizzying heights of Arsenal’s status, their stadium, their squad and their past achievements. Or maybe you’re happy with not … [more]

Bing apps

Bing apps for Windows Phone

Posted by Darren on August 14th, 2013 / 1 comment

News-centric apps are great at showing the capabilities of Windows Phone’s live tiles, so I was glad to see Microsoft release four new Bing apps last week… Bing News, Bing Sport, Bing Weather and Bing Finance. They’re a bit like … [more]


Introducing Ruby Adams

Posted by Darren on August 5th, 2013 / 2 comments

For a few months the discussion about getting a second dog had intensified, and while we were on holiday it reached the point of deciding on a breed and a name. When I say “breed” I don’t mean that we … [more]

No parking

A totally moronic idea

Posted by Darren on July 31st, 2013 / 1 comment

I saw this news story while we were away on holiday, and out of all the news stories from the two weeks this was the one I had to comment on. The idea which I deem to be moronic is … [more]

Windows 8.1 start button

Windows 8.1 preview, complete with start button

Posted by Darren on June 30th, 2013 / 5 comments

Earlier this week I become embroiled in a slightly heated Facebook discussion – it was sparked by me posting about installing the Windows 8.1 preview and stating that “it has a start button for those who require it”. By this … [more]

Outlook 2013

Helpful apps in Outlook 2013 – part 2

Posted by Darren on June 21st, 2013 / No comments

Back in November last year I posted about helpful apps in Outlook 2013 – apps which analysed the contents of e-mails and then suggested actions or provided information. Last week I was moved onto Office 365 for e-mail – I … [more]

Calendar apps for Windows Phone

Calendar apps for Windows Phone

Posted by Darren on June 15th, 2013 / No comments

One of the best features of Windows Phone is the live tiles which allow you to see updated info (such as news, weather, social updates) without actually opening the app. Certain apps also push info onto the lock screen – … [more]

Dell XPS 12

Dell XPS 12

Posted by Darren on June 11th, 2013 / 4 comments

If there’s one thing I’ve discovered about Microsoft it’s that they’re not frugal in the investment of technology for us hard-working sales teams. Several months ago Mr Ballmer announced that all Microsoft full-time employees would be issued with the necessary … [more]