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Microsoft share price

Why is Microsoft’s share price on the up?

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

My frolleague Steve Sharpe shared an article from The Guardian which posed the question of why Microsoft and HP are thriving in the post-PC era. Firstly, let’s talk about this post-PC era thing. “Post-PC era” would imply that PCs … [more]

Windows 8.1 start

Windows 8.1 unveiled

Posted by Darren on May 30th, 2013 / No comments

First of all I need to declare that in writing this blog post I am not using any Microsoft employee knowledge about the next release of Windows. I actually don’t have any more info than my readers. It does however … [more]

Excel 2013

Making sure the numbers add up

Posted by Darren on April 30th, 2013 / 1 comment

I think it’s safe to assume that Microsoft Excel has now toppled Lotus 1-2-3 as the world’s most-used spreadsheet tool. The great thing about Excel is that it can now do so much more than add up a few numbers… … [more]

Mr Corporate-lingo

Leveraging the paradigm shift of the win / win

Posted by Darren on April 29th, 2013 / 14 comments

I refuse to use the word ‘leverage’, apart from there in the title, but that’s for the purposes of irony. I don’t have any proof, but I’m sure it was once only a noun – leverage is something you have, … [more]

Windows 8 apps

Windows 8 apps for e-mail, calendar and people

Posted by Darren on March 29th, 2013 / No comments

A few days ago Microsoft updated some of the core Windows 8 apps, namely e-mail, calendar and the people hub. These are the apps which sit on the new Windows 8 start screen and are of particular importance to Windows … [more]

Plantronics Calisto 620

Plantronics Calisto 620

Posted by Darren on March 19th, 2013 / 1 comment

Following on from my recent post about the Voyager Legend UC, today I’m turning my attention to something that sits on the desk rather than on your ear. The latest addition to Plantronics’ Calisto range is the 620, and it’s … [more]

Social media annoyances

Social media annoyances

Posted by Darren on March 16th, 2013 / 9 comments

I recently mentioned on Facebook that I don’t like food photos. Other people agree with me – Incubus bassist Ben Kenney said that “food photos are the Comic Sans of Facebook”. I do appreciate that other people probably get equally … [more]

OneNote 2013

OneNote 2013

Posted by Darren on March 13th, 2013 / No comments

I often say that Visio is one of Microsoft’s best-kept secrets (and I think I’ve said it here on but I also say that OneNote is the unsung hero of Office. People tend to think of Office as the … [more]

Voyager Legend UC

Plantronics Voyager Legend UC

Posted by Darren on March 9th, 2013 / No comments

Today I was in the right place at the right time, and with the right colleague who had a box full of Plantronics products. And so it came to pass that I got my hands on a Plantronics Voyager Legend … [more]


Why 4th place is the prize

Posted by Darren on February 22nd, 2013 / No comments

Last September I wrote a blog post entitled Targeting 4th place, based on the fact that this was, in my humble opinion, the best that Arsenal could hope for this season. The underlying facts were that ManUre would continue … [more]