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Outlook 2013

Helpful apps in Outlook 2013

Posted by Darren on November 21st, 2012 / 7 comments

I’m pleased to be able to blog on this subject – the Outlook (indeed, Office) 2013 apps were something that showed up in presentations from fairly early iterations, but now I’ve actually experienced them. If you’re wondering who the people … [more]


Pining for the start button?

Posted by Darren on October 22nd, 2012 / 9 comments

This is potentially a blog post that will divide opinions – and given that it currently seems en-vogue to take a pot-shot at Windows 8 I’m sure I’ll get some challenging comments. But I feel I have to address it. … [more]


Why I hate calendar reminders

Posted by Darren on October 22nd, 2012 / 2 comments

Disclaimer: if calendar reminders work for you and you find them useful, that’s great… I’m happy for you. Each to their own. My personal opinion is that they’re a pointless, annoying distraction. This has nothing to do with Outlook itself, … [more]


Cowlick! for Windows Phone

Posted by Darren on October 8th, 2012 / No comments

A few months ago I provided an overview of some of the Twitter clients available for Windows Phone. At the time, I said that my favourite was gleek! – its live tile and colour-coding, along with its full compliment of … [more]

SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 newsfeeds

Posted by Darren on October 2nd, 2012 / 2 comments

In the first post about SharePoint 2013 I mentioned that there’s a whole lot of social stuff going down. So far I’ve discussed sharing (and following) and tasks, but now it’s time to look at newsfeeds.

If you’re a Facebook … [more]

The weather outlook

Weather forecast in Outlook 2013

Posted by Darren on September 25th, 2012 / 6 comments

Just a quick post to cover off a nice feature in Outlook 2013. Above the calendar you can view a weather forecast for up to five locations – your choice, and they can be selected from a drop-down list. Okay, … [more]

Working on a deadline?

Tasks for teams in SharePoint 2013

Posted by Darren on September 23rd, 2012 / 9 comments

Earlier in what is rapidly becoming ‘SharePoint September’ I discussed some of the new task management capabilities in SharePoint 2013. That awfully nice chap Alan Lepofsky then asked whether SharePoint 2013′s task management was focused on individual users rather … [more]

Working on a deadline?

Managing your tasks with SharePoint 2013

Posted by Darren on September 20th, 2012 / 1 comment

SharePoint sites can contain a lot of ‘stuff’ – document libraries, workflow, discussions, business intelligence and dashboards, composite applications… and tasks. People set up SharePoint sites to co-ordinate teams and to manage projects, so tasks can play an important part … [more]

SkyDrive Pro

SharePoint 2013 – SkyDrive Pro and sharing

Posted by Darren on September 14th, 2012 / 2 comments

SharePoint 2013 introduces a new model for personal file sharing, namely SkyDrive Pro. Users of SharePoint 2010 will probably be familiar with the document management capabilities of their own MySite, and SkyDrive Pro is an evolution of this. However, there … [more]

SharePoint 2013

Microsoft SharePoint 2013

Posted by Darren on September 12th, 2012 / No comments

Please note that this post refers to a preview edition of SharePoint 2013 – features and functionality may change before the product ships.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be covering some of the new capabilities in Microsoft SharePoint 2013. … [more]