How we (IT Pros) helped kill Internet Explorer

Not long ago, Internet Explorer was the standard for corporate and of course was the browser that came pre-installed with your Windows PC. Being so integrated with the operating system, it was only natural that Microsoft would provide plenty of “knobs and dials” to control the behavior of IE. IT Pros all over the world took advantage of these group policies and shaped Internet Explorer to work and behave in a way that suited internal security policies. This, in my opinion played a role in the demise of IE. Now, don’t get… Read More

Open Live Writer, the best blogging tool since Windows Live Writer!

For the longest time I used Windows Live Writer (WLW). Back then (2012) you had to download this extra package called Windows Live Essentials to enhance your Windows experience with tools like Movie Maker, Mail, OneDrive , and a desktop-blogging app, very similar to other Office apps (with the ribbon UI, and the feeling of Microsoft Word, but tailored to create content for blogs). WLW was a great tool, however, active development for it concluded in 2012. Thankfully, a group of passionate Microsoft folks took on updating the tool, which eventually was… Read More

SharePoint Conference 2018, my thoughts and takeaways

I can’t believe we are already in June, getting back on the saddle after a week out of the office certainly comes with its own set of challenges. Luckily for me, a good half of my pending emails had something to do with “We have updated our Privacy Policy”. My SPC18 Experience SharePoint Conference 2018 was a very different experience for me as this year. I assisted the organizers with sponsor/exhibitor registration and helped exhibitors get settled into their booth. I had a lot of fun! Monday morning was definitely fast paced… Read More

Best of breed apps vs. apps in the big bundle

I love cooking. In the last couple of years I’ve added a few select items of cookware that are best in class. First, I bought a Round Dutch Oven. Soon after that,  I managed to get roaster and a skillet from Le Creuset. The craftsmanship and the quality of their products is amazing. I even have a favourite colour, Marseille Blue! But, while I’d love to stock my whole kitchen with these products, there’s one small problem. They are quite expensive! Also, it would be overkill as the value I can get… Read More

Reducing task management overburden

checklist for work management

Day-to-Day Task Management at Work I have been using Outlook to manage tasks for over 10 years now. The integration is great if you live in an “email centric” world where you can quickly flag an email so that it  will end up on your task list to be eventually dealt with. I manage about 50% of my workload this way… …That’s a problem! Work comes from all different sources, not just email. Working in IT, have my own work queue for Incidents, Problems, Changes and other types of (ITIL type) tasks… Read More

Brainstorm, prototype and sketch with Microsoft Whiteboard app (preview)

Part of the challenge of working with teams that are geo-distributed is having a tool to  work together and sketch or prototype new products or ideas together. Microsoft is previewing a new service, Microsoft Whiteboard app. The tool (at the time only available for Windows 10 users) allows you to have multiple people work with notes, images and free form drawing, this experience is much better if you have a touch screen but you can use your mouse to draw, drag or select elements on the whiteboard. Running a few tests I… Read More

Everybody Lies, but not to Google, or your Intranet search!

I recently read Everybody Lies, a book that discusses how big data and, in some aspects, machine learning can be used to explain certain behaviours in today’s world and how our digital interactions can help explain current events. I highly recommend this book! One of the main sources of information used in the book is Google Trends. If you are not familiar with this service, it allows you to explore and compare different topics and identify their trends over time. For example, the chart below compares the terms “Digital Workplace” and “Intranets”:… Read More

New “Waffle” Menu in Office 365

Another day, another change in Office 365 land! This week the new waffle menu was made available to first release (first release allows Microsoft to push updates a bit faster on your tenant) users, I looked in my main tenant, and there it was, it all its glory! It’s a quite clean take on the apps menu that will not only bring your “pinned” apps but also recent/new documents you’ve viewed. The main benefits are: Cleaner UI Documents accessible from any area in Office 365 Pin/un pin certain Apps Other enterprise apps… Read More

OneDrive (without the Fat!)

One of the jewels of upgrading Windows 10 to the newly released Fall Creators Update is the introduction of OneDrive Files on Demand. In a nutshell, you will be able to see all the files and folders you have on your OneDrive account in the cloud without the need to have all those files download and take precious space on your PC’s hard drive. Want a file downloaded, right click and select “Always keep on this device”. Want to free up some room, select a file or better yet a folder you… Read More