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10 amazingly stupid things the ‘experts’ will try to tell you about Microsoft

March 3, 2014

Some experts are so bad at being experts, that calling some people an “expert” is like calling my dog a genius because he can find food on the floor.  Good dog.  So, needless to say, these statements below are often made by people with something to gain by spreading these “expert opinions” (slimy sales people Read More

SP1 Finally Released for SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013

February 25, 2014

The long awaited arrival of Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 is finally here.  What I’m really excited about is PowerMap is finally out of Beta as well, and now part of the Excel / PowerBI suite.  Also, not to be left out, Exchange also had it’s SP1 arrive today. http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_sustained_engineering/archive/2014/02/25/announcing-the-release-of-service-pack-1-for-office-2013-and-sharepoint-2013.aspx

Power BI now in General Availability

February 10, 2014

Power BI has reached a new milestone going full plaid… err, more like General Availability.  Of course, it’s not generally useful to anyone who’s not at least partially using Office 365.  The link to the GA announcement is below.  The pricing is a bit wowsers until you start to realize what you’re getting for that Read More

New Surface 2 – Yeah, I’m definitely keeping it

November 28, 2013

I recently got a new Surface 2 (as an MVP, we were given an offer I couldn’t refuse), and much to my surprise, I quite like it. Leon has a great write up (below) about why he likes his, and quite frankly, I can’t say it much better. http://leontribe.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/review-surface-2-32g-why-i-am-shocked.html On final note – I got Read More

Setting Up a SQL Server Alias with SharePoint Server 2013

November 3, 2013

I made a similar post about this for SharePoint 2010, but I wanted to update it (and make it more clear) for 2013.  Using a SQL Server alias, you’ll be able to change the database server in your SharePoint farm behind the scenes, without anyone in your SharePoint universe even knowing you’ve made a change.  Read More

Free Second Shot (at a MS Certification Exam)

September 30, 2013

In case you didn’t already know, MS is running the “Free Second Shot” promotion again on all their certification exams, so there’s really no reason to not go out and at least “get a good look” at any of your missing cert exams (you know who you are).  The promotion can be found below. https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/offers.aspx

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July 3, 2013

My fellow MVP (and friend, and boss, and colleague, and all-round sarcastic guy) Sean Wallbridge wrote this the other day (July 1st, 2013), and it sums it up well. It was like Christmas today at itgroove and we weren’t even open (Canada Day, eh?). First the new and improved OneNote and then immediately followed by Read More

“Desktop Experience” Moved in Features for Windows Server 2012

June 27, 2013

As part of most SharePoint installs, we usually turn on the “Desktop Experience” feature.  This feature has moved in Server 2012, and can now be found under the category “User Interfaces and Infrastructure”.

Yet Another “Huge Collection of Free Microsoft eBooks”

June 24, 2013

As posted by Eric Ligman (Microsoft Sales Excellence Program Manager) https://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2013/06/18/huge-collection-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-for-you-including-office-office-365-sharepoint-sql-server-system-center-visual-studio-web-development-windows-windows-azure-and-windows-server.aspx?Redirected=true [Below is a copy of Eric’s post] Last summer I put up a post that offered a collection of free Microsoft eBooks across a variety of topics and the response was incredible. Because of the phenomenal response, I followed it up with a second Read More

Skype launches video messaging to all users

June 18, 2013

Skype is going “video messaging everywhere”.  Everywhere except Windows Phone.    Of all the places they should be focusing, their own platform would’ve been a nice place to include in the list of “all users”. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57589627-93/skype-launches-video-messaging-to-all-users/?ttag=fbwp As a Windows/Skype user, this pleases me, however, given I can’t create messages with my phone, it’s SUPER LAME Read More

Colin Phillips

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