Leadership Qualities

As a developer, at some point in your career you’ll find yourself at a crossroads. Either you’ll stay technical and choose the left path or you’ll decide to take the journey to management, in which case you choose the right path. While the former is admirable, if the latter is chosen then having an understanding…

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Visual Studio 2013

Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013. Visual Studio 2013 will incorporate a wave of new hybrid Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) features, many of…

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Working with OneNote 2013

I remember when school mainly consisted of pens/pencils and good ol’ fashion paper notebooks. Of today’s technology hasn’t totally eliminated these methods of note taking but when it comes to the “digital lifestyle”, you certainly can’t beat OneNote. OneNote has definitely gained popularly since its introduction and because it’s integrated with the Windows Phone and…

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Lync IM an Expert

If you’ve ever used an instant messaging (IM) client then you’re probably familiar with the functionality that such software provides. What you most likely don’t know is that Microsoft has released a new enterprise-ready unified communications platform called Lync. This is the successor to Office Communicator. Lync has quite a few features but the one…

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PFE’s to the Rescue

Sticking with my theme of team collaboration, I often rely on Premier Field Engineers (PFE’s are responsible for providing onsite support for Microsoft customers) for a number of things and they’ve always delivered. They are in short supply and are highly coveted, especially those that are specialists. One such PFE is Robin Meure who specializes…

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It’s a Small World (after all)

To say that Microsoft is a huge company would clearly be an understatement. There are tens of thousands of softies so connecting and navigating the organization structure is, what’s the word I’m looking for…Difficult. Never the less, there are ways to make such a large chasm seem small. From Lync calls to attending events, connecting…

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Lync’d In

Today’s world is more connected than ever and team collaboration can easily be accomplished provided the right tools are in place and are being utilized to their fullest extent. Having used Office Communicator (OC) 2007 R2 for instant messaging (IM) as well as its enterprise voice capabilities (EV) for years, I was a little hesitant…

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