Hotmail: Flagging done right

Continuing my short series on the great new Hotmail features, I will be taking a look at how Hotmail handles flagging. Flags are a great way of highlighting emails that are important or require action. Flagging and un-flagging emails is really easy using the new Instant Actions feature (which I’ll cover in a later post):…

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New categories feature in Hotmail

Hotmail has a great new categorisation feature that really helps you to find information and emails more quickly and keep your inbox organised. It’s worth spending a little time reviewing the various ways in which this new feature works so I’ll delve into it in this blog post. I’ll cover some of the other new…

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Touchstudio: Free scripting engine for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft Research has announced the availability of a free scripting engine for Windows Phone 7, something that is great fun to play around with. It’s a free download from the Zune Marketplace on your phone (search for “Touchstudio” in the apps section) which allows you to write scripts that interact with the phone, essentially giving you…

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What to do if your Windows 7 taskbar is filling up with pinned IE9 sites

Site pinning is a great feature in Internet Explorer 9, and I use it all the time. I have a host of sites pinned to my taskbar such as Facebook and Hotmail, but also some internal apps we use in the office for things like internal product news. These sites appear just like a locally-installed…

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My Current Favourite Windows Phone 7 Apps

As the number of apps in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace zooms past 10,000 I thought it worth a quick summary of the apps that I use most. Almost certainly there are loads of great apps that I’ve missed, so feel free to let me know if you are aware of something amazing that I…

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What’s the use of a Zune Pass?

It took me a while to realise that many people don’t seem to "get" the Zune Pass (available on Windows Phone 7, Xbox 360, PC, and US Zune players). To explain the value as I see it, I’d like to back up a bit and look at the way the vast, vast majority of people…

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London Underground image on Bing UK

I pointed out the great London Underground image on Bing’s UK site today commemorating the opening of the world’s first underground railway system in London in 1863. He asked where the photo was taken – it’s easy to find out. Just hover over the copyright symbol at the bottom right of the image for more…

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Windows Phone 7 Tips

  Having had my Windows Phone 7 for a while now I’ve come across a number of features that weren’t obvious to me from day 1. You may already know some or all of these (I have seen some on other sites) but take a look and see what you think. If you have other…

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