Tag Archives: Microsoft Windows XP

Quickly find user availability using Outlook Free-Busy to set up an appointment

This posts outlines how to quickly identify (a business) user’s availability (free-time) in order to set up a meeting or appointment in Outlook using the Free-Busy information.

The Outlook Free-Busy Information is published information about a users’ availability based on the users’ schedule. This Free-Busy information is made available to Outlook by Microsoft Exchange.

Free-Busy information is very important to Outlook because it needs to know when you are free and when you’re not available so you and other users in the business can invite you to meetings and appointments.

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Use Outlook Activities to keep track of contact communications

Note: Outlook Activities only available for Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 but not for Outlook Express.

Ever wonder if you sent that all important email to a client but couldn’t remember exactly when you sent it. The natural action would be to fire up a search in Outlook, wait for the search to return the results and then analyse search results.

There is much quicker method to track your communications with your clients using Outlook Activities.

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Download Free Microsoft Windows Software

Ultimate List of Free Microsoft Windows Software – by Blake H

We all know if you’re using a Microsoft software there’s certainly a chance that you either paid for a licence (or the business you work for did) or it’s pirated. As I found out very recently that last point is not entirely true. There are infact countless “free” utilities and applications from Microsoft. I discovered this listing from Blake H Live Space.

I was amazed at the size of the listing. The category listing includes:

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Windows XP Hard Drive Utility


The internet is littered with hard drive utilities for Windows XP. However I find WinDirStat as one of the most valuable hard drive utilities used by our help desk. Workstations provided to our staff have the business standard operating environment(SOE) running Windows XP but these machines are not locked down. These means users can install non-business applications (like iTunes) on their workstations or clutter the local hard drive with music files, photos, etc. Most users don’t realize they’ve used up all the hard drive space until Windows XP notifies them.

(Note: There are many pros and cons on having a lock down machine. However these are beyond the scope of this topic.)

Running WinDirStat can quickly generate reports on what’s occupying the hard drive space and where these files are located. It even displays the file types. You can instantly identify where the video files, mp3s, office documents and application install files are. From the reports we can instantly make decision on which files to delete from the hard drive.

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