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Minecraft: fix for “Multiplayer is disabled. Please check your Microsoft Account settings”

Minecraft for Windows has the “multiplayer” button disabled. There’s a tooltip that says, “Multiplayer is disabled. Please check your Microsoft Account settings”. That would have been a helpful tooltip if there were any relevant “Microsoft Account settings” that can enable multiplayer. But there is no such setting!

I can now confirm that there is a working solution, but it’s so obscure that not even an hour on the phone with first Xbox Support and then Microsoft Support was able to resolve it! Continue reading

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Achievement unlocked: maintain “inbox zero” for a year

“Inbox zero” means having no messages in your “IN” tray (and keeping it that way). This is not meant to be a goal in itself, but it’s a clear indication of whether or not you’re staying on top of things.

With Outlook I have finally been able to maintain “inbox zero” since I started this job last year. I feel it’s worth sharing my method in the following. Continue reading

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Excel tip: Alt+Enter works in formulas, too!

Did you know that you can use Alt+Enter in formulas, too? I didn’t, and I’ve been using Excel for exactly thirty years now. This blew my mind. Continue reading

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“The felt is worn”

*”The felt rollers are worn”*
Here’s a completely true story that I personally experienced. I was working at Microsoft, fielding calls from Microsoft partners, retailers, and customers. It was generally interesting and often challenging. And once in a while, a question came along that had me in tears. Continue reading

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20 years ago

*Twenty years ago*
I came across this photo recently of Windows 95 and it struck me: that’s twenty years ago!
I remember that time well. It’s my personal little claim to fame as a member of the Microsoft ShowTeam that toured the country for months. Continue reading

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