The Windows 10 anniversary update introduced a major new feature: a subsystem for Linux. Microsoft marketing execs call this Bash on Windows; Ubuntu calls it Ubuntu on Windows; but Windows Subsystem for Linux is the most accurate description. You run a Linux binary and the subsystem redirects system calls so that it behaves like Linux.
…continue reading Microsoft improves Windows Subsystem for Linux: launch Windows apps from Linux and vice versa
Microsoft has officially announced the end of development of LightSwitch, a rapid application builder for desktop and mobile applications.
LightSwitch was introduced in July 2011 as a tool to build multi-tier applications using a data-first approach. You can design you database using an excellent visual designer, design screens for viewing and editing the data using
…continue reading Microsoft sets Visual Studio LightSwitch to off
I assisted a small company in migrating from Small Business Server 2011 to Office 365.
SBS 2011 was the last full edition of Small Business Server, with Exchange included. It still works fine but is getting out of date, and Microsoft has no replacement other than full Exchange and multiple servers at far greater cost,
…continue reading Notes from the field: Office 365 Cutover Migration for a small business and the mysteries of mail-enabled users
I’m just back from Microsoft’s Ignite event in Atlanta, Georgia, where around 23,000 attendees mostly in IT admin roles assembled to learn about the company’s platform.
There are always many different aspects to this type of event. The keynotes (there were two) are for news and marketing hype, while there is lots of solid technical
…continue reading Microsoft at Ignite: Building on Office 365, getting more like Google, Adobe mysteries and FPGA magic
At the Expo here at Microsoft’s Ignite you can see Azure Stack – though behind glass.
Azure Stack is Microsoft’s on-premises edition of Azure, a private cloud in a box. Technical Preview 2 has just been released, with two new services: Azure Queue Storage and Azure Key Vault. You can try it out
…continue reading Azure Stack on show at Microsoft Ignite
I have been covering Microsoft for quite a few years and it was always clear to me that the must-attend event, if you want to keep up with the company, was the Professional Developer Conference (PDC), and after that was scrapped, its successor developer event Build.
The reason for this is that at PDC or
…continue reading Microsoft pivot: Ignite is now its key conference
I’ve been at GitHub Universe in San Francisco for the last few days. Around 1500 developers (not sure if that figure includes staff and exhibitors) in a warehouse at Pier 70. The venue was beautifully converted into an interaction space. Here is the view from outside as we were leaving; Octocat seems to be waving
…continue reading On GitHub and GitHub Universe
Microsoft has opened “multiple data centre locations in the UK” to run Azure and Office 365 cloud services.
I went to the Azure portal to create a new VM, to see the new options. It looks like you have to use the new portal. Here is what I got in the old portal:
…continue reading UK South or UK West? Microsoft opens new data centres for Azure and Office 365
Back in the Nineties there was a lot of fuss about “pure Java”. This meant Java code without any native code invocations that tie the application to a specific operating system.
It is possible to write cross-platform Java code that invokes native code, but it adds to the complexity. If it is an operating system
…continue reading Time for another look at “pure .NET”
I got involved in looking at a PC where a few Office 365 problems had arisen following an upgrade to Windows 10 (prompted by Microsoft supposedly ending its free upgrade offer).
In particular, SharePoint online was crashing Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer? Don’t Windows 10 users stick to Edge?
Unfortunately Edge is problematic with certain sites.
…continue reading Notes from the field: Office 365 pain following Windows 10 upgrade