Microsoft has announced its latest financials, and I have made a quick table summarising the year-on-year comparison for the quarter. See the end of this post for what the confusing segment categories represent.
Quarter ending March 31st 2016 vs quarter ending March 31st 2015, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business Processes
…continue reading Microsoft Financials: steady, but a turning point as on-premises server business declines
I attended QCon in London last week. This is a software development conference focused on large-scale projects and with a tradition oriented towards Agile methodology. It is always one of the best events I get to attend, partly because it is vendor-neutral (it is organised by InfoQ), and partly because of the way it is
…continue reading Reflections on QCon London 2016 – part one
Microsoft is porting SQL Server, its popular database manager, to Linux. According to Executive VP Scott Guthrie:
Today I’m excited to announce our plans to bring SQL Server to Linux as well. This will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud. We
…continue reading Microsoft SQL Server is coming to Linux. What are the implications for Windows Server?
Microsoft Outlook 2016 has a new feature which the company highlighted when it first appeared, which is that it sends attachments as links by default, if they are stored in network-accessible locations. The idea is to prevent proliferation of different versions if several respondents make changes and email them back. It also means that everyone
…continue reading Outlook 2016 attachment mysteries and annoyances
Microsoft would like us to think of Office 365, its hosted email and collaboration service, as “cloud”. And it is in many ways; you can even get all your email and Onedrive-stored documents direct from a web browser.
The truth though is that Microsoft has been careful not to disrupt its desktop Office software too
…continue reading Microsoft Office 365 and desktop friction
Embarcadero has published a new roadmap explaining what to expect in forthcoming editions of its RAD Studio suite, including Delphi and C++ Builder.
The company has been acquired by IDERA though the Embarcadero brand is to continue under the new ownership.
The roadmap covers two “development tracks”, though it is not completely clear what that
…continue reading New Delphi and C++ Builder Roadmap promises Linux server support
Microsoft has reported its latest financial results, for the quarter ending December 31st 2015.
Here are the latest figures (see end of post for what is in the segments):
Quarter ending December 31st 2015 vs quarter ending December 31st 2014, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business Processes 6690 -132 6460 -528
…continue reading Microsoft’s story continues: Windows down, cloud up in financials Oct-Dec 2015
Twitter is a strange thing. Founded in 2006, it was initially promoted as a way of communicating with friends about what you are doing right now. It did not appeal to me. Who wants to know all that trivia? Who wants to publish it? Lots of people now on Facebook, apparently. But I digress. I
…continue reading Twitter: will longer tweets spoil the platform?
I am writing a Bridge game in C# – yes, I have been doing this for some time, it does run now but it is not ready for public unveiling.
It is good fun though and a learning experience, as I am writing it as a Windows 8 Store app. This means it can
…continue reading Adapting a native code DLL to be called from a Store or Universal Windows app
Late last week I encountered behaviour from Google that I had not seen before. It was related to my habit of not signing into Google automatically; I only sign in when I want to use Google+ (I know; but I have quite a few followers there and use it from time to time). Nor do
…continue reading Blocked from Google search: agree our terms or else go away