I’m at QCon London, an annual developer conference which is among my favourites thanks to its vendor-neutral content.
One session which stood out for me was from Robin Wilton, Director for Identity and Privacy at the Internet Society, who spoke on “Understanding and managing your Digital Footprint”. I should report dissatisfaction, in that we only
…continue reading Privacy and online data sharing is a journey into the unknown: report from QCon London
Microsoft has announced new features in Windows Azure, its cloud platform, described by VP Scott Guthrie on his blog.
Aside: I agree with this comment to his post:
Thank you Scott for update. I wish dozens of MS folks and MS representatives would have a clue about Azure roadmap to help businesses plan their release
…continue reading New features in Windows Azure, including web site backup, .NET mobile services
Last week I reviewed a Google Chromebook. Next, I assisted a small business move from Office 365 to Office 365 – yes, Microsoft’s software as a service (SaaS) offering is divided into plans, such that if you want to move from certain plans to certain other plans you have to start again with a new
…continue reading Microsoft Office 365 and the battle for simplicity
Microsoft’s Office 365, which provides hosted Exchange, SharePoint and other services, comes in a variety of flavours, some of which include a license to run desktop Office. In some cases it is even possible to mix and match plans. For example, you can have some of your users on Enterprise 1 (E1) (no desktop Office)
…continue reading Notes from the field: manually migrating between Office 365 plans
Microsoft has announced it’s new CEO at last: Satya Nadella, formerly in charge of Cloud and Enterprise (in other words, the server part of Microsoft’s business).
The press release also states that co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates will be a little more active:
Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, previously Chairman of the
…continue reading Reflecting on Microsoft’s choice of Satya Nadella as new CEO
This week brought the news that SkyDrive is to be renamed OneDrive:
For current users of either SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, you’re all set. The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as the new name is rolled out
…continue reading OneDrive, SkyDrive, whatever: Microsoft needs to make it better – especially in Office 365
Microsoft has announced record revenue for its second financial quarter, October-December 2013. Revenue was bumped up by the launch of Xbox One (3.9 million sold) and new Surface hardware. The real stars though were the server products:
SQL Server continued to gain market share with revenue growing double-digits.
System Center showed continued strength with double-digit
…continue reading Microsoft financials: record revenue, consumer sales declining in drift towards Enterprise
In last year’s review I wrote “Android up, Apple down, Microsoft so near, so far”. Same again? The headline still rings true, though I would not write “Apple down” today. Android ended Apple’s chance of world domination in mobile, but the company continues to thrive. In some markets Apple is almost the only company that
…continue reading Reflecting on 2013: the year of not the PC, no privacy, and the Internet of Things
A week ago, Google make its Compute Engine generally available. The service offers virtual machine instances as a cloud service, at prices from $0.114 per hour for a single-core VM with 3.75 GB RAM. In addition, you pay for outgoing network traffic and persistent storage. Reflecting the shortage of IP addresses, a static IP costs
…continue reading Google Compute Engine: good enough to take on Amazon?
I am working extensively with Visual Studio 2013, Office 365 and Windows Azure, researching cloud development on Microsoft’s platform. It is in general a reasonable experience, but the way Microsoft manages its cloud accounts is a constant annoyance and sometimes a source of bugs.
The problem is that you cannot manage with just one Microsoft
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