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 It still works fine but is getting out of date, and Microsoft has no replacement other than full Exchange and multiple servers at far greater cost,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
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
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
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
I attended day two (the developer day) of the Amazon Web Services Summit at the ExCel conference centre in London yesterday. A few quick observations.
It was a big event. I am not sure how many attended but heard “10,000” being muttered. I was there last year as well, and the growth was obvious. The
…continue reading AWS Summit London 2016: no news but strong content, and a little bit of Echo
Some time ago I wrote a simple web application which runs on Microsoft Azure and uses Azure Active Directory for authentication. The application is used constantly and has proved reliable; however yesterday it stopped working. A quick debug session showed that the problem was an Azure AD permissions error.
In order to use Azure AD,
…continue reading The case of the disappearing Azure AD application registration
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
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