Adobe has caused a stir with its announcement that Creative Suite will no longer be available under a perpetual license, for versions beyond the current Creative Suite 6.
Given this, the CC applications will be available only as part of Creative Cloud. We will continue to sell and support Adobe Creative Suite® 6 applications, and
…continue reading The pros and cons of subscription vs perpetual licenses
Adobe has announced the next version of its all-conquering Creative Suite, now renamed (or subsumed into) Creative Cloud.
Availability is set for June 2013. There will not be any perpetual licenses for the updated applications:
Can I purchase a perpetual license for the new Creative Cloud (CC) desktop applications that were announced in
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Is Microsoft Azure now a billion dollar business? Maybe, maybe not. The milestone was announced by Curt Anderson, CFO for Server and Tools at Microsoft, in this Bloomberg piece:
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows Azure software and related programs have surpassed $1 billion in annual sales for the first time … Microsoft’s $1 billion sales figure
…continue reading Billion dollar revenue or not, Microsoft Azure is growing fast
Xamarin, a company which provides tools for cross-platform development in C#, has announced its acquisition of LessPainful and the creation of cloud-based testing for mobile apps based on LessPainful’s technology and the Calabash scripting language it created.
The Test Cloud will perform automated user-interface tests on real devices, hosted by Xamarin, will provide detailed reports
…continue reading Xamarin acquires LessPainful, announces Test Cloud for mobile apps
Gartner has joined IDC in releasing figures showing a steep drop in PC sales for the first quarter of 2013.
Worldwide PC shipments totalled 79.2 million units in the first quarter of 2013, an 11.2 per cent decline from the first quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. Global PC shipments went
…continue reading The PC puzzle: does the sales drop implicate or justify Windows 8?
Cloud telephony company Twilio has announced a partnership with Google to integrate its API with App Engine, Google’s platform for cloud applications. Google has a clear explanation of what this enables here. You can have your application respond to incoming SMS texts or voice calls, and send an SMS back, or for voice, play messages,
…continue reading Twilio integrates with Google App Engine for cloud telephony applications
Microsoft has left slip a few figures in posts from PR VP Frank Shaw and platform evangelist Steve Guggenheimer.
Observers have tended to focus on Windows “Blue” and what is happening with Microsoft’s core client operating system, but what caught my eye was a few figures on progress in other areas.
Windows Azure compute usage
…continue reading Microsoft’s growth areas: Azure, Server with Hyper-V, Office 365, Windows Phone
Last night I participated in an unusual event: a virtual wine-tasting laid on by Citrix for a few journalists, to demonstrate the capabilities of its GoToMeeting online conferencing software.
Sommelier Akos Hervai at Clusters to Wine talked us through the serious business of how to taste wine and we discussed the merits of four selected
…continue reading Virtual meetings: as good as the real thing?
Yesterday Microsoft released its financial figures for the last three months of 2012.
Quarter ending December 31st 2012 vs quarter ending December 31st 2011, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 5881 +1140 3296 +416 Server and Tools 5186 +171 2121 +409 Online 869 +85 -283 +176 Business (Office) 5691 -619
…continue reading Microsoft financials: record revenue, signs of Windows 8 concern
What happened in 2012?
Whether you regard it as the beginning of the end for Windows, or a moment of rebirth, for me it was the year of Windows 8. Microsoft’s new Windows is fascinating on several levels: as a bold strategic move to make a desktop operating system into a tablet operating
…continue reading Android up, Apple down, Microsoft so near, so far: 2012 in review