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,
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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
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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
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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
Microsoft has reported its financials for its first quarter. Making sense of these is harder than usual because the company has changed its segment breakdown (and the names are misleading). The new segments are as follows:
Productivity and Business Processes: Office, both commercial and consumer, including retail sales, volume licenses, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype
…continue reading Microsoft financials July-Sept 2015: decline of Windows hits home, cloud rises
Microsoft has released figures for its third quarter, ending March 31st 2015. Here is my simple summary of the figures showing the segment breakdown:
Quarter ending March 31st 2015 vs quarter ending March 31st 2014, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Gross margin Change Devices and Consumer Licensing 3476 -1121 3210 -807 Computing and Gaming Hardware 1800
…continue reading Microsoft financials Jan-March 2015
Earlier this week I attended BoxDEV in San Francisco, along with around 1500 developers and some illustrious guests: Eric Schmidt from Google and Marc Benioff from Salesforce.
Schmidt was interviewed by Box CEO Aaron Levie. “Randomly watching and surveilling what’s going over the internet and invading the privacy of American citizens is not OK.” said
…continue reading Reflections on BoxDEV: keeping ahead of SharePoint, Changing Microsoft, and Eric Schmidt on Surveillance
If you set up a PC to connect to Office 365, you may encounter a problem where instead of connecting, Outlook repeatedly prompts for a password – even when you have entered all the details correctly.
I hit this issue when configuring Outlook 2010 on a new PC. It was not easy to find the
…continue reading Notes from the field: when Outlook 2010 cannot connect to Office 365
Microsoft has announced a new OneDrive API for programmatic access to its cloud storage service. It is a REST API which Microsoft Program Manager Ryan Gregg says the company is also using internally for OneDrive apps. The new API replaces the previous Live SDK, though the Live SDK will continue to be supported. One advantage
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