Lukas Mathis has a detailed post on Windows 8, including its advantages over the Apple iPad as a productivity tablet. Mathis switched from the iPad to a Surface Pro:
In general, I really love the Surface, and I use it much more, and for many more things, than I ever used any iPad I ever
…continue reading The problem with backpedalling on Windows 8: it is the wrong direction
Xamarin, which provides cross-platform development tools for targeting iOS and Android wtih C#, is not exhibiting here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but does have a presence for meetings, and I caught up with Joseph Hill who is Director of Developer Relations.
Xamarin has just announced a joint SDK with SAP along with some
…continue reading X is for Xamarin: One company that is pleased to see Nokia X
Samsung introduced KNOX at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC). It is a secure app and data container for Samsung mobiles, backed by hardware, enabling businesses to run apps that are isolated from a user’s personal apps (which might include badly behaved or even malicious apps). Data is encrypted so that business secrets are safe
…continue reading Samsung evolving KNOX into complete mobile device management solution
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
While waiting to board I fired up Visual Studio 2013 thinking I might tinker with the game I am working on during the flight.
I got this unwelcome message. “Your license has gone stale.” This is because I have an MSDN version which apparently is no longer a perpetual license.
Thanks to what
…continue reading Visual Studio license expired: not what you want to see just before boarding a flight
Microsoft has transitioned its cloud storage service name from SkyDrive to OneDrive.
Is OneDrive just cloud storage though? Not really. It is part of a suite of cloud applications. Go to OneDrive, drop down the Create menu, and you see this:
These links to Office document types open in Office Online, formerly Office Web
…continue reading Microsoft OneDrive and Office Online is Office 365 lite
Microsoft has improved its browser-based Windows Phone App Studio beta and added the ability to generate Windows Store apps. The changes are described here.
First, a quick tour. App Studio is carefully described as a tool for building “content-based apps”. The personal use case is an app to show off your recent holiday, favourite band,
…continue reading Microsoft improves its web app builder for Windows Phone, but where is it going with this?
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 is notorious for asking users to log in multiple times, even when you check “Keep me signed in”.
Now we have the opposite problem. Here I am in Office 365, logged in as the admin user:
I need a break and want to stay secure, so I drop-down the menu top right and
…continue reading Something that needs fixing in Office 365: sometimes you cannot log out