Xamarin’s Miguel de Icaza (founder of the Mono project) has complained on Twitter about Microsoft’s Windows Division’s “contempt for developers” when it created the Windows Runtime and a “4th incompatible Xaml stack”, in a conversation prompted by the company’s spat with Google over the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google wants this removed because it
…continue reading Miguel de Icaza: don’t blame Google for Microsoft’s contempt for developers
Microsoft’s cloud PC management service, InTune, is aimed at smaller businesses and the resellers who support them. It brings some of the features of System Center to organisations who are too small to justify deploying it, or who want a simpler solution.
One of the features of InTune is remote assistance. End users click a
…continue reading Key Easy Assist feature of Microsoft InTune disabled on Windows 8, when will it return?
Yesterday Microsoft released its financial figures for the first three months of 2013.
Quarter ending March 31st 2013 vs quarter ending March 31st 2012, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 5703 +1070 3459 +480 Server and Tools 5039 +508 1979 +293 Online 832 +125 -262 +218 Business (Office) 6319 +477
…continue reading Microsoft shrugs off Windows 8 issues with record revenue
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?
I am attending the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas (between 5 and 6,000 attendees I was told), where Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Windows Server & System Center, gave the opening keynote this morning.
There was not a lot of news as such, but a few things struck me as notable.
…continue reading Microsoft takes aim at VMware, talks cloud and mobile device management at MMS 2013
A small business contacted me with a perplexing problem related to Office 2013 and Office 365. The scenario looks like this:
All their staff have Office 365 E1 accounts (for small and midsize businesses) They normally buy laptops with Microsoft Office. That would normally be the OEM version or more recently the Product Key Card
…continue reading Office 2013 Home and Business requires a Microsoft account to activate, a nuisance for Office 365 users
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
Microsoft has launched a “Keep the cash” offer to developers. Publish up to 20 apps, 10 for Windows Phone and 10 for Windows 8, and get $100 for each of them.
The offer is little use for most of the world. The terms state that “Offer good only to legal residents of the 50
…continue reading Microsoft’s Windows 8 app problem will not be solved by incentivising junk
Samsung’s Jun Dong-soo, president of the memory chip division, has likened Windows 8 to Vista and says it has failed to boost PC sales.
”The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8. I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform,” he said in
…continue reading Windows 8 is another Vista says Samsung memory guy: is he right?
Now we know why Microsoft has been so reluctant to divulge details of how to deploy a business app that uses the Windows Runtime (also known as Metro apps or Windows Store apps; though in this case the Windows Store app designation is particularly silly since these apps are precisely not Store apps).
…continue reading Internal Windows Runtime apps are prohibitively expensive to deploy, says Microsoft Regional Director