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 It still works fine but is getting out of date, and Microsoft has no replacement other than full Exchange and multiple servers at far greater cost,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
At the Expo here at Microsoft’s Ignite you can see Azure Stack – though behind glass.
Azure Stack is Microsoft’s on-premises edition of Azure, a private cloud in a box. Technical Preview 2 has just been released, with two new services: Azure Queue Storage and Azure Key Vault. You can try it out
…continue reading Azure Stack on show at Microsoft Ignite
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
Back in the Nineties there was a lot of fuss about “pure Java”. This meant Java code without any native code invocations that tie the application to a specific operating system.
It is possible to write cross-platform Java code that invokes native code, but it adds to the complexity. If it is an operating system
…continue reading Time for another look at “pure .NET”
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
There are a number of dark areas in Windows that do not work quite right. MAXPATH anyone? But here is another one that I have only recently become aware of.
If you use applications such as Mozy, OneDrive (Business or Personal), Adobe Creative Cloud, Tortoise (a developer utility) or Dropbox, you will be familiar with
…continue reading The battle to own Windows Explorer shell overlay icons, or why your OneDrive green ticks have stopped working
Microsoft has announced its latest financials, and I have made a quick table summarising the year-on-year comparison for the quarter. See the end of this post for what the confusing segment categories represent.
Quarter ending June 30th 2016 vs quarter ending June 30th 2015, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business
…continue reading Microsoft financials April-June 2016: on track but continued drift away from consumers
Outlook broke on my laptop the other day. Well, it still received mail, but many operations threw up an error, “Not Implemented”.
It was particularly annoying that the error affected sending emails, but the error dialog only showed when I tried to force a send and receive. Therefore, emails were stuck in the outbox with
…continue reading Office 365 users: beware Outlook’s mysterious Not Implemented error