I am investigating moving this site to Windows Azure. The major benefit would be scalability. Currently it runs on a Linux VM which works very well, but in the event of a major spike in traffic (which is always possible with a news/comment site) it cannot scale.
Windows Azure web sites have nice scalability features.
…continue reading A closer look at Azure web sites: beware suspension
On Windows 8, Gruber puts it succinctly:
Rather than accept a world where Windows persisted as merely one of several massively popular personal computing platforms, and focus on making Windows as it was better for people who want to use desktop and notebook PCs, Microsoft forged ahead with a design that displeased traditional PC users
…continue reading Ah, Microsoft! Should it give up Windows Phone, adopt Android, abandon Windows 8 “Metro”? No, and here is why.
Microsoft has announced it’s new CEO at last: Satya Nadella, formerly in charge of Cloud and Enterprise (in other words, the server part of Microsoft’s business).
The press release also states that co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates will be a little more active:
Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, previously Chairman of the
…continue reading Reflecting on Microsoft’s choice of Satya Nadella as new CEO
Google has sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo at some kind of loss, prompting a few quick observations.
It matters little whether Google’s Motorola transactions were profitable in themselves. Google can afford it. This is all about strategy and the long term.
Why did Google acquire Motorola Mobility? Primarily for the patents. The fact
…continue reading On Google, Motorola, Microsoft and Apple
This week brought the news that SkyDrive is to be renamed OneDrive:
For current users of either SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, you’re all set. The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as the new name is rolled out
…continue reading OneDrive, SkyDrive, whatever: Microsoft needs to make it better – especially in Office 365
Microsoft has announced record revenue for its second financial quarter, October-December 2013. Revenue was bumped up by the launch of Xbox One (3.9 million sold) and new Surface hardware. The real stars though were the server products:
SQL Server continued to gain market share with revenue growing double-digits.
System Center showed continued strength with double-digit
…continue reading Microsoft financials: record revenue, consumer sales declining in drift towards Enterprise
David Sobeski, former Microsoft General Manager, has written about Trust, Users and The Developer Division. It is interesting to me since I recall all these changes: the evolution of the Microsoft C++ from Programmer’s Workbench (which few used) to Visual C++ and then Visual Studio; the original Visual Basic, the transition from VBX to OCX;
…continue reading Microsoft and developer trust
2013 saw the launch of Google Now, a service which aspires to alert you to information you care about at just the right time. Rather than mechanical reminders of events 15 minutes before start time, Google Now promises to take into account location, when you are likely to have to leave to arrive where you
…continue reading Privacy, Google Now, Scroogled, and the connected world
When Visual Studio 2012 was first previewed, it presented a new IDE style which featured all-caps menus and a mainly monochrome icon set which most developers disliked; the icons were too hard to distinguish. Microsoft has tweaked the design, restored more colour, and I hear fewer complaints today, but that essential design approach remains in
…continue reading Frank comments from Microsoft Product Manager on the Visual Studio 2012 user interface mess. “Secrecy is bad – it lets problems fester”
Google announced its Chrome browser in September 2008. Its stated goal was to run web applications better:
What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that’s what we set out to build.
Chrome was a hit, thanks to easy install, fast performance, and
…continue reading Platform Wars: Google injects Chrome OS into Windows, never mind the poor users