Yesterday Microsoft announced Windows Nano Server which is essentially an installation option that is even more stripped-down than Server Core. Server Core, introduced with Windows Server 2008, removed the GUI in order to make the OS lighter weight and more secure. It is particularly suitable for installations that do nothing more than run Hyper-V to
…continue reading Why Windows Server is going Nano: think automation, Cloud OS
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
…continue reading Microsoft publishes new OneDrive API with SDK, sample apps
Microsoft’s CoreCLR is now available on GitHub. We knew this was coming, but it is still a significant step, since this piece is the very heart of .NET: the execution engine that consumes a .NET IL (Intermediate Language) executable and compiles it to machine code for execution. The IL can easily be decompiled back to
…continue reading Microsoft open sources heart of .NET: CoreCLR runtime now on GitHub
What happened in 2014? One thing I did not predict is that Samsung lost its momentum. Here are Gartner’s figures for global smartphone sales by vendor, for the third quarter of 2014:
Samsung is still huge, of course. But in 2013, Samsung seemed to be in such control of its premium brand that it
…continue reading So that was 2014: Samsung stumbles, all change for Microsoft, Sony hack, more cloud, more mobile
Microsoft has introduced SSD storage for Azure VMs. This is a catch-up with Amazon which has been offering this at least since June 2014. It is an important feature though, and now in preview. The SSDs are part of the Azure storage service but can only be used for disks attached to VMs, not for
…continue reading SSD storage has come to Azure VMs, along with faster Azure SQL
I have been looking at .NET Core, an official Microsoft open source project which you can find on github and which is at the heart of Microsoft’s plans to open source most of its .NET technology.
Currently there are three Microsoft repositories for the .NET Core platform. There are the .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”), ASP.NET
…continue reading What is .NET Core, “the foundation of all future .NET platforms”?
Microsoft’s Jason Zander has published an account of what went wrong yesterday, causing failure of many Azure services for a number of hours. The incident is described as running from 0.51 AM to 11.45 AM on November 19th though the actual length of the outage varied; an Azure application which I developed was offline for
…continue reading Microsoft’s Azure outage: a troubling account of what went wrong
This will be unnecessary for Azure experts, but I have seen some misunderstanding on this point, hence this post.
A “web site” is a unit of service on the Azure cloud platform which represents a web application hosted on IIS, Microsoft’s web server (but see below). You write a standard ASP.NET application and deploy it.
…continue reading An Azure Web Site is a VM which supports multiple applications
Microsoft financials are hard to parse these days, with figures broken down into broad categories that reveal little about what is succeeding and what is not.
CEO Satya Nadella speaks in San Francisco
At a cloud platform event yesterday in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella and VP of cloud and enterprise Scott Guthrie offered
…continue reading How is Microsoft Azure doing? Some stats from Satya Nadella and Scott Guthrie