One of the reasons for the success of Windows 7 was the provision Microsoft made for customers stuck with applications that only run on Windows XP. Windows XP Mode is a free add-on for Windows 7 Professional that runs Windows XP. It can also hide the XP desktop and run individual applications in their own
…continue reading Windows XP Mode hassles for Windows 8 upgraders
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 user over on the technet forums says that the free standalone Hyper-V is too painful to use:
I was excited about the free stand-alone version and decided to try it out. I downloaded the Hyper-V 2012 RC standalone version and installed it. This thing is a trainwreck! There is not a chance in hell
…continue reading Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server 2012: too painful to use?
After discovering that in-place upgrade of Windows Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 to the 2012 version is not possible, I set about the tedious task of exporting all the VMs from a Hyper-V Server box, installing Hyper-V Server 2012, and re-importing.
There are many reasons to upgrade, not least the irritation of being unable to manage
…continue reading Upgrading to Hyper-V Server 2012
Microsoft has announced pricing and licensing for Windows Server 2012. A dry topic perhaps; but one which confirms the end of a product with which I am perhaps too familiar: Small Business Server. It is spelt out in the FAQ:
Q33. Will there be a next version of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard?
…continue reading Farewell to Microsoft Small Business Server
Today’s news that Microsoft is writing off $6.2 billion from the useless acquisition of aQuantive in August 2007 gives me pause for thought.
How bad is this company at acquisitions? Particularly those under CEO Steve Ballmer’s watch. He became CEO in January 2000.
Microsoft acquired Danger in February 2008 for $500M. Small relative to
…continue reading aQuantive may be Microsoft’s biggest acquisition failure. Have there been good ones? A look back.
During Mobile World Congress I met with some folk from Twilio, the cloud telephony company, who said something that interested me. Twilio uses Amazon Web Service (AWS) for its infrastructure and told me that essentially there is no choice, AWS is the only cloud provider which can scale on demand quickly and smoothly as required.
…continue reading How Amazon Web Services dominate infrastructure as a service
Steven Sinofsky has posted on the Building Windows 8 blog, making it clear that this feature is coming to the Windows 8 client as well as to Windows Server 8.
I took a hands-on look at Storage Spaces back in October.
The feature lets you add and remove physical drives from a pool of
…continue reading Storage Spaces coming to Windows 8 client as well as server
I have installed the Windows 8 developer preview on Oracle VirtualBox. It does not work on Virtual PC since 64-bit guests are not supported. It is probably fine on Hyper-V, but I don’t have spare Hyper-V capacity for it at the moment.
I had a few hassles and thought it would be worth sharing
…continue reading Installing Windows 8 developer preview on VirtualBox
One advantage Microsoft Windows has in the cloud and tablet wars is that it it is, well, Windows. Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud computing product largely depends on the assumption that users want to run Office on their local PC or tablet. Windows 8 tablets will be attractive to enterprises that want to continue running custom
…continue reading Perfect virtualization is a threat to Windows: VMWare aims to embrace and extinguish