I attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week – with 93,000 attendees and 2,100 exhibitors according to the latest figures.
It was a big event for Microsoft’s new Windows. It started for me on the Saturday before, when Acer unveiled a low-end Windows Phone (write-up on the Reg). Next was Microsoft’s press conference;
…continue reading Windows 10 at Mobile World Congress 2015: a quick reflection
Microsoft is revealing its Windows 10 plans in stages, presumably in part to build up expectation and get feedback, and in part because some pieces are ready to show before others.
Today in Redmond Microsoft shared a number of new features. In quick summary:
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all Windows
…continue reading Windows 10 and HoloLens: quick thoughts and questions following the January reveal
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
When Microsoft acquired Nokia in April this year, there was always a risk that the Windows Phone platform would lose momentum (yes there was some momentum).
Nokia was better at marketing, better at hardware innovation, and better at the all-important operator relations than Microsoft itself.
I consider the launch of Windows Phone 7 in
…continue reading Windows Phone wobbles: why users are losing heart
In Windows 8.1, Microsoft integrated its OneDrive cloud storage with the Windows file system, so you see your OneDrive files in Windows Explorer.
There was a twist though: in Explorer you see all your OneDrive files, but they are not actually downloaded to your PC unless you specifically configure a file or folder for “offline”
…continue reading Microsoft kills best Windows OneDrive feature in new Windows 10 preview
At last month’s @Scale conference in San Francisco, developers from a number of well-known companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and others) spoke about the challenge of scaling applications and services to millions or even billions of users.
Among the speakers was Igor Zaika, Distinguished Engineer in the Microsoft Office team, and the video (embedded below)
…continue reading Coding Office for cross platform: Microsoft explains its approach
The popular media playback app VLC is coming to Windows Phone as well as Windows tablets, according to an email sent to supporters of its Kickstarter project for VLC for WinRT (Windows Runtime).
A new preview release has been made available on the Windows Store, with the following changes:
using libVLC 2.2.0 core, redesign of
…continue reading VLC is coming to Windows Phone
Microsoft’s price plans for additional cloud storage are odd:
Hmm, £1.60 per month for 1TB or £3.99 for 200GB. Difficult decision? Especially as OneDrive for Business appears to be a superset of OneDrive:
It is not that simple of course (and see below for how you can get 1TB OneDrive for less). The
…continue reading Microsoft OneDrive and OneDrive for Business: a guide for the perplexed