Recently I assisted a small business (of around 10 users) with a transition from Small Business Server 2003 to Server Essentials R2.
Small Business Server 2003 had served it well for nearly 10 years. The package includes Windows Server 2003 (based on XP), Exchange, and the rather good firewall and proxy server ISA Server 2004
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I am not a designer and prefer to avoid things like animation as too difficult. On the other hand, I am writing an electronic card game and it looks bad if the cards move without any animation. There is also an issue in that animation is built into the standard controls, so if you do
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Microsoft has completed its acquisition of Nokia today, a milestone in the turbulent story both of Nokia and of Windows Phone, which Nokia adopted in the hope of establishing a “third ecosystem” to challenge Apple iOS and Google Android.
Rumour has it that the Nokia acquisition was controversial within Microsoft and a large factor in
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Microsoft has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The year on year segment figures look like this:
Quarter ending March 31st 2014 vs quarter ending March 31st 2013, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Gross margin Change Devices and Consumer Licensing 4382 +30 3906 -23 Devices and Consumer Hardware 1973 +571 258 -135
…continue reading Microsoft financials: strong quarter especially in cloud services. We have a very different way to think about Windows says Nadella
Two issues I have seen recently:
1. A Windows 7 laptop which belonged to a developer and was being passed on to a new user. However, although you could create the new user, you could not log in as that user. The error was “User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be
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Problem: You have a ListView containing data. You want to vary the appearance of items in the ListView according to the value of the data.
I spent some time on this in relation to a panel for a game I am writing. For example, you have a ListView containing numbers. How can you have negative
…continue reading Notes on styling a Windows Store app ListView to vary item appearance according to the data
I experienced an odd problem on a Surface Pro (first edition). This happened shortly after upgrading to Windows 8.1 Update though not immediately after.
Symptom: I could connect to wifi but although I had five bars of signal strength, according to the notification area icon, I had no connection; and ipconfig reported “Media disconnected” for
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I had a quick look at the .NET Native Preview. I am interested to see what the benefits might be. Note that currently the preview only supports 64-bit Windows Store apps.
Here is what is promised:
For users of your apps, .NET Native offers these advantages:
Fast execution times Consistently speedy startup times Low deployment
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It’s curious. Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has been in place for only a month which means that almost everything announced at Build, Microsoft’s developer conference which took place last week in San Francisco, must have been set before he was appointed; yet there was a sense of “all things new” at the event, as
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