I am working extensively with Visual Studio 2013, Office 365 and Windows Azure, researching cloud development on Microsoft’s platform. It is in general a reasonable experience, but the way Microsoft manages its cloud accounts is a constant annoyance and sometimes a source of bugs.
The problem is that you cannot manage with just one Microsoft
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At its Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Salesforce has been hyping up its newly announced Salesforce 1. The keynote left us in do doubt: it is fantastic, it does mobile, it does cloud, it does “internet of things”.
Co-founder Parker Harris describes Salesforce 1 at Dreamforce
But what is Salesforce 1? For those
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Salesforce has announced Salesforce 1, but what it is? Something new, or the same old stuff repackaged?
Even if it is something new, the ingredients are familiar. Salesforce 1, I have been told, is a new brand over the Salesforce platform, though it does not replace individual components like Force.com or Heroku.
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Amazon made some big announcements at its re:Invent conference last week.
CTO Dr Werner Vogels on stage at re:Invent
The two I find most interesting are in virtualisation. The company announced two new virtualisation services, in preview. AppStream is application virtualisation. You install a streaming client, available for Windows, iOS, Android
…continue reading Amazon’s big reinvent aims at the enterprise
Yesterday Xamarin, which offers tools for targeting iOS, Android and Mac with C#, announced a partnership with Microsoft, an announcement which I wrote up on The Register. It drew a few comments, several complaining about the cost:
So it cost more then Visual Studio Pro.
And that is for 1 target platform?
…continue reading What does Xamarin’s success say about open source versus proprietary? Miguel de Icaza says he has never been happier
Microsoft held its official launch for Visual Studio 2013 today, at an event in New York, although the product itself has been available since mid-October. VP Soma Somasegar nevertheless made some new announcements, in particular the availability in preview of an online Visual Studio editor, codenamed Monaco. “Developers will now be able to edit their
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Do small businesses still need a server? In my case, I do still run a couple, mainly for trying out new releases of server products like Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012, Exchange and SharePoint. The ability to quickly run up VMs for testing software is of huge value; you can do this with
…continue reading My last server? HP ML310e G8 quick review
SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, is critical to the company’s strategic direction for Windows. It is the means by which content and settings are kept in synch across different Windows machines; or more precisely, user accounts across different Windows machines.
Content in SkyDrive is accessible via any web browser, and there are clients for Windows
…continue reading Users report SkyDrive issues: sync failures, Microsoft Account problems
The rapid spread of CryptoLocker, an example of a malware category known as ransomware, is upping the stakes in the cyber security wars. I think it is a game changer.
Ransomware is malware that steals your data by encrypting it, and then demands a ransom to decrypt it. The latest breed of ransomware uses strong
…continue reading Ransomware like CryptoLocker is a game changer in the malware wars – and not in a good way
Today has been tumultuous for BlackBerry. Investment company Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, was intending to buy the company for US $4.7bn, but that deal fell through, apparently because of failure to attract other investors to what seemed a risky endeavour. Instead, Fairfax and other investors will invest US $1bn of new money into BlackBerry.
…continue reading As BlackBerry stumbles, there are now three mobile platforms that matter