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Notes from the field: manually migrating between Office 365 plans

Microsoft’s Office 365, which provides hosted Exchange, SharePoint and other services, comes in a variety of flavours, some of which include a license to run desktop Office. In some cases it is even possible to mix and match plans. For example, you can have some of your users on Enterprise 1 (E1) (no desktop Office)

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Something that needs fixing in Office 365: sometimes you cannot log out

Microsoft is notorious for asking users to log in multiple times, even when you check “Keep me signed in”.

Now we have the opposite problem. Here I am in Office 365, logged in as the admin user:

I need a break and want to stay secure, so I drop-down the menu top right and

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A closer look at Azure web sites: beware suspension

I am investigating moving this site to Windows Azure. The major benefit would be scalability. Currently it runs on a Linux VM which works very well, but in the event of a major spike in traffic (which is always possible with a news/comment site) it cannot scale.

Windows Azure web sites have nice scalability features.

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Ah, Microsoft! Should it give up Windows Phone, adopt Android, abandon Windows 8 “Metro”? No, and here is why.

On Windows 8, Gruber puts it succinctly:

Rather than accept a world where Windows persisted as merely one of several massively popular personal computing platforms, and focus on making Windows as it was better for people who want to use desktop and notebook PCs, Microsoft forged ahead with a design that displeased traditional PC users

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Reflecting on Microsoft’s choice of Satya Nadella as new CEO

Microsoft has announced it’s new CEO at last: Satya Nadella, formerly in charge of Cloud and Enterprise (in other words, the server part of Microsoft’s business).

The press release also states that co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates will be a little more active:

Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, previously Chairman of the

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