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SSD storage has come to Azure VMs, along with faster Azure SQL

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

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Windows Phone wobbles: why users are losing heart

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

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Google’s official Android Studio is at version 1.0

Google has released version 1.0 of Android Studio.

This Java/Android IDE has been in preview/beta since Google IO in May. It is based on the excellent JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA.

You can get Android Studio here. It is now the official Android IDE and developers using Eclipse are encouraged to migrate – like it or

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What is .NET Core, “the foundation of all future .NET platforms”?

I have been looking at .NET Core, an official Microsoft open source project which you can find on github and which is at the heart of Microsoft’s plans to open source most of its .NET technology.

Currently there are three Microsoft repositories for the .NET Core platform. There are the .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”), ASP.NET

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On the Register in November: Windows desktop development woes, inside Amazon Aurora, more

As I mentioned last month, I have been working part-time for the Register since the beginning of October. Here’s what I wrote last month:

Google Chrome on Windows ‘completely unusable’, gripe users

This one seemed to strike a chord: is Google neglecting its Windows users?

Pity the poor Windows developer- The tools for desktop development

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