Microsoft has transitioned its cloud storage service name from SkyDrive to OneDrive.
Is OneDrive just cloud storage though? Not really. It is part of a suite of cloud applications. Go to OneDrive, drop down the Create menu, and you see this:
These links to Office document types open in Office Online, formerly Office Web
…continue reading Microsoft OneDrive and Office Online is Office 365 lite
Microsoft has improved its browser-based Windows Phone App Studio beta and added the ability to generate Windows Store apps. The changes are described here.
First, a quick tour. App Studio is carefully described as a tool for building “content-based apps”. The personal use case is an app to show off your recent holiday, favourite band,
…continue reading Microsoft improves its web app builder for Windows Phone, but where is it going with this?
Facebook has acquired WhatsApp for a breathtaking $16 billion. Too much money by any normal valuation; but that might not matter if it makes sense strategically.
What is the value of WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.
…continue reading What’s up with Facebook acquiring “we don’t sell ads” WhatsApp
Last week I reviewed a Google Chromebook. Next, I assisted a small business move from Office 365 to Office 365 – yes, Microsoft’s software as a service (SaaS) offering is divided into plans, such that if you want to move from certain plans to certain other plans you have to start again with a new
…continue reading Microsoft Office 365 and the battle for simplicity
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)
…continue reading Notes from the field: manually migrating between Office 365 plans
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
…continue reading Something that needs fixing in Office 365: sometimes you cannot log out
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.
…continue reading A closer look at Azure web sites: beware suspension
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
…continue reading Ah, Microsoft! Should it give up Windows Phone, adopt Android, abandon Windows 8 “Metro”? No, and here is why.
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
…continue reading Reflecting on Microsoft’s choice of Satya Nadella as new CEO
The QCon London conference is on in early March (5-7). It is always a conference I look forward to since it is vendor neutral, though with an agile flavour. Although it covers high scale systems it is not the place to go if you think heavyweight Enterprise middleware from a big name vendor will solve
…continue reading What’s on at the QCon London software development conference (and a discount for readers)