I have been covering Microsoft for quite a few years and it was always clear to me that the must-attend event, if you want to keep up with the company, was the Professional Developer Conference (PDC), and after that was scrapped, its successor developer event Build.
The reason for this is that at PDC or
…continue reading Microsoft pivot: Ignite is now its key conference
I’ve been at GitHub Universe in San Francisco for the last few days. Around 1500 developers (not sure if that figure includes staff and exhibitors) in a warehouse at Pier 70. The venue was beautifully converted into an interaction space. Here is the view from outside as we were leaving; Octocat seems to be waving
…continue reading On GitHub and GitHub Universe
Microsoft has opened “multiple data centre locations in the UK” to run Azure and Office 365 cloud services.
I went to the Azure portal to create a new VM, to see the new options. It looks like you have to use the new portal. Here is what I got in the old portal:
…continue reading UK South or UK West? Microsoft opens new data centres for Azure and Office 365
Back in the Nineties there was a lot of fuss about “pure Java”. This meant Java code without any native code invocations that tie the application to a specific operating system.
It is possible to write cross-platform Java code that invokes native code, but it adds to the complexity. If it is an operating system
…continue reading Time for another look at “pure .NET”
I got involved in looking at a PC where a few Office 365 problems had arisen following an upgrade to Windows 10 (prompted by Microsoft supposedly ending its free upgrade offer).
In particular, SharePoint online was crashing Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer? Don’t Windows 10 users stick to Edge?
Unfortunately Edge is problematic with certain sites.
…continue reading Notes from the field: Office 365 pain following Windows 10 upgrade
There are a number of dark areas in Windows that do not work quite right. MAXPATH anyone? But here is another one that I have only recently become aware of.
If you use applications such as Mozy, OneDrive (Business or Personal), Adobe Creative Cloud, Tortoise (a developer utility) or Dropbox, you will be familiar with
…continue reading The battle to own Windows Explorer shell overlay icons, or why your OneDrive green ticks have stopped working
For many years I have used the Adsense program provided by Google to serve ads on websites that I run. In fact I was one of the earliest users. I have not earned a huge amount but have seen a regular flow of income, more than enough to provide my hosting costs.
Today I received
…continue reading Dear Google, since you provide no contact options, here is my problem
Microsoft has announced its latest financials, and I have made a quick table summarising the year-on-year comparison for the quarter. See the end of this post for what the confusing segment categories represent.
Quarter ending June 30th 2016 vs quarter ending June 30th 2015, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business
…continue reading Microsoft financials April-June 2016: on track but continued drift away from consumers
I have seen this a couple of times recently, both cases where Outlook 2016 is installed. You start Outlook, it loads plug-ins, then presents a dialog that says “Processing”.
It does this for a long time. What is is processing? Who knows. Will it complete in its own good time? Not sure, but for
…continue reading What to do when Outlook is stuck on “processing”
I attended day two (the developer day) of the Amazon Web Services Summit at the ExCel conference centre in London yesterday. A few quick observations.
It was a big event. I am not sure how many attended but heard “10,000” being muttered. I was there last year as well, and the growth was obvious. The
…continue reading AWS Summit London 2016: no news but strong content, and a little bit of Echo