Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened a London Region, fulfilling its promise to open data centers in the UK, and joining Microsoft Azure which opened UK data centers in September 2016.
This is the third AWS European region, joining Ireland and Germany, and a fourth region, in France, has also been announced.
A region is
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Microsoft’s Mikayla Hutchinson (ex Xamarin) has announced Visual Studio for the Mac:
This is an exciting development, evolving the mobile-centric Xamarin Studio IDE into a true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#, and bringing the Visual Studio development experience to the Mac.
I tend to agree that it is a significant piece of
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I’ve been trying Microsoft’s ADConnect tool, the replacement for the utility called DirSync, which synchronises on-premises Active Directory with Azure AD, the directory used by Office 365.
It is therefore a key piece in Microsoft’s hybrid cloud story.
In my case I have a small office set-up with Active Directory running on Server 2012 R2
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The Windows 10 anniversary update introduced a major new feature: a subsystem for Linux. Microsoft marketing execs call this Bash on Windows; Ubuntu calls it Ubuntu on Windows; but Windows Subsystem for Linux is the most accurate description. You run a Linux binary and the subsystem redirects system calls so that it behaves like Linux.
…continue reading Microsoft improves Windows Subsystem for Linux: launch Windows apps from Linux and vice versa
Microsoft has officially announced the end of development of LightSwitch, a rapid application builder for desktop and mobile applications.
LightSwitch was introduced in July 2011 as a tool to build multi-tier applications using a data-first approach. You can design you database using an excellent visual designer, design screens for viewing and editing the data using
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I assisted a small company in migrating from Small Business Server 2011 to Office 365.
SBS 2011 was the last full edition of Small Business Server, with Exchange included. It still works fine but is getting out of date, and Microsoft has no replacement other than full Exchange and multiple servers at far greater cost,
…continue reading Notes from the field: Office 365 Cutover Migration for a small business and the mysteries of mail-enabled users
I’m just back from Microsoft’s Ignite event in Atlanta, Georgia, where around 23,000 attendees mostly in IT admin roles assembled to learn about the company’s platform.
There are always many different aspects to this type of event. The keynotes (there were two) are for news and marketing hype, while there is lots of solid technical
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At the Expo here at Microsoft’s Ignite you can see Azure Stack – though behind glass.
Azure Stack is Microsoft’s on-premises edition of Azure, a private cloud in a box. Technical Preview 2 has just been released, with two new services: Azure Queue Storage and Azure Key Vault. You can try it out
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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
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