Microsoft has announced its most expensive acquisition yet, taking over LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close later in 2016.
Why? It’s about combining data from Office 365 with LinkedIn’s data on who works where. According to Microsoft, it’s “the word’s first economic graph, a digital mapping of the global economy,” said
…continue reading Microsoft and LinkedIn: some early thoughts
Prompted by a piece on Charles Arthur’s Overspill blog I took at look at LeakedSource which has a database of leaked usernames and passwords.
There are two main ways for passwords to leak. One is that a web site had its user database hacked and stolen. The other is that malware on a user’s machine
…continue reading Passwords: time is being called
Microsoft’s Windows Phone disaster lurched further towards oblivion last week, when Windows boss Terry Myerson emailed employees with the news that “Today I want to share that we are taking the additional step of streamlining our smartphone hardware business, and we anticipate this will impact up to 1,850 jobs worldwide, up to 1,350 of which
…continue reading Last thoughts on Windows Phone
If you run Windows and use the Hyper-V hypervisor, which is used by Visual Studio as well as being handy for testing stuff in virtual machines, then you will encounter an annoyance if you go on to install Android Studio, Google’s official IDE for Android.
The problem is that Google’s Android emulator uses Intel’s HAXM
…continue reading How to run Android Studio on Windows without disabling Hyper-V
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 March 31st 2016 vs quarter ending March 31st 2015, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business Processes
…continue reading Microsoft Financials: steady, but a turning point as on-premises server business declines
I attended QCon in London last week. This is a software development conference focused on large-scale projects and with a tradition oriented towards Agile methodology. It is always one of the best events I get to attend, partly because it is vendor-neutral (it is organised by InfoQ), and partly because of the way it is
…continue reading Reflections on QCon London 2016 – part one
Microsoft is porting SQL Server, its popular database manager, to Linux. According to Executive VP Scott Guthrie:
Today I’m excited to announce our plans to bring SQL Server to Linux as well. This will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud. We
…continue reading Microsoft SQL Server is coming to Linux. What are the implications for Windows Server?
Microsoft Outlook 2016 has a new feature which the company highlighted when it first appeared, which is that it sends attachments as links by default, if they are stored in network-accessible locations. The idea is to prevent proliferation of different versions if several respondents make changes and email them back. It also means that everyone
…continue reading Outlook 2016 attachment mysteries and annoyances
Microsoft would like us to think of Office 365, its hosted email and collaboration service, as “cloud”. And it is in many ways; you can even get all your email and Onedrive-stored documents direct from a web browser.
The truth though is that Microsoft has been careful not to disrupt its desktop Office software too
…continue reading Microsoft Office 365 and desktop friction
Embarcadero has published a new roadmap explaining what to expect in forthcoming editions of its RAD Studio suite, including Delphi and C++ Builder.
The company has been acquired by IDERA though the Embarcadero brand is to continue under the new ownership.
The roadmap covers two “development tracks”, though it is not completely clear what that
…continue reading New Delphi and C++ Builder Roadmap promises Linux server support