At the Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles, Adobe has announced enhancements and additions to its Creative Cloud service, which includes core applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver, mobile apps for Apple’s iPad, and the online portfolio site Behance. Creative Cloud is also the mechanism by which Adobe has switched its customers from
…continue reading Adobe opens up Creative Cloud to app developers
How important is the Azure portal, the web-based user interface for managing Microsoft’s cloud computing platform? You can argue that it is not all that important. Developers and users care more about the performance and reliability of the services themselves. You can also control Azure services through PowerShell scripts.
My view is the opposite though.
…continue reading Microsoft Azure: new preview portal is “designed like an operating system” but is it better?
I have recently completed (if applications are ever completed) an application which runs on Microsoft’s Azure platform. I used lots of Microsoft technology:
Visual Studio 2013 Visual Studio Online with Team Foundation version control ASP.NET MVC 4.0 Entity Framework 4.0 Azure SQL Azure Active Directory Azure Web Sites Azure Blob Storage Microsoft .NET 4.5 with
…continue reading Developing an app on Microsoft Azure: a few quick reflections
I rashly agreed to create a small web application that uploads files into Azure storage. Azure Blob storage is Microsoft’s equivalent to Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service), a cloud service for storing files of up to 200GB.
File upload performance can be an issue, though if you want to test how fast your application can
…continue reading Notes from the field: putting Azure Blob storage into practice
I attended a Microsoft Cloud Day in London organised by the Azure User Group; I booked this when Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich was set to attend, but regrettably he cancelled at a late stage. I skipped the substitute keynote by UK Microsoftie Dave Coplin as I heard the very same talk earlier this month, so
…continue reading Microsoft Azure: growing but still has image problems
It was a lightbulb moment. The problem: how to migrate a document store from one Office 365 (hosted SharePoint) instance to another. Copy it all out and copy it back in, obviously, but that is painful over ADSL (which is all I had at my disposal) since the “asynchronous” part of ADSL means slow uploads;
…continue reading Amazon AWS and the continuing trend towards cloud services. Desktops next?
Microsoft has released SQL Server 2014 to manufacturing (an odd phrase in these diskless days) but which signifies that it is code complete for the initial release. General availability is April 1st.
What do you do if hardware trends enable you to stuff vast amounts of RAM into your server, along with many CPU cores?
…continue reading SQL Server 2014 is done: Hekaton, Azure integration
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
This week brought the news that SkyDrive is to be renamed OneDrive:
For current users of either SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, you’re all set. The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as the new name is rolled out
…continue reading OneDrive, SkyDrive, whatever: Microsoft needs to make it better – especially in Office 365
Microsoft has announced record revenue for its second financial quarter, October-December 2013. Revenue was bumped up by the launch of Xbox One (3.9 million sold) and new Surface hardware. The real stars though were the server products:
SQL Server continued to gain market share with revenue growing double-digits.
System Center showed continued strength with double-digit
…continue reading Microsoft financials: record revenue, consumer sales declining in drift towards Enterprise