Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has penned a rather long public letter which sets out his ambitions for the company. It is not full of surprises for those who have been paying attention, but confirms what we are already seeing in projects such as Office for iPad: Microsoft is positioning itself for a world in which
…continue reading Microsoft repositions for a post-Windows client world
I am not in San Francisco but attended Google I/O Extended in London yesterday, to hear the keynote and a couple of sessions from Google’s annual developer conference.
I found the demographics different than most IT events I attend: a younger crowd, and plenty of start-ups and very small businesses, not at all enterprisey
…continue reading Google I/O 2014: impressive momentum, no wow moments
“Users of today’s PCs live on a precipice. One false click and the adware and malware invades,” I remarked in a recent comment on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 launch.
The remark was prompted by a recent call from a friend. His PC was playing up. He was getting all sort of security warnings and being
…continue reading Google, Bing: time to junk these parasitic download sites
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?
I’m at QCon London, an annual developer conference which is among my favourites thanks to its vendor-neutral content.
One session which stood out for me was from Robin Wilton, Director for Identity and Privacy at the Internet Society, who spoke on “Understanding and managing your Digital Footprint”. I should report dissatisfaction, in that we only
…continue reading Privacy and online data sharing is a journey into the unknown: report from QCon London
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
Google announced its Chrome browser in September 2008. Its stated goal was to run web applications better:
What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that’s what we set out to build.
Chrome was a hit, thanks to easy install, fast performance, and
…continue reading Platform Wars: Google injects Chrome OS into Windows, never mind the poor users
There may yet be an ITWriting review of the year; but in the meantime, the trend that has struck me most this year has been the steady march of permission-based, fee-charged technology during the course of the year, even though it has continued trends that were already established.
The decline of Windows and rise of
…continue reading 2013: the web gets more proprietary. So do operating systems, mobile, everything
A week ago, Google make its Compute Engine generally available. The service offers virtual machine instances as a cloud service, at prices from $0.114 per hour for a single-core VM with 3.75 GB RAM. In addition, you pay for outgoing network traffic and persistent storage. Reflecting the shortage of IP addresses, a static IP costs
…continue reading Google Compute Engine: good enough to take on Amazon?