Microsoft has reported its financials for its first quarter. Making sense of these is harder than usual because the company has changed its segment breakdown (and the names are misleading). The new segments are as follows:
Productivity and Business Processes: Office, both commercial and consumer, including retail sales, volume licenses, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype
…continue reading Microsoft financials July-Sept 2015: decline of Windows hits home, cloud rises
“Windows 10′s lack of stability is really starting to be an issue for me” says Mary Jo Foley over on zdnet.
The problems she experienced include the Store not working, the Mail app not syncing and then wiping her accounts after an update, and the PC randomly shutting down. She has now done a clean
…continue reading Is Windows 10 stable? Mostly it is, but there are some concerns
Yesterday I was asked to convert a Dynamics CRM 2013 installation from an internal to an Internet Facing Deployment (IFD). It is a bit fiddly, but I have done this before so I was confident.
The installation in question is only for test; the company has its production CRM 2011 on another server. Because it
…continue reading Notes from the field: unexpected villain breaks Dynamics CRM and IIS on Windows Server 2012
The launch of Windows 10 today is a key moment for Microsoft and users of its platform. A few observations.
I like new Windows more than I had expected. I get on fine with Windows 8, though mostly on the desktop since that is where the applications are. Being able to run Store apps in
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Microsoft has reported its financials for its fourth quarter. The company made a loss of over three billion dollars ($bn 3.195) but this was because of an eight billion dollar write-down mostly on the phone business – in effect, writing off the value of its Nokia acquisition. It still has plenty of cash in the
…continue reading Microsoft financials April-June 2015: loss from Nokia write-down, comments on future direction
Windows 10 is released in just 9 days, so all eyes will be on this and its new/old app platform
…continue reading Microsoft completes Visual Studio 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spoken to journalist Mary Jo Foley about the future of Windows Phone and Windows Mobile. What you read there does, I suspect, reflect heated discussions on Microsoft’s board about Windows strategy. I am guessing of course; but given the departure of Stephen Elop in June, and the cuts announced by
…continue reading Satya Nadella positions Windows Phone as small PC, Microsoft retreats from Phone business
Today Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that 7,800 employees will be removed “primarily in our phone business” and that the company is taking a $7.6 billion “impairment charge … related to assets associated with the acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business.”
Time for a quick resume of the company’s troubled mobile efforts since
…continue reading Windows Phone puzzles: strategy, what strategy?
I have been trying out Microsoft’s Nano Server Preview and wrote up initial experiences for the Register. One of the things I mentioned is that I could not get an ASP.NET app successfully deployed. After a bit more effort, and help from a member of the team, I am glad to say that I have
…continue reading Running ASP.NET 5.0 on Nano Server preview