Some time ago I wrote a simple web application which runs on Microsoft Azure and uses Azure Active Directory for authentication. The application is used constantly and has proved reliable; however yesterday it stopped working. A quick debug session showed that the problem was an Azure AD permissions error.
In order to use Azure AD,
…continue reading The case of the disappearing Azure AD application registration
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
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
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
Microsoft has reported its latest financial results, for the quarter ending December 31st 2015.
Here are the latest figures (see end of post for what is in the segments):
Quarter ending December 31st 2015 vs quarter ending December 31st 2014, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business Processes 6690 -132 6460 -528
…continue reading Microsoft’s story continues: Windows down, cloud up in financials Oct-Dec 2015
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