Today Xamarin announced version 3.0 of its cross-platform mobile development tools, which let you target Android and iOS with C# and .NET. I have been trying a late beta preview.
In order to use Xamarin 3.0 with iOS support you do need a Mac. However, you can do essentially all of your development in Visual
…continue reading Hands on with Xamarin 3.0: a cross-platform breakthrough for Visual Studio
For the second time this week, I wasted some time fixing an infected Windows PC. The intriguing aspect of this infection though is that it was not really a virus – unless you count crude scripts designed to scare and inconvenience the user.
The problem started when an elderly friend was called, so she thought,
…continue reading Fixing a low-tech computer attack by fake “Microsoft”
Recently I assisted a small business (of around 10 users) with a transition from Small Business Server 2003 to Server Essentials R2.
Small Business Server 2003 had served it well for nearly 10 years. The package includes Windows Server 2003 (based on XP), Exchange, and the rather good firewall and proxy server ISA Server 2004
…continue reading Microsoft Small Business Server to Server Essentials R2: not a smooth transition
When Microsoft first announced Azure, at its PDC Conference in October 2008, I was not impressed. Here is the press release, if you fancy a look back. It was not so much the technology – though with hindsight Microsoft’s failure to offer plain old Windows VMs from the beginning was a mistake – but rather,
…continue reading Office, Azure Active Directory, and mobile: the three pillars of Microsoft’s cloud
At the April 2014 Build conference Microsoft made some far-reaching announcements about its .NET platform and the C# programming language. Yes, there was talk of C# 6.0, the next version, but the real changes are more profound. Specifically:
C# and Visual Basic have a new compiler, itself written in C#, code-named Roslyn. Roslyn is not
…continue reading Microsoft’s new open source direction for C# and .NET (and native compilation too): Anders Hejlsberg explains
Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Code (BASIC) has turned fifty, as reported on The Reg and by Jack Schofield on ZDNet. A great moment in computer history, or would we have been better off without it?
My first computer (a Commodore PET) ran Basic from ROM, and without it you could do nothing, though developers bypassed it
…continue reading Brief reflections on 50 years of BASIC
Microsoft has completed its acquisition of Nokia today, a milestone in the turbulent story both of Nokia and of Windows Phone, which Nokia adopted in the hope of establishing a “third ecosystem” to challenge Apple iOS and Google Android.
Rumour has it that the Nokia acquisition was controversial within Microsoft and a large factor in
…continue reading Microsoft completes Nokia acquisition: what now for Windows Phone?
Microsoft has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The year on year segment figures look like this:
Quarter ending March 31st 2014 vs quarter ending March 31st 2013, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Gross margin Change Devices and Consumer Licensing 4382 +30 3906 -23 Devices and Consumer Hardware 1973 +571 258 -135
…continue reading Microsoft financials: strong quarter especially in cloud services. We have a very different way to think about Windows says Nadella
One intriguing new feature in Micrsosoft’s SQL Server 2014 is the ability to create or attach databases whose files are in Azure blog storage. This sounds like something that would not work at all well: why would you want a database engine to mount files located hundreds or thousands of miles away? However, the feature
…continue reading Hands on: SQL Server 2014 with data files in Azure Blob Storage
Good to see these options when creating an Azure VM:
Puppet is for automating IT operations.
Chef is for modeling IT infrastructure and application deployment as code.
…continue reading Puppet and Chef come to Windows Azure