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
I am investigating hosting this site on Windows Azure, partly as a learning exercise, and possibly to enable easier scaling.
I discovered that any web site short of Standard is worthless other than for experimentation and prototyping. I set up a Small Standard Web Site (£48 per month). But what database? I recalled that you
…continue reading Running WordPress on Windows Azure
Lukas Mathis has a detailed post on Windows 8, including its advantages over the Apple iPad as a productivity tablet. Mathis switched from the iPad to a Surface Pro:
In general, I really love the Surface, and I use it much more, and for many more things, than I ever used any iPad I ever
…continue reading The problem with backpedalling on Windows 8: it is the wrong direction
Xamarin, which provides cross-platform development tools for targeting iOS and Android wtih C#, is not exhibiting here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but does have a presence for meetings, and I caught up with Joseph Hill who is Director of Developer Relations.
Xamarin has just announced a joint SDK with SAP along with some
…continue reading X is for Xamarin: One company that is pleased to see Nokia X
Samsung introduced KNOX at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC). It is a secure app and data container for Samsung mobiles, backed by hardware, enabling businesses to run apps that are isolated from a user’s personal apps (which might include badly behaved or even malicious apps). Data is encrypted so that business secrets are safe
…continue reading Samsung evolving KNOX into complete mobile device management solution
Nokia has announced the X range: Android smartphones connected to Microsoft/Nokia services including Bing search, OneDrive cloud storage, Nokia Here maps, and Nokia Music.
The phones, according to Nokia, are aimed at the “affordable” market especially in “growth markets” or in other words, less developed territories.
The stated reason for Nokia X is
…continue reading Nokia’s puzzling Android announcement: Nokia X
Microsoft has announced new features in Windows Azure, its cloud platform, described by VP Scott Guthrie on his blog.
Aside: I agree with this comment to his post:
Thank you Scott for update. I wish dozens of MS folks and MS representatives would have a clue about Azure roadmap to help businesses plan their release
…continue reading New features in Windows Azure, including web site backup, .NET mobile services
While waiting to board I fired up Visual Studio 2013 thinking I might tinker with the game I am working on during the flight.
I got this unwelcome message. “Your license has gone stale.” This is because I have an MSDN version which apparently is no longer a perpetual license.
Thanks to what
…continue reading Visual Studio license expired: not what you want to see just before boarding a flight
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