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, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business Processes 6690 -132 6460 -528
…continue reading Microsoft’s story continues: Windows down, cloud up in financials Oct-Dec 2015
Microsoft has reported its financials for its first quarter. Making sense of these is harder than usual because the company has changed its segment breakdown (and the names are misleading). The new segments are as follows:
Productivity and Business Processes: Office, both commercial and consumer, including retail sales, volume licenses, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype
…continue reading Microsoft financials July-Sept 2015: decline of Windows hits home, cloud rises
“Windows 10′s lack of stability is really starting to be an issue for me” says Mary Jo Foley over on zdnet.
The problems she experienced include the Store not working, the Mail app not syncing and then wiping her accounts after an update, and the PC randomly shutting down. She has now done a clean
…continue reading Is Windows 10 stable? Mostly it is, but there are some concerns
Yesterday I was asked to convert a Dynamics CRM 2013 installation from an internal to an Internet Facing Deployment (IFD). It is a bit fiddly, but I have done this before so I was confident.
The installation in question is only for test; the company has its production CRM 2011 on another server. Because it
…continue reading Notes from the field: unexpected villain breaks Dynamics CRM and IIS on Windows Server 2012
The launch of Windows 10 today is a key moment for Microsoft and users of its platform. A few observations.
I like new Windows more than I had expected. I get on fine with Windows 8, though mostly on the desktop since that is where the applications are. Being able to run Store apps in
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Microsoft has reported its financials for its fourth quarter. The company made a loss of over three billion dollars ($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