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
I took a quick look at Colligo Briefcase, an offline SharePoint 2007 and 2010 client for the Apple iPad and iPhone. There is a free Lite version, limited to 50Mb and with cut-down features; Briefcase Pro which costs a modest $2.99; and Enterprise which adds centralized management.
SharePoint is a powerful collaboration platform, but Microsoft’s
…continue reading Colligo Briefcase: offline SharePoint for iPad and iPhone
This morning I noticed that my test SharePoint 2010 installation was not working. Browsing to the site got me HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.
The problem seems to be related to the update KB2553365 which I noticed had been installed last night, following an initial failure.
Note this point in the description
…continue reading SharePoint security update stops SharePoint working
I have mixed feelings about SharePoint, Microsoft’s flexible but infuriating collaboration platform. It makes difficult things easy and easy things difficult, or something like that. Today’s story is an example, and may also be of interest if you are wondering how to write code that manipulates documents in SharePoint as found in Office 365.
…continue reading Wrestling with SharePoint and Office 365: code to bulk move documents
Today brings the news that Microsoft Office 15 is now in Technical Preview (also known as private beta).
There is little news about what is in it other than this:
With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office
…continue reading What would you like to see in Microsoft Office 15?
Microsoft has released its quarterly figures for January-March 2011. My at-a-glance summary is below.
Quarter ending June 30th 2011 vs quarter ending June 30th 2010, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 4740 -41 2943 -123 Server and Tools 4643 +494 1774 +214 Online 662 +94 -728 -40 Business (Office) 5777 +402
…continue reading Microsoft financials: Office and server dominate as Windows falters
Today I assisted a (very) small company migrate from Small Business Server 2003 to BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite), Microsoft’s hosted Exchange and SharePoint.
Why BPOS, when Office 365 launches later this month? Well, BPOS has all the features they need, and when given the choice between a beta-soon-to-be-just-launched online platform, and one that has
…continue reading Notes from the field: migrating a small business to Microsoft BPOS
I’ve been trying out an Apple iPad 2 recently, and one of the topics that interests me is the extent to which it can replace a laptop.
That is a nebulous question of course – it depends what you use a laptop for – but one essential from my perspective is the ability to create
…continue reading Apple iPad, Pages and Microsoft SharePoint – it works