This week has seen multiple leaks of early builds of the next version of Windows – sometimes called Windows 9 or “Threshold” – showing Microsoft’s continuing inability to persuade all of its partners to keep secrets.
It seems to me that the leaks are likely to be genuine, though the usual health warnings apply. I
…continue reading Windows “9”: forget the Start menu, consider the apps
Microsoft has announced Win2D, a Windows Runtime API that wraps Direct2D (part of DirectX), for accelerated graphics in Windows Store apps.
The new API is described here and you can download the current binary here. It is in its early stages, but already supports basic drawing, bitmap loading, some image effects, and a vector and
…continue reading Microsoft introduces a new 2D graphics API for the Windows Runtime
Microsoft’s Todd Brix has posted about misleading apps in Windows Store:
Every app store finds its own balance between app quality and choice, which in turn opens the door to people trying to game the system with misleading titles or descriptions. Our approach has long been to create and enforce strong but transparent policies to
…continue reading Microsoft’s broken Windows Store: an unconvincing official response and the wider questions
Microsoft released its latest financial results yesterday, on which I will post separately. However, this remark from the earnings call transcript (Q&A with financial analysts) caught my eye:
In the year ahead, we are investing in ways that will ensure our Device OS and first party hardware align to our core. We will streamline the
…continue reading Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promises “One Windows” in place of three, but should that be two?
Regular readers will know that I am working on a simple (I thought) ASP.NET MVC application which is hosted on Azure and uses Azure Blob Storage.
So far so good; but since this business uses Office 365 it seemed to me logical to have users log in using Azure Active Directory (AD). Visual Studio 2013,
…continue reading Developing an ASP.NET MVC app with Azure Active Directory: an ordeal
I rashly agreed to create a small web application that uploads files into Azure storage. Azure Blob storage is Microsoft’s equivalent to Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service), a cloud service for storing files of up to 200GB.
File upload performance can be an issue, though if you want to test how fast your application can
…continue reading Notes from the field: putting Azure Blob storage into practice
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”
“Users of today’s PCs live on a precipice. One false click and the adware and malware invades,” I remarked in a recent comment on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 launch.
The remark was prompted by a recent call from a friend. His PC was playing up. He was getting all sort of security warnings and being
…continue reading Google, Bing: time to junk these parasitic download sites
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