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Microsoft creates a “Server and Cloud Division”
The Windows Server Division weblog announced yesterday that the people who build Windows Server, Windows Azure, SQL Server, SQL Azure, Visual Studio and System Center will all now be part of the same organization, Server and Cloud Division (SCD). This re-org is part of a transition for the...
9 Dec 2009
Notes of the Microsoft-Yahoo analyst call
Found some good minute-by-minute summary notes of the Microsoft-Yahoo conference call with analysts on the new partnership here . Update: You can also go here to see videos of Ballmer and Bartz talking about the deal, as well as sign up for news alerts. Exciting...
29 Jul 2009
Thumbtack improving on bookmarks + A Thumbtack collection on Microsoft's Data Centers
(NOTE: Removed links as the Thumbtack experiment has ended... the service is no longer available. -JohnM, October 27, 2009). Thumbtack is a handy little resource for organizing and sharing information you find on the web into collections. Of course, bookmarks already provide a rudimentary way to organize...
16 Apr 2009
The Next Next Next Big Thing
Stephen Elop is an interesting guy. He’s President of Microsoft’s Business Division, but he’s also been a leader at Juniper, Lotus, Macromedia, and Adobe. He spoke recently to Wharton students about the future of business technology. Most of his presentation was organized around an “envisioning...
2 Mar 2009
So bad, it’s good?
Ok, so you may or may not have been a fan of the Bill and Jerry ads. Either way, Jon and Neil point to something surely far worse – so bad, in fact, it’s absurdly funny! Don’t believe me? Think boy band singing about computers – and not in a Bill Gates kind of way, but in a Ron Burgundy...
3 Oct 2008
The purpose of Chrome, and how it may be good for Microsoft
Started this as a comment on Larry Digan's blog here , but it ended up so darn long I decided to make it a post on its own right here. A few more thoughts on Chrome. Just my 2 cents. -John ... More than anything else, Chrome strikes me as a "trojan horse" of sorts to get Google Gears installed...
5 Sep 2008
Tech Tracks | Microsoft launching Windows ad campaign at 5:15 p.m. with spot on NFL season opener tonight
Here's the ad, courtesy of a Seattle Times. So what do you think? Tech Tracks | Microsoft launching Windows ad campaign at 5:15 p.m. with spot on NFL season opener tonight | Seattle Times Newspaper Blog Technorati Tags: Advertising , Microsoft
4 Sep 2008
Brian Jones: Open XML Formats
In case you missed it, ISO has approved Open XML as a standard. Brian Jones has more here . What does this mean? Well, among other things it means that the next version of Office ("Office 14" is the inspiring code name) will use an ISO standard as it's native file format...
2 Apr 2008
Microsoft to give out development tools to students | Markets | Markets News | Reuters
Historically, Microsoft's free development tool software program for students has been controlled by computer science departments. This has probably been one of multiple reasons that comp sci students have disproportionately taken advantage of Microsoft's previous free software program for students...
19 Feb 2008
S+S Example #1: Ford Work Solutions
Computers and software can do lots of interesting things, and more every day. While I love websites -- I don't want to be completely constrained to them. For example, i like having things like Zune , my smartphone , Windows Live Writer , etc. as part of my life even though (actually, because) the experiences...
8 Feb 2008
Filling the Boomer Gap in Automotive, post-SYNC what comes next?
Ed Wallace has a great article in Business Week about the impact of mass demographics on the auto industry -- fun to read, and insightful. Years ago, I remember walking through Ford WHQ and seeing a distinct focus on Gen Y . Gen X isn't big enough to offset the void the boomers will leave. The auto industry...
11 Jan 2008
High quality music streaming over the Internet to your car stereo
You may have heard that Ford SYNC (based on Microsoft's Windows Automotive ) will play music from your mp3 player, or even from a USB drive, as the video here shows. Turns out you can also stream music from either a phone or a laptop via a mobile phone Internet connection and Bluetooth using the A2DP...
10 Jan 2008
Miss your chance to see BillG keynote CES? See him keynote the Office Developers Conference 2008!
The Office Developers Conference (ODC) is coming up quick, starting 10-Feb-2008 in San Jose this year. Should be an awesome event! Office 2007 is by far the best Office yet to build solutions on, and now that it's got a year on the market under it's belt I can't wait to see what everyone is showing off...
8 Jan 2008
A Guide to the BillG Keynote at CES
Bill Gates gave the opening keynote at CES the other day. You can see a video of it here. I didn't think the press and blog coverage that I saw this morning did a very good job exposing the ton of cool stuff he covered, so I whipped together this guide to give you a feeling for what he did cover and...
7 Jan 2008
Microsoft's Software + Services strategy in 10 minutes or less...
I got an email recently asking me to present Microsoft's Software + Services strategy at an internal Microsoft meeting recently. The challenge: keep it under 10 minutes. After the session it occurred to me that a lot of folks might get something out of an "Software + Services (S+S) in a nutshell" kind...
16 Nov 2007
Now available for your review: .NET Source Code!
Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Silverlight , source code Is Microsoft changing? Releasing .NET source code as shared source (using the MS-RL -- Microsoft Reference License) would've been unthinkable a few years back. It's not open source in the GPL sense, but it's noteworthy nonetheless. ...
4 Oct 2007
Is Jon Box Related to Don Box?
You may remember Jon from the .Net Developers Journal or .Net Rocks. He's just posted his inaugural post titled "Who Is Jon Box?" on his new msdn blog: "Out of the Box". Check it out. He's a serious architect luminary that doesn't take himself too seriously. (And a fantastic colleague from whom it's...
9 May 2007
The Best Payback in Technology History... Think you know what it is???
Hmmm.... How about a giant ERP system? :-) Nope. Internet Explorer? Windows Mobile? Getting closer, but those are only "honorable mention" in my book. If you're a company with a large investments in ERP and Line of Business (LOB) applications, my vote for the best technology payback the computing world...
15 Feb 2007
Computers and cars... what's not to like?
Just wrapped up 3 days of a great SAE Convergence 2006 conference at COBO Hall in downtown Detroit. This is the world's premier conference about the convergence of computing and automotive engineering. Believe it or not, the conference has been going every two years since the 1970s. Even more surprising...
18 Oct 2006
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