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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
Windows Azure Service Managment API now in CTP
The Windows Azure team released a Community Technology Preview of the Windows Azure Service Management API the other day. This API is REST-based, and currently supports the following operations (according to the Windows Azure team blog): Deployments – Viewing, creating, deleting, swapping, modifying...
18 Sep 2009
FedEx QuickShip Revisited
Jon Box has short post today talking about our partnership with FedEx a while back to help them build and launch their FedEx QuickShip service. The formal launch was on stage with Bill Gates at the Office Developers Conference – exciting times! I think FedEx has been pretty pleased with the...
17 Sep 2009
Intro to Windows Azure in one slide
NOTE: Microsoft just changed the branding a bit so this slide needs to be updated - basically, the Azure Service Platform becomes the Windows Azure Platform, SQL Data Services becomes SQL Azure. Live Services leaves the platform (does not go away, but will emphasize affinity with Windows). -JCM July...
6 Jul 2009
How WPF can help your golf game, or PING’s new beginning
This app from PING, called nFlight, is extremely cool. Beautiful, sophisticated, and fun. nFlight analyzes your golf swing to develop specifications for custom fit golf clubs. The app performs complex simulations and renders beautiful displays that show actual ball flight with different...
14 May 2009
Cool new spatial analysis for SharePoint users
I’ve always been sort of a map nut. In fact, I love maps (there, I said it! :) ). Way back when I was Director of Elections for a county out in the State of Washington, I used to spend a lot of time with maps. In particular, we had a map of the county with transparent layers that folded...
5 May 2009
Wait, does All Things D / BoomTown actually agree with Microsoft on Software-plus-services?
Did I just hear Kara Swisher from All Things Digital’s BoomTown blog let it slip that she agrees with Microsoft on “Software-plus-services”? Kara interviewed Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft’s Business Division, about 10 days back and asked him about his view on innovation and...
14 Apr 2009
Symmetry between SQL Server and SQL Data Services – video interview
Patric McElroy, Group Program Manager of SQL Data Services team talks with Michael Cote of RedMonk about what’s coming with the new SDS, and where there will be symmetry with SQL Server. Really nice interview! This was recorded a few weeks back at MIX09. A few nuggets that stood out...
13 Apr 2009
Video – Zune on Windows Mobile 7 vs. The Greater Sum
Just saw this fun video from a post over at Live Side … funny thing, they hone in on whether or not one of the device interfaces is a preview of Windows Mobile 7 with a Zune app. To me, the the far more interesting thing is the qualitatively new, boundary-spanning experience they paint using technologies...
5 Apr 2009
View MIX09 sessions all online!
Thanks to the MIX team for getting a nice, organized list of all the MIX09 session videos up – complete with multiple video formats, as well as slides! http://videos.visitmix.com/MIX09/All Not as good as being there, but essentially great, free training! Naturally, the keynotes are definitely...
26 Mar 2009
Getting your next yacht with Microsoft Surface – more news
Some additional news today about getting your next Lazzara Yacht with Microsoft Surface (see here for original post ). There are really two parts to this story: Lazzara’s announcement marks the first time Microsoft Surface is being made available to consumers. Adding Surface, and some special applications...
17 Feb 2009
Learn the Azure Services Platform with these practical, free little videos
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then at 30 fps, the “How Do I…” video series on the Azure Services Platform should be good for a library full of worth of Azure Services Platform goodness! Indeed, that’s just the idea: to create a video library of free training on Windows Azure and the Services...
11 Feb 2009
Get the Mesh Video Player
Brian Gorbett has a good post about how he built a Meshified video player . What’s especially cool about this is that Brian also posted a screen cast video of him Meshifying the app, a link to the source code, AND a link to install the Meshified video player into your Mesh (CTP – developer version...
6 Feb 2009
Making tool bars interesting again. No, really.
Here's something interesting from InfoSpace... a tool bar! No, really. In fact, see for yourself over at Sam Chenaur's site . He's got a nice screen grab, too. This is not your "father's toolbar". I tried to get my own screen grab from the Recipe toolbar I installed, but it's really quite hidden until...
12 Dec 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
And the winner of the BillG - signed Guitar Hero guitar at ODC 2008 is...
As I mentioned here , we held a raffle earlier today to give away a Guitar Hero III guitar, complete with Bill Gates' autograph, at the Office Developers Conference 2008. The guitar played a part in the FedEx demo during BillG's keynote kicking off the conference. (More on that, including pics and video...
14 Feb 2008
BillG Keynote at ODC -- see the video and screenshots from the FedEx demo
If you weren't at ODC live to see BillG's keynote, you can see the video here. [Note: updated link so it works again.] Also, FedEx showed a number of cool things during BillG's keynote at ODC today. The demo was really packed, so there wasn't a lot of time for to really dwell on / explore the interesting...
11 Feb 2008
FedEx joins BillG on stage at ODC 2008 to announce FedEx QuickShip, and show off Office as a platform, S+S
(Update 1:41pm PST: See screenshots and video here !) I'm at the Office Developers Conference 2008 this week, and BillG is on stage doing Q&A, having just finished the keynote. A number of the highlights involved FedEx. In fact, FedEx SVP David Zanca joined BillG on stage and announced the...
11 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
steelcase blog: Docs for Change…, The Tao of OBA and S+S
Saw this today. Mark Greiner, who runs Steelcase's "Workspace Futures" team spoke at a Transformation, a Symposium on Innovative Health Care Delivery recently at the Mayo Clinic. Among the speakers that stood out to Mark was Michael Howe, CEO of MinuteClinic. Here's an excerpt of what Mark had to say...
15 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
Platform vs. Cool? My take on Apple's business strategy...
Technorati Tags: Strategy , Apple , innovation , business , software + services , S+S Interesting article about the iPhone here . Although entertaining to read, I disagree with the premise. It did get me thinking about the Apple business strategy, though, so I thought I'd post. A bit...
9 Oct 2007
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