July, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    MobileMe sneaks in to Vista


    I was making some changes this week in Control Panel and my machine and could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that new entry at the bottom – Apple’s MobileMe. Where the hell did that come from? Where else…iTunes. I got prompted to install a new version of iTunes last week (I use Nike+) so given Apple uses iTunes for MobileMe I shouldn’t have been surprised.

    Needless to say, I didn’t sign up :)

  • Steve Clayton

    iPhone 3G, meet Microsoft Exchange!


    Despite all the hoopla and disappointments of today’s iPhone 2 launch (see Techmeme for the sagas), the Exchange team here at Microsoft did the decent thing and welcomed the iPhone 2.0 to the world of Exchange.

    The Exchange blog has all the details.

  • Steve Clayton

    What Is Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services?



    Find out from the person who runs it - Debra Chrapaty. She talked with Om Malik at Structure08 last week and they cover plenty of ground – what, where and why is Microsoft investing >$2bn in datacenters, what is all the noise about containers and why this is more than just datacenters. 

    As I’ve mentioned before, you’ll hear more about what these guys are building for at the PDC this year

  • Steve Clayton

    Vista: you’ve come a long way baby


    Okay, so Vista wasn’t a hit when it arrived but things are changing and as Ed Bott points out the campaign is just beginning to surface. The ad above goes to “Windows Vista: Look how far we’ve come.” which then offers this

    When Windows Vista debuted in January 2007, we declared it the best operating system we had ever made. “Windows Vista is beautiful,” The New York Times raved. It’s humbling that millions of you agree.

    But we know a few of you were disappointed by your early encounter. Printers didn’t work. Games felt sluggish. You told us—loudly at times—that the latest Windows wasn’t always living up to your high expectations for a Microsoft product.

    We know that’s what some people are saying on the Internet. And in its early days, Windows Vista did experience some compatibility problems. But thanks to our industry partners’ efforts during the past 18 months, here’s where things stand today.

    and there follow a list of stats such as

    • Windows Vista now supports 77,000 printers, cameras, speakers and other devices.
    • Over 2,700 software programs are now certified to work on Windows Vista, including 98 of the top 100 consumer applications.
    • 62% of small business said Windows Vista saves them time, and 70% said that it makes them more productive, according to an independent survey
    • 71% of Windows Vista customers liked it better than their last operating system.


    Not a bad start but a long way to go.

  • Steve Clayton

    Bill Gates talks Cloud Computing, tees up Ozzie nicely



    I’ve been reading as much of the Bill Gates departure coverage as I can over the last week or so – I’m a huge fan of Bill and it’s fascinating to see the genuine respect for him from many quarters.

    I particularly enjoyed the PC Magazine Bill Gates Exit Interview, especially the section on The Power and Problems of the Cloud. Bill talks about the similarities between Cloud Computing and timesharing and says

    “Those of us who grew up with time sharing understand going back to timesharing, even with great capacity, is not that great.”


    He then connects with his inner geek and talk about sub-routines, Google Earth and performance and notes that

    “In the extreme case, we can take somebody's data center and run it for them on the cloud. All the issues about administrative, capacity, who owns the data, what happens when things go wrong, when people are getting error messages, that's cloud computing and there is a lot of deep invention and work. I would say we are investing more in letting businesses use cloud computers than anyone is, and we have some brilliant projects that Ray Ozzie will be talking about more over the next year.”

    It’s a great insight in to Bill’s view on Cloud Computing and he tees Ray Ozzie up nicely for the PDC with


    The thing we're doing that Ray Ozzie will talk about later this year at the PDC is how you make it easy to write those programs that are high-scale running in cloud data centers in a way that you really understand what is going on.

    In several videos and interviews, Bill has laid the foundation for the services era that Ray is leading.


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