November, 2009

  • Steve Clayton

    Scottish Government and Silverlight



    Some very cool Silverlight work by the guys at colaab to create SIMD – a portal for viewing Scottish Government statistics across income, employment, health and more.

    hat tip to Tim Heuer

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft Online, price changes & more countries



    Stephen Elop, the president of Microsoft’s Business Division today announced a tonne of news around Microsoft Online – our cloud services that comprise Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communicator and Live Meeting.

    The services that are collectively known as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) will be available in 15 additional countries and regions later this week. Elop also announced new customers including Aviva here in the UK, McDonald’s Rexel and Swedish Red Cross. Companies like GlaxoSmithkline are already saving around 30% of operational IT costs by replacing Lotus Notes, Domino, and Postini services with BPOS.

    Elop also announced a series of price reductions for BPOS with the suite now down to only $10 per user per month whilst mailbox size goes up to 25GB.

    Later this week we’ll be commercially available in Singapore with trials in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania and Taiwan; commercial availability in India is also expected later this year. This will bring availability to a total of 36 countries and regions as the Online train keeps rolling.

    This is where I spend probably 60% of my time at the moment so good to see the momentum and the hard work of friends and colleagues in Redmond starting to pay off.

  • Steve Clayton

    Engineering BPOS

    Get Microsoft Silverlight

    I was fortunate enough to find myself in a meeting with Dave Thomson whilst in Redmond last week – a near on 20 year veteran of Windows, Exchange and now Microsoft Online. Dave talks about the evolution of his world and Microsoft’s world to online service and the engineering mindset changes that go along with it.

    Dave also admits to getting 18 new emails between the hours of 6 and 7am. Just 18 Dave?? :) 

  • Steve Clayton

    Windows 7 - Listening to customers


    Windows 7 has been a big team effort and our customer service and support guys are a big part of this. They explain all in this video and have also posted a funky Silverlight demo to show how Customer Support has evolved.

  • Steve Clayton

    Jonathan Ive on Apple design


    Jony talks design. His passion for the product shines through and I love his philosophy of getting design out of the way.

    funny to see him take his iPhone out of his pocket and wipe the screen with his t-shirt. Design flaw? :)

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