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I have said more than once that one of the biggest misconceptions people have about my skill set is that because I can develop software for the iPhone, iPad, and Windows 8 tablets, I must know everything there is to know about using them. 90% of my time spent on a computer is spent in ...
Another Unleashed behemoth!!! It is a whopping 1683 of printed pages and 2765 pages when you include the additional chapters available in the eBook you get with the printed book. If this book doesn’t contain the information you need about SQL Server 2012, then you probably won’t find i...
This little book is packed with tons of information. The authors did a good job of selecting topics that SharePoint administrators need to know, but may use so infrequently, they don't retain the details. In today's IT world that is just life. A little over a year ago we upgraded from...
AppZero, a fast, more flexible way to move server applications, announced on Monday a collaboration with Microsoft in which Microsoft is recommending AppZero for moving a variety of applications from Windows Server 2003, which reaches the end of extended support in July, 2015, to Micro...
Want to gain an edge in your technical career? Industry insiders suggest that over 70% of businesses now run at least two virtualization platforms in their IT environment. That’s why IT pros who understand multiple platforms are invaluable to their companies and clients. With all the t...
This is the SharePoint book for the end-user that wants to become a power-user. It covers a ton of topics and it covers them in-depth. The book is not intended for SharePoint developers for SharePoint administrators, although most SharePoint developers and administrators are also powe...
Mobile and cloud are two of the biggest changes in the enterprise today. Amidst a disruptive shift in technology and IT economics arrive the difficult decision of how you can design, build, deploy, and manage your mobile websites. Decisions such as “do I build native” or “how can I bui...
I think this book is a perfect place to start for those new to the Windows Phone 8 application development. The author covers a wide variety of topics at a level deep enough that you understand the topic and its context. A majority of my experience on Microsoft devices was with embedd...
Microsoft Sunday slashed the price of its poorly selling ARM-based Windows-incompatible Surface RT by $150 to $349 for the 32GB model. That’s without the cover that also functions as a touch-sensitive keyboard. With the magnet cover the price is $449. The bigger 64GB model has been c...
Microsoft’s little adventure into tablet land has cost it a $900 million charge to cover its slashing prices on its hard-to-move ARM-based Surface RT widgets earlier this week by as much as 30%. But that was only part of its fiscal Q4 story of missed revenue and profit expectations T...
Microsoft has created Microsoft Ventures as a way to unify its sundry venture efforts by housing them under one roof and giving entrepreneurs a single point of engagement. It describes Microsoft Ventures as broad-based with a holistic approach, featuring a community evangelism progra...
Microsoft and Engine Yard, the Platform-as-a-Service, announced a strategic alliance Wednesday to deliver a commercial-grade open source-based platform on top of Windows Azure’s on-demand infrastructure. Engine Yard Cloud will be available in the Azure Marketplace beginning July 31. ...
Without any fanfare Microsoft last Friday released a feature-limited copy of its cloud-based Office 365 for iOS formatted to fit the little screen. It’s only for the iPhone, not the iPad, which is presumably too close to Microsoft’s own tablet ambitions. There is of course the slow...
Microsoft and Nokia, which abandoned or rejected other operating systems for Microsoft’s Windows Phone smartphone system a couple of years ago, reportedly got a pretty good way down the road in their recent discussions about Microsoft buying its handset business before the talks fatall...
Telerik, an end-to-end provider of development tools and solutions for building cross-platform and mobile applications, has announced the latest evolution of Telerik DevCraft, the ultimate toolset for professional .NET developers. With this release, Telerik sets the standard for .NET m...
Centrify, which made its bones making Microsoft’s popular Active Directory accessible to Redmond’s enemies list, is spreading its wings and snuggling up closer to Microsoft at the same time by throwing it something of a lifeline. See, Microsoft expects Office 365 to be one of the fas...
Microsoft wants to buy Nook Media LLC, the Barnes & Noble’s digital and college books joint venture, for a billion dollars according to TechCrunch, which says it’s got internal documents to prove it. With Windows 8 in mind Microsoft bought 16.8% of the operation last year for $300 mi...
Roughly six months after Windows 8 came out at the end of October, Microsoft Tuesday confirmed reports that it’s been tinkering with the operating system to make it more popular. The radical redesign is supposed to have confused the buying public and created enough of a learning curv...
A mini Y2K event for applications stranded on those old, obsolete servers. The challenge is clear. EOL means no more patches and security vulnerabilities increase on a daily basis. For those wishing to keep their machines running, this is a situation that requires action.. There are t...
In this version of the book the author still starts off by answering the question, "Why do we need another C# book?". I was asking myself that very question when I turned to the introduction of C# 4.0 Unleased which was the first version of this book I read. He says "In short, what set...
Microsoft announced Tuesday that ZTE, one of the world’s biggest handset producers, had come to terms and signed a worldwide patent license agreement that will see Microsoft paid a royalty on all of the phones, tablets, computers and other devices the Chinese company makes that run Goo...
Microsoft shrugged off the precipitous downturn in PC sales and the diffident reception given Windows 8 Thursday when it posted record fiscal Q3 results. It returned 72 cents a share, up 19%, on revenues of $20.49 billion, up 18%, beating expectations of 68 cents, but coming up light...
Asian suppliers told the Wall Street Journal that Microsoft has been sampling components including a 1.5-inch display for a potential touch-enabled smartwatch that would compete with a purported watch from Apple and others coming from Google and Samsung as well as the Martian Passport ...
With Windows Server 2003 end of life approaching, companies will be faced with moving large numbers of enterprise applications. We provide the only way to upgrade existing server applications from WS2003 to WS2008 or WS2012 in a cost effective and time saving way. AppZero, the fastes...
Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, is going to pay Microsoft royalties on all the Android and Chrome widgets it makes including smartphones, tablets and televisions under the broad worldwide patent licensing agreement they’ve just cut. Hon Ha...
“You need two groups when dealing with cloud compliance,” explained Rob LaMear IV, CEO and Founder of Fpweb.net, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “First,” LaMear continued, “you need a provider that is willing to operate transparently and work with ...
No one is going to argue (at least not strongly) in favor of running business applications on an operating system that does not get security updates. Compliance teams will see this as a huge risk and will move heaven and earth to remediate it. In the next 12 months many IT departments ...
iSCSI? No problem! Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 include native support for a software iSCSI initiator as well as MPIO ( Multipath IO ) for resiliency and load balancing of storage IO over multiple network paths. In this article, we’ll walk through the process of connec...
After fining Microsoft $733 million for unintentionally flouting an antitrust settlement with regulators, the European Commission took some of the blame. Antitrust czar Joaquín Almunia said the EU had been “naïve” to let Microsoft monitor its own adherence to the 2009 deal that let i...
The European Commission Wednesday levied a fine of €561 million ($733 million) on Microsoft for failing to keep its legally binding 2009 promise to offer European Windows users a choice of rival browsers. Microsoft claimed an accidental technical glitch prevented the new Windows 7 Se...
Like Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble before it, Nikon has signed up to pay Microsoft royalties for certain of its cameras running Android. The deal gives Nikon broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio. Microsoft said the agreement “demonstrates the value that bot...
Tech Crunch got it from Extreme Tech which got it from Phoronix which got it from a source at the big FOSDEM open source conference in Brussels that Microsoft – which is reportedly planning to release Office for Android, a Linux distribution, this year – is taking a “meaningful look” a...
With IaaS combined with the many features Windows Azure offers, the opportunities for enterprise IT as well as small and medium businesses are real and exciting to employ cloud as a delivery platform for LOB services including media and phone apps.
Avanade, the global enterprise IT services company started by Accenture and Microsoft in 2000 to focus on Microsoft widgetry, has acquired the software written by a young 15-month-old SaaS operations start-up by the name of Opstera that helps manage cloud solutions, the underlying plat...
While enterprise IT is transitioning form on-premise deployment to an emerging architecture of hybrid cloud, IT professionals are facing unprecedented challenges to change from managing servers deployed on premise to managing services in hybrid cloud, at the same time extraordinary opp...
“Microsoft has provided a $2 billion loan to the group that has proposed to take Dell private. Microsoft is committed to the long-term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future. “We’re in an industry that is cons...
The Financial Times claims that Silver Lake’s buyout offer for Dell has gone to $15 a share, up from somewhere between $13 and $14.25, if a tablet-induced leveraged buyout can be put together. Barron’s thinks large stockholders are pressing for $20 and the Wall Street Journal says Mic...
Microsoft Tuesday released its late-to-the-party touch-enabled Office-as-a-Subscription for consumers nearly seven years after Google started flogging its “good enough” Google apps. The business version follows late next month. Of course, Microsoft dragged its feet to protect its sec...
Despite all the happy post-PC talk and the 4.9% drop in worldwide PC shipments last quarter, Windows is alive and well. Microsoft posted the numbers from its December quarter Thursday and revenues from its Windows Division were up 24% to $5.88 billion year-over-year while Windows pro...
Microsoft is in talks to help Dell finance a buyout, according to both CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. It could kick in somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion. The rumored price to take Dell private remains around $13-$14 a share. Private equity house Silver Lake Partners ...