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This book is the perfect size and the perfect depth for getting up to speed quickly with building Windows 8 Store Applications. The book starts by introducing WinRT. This introduction includes a really nice history of how Microsoft got to where they are now. It starts with a look back...
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told French daily Le Parisien Monday that sales of the company’s iPad- and Android-challenging Surface tablet had a “modest” start because of limited availability confined to its online retail sites and the few Microsoft stores in the US. Surface tablets are...
TreeHouse Interactive (www.treehousei.com), a provider of on-demand partner relationship management (PRM) and marketing automation solutions, has announced its Reseller View PRM system is now available on the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace. With this development, Microsoft Dynamics CRM...
Microsoft Thursday launched the biggest, most dramatic makeover of its operating system since Windows went graphical, perfuming the effort with a billion-dollar marketing budget. Windows 8 will be on the street Friday, October 26. It has to best the competition from the smartphones an...
Microsoft’s got previews of its Apache Hadoop-based solutions for Azure and Windows Server, Azure HDInsight Service and HDInsight Server for Windows. They’re supposed to deliver Apache Hadoop compatibility for the enterprise and simplify the deployment of Hadoop-based solutions. It s...
Microsoft is having a déjà vu moment. It’s in the soup again with the European Commission and is expecting a hefty fine that could theoretically reach 10% of its annual revenues, or $7 billion, something the EC has never done before but then the EC has never met a recidivist like Mic...
Microsoft started taking pre-orders for Windows 8 Friday. The upgrade price is $70. The widgetry is set to be released on October 26, when the software can be downloaded for $40, an offer that will expire at the end of January. The offer extends to XP, Vista and Windows 7. Buyers c...
Used in IT departments for a number of purposes, virtualization is starting to attract interest from home computer operators. Perhaps you already use a virtualization application such as VirtualBox, VMWare, or XenSource at home so that you play with programs on different operating sys...
Microsoft Tuesday priced its ARM-based tablet, the dingus with the ARM-ported Windows RT that won’t run any of the scads of applications written for x86 machines although there will be an ARM-ported version of Office bundled with the things. The new widgets will go on sale next week ...
Microsoft said Tuesday that it’s going to buy privately held StorSimple and its Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) solutions to advance its Cloud OS vision and help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing more efficiently. It did not say what it’s paying. As a gauge, the start-up rais...
C12G Labs, the company behind the widely-used OpenNebula cloud management platform, today announced the results of a survey to determine the main building blocks that constitute the existing OpenNebula clouds. The full results can be seen at http://www.c12g.com/survey The results of t...
After looking into his crystal ball and seeing nothing all that good in Microsoft’s long-term future, CEO Steve Ballmer has signaled in his annual letter to stockholders Tuesday that Microsoft’s venture into hardware à la Apple’s tight integration is here to stay. “There will be time...
New and flexible ways to make changes of a Windows Server 2012 installation after the fact are available. And IT pros can now convert a server from and to Server Core, and change the availability of server components that are previously committed at an installation time. This introduce...
Windows Server 2012 Storage Space subsystem now virtualizes storage by abstracting multiple physical disks into a logical construct with specified capacity. The process is to group selected physical disks into a container, the so-called storage pool, such that the total capacity collec...
Want to support my.fancy.app.can.serve.up.anything.mybrand.com in your Windows Azure application? Just use wildcard CNAMEs and a little code glue! I was meeting with a small company today that has developed a SaaS solution around task and project management. It's a very cool applicat...
The European Commission said Thursday that it’s going to take Microsoft to the woodshed and formally charge it with breaching a 2009 agreement to offer European users of Windows a mess of alternative browsers, a deal struck to settle a brewing antitrust case. Microsoft admitted the o...
Windows 8, which is supposed to be released in a month, isn’t ready, Intel CEO Paul Otellini told employees in Taiwan according to Bloomberg, which talked to somebody who was there. Intel, of course, is depending on the new operating system to tickle PC sales. Otellini, however, re...
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put rumors of a $199 Microsoft Surface RT tablet – that even had Apple biting its nails – to bed in an interview with the Seattle Times in which he suggested the dingus would go for “probably $300” – lower than the price of a New iPad – “to about $700 or $80...
Please, God, let this work – even if it’s not completely impenetrable, it sounds better than what we’ve got as we know from the Chinese. “It” is widgetry called vSentry from a UK start-up called Bromium that promises to put an end to malware – at least in the enterprise. Bromium is t...
Android took it on the chin Thursday when a German court said it infringed a Microsoft patent on a soft input panel system and method in a case against Google satellite Motorola Mobility. Microsoft has made a similar claim in the US. FOSS Patents, which reckons Google has suffered ...
There is a famous saying “Imagination is the creativity behind all innovations.” In today’s world where there is a plethora of smart devices to the market, the growth of smart devices is changing our work patterns. Enterprises are looking to build a solution that will give unified exp...
By next July Microsoft means to hire another thousand people in China where it already has a staff of 4,500, according to what Ralph Haupter, CEO of Microsoft’s Greater China unit, told the press in Beijing. The hires will be in R&D, sales and marketing and services. It also means ...
Microsoft said it would push Windows Server 2012 out the door in early September and it did on Tuesday, after a year of public test builds. It positioned it as the “cornerstone” of its cloud strategy, its “Cloud OS” for private and hosted clouds and a building block for Windows Azure. ...
In New York Wednesday at the Nokia press conference kicking off the introduction of the Windows 8-based phones that it’s depending on to save the company, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer predicted that there would be 400 million Windows 8 devices out in the field a year from now. Aside f...
Linoma Software has announced it will launch a new version of its application, GoAnywhere Services, which works with Microsoft Server 2012 to offer customers enhanced security, as well as innovative user interface features and reliability improvements. The secure file server in GoAnywh...
I have had a version of Windows 8 running since the first day the Developer Preview was available for download. I did so out of necessity, not because the techie in me wanted to. The techie in me that has spent the last 10 years exclusively in Microsoft's world wants nothing more than ...
This book is much more than just a cookbook with a bunch of recipes in it. I have used plenty of cookbooks and they are never readable from cover to cover. I usually just familiarize myself with the recipes that are available, read the ones interesting to me at the time, and throw them...
Whether you choose to embrace it or you try to resist it, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend is set to grow. The Cisco IBSG Horizons Study found that 78% of white-collar workers in the U.S. use a mobile device for work purposes and 41% of respondents indicated a majority of smartph...
This book starts with a great overview of the entire Windows Phone landscape. The author does a great job of introducing the development lifecycle and the anatomy of a basic windows phone application. After the initial chapter the author continues in Part I Building Blocks to lay a so...
Microsoft has reworked its browser-based Hotmail into a free, socialized, Facebook-friendly service it’s calling Outlook.com, borrowing the name from its Office e-mail client. The idea is to stop Google’s Gmail from eating into its turf. With 324 million users Hotmail is the larges...
Microsoft’s ARM-based Surface tablet will be out October 26, the same day Windows 8 hits the market according to what Microsoft told the SEC in its 10-K filing. Cnet noticed it over the weekend and remembered that Microsoft has said the widgets would be priced “competitive with a compa...
Windows 8 was released to manufacturing Wednesday morning, a hallelujah moment for Microsoft that nowadays means OEMs and manufacturing partners are getting the final code on which Microsoft’s future depends. The new “re-imagined” operating system, with what Microsoft calls “thousands...
Progress Software Corporation on Monday introduced the new Progress DataDirect Connect for ADO.NET 4.0, the latest version of its suite of ADO.NET (ActiveX Data Objects for .NET) data providers that completely eliminates the need for database client libraries with a 100 percent managed...
Remember Mono, Novell’s open source .NET-for-Linux project? Well, after they were fired last year in the Novell acquisition, Miguel De Icaza and Nat Friedman, the guys responsible for Mono started Xamarin and got perpetual rights to Mono, MonoTouch and Mono for Android. Now they’ve ...
Scott Thompson, the Yahoo CEO who left in May after four months in the job because it was discovered that he gave himself an undergraduate degree in computer science, has gotten another job. He’s now CEO of ShopRunner, a start-up that gives members two-day shipping from some retail si...
Microsoft wheeled out a customer preview of its new Johnny-come-lately, touch-sensitive, cloud-oriented, browser-based version of Office at a last-minute press conference in San Francisco Monday. The stuff is meant for Windows 8, which is supposed to come out at the end of October. M...
The federal judge who’s been minding Novell’s billion-dollar WordPerfect antitrust suit threw out its remaining claims Monday theoretically bringing the generation-old dispute dating to Windows 95 and the reign of Bill Gates to an end. Novell however says it’s going to appeal the ben...
Microsoft has never reported a loss in its 26 years as a public company until Thursday when a gargantuan $6.19 billion write-down on aQuantative, the online ad agency it acquired in 2007 for $6.3 billion to compete against Google, plus $540 million in deferred revenue on Windows 8 nomi...
Oh, geez, not again. The European Commission is investigating Microsoft for not complying with an antitrust settlement and threatening “severe” sanctions. Microsoft is the only company ever to be fined for defying the EC and the regulator now thinks that the company didn’t follow t...
This book is great. It's no nonsense approach to covering the C# 5.0 language is like a breath of fresh air. It is clean, to the point, and thorough. It makes finding a topic, and learning it, or getting a refresher, a very fast process. This new version includes new information on th...