- Apple's IPad Wins Corporate Converts at Wells Fargo, SAP
Companies are glomming to the iPad. The desire for good, usable technology is massive out there in the business world it seems: they've put up with utter crap and dancing bears for so long.
- The Ultimate Guide To A/B Testing
- Dysfunctional Microsoft?
Tim gives an overview of the state of Microsoft as reflected by it's technology efforts in programming tools and cloud. Too early to give up, it goes, but there's a big challenge to stop being the meandering follower.
- Introducing the PivotViewer Control for Silverlight
A flashy and useful way of visualizing data added to Silverlight.
- Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Released
Nice timeline on the Windows Phone 7 release train and info on how to apply for a developer phone.
- Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Beta Released
- Flex and mobile: a vision for building multiscreen applications, whitepaper [PDF]
8 page whitepaper on Flex "Hero," the Adobe Flex version dedicated to bridging desktop and mobile development. Many details on Adobe's intentions and "requirements" for the platform with respect to screen-portibility across devices.
"Previously, we had investigated splitting off mobile development into a separate, new branch of the Flex framework, code-named Slider. However, the rapid increases in performance on smartphone-class devices over the past year, combined with the highly optimized performance of Adobe runtimes on these devices, now make it feasible to support mobile use cases directly with the core Flex framework. This unification of both mobile- and desktop-targeted features into a single framework is one of the cornerstones of the Hero release."
- I Hate That We’ve Gone Native
A cry for more focus on web apps vs. native apps. The comments are a good round up of developer-sentiment on the topic.
- Major Microsoft re-org to avert Windows' cloud cannibalization
I'm fond of cynically quipping "why pay for cloud once, when you can pay twice?" first for private, then for public down the road. Indeed, it seems there's some Stockholm syndroming on that one: "IDC found 55 per cent of CIOs prefer private to public, with private clouds accounting for $11.8bn in server revenue by 2014 compared to $718m for private."
- Realizing the Promise of Cloud Computing with Microsoft
"Our strategy is to provide the full range of cloud capabilities in both public and private clouds." –Robert Wahbe
- Microsoft's Earth-bound server chums fluff Redmond cloud
"…growing evidence has shown the bulk of money in cloud for tech companies is to be made by letting customers build and run their own, private services." – The Windows Azure appliance, private cloud, unified compute type thing. That said, as Gavin Clarke notes in the end, there's also guidance on setting up a different kind of private cloud based on Microsoft technologies: "the Private Cloud Deployment Kit also announced Monday and that features Windows Server, System Center and Virtual Machinae Manager with guidance and tools for setting up a cloud. Also, there's the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal released Monday to provide tools and guidance to how to build cloud services on the Windows Server platform."
- Aurora – a Microsoft cloud server for the small guy?
A Windows server for 25 people or less shops. Sounds like it has nice functionality, actually. As Tim Anderson points out, the question is if Microsoft "should" be really just recommending cloud/SaaS options for such shops to do their email, SharePoint, and file sharing. I'd think so.
- The Real Life Social Network v2
216 slides thinking about making social networking better, including some wash-board abs.
- Microsoft expands Intune beta to 10,000 more users
Microsoft's desktop management as SaaS offering is opened to more users. While it's targeted at small and medium businesses, I'm not sure if there's a reason enterprises wouldn't find it useful as well.
- Microsoft's Azure in a box: Aimed at VMware's vSphere
- Microsoft releases Azure cloud platform appliance
Microsoft does some hardware partnerships to make Azure appliances, a private cloud version of Azure.
- EGL Means Business
- Free Kindle Books' Most Famous Books from the Most Famous Authors PG E-Books
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