Mini-MSFT is back, with a post about Microsoft turning The Corner. It’s
interesting to contrast his point of view with that of MG Siegler over at
ParisLemon. Given my own perception of Valley bias on the part of Siegler
(he is one of the new voices of TechCrunch after all), it’s great to see
that we’re making progress which is being met with receptivity and not
suspicion. Further, everyone is focused on the most important beneficiaries
I have to admit, since returning to the company a little over a year ago, I
have had this sense that things are looking up. Don’t get me wrong,
there’s no shortage of frustrations for me, but that’s to be expected
when you come from a tiny company where you were the founder and CEO to a
large company where you a cog in a wheel.
With the new fiscal year, I have a new role and a new team, and I plan on
making liberal... (more)
It was inevitable, and I just missed the release by a few months, however,
Microsoft is working hard on releasing the “Private Cloud”, your own
on-premises cloud computing software.
With the Microsoft cloud strategy, organizations can now move towards cloud
computing models with the confidence that their existing investments in their
datacenter are safe, and can be leveraged in this new paradigm. Existing
applications and services will be able to move to the private cloud without
the need to learn unproven technologies or introduce unnecessary complexity.
The Microsoft Private Cloud enables:
Management of the datacenter fabric as a single pool of resources Delivery of
scalable applications and workloads Focus on the management of the datacenter
service and it’s dependencies Federation of services across the full cloud
Microsoft is enabling customers to buil... (more)
Ray Ozzie, Bill Gates' hand-picked replacement as Microsoft's chief software
architect and the father of the Azure cloud, is leaving the company.
Steve Ballmer sent out an all-hands e-mail saying so Monday. Ballmer also
said Ozzie will not be replaced. Ballmer calls his job "unique." In his
place, Ballmer says Microsoft has "a strong planning process, strong
technical leaders in each business group and strong innovation heading to the
There is no explanation for why Ozzie is leaving or what he will do next.
Ballmer says he has no plans.
When exactly he departs is unclear; apparently he will be sticking around
through a transition and paying some attention to the entertainment space
before he leaves.
Here is the e-mail:
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2010
To: Microsoft - All Employees
Subject: Ray Ozzie Transition
This past March marked a signifi... (more)
Well, you may also call this the work of a Virtual Microsoft Evangelist. I am
using virtual evangelist in the sense of not being connected with or paid for
by Microsoft in any way (except my familarity with its products).
In here, I Iist the articles I wrote for a number of years on Microsoft
products and how they connect with third party software.
Articles related to Microsoft technology with Oracle, SQL Anywhere,
ColdFusion, Sun Microsystems and Crystal Reports.
Exploring OLAP Cube with Visual Basic
Crystal Report from OLAP Data Introduction
Using DTS: Import From/Export To a Non-Microsoft Database
Querying SQL 2000 Server with ColdFusion
Connecting to SQL 2005 Server from the Java Studio Creator
JSP Basics with Java Studio Creator 2 for VB Programmers
JSP Consumer for a Visual Studio Created Web Service Using Sun Java Studio
Migrating an MS Acc... (more)
My watered down translation of Long Tail theory is simply the notion that the
aggregate sum of stuff buyers take in small, infrequent quantities will
invariably outstrip the aggregate sum of the most popular counterparts.
Research evidence is beginning to corroborate what we saw some three years
ago: There is a Long Tail in Cloud Computing. Consider some well accepted
research points from IDC and others of late:
The Cloud Computing market will hit USD $42 Billion by 2012 Of that, more
than 50% will comprise business process applications (the stuff we all use
daily to run companies big and small)
So, I can infer then that some $20 Billion will comprise the 2012 feed bag
from which all the little cloud computing piggies will line up at the trough
to consume. Not a bad market, from 10,000 feet away. But here's the thing.
The cloud computing market is already becoming pre... (more)
Zoho today announced the Zoho Mail Add-on for Zoho CRM. For small and medium
businesses (SMBs) and others using Zoho CRM, the new module provides
affordable, full-featured integration of Zoho CRM and Zoho Mail. A video tour
of the Zoho Mail Add-on is available at
In related news, Zoho also announced the Zwitch program for Salesforce.com
(please see “Zoho Invites Salesforce.com Users to Zwitch”).
“The Zoho Mail Add-on is another result of our mission to integrate
Zoho’s business-ready products in a deep and meaningful way,” said Raju
Vegesna, Zoho evangelist. “This add-on gives users the kind of contextual
integration of information that we can provide as a result of the breadth and
depth of our application set. Zoho delivers both collaborative productivity
and business applications, so we can enable information to flow se... (more)
Azure Cloud on Ulitzer
Let's take a look at this pretty common scenario. You're building an ASP.NET
application (MVC or otherwise) and you intend to publish it in the cloud and
you're using Azure Storage (not SQL Azure) for your underlying data store.
You've already hooked your app up with the sample Azure-based Membership
provider that comes with the Azure SDK and everything is running along
Your application has quite a bit of administrator-only functionality so,
after you've been using it locally for a while you put in some safeguards to
block access to the admin areas unless the user is in the Administrators
role. That's awesome and ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC both have some really great
code shortcuts for enabling this kind of situation and you can make yourself
an administrator pretty darn easily.
So you're an admin and you deploy your application to stag... (more)
This from the Windows Blog: "An inaccurate quote has been floating around the
Internet today about the design origins of Windows 7 and whether its look and
feel was "borrowed" from Mac OS X.
Unfortunately this came from a Microsoft employee who was not involved in any
aspect of designing Windows 7.
I hate to say this about one of our own, but his comments were inaccurate and
If you're interested in learning more about the design of Windows 7, I
suggest reading this AP story with Julie Larson-Green as well as these WSJ
(membership required) and Fast Company articles.
And here is one of many blog posts on the E7 blog discussing the design
process of Windows 7."
SharePoint Archiving Journal
As your data becomes more integrated into the way your company does business,
properly maintaining that data is now more important than ever.
The recent exponential growth in business data collection/production has
caused a major logistical headache for companies that need to maintain this
data and ensure that the right information can be located quickly & easily
Although Microsoft SharePoint helps simplify document management, corporate
communications, and project collaboration, much of the sophistication that
makes SharePoint so incredibly useful can also become a challenge when it
comes to data protection and business continuity.
Because SharePoint stores data to SQL databases, traditional flat-file backup
software treats the database as a single, gigantic file. A major disadvantage
of this flat file approach is that it c... (more)
Click Here to Download Now!
Did you know that PHP runs on Windows?? Run Drupal, WordPress, SugarCRM, or
other PHP-based apps on Windows today with the free Microsoft Web Platform
Microsoft WebsiteSpark is a specially designed program for PHP Web developers
and designers to help you explore running on Windows. This program enables
you to get new business leads to grow your business, and receive the
software, support and trainingyou may need, at no cost for 3 years.
To find out how to start getting new business leads, and leveraging the
benefits of WebsiteSpark please enter your information here to download the
Program Guide and receive enrollment instructions.
Click Here to Download Now!
Microsoft and Yahoo have reportedly hammered out the final terms of their
10-year counter-Google search deal ahead of big foot-dragging Justice
Department-European Commission regulatory approval sometime next year. They
still hope to close in early 2010. As previously reported Bing will be
Yahoo’s search engine and Yahoo will sell ads around it.