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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 - customers. 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)

Microsoft To Release On-Premises Cloud Computing in 2010

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 continuum Microsoft is enabling customers to buil... (more)

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Leaving Company Unexpectedly

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 market." 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: From: Steveb Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2010 To: Microsoft - All Employees Subject: Ray Ozzie Transition This past March marked a signifi... (more)

Microsoft and Third Party Software

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. 2005 Exploring OLAP Cube with Visual Basic Crystal Report from OLAP Data Introduction Using DTS: Import From/Export To a Non-Microsoft Database 2006 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 Creator Migrating an MS Acc... (more)

The Long Tail of Cloud Computing?

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 CRM Integrates Zoho Mail

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ2Ou-2bGkQ. 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)

ASP.NET Membership Provider in the Cloud

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 nicely. 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)

Daddy, Where Did Windows 7 Come From?

Microsoft Developer 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 uninformed. 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." ... (more)

Backing Up SharePoint Effectively

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 when needed. 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)

Microsoft WebsiteSpark: Get New Business Leads to Grow Your Business

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 Installer. 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! ... (more)

Microsoft & Yahoo Dot ‘Is’ & Cross ‘Ts’

SEO Journal 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. ... (more)