Microsoft creates a “Server and Cloud Division”

The Windows Server Division weblog announced yesterday that the people who build Windows Server, Windows Azure, SQL Server, SQL Azure, Visual Studio and System Center will all now be part of the same organization, Server and Cloud Division (SCD).   This re-org is part of a transition for the Azure cloud business from a set of…

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Notes of the Microsoft-Yahoo analyst call

Found some good minute-by-minute summary notes of the Microsoft-Yahoo conference call with analysts on the new partnership here.  Update: You can also go here to see videos of Ballmer and Bartz talking about the deal, as well as sign up for news alerts.         Exciting to finally see the shape of this opportunity! …

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Thumbtack improving on bookmarks + A Thumbtack collection on Microsoft’s Data Centers

(NOTE: Removed links as the Thumbtack experiment has ended… the service is no longer available.  -JohnM, October 27, 2009).    Thumbtack is a handy little resource for organizing and sharing information you find on the web into collections.  Of course, bookmarks already provide a rudimentary way to organize things you find online, and sites like Del.ico.us,…

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The Next Next Next Big Thing

Stephen Elop is an interesting guy.  He’s President of Microsoft’s Business Division, but he’s also been a leader at Juniper, Lotus, Macromedia, and Adobe.  He spoke recently to Wharton students about the future of business technology. Most of his presentation was organized around an “envisioning video”.  First, he sets the stage for the video with…

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So bad, it’s good?

Ok, so you may or may not have been a fan of the Bill and Jerry ads.  Either way, Jon and Neil point to something surely far worse – so bad, in fact, it’s absurdly funny!  Don’t believe me?  Think boy band singing about computers – and not in a Bill Gates kind of way,…

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The purpose of Chrome, and how it may be good for Microsoft

Started this as a comment on Larry Digan’s blog here, but it ended up so darn long I decided to make it a post on its own right here.  A few more thoughts on Chrome.  Just my 2 cents.  -John … More than anything else, Chrome strikes me as a “trojan horse” of sorts to…

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Brian Jones: Open XML Formats

In case you missed it, ISO has approved Open XML as a standard.  Brian Jones has more here.   What does this mean?  Well, among other things it means that the next version of Office ("Office 14" is the inspiring code name) will use an ISO standard as it’s native file format.  And going forward, the…

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Microsoft to give out development tools to students | Markets | Markets News | Reuters

Historically, Microsoft’s free development tool software program for students has been controlled by computer science departments.  This has probably been one of multiple reasons that comp sci students have disproportionately taken advantage of Microsoft’s previous free software program for students.  Now, there’s a new program, called DreamSpark, that seems like it will reduce the administrative…

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S+S Example #1: Ford Work Solutions

Computers and software can do lots of interesting things, and more every day.  While I love websites —  I  don’t want to be completely constrained to them.  For example, i like having things like Zune, my smartphone, Windows Live Writer, etc. as part of my life even though (actually, because)  the experiences are not completely…

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