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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Interop with Ruby on Rails!

    I presented at London Geek Night a few days ago about the contributions that Microsoft made to the open-source community in 2009.  My presentation was titled, “Hell Froze over, Pigs flew, Microsoft Went Open” Hell Froze Over, Pigs Flew, Microsoft Went Open View more presentations from ukdpe . This...
  • Blog Post: London Blogger Meetup

    Since my boy James Senior has been living the good life in Seattle as the Live Services Evangelist, he’s kindly setup a great blogger meet-up with an all case of Microsoft technologists, managers and bloggers.   If you want to come, put your name on the wiki !   Some potential discussion topics...
  • Blog Post: Hosted Microsoft Services on the Cheap? Yes Please!

    There has never been a better time for hosted business software!  Software available today isn’t the same stuff that was offered by vendors ten years ago.  In fact, the notion that hosted software lacks in customization and integration are things of the past.  Microsoft’s latest foray...
  • Blog Post: A Day at Google Developer Days London – Visualization API & Chrome – Part 2

    Is you missed Part I , you should read it to learn about the other sessions. Session 3 – V8 Javascript Engine in Chrome This was the best session of the day because it had everything a developer would want to know about JavaScript architecture at a 200-level. It was very detailed and fast-paced. The...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Wave 3 Beta is Released

    Lots of updates with the new versions of Live Messenger, Live Writer, Search Toolbar, and Live Services integration.  Check it out!  Also, the branding and skinning of all the apps have become more unified so the look and feel is similar.   New Windows Live Betas – Download Wave 3 Now...
  • Blog Post: From RedHat CEO: Linux Desktop is Irrelevant

    I found this InfoWorld article very interesting because it validates Microsoft’s strategy for the web and investing in enterprise web services and frameworks. Of course Slashdot always has an interesting slant on things, but overall, I think that most agree that the long-term strategy is no longer the...
  • Blog Post: Google Licenses Microsoft ActiveSync for Windows Mobile and iPhone Support

    At 7:35AM, Google announced that it would release a product called Google Sync for iPhones and Windows Mobile devices.  This technology has been made possible because of a licensing agreement with Microsoft that gives Google the right to usage Exchange ActiveSync protocol for data synchronization...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Windows “Cloud”

    There has been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere around some of Ballmer’s statements while on his ‘good will’ tour of the UK.  Ballmer’s mentioning of Microsoft’s “cloud” services soon to be announced at PDC has put all web companies on alert.  Amazon decided execute a pre-emptive strike with...
  • Blog Post: Windows Hosted Virtualization Cheaper than Linux

    As a Microsoft employee, this picture just makes my heart tingle.  It’s great to know that that we not only have a technically superior virtualization platform but that its also cheaper to manage.  This picture is evidence that hosters actually pass on those manageability savings on to the...
  • Blog Post: Sun Acquired by Oracle to Make “Apple of the Enterprise”

    In a surprise move, Sun Microsystems has been bought by Oracle.  The details are still a little lacking but few knew that while talks between IBM and Sun were breaking down, that Oracle was conducting covert negotiations. Much of the outcome from this acquisition will be determined by how Oracle...
  • Blog Post: Explaining the Cloud

    I did an academic presentation at Bucks University hosted by the Istitution of Engineering and Technology.  The presentation was titled “Explaining the Cloud,” and it discussed at a high-level why the cloud represents a shift in how IT systems and applications will evolve.  It also gives a...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Privacy in Cloud Computing: An Interview with Syncplicity

    Back in May I did a write up on online storage companies that take information sitting on desktops and laptops and sync that information across all the devices you own.  Although it wasn’t a straight review, it highlighted important points about what experiences are valued by the end-users...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer’s Keynote in London

    The Web Pitch has a pretty good overview of Steve Ballmer’s London keynote session.  Some of the Q&A questions quite tough.  The thing I found most remarkable was the directness of Ballmer’s responses.  He didn’t fudge the responses.  Watch the video below or continue for the Q&A! Steve Ballmer...
  • Blog Post: Super Fast Technical Overview of BPOS – Exchange, SharePoint, and OCS Online

    Bpos Architectural Consideration Architectural Forum View more presentations from ukdpe . One of our partners at CSC posted an excellent presentation of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) offering which introduces IT to SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Office Communications Online...
  • Blog Post: Are You a School that’s Considering GMAIL? Outlook Live is Better and FREE!

    Many of you have heard of Live@EDU from Microsoft which offers the below for FREE!: 10 GB Outlook Live, or 5 GB Hotmail, inbox Collaborative workspace University domain name Customised UI No third-party banner ads in webmail UI for current students Students keep their e-mail after they graduate Free...
  • Blog Post: A Partner’s Objection Handling Guide for Exchange 2010

    In my previous post , you read about the challenges and solutions that Exchange 2003 customers value. Now, that you understand the Exchange 2003 customer challenges and the way Exchange 2010 addresses these challenges, let's look at the common objections you might hear and how to handle these objections...