Mary Branscombe

Mary Branscombe is a freelance journalist who has been covering technology for over two decades and has written about everything from programming languages, early versions of Windows and Office and the arrival of the web to consumer gadgets and home entertainment. She’s been using mobile email since 1993 and taking handwritten notes on a tablet PC since 2003 and vastly prefers the earlier versions of VBA to JavaScript (Prolog is also a particular favorite). The shortest description might be: warning, contains opinions. 

18 things you should know about using Linux tools in Windows 10

How Microsoft plans to reinvent business productivity

How Microsoft plans to reinvent business productivity

Microsoft's Office has barely changed in 25 years. If we’re going to get more productive in the office and out, maybe it’s time for Microsoft to change the standard tools that we use to create documents.

How to track and secure open source in your enterprise

How to track and secure open source in your enterprise

Your developers are using open source — even if you don't know about it. Here's how to take control and why you need to.

Why enterprises are upgrading to Windows 10 faster than expected

Why enterprises are upgrading to Windows 10 faster than expected

When Windows 10 came out in July 2015, many enterprises said they’d adopt it in 18-24 months. That would be right about now. All indications are that Windows 10 is hitting its stride in business, in many cases ahead of schedule.

What you need to know about Windows 10, UWP and desktop apps

What you need to know about Windows 10, UWP and desktop apps

With the Creators Update, Microsoft is making it easier to wrap existing desktop apps in the new Universal Windows Platform format. Is that a stepping stone to more modern Windows 10 apps or recognition that traditional PC...

Windows Server on ARM is for Azure only

Windows Server on ARM is for Azure only

What makes the work of porting code to the ARM instruction set worthwhile is both the scale of cloud and the kind of services Microsoft runs in Azure. The economics works for cloud, not your data centers.

Why email is safer in Office 365 than on your Exchange server

Why email is safer in Office 365 than on your Exchange server

Beyond blocking spam and virus-laden messages, cloud services can determine whether links are safe to visit and whether you’re protecting the right information.

Why you need a bug bounty program

Why you need a bug bounty program

If you’re ready to deal with the volume of reports, a bug bounty program can help you can find the holes in your system — before attackers do.

How open compute cuts server costs in the enterprise

How open compute cuts server costs in the enterprise

Even if your organization’s not big enough to build your own servers and switches, you can still reap the benefits of OCP designs, including reduced costs.

What's next for Azure Site Recovery?

What's next for Azure Site Recovery?

Microsoft’s Azure-based high availability disaster recovery service turns the cloud into your off-site failover for complex applications, and it can double as a migration strategy.

Office 365 could give Microsoft Teams an advantage over Slack

Office 365 could give Microsoft Teams an advantage over Slack

A new survey finds that Microsoft Teams is off to a strong start, but there’s a lot of confusion as well as competition in the business communications market — and team chat is only the latest trend.

 How to handle security vulnerability reports

How to handle security vulnerability reports

There are people out there willing to help with your company’s security issues. Isn’t it time your company had its own ‘see something, say something’ policy?

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