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. 

IT teams put conversations to work with ChatOps

IT teams put conversations to work with ChatOps

Putting tools, alerts and processes into the chat interface gives both developers and the ops team a new model for working with infrastructure.

It's time to start planning for SQL Server on Linux

It's time to start planning for SQL Server on Linux

You can treat SQL Server on Linux as a new deployment option, not a whole new database. That means you can choose the operating system that best fits your project.

9 technologies that IT needed but didn't get in 2016

9 technologies that IT needed but didn't get in 2016

In 2016 IT departments received technology that disappointed, didn’t deliver, took the wrong direction or didn’t arrive at all. Here’s what your IT team is still waiting for as we head into 2017.

How to use data to design the best market for your company

How to use data to design the best market for your company

Can you use technology to create the market your business wants? Behavioral economics say, ‘yes’ — and thanks to big data it’s about to become a service any business can access.

Why a cross-platform Microsoft is good for your business

Why a cross-platform Microsoft is good for your business

Microsoft is preaching the mantra ‘any developer, any app, any platform.’ But it’s not just dev tools. It’s about wider technology choices for the business.

Comparing AI tools in Salesforce Einstein and Dynamics 365

Comparing AI tools in Salesforce Einstein and Dynamics 365

Both Salesforce with Einstein and Microsoft with Dynamics 365 are offering AI capabilities that promise to improve your customer service, sales pipeline and business processes. Here’s a look at the new AI features, what’s available...

Inside a hyperscale data center (how different is it?)

Inside a hyperscale data center (how different is it?)

CIO.com took a tour of Microsoft’s hyperscale data center in Quincy, Washington. What we saw shows how far cloud data centers have come in a decade.

3 ways Windows Server 2016 is tackling security

3 ways Windows Server 2016 is tackling security

Windows Server 2016 could be a generational shift in security on par with Bill Gates’ introduction of Trustworthy Computing in 2002.

Is tape storage dead … again?

Is tape storage dead … again?

Tape storage has been declared dead so many times that it has become a trope in technology journalism. The truth is more complicated and is ultimately less about tape’s demise than it is about the steady encroachment of cloud services....

Why it takes a cloud service to manage cloud services

Why it takes a cloud service to manage cloud services

Chances are, your business already uses multitudes of cloud services and integrates with many more. How do you manage them all? These services can help.

How to make hybrid cloud work

How to make hybrid cloud work

What enterprises are doing now with hybrid cloud is more sophisticated than you might think.

What should you do with your .NET apps?

What should you do with your .NET apps?

'The .NET Core has brought a renaissance in .NET,' says Scott Hunter, a member of the .NET engineering team. But that doesn’t mean you should port your existing apps.

PowerShell for Linux makes it easier to mix clients, servers and clouds

PowerShell for Linux makes it easier to mix clients, servers and clouds

Multiple platforms are now the norm for IT infrastructure. To address that Microsoft is bringing its key configuration tools to Linux and Mac OS to make it easier for customers and partners to handle their workloads, which also...

Why (and how) to start planning your HoloLens apps

Why (and how) to start planning your HoloLens apps

With Microsoft HoloLens already in the hands of the first developers, it’s time to start planning how your business can use augmented reality.

What CIOs need to know about SQL Server 2016

What CIOs need to know about SQL Server 2016

Every release of SQL Server promises increased performance, better security and improved business intelligence. You get all of that with SQL Server 2016, plus other strategic options such as cloud integration and Linux support.

How to decide when to buy software and when to build it

How to decide when to buy software and when to build it

Every company may be a software company now, but that doesn’t mean you have to build it all yourself. When can you buy the same standard apps your competitors use? Why should you invest in building your own? And when you do build, how...

Is Desktop-as-a-Service ready for business?

Is Desktop-as-a-Service ready for business?

Licensing complications and an immature market limit where DaaS is useful, but desktops in the cloud are ideal for specific situations.

How to make mobile apps with FileMaker 15

How to make mobile apps with FileMaker 15

The venerable database application has become a popular tool for creating your own business apps. Now you can use those apps wherever you go.

Microsoft bought LinkedIn for your relationship data

Microsoft bought LinkedIn for your relationship data

Combining LinkedIn’s business identity and relationship graph with Microsoft’s commercial cloud and business analysis tools makes a lot of (dollars and) sense.

Meet Microsoft's 'planet scale' NoSQL database

Meet Microsoft's 'planet scale' NoSQL database

Forget the name: Microsoft says DocumentDB is more powerful than Cassandra and has more paying users than MongoDB – and it’s not actually for documents.

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