Microsoft's data cache technology, code-named Velocity, speeds app performance

Microsoft is achieving impressive performance gains with "Velocity", the code name for a new Microsoft data caching technology currently in Community Technical Preview. Velocity is a distributed in-memory application cache technology...

Microsoft Missed Perfect Chance To Contribute GPL Code

Using open source software in your product. Doesn't Microsoft know that bloggers, techno-dudes and everyone else is watch them like a hawk waiting for Microsoft to make a GPL license misstep? Friday blogger Rafael Rivera called...

Microsoft's Delicate Balancing Act Between Cloud and Data Center

TechEd's focus on Exchange 2010 this week is all about the efficiency gains through improved productivity, lower power consumption (thanks to Windows Server 2008 R2) and decreased storage costs of Exchange 2010. Thank the economy for...

Microsoft Is Perfect Example Why Executive Pay Is Broken

Text message this morning from CNN: Unemployment hit 10.2% in October. Microsoft announced earlier this week another 800 employee layoffs to the 5,000 previously announced employee layoffs. If you look at Microsoft's financials you...

RIM Still Hasn't Recovered From The Blackberry Storm

The Blackberry Bold is getting good attention but the mobile SmartPhone world has become a two horse race between the Apple iPhone and the Motorola/Google Droid. Even with the new Blackberry Storm 2 model, the Storm missed its window...

User Support Is The Key To New Microsoft Store

Now that Microsoft's first Apple-like store is open in Scottsdale Arizona, Microsoft has finally entered the world of direct consumer retail sales. Since I don't live in that part of the country I have to rely on the reports from...

Verizon and Google Droid Phone Take Run At iPhone

After the debacle called the Blackberry Storm, you have to wonder if Verizon is really ready to take another run at the iPhone. From one viewpoint the Google Android powered Droid phone must a very capable contender, given how the...

Net Neutrality - Somebody Get John McCain A VoIP Clue Phone

Net Neutrality vs. John McCain. Consumer vs. Ignorant Politician. Party affiliations aside, anyone proposing we allow carriers to clamp down and determine what content we can run through our Internet and ISP connections probably...

Just How Much Is Riding on Windows 7 For Microsoft?

In a word, Windows 7 means "everything" for Microsoft's future. We can all talk about the insane number of SharePoint licenses sold, how well Windows Server 2008 has been put together, Bing's surprising rise in the search market, and...

5 Of The Coolest Things You Should Check Out In Windows 7 Today

Windows 7, it's here! Well, it's actually been here since PDC 2008 in some form or fashion, but Windows 7 has reached its official launch day. You've heard about the new taskbar, you've heard it's more stable and faster than Windows...

SharePoint - Your Next (Current) Business App Platform

SharePoint. $1.3B revenue rate. 130 million user base. Even if you doubt the user and license counts (though not everyone thinks they are inflated) , SharePoint is a very successful product. If there's a success at Microsoft, it's...

Revo Uninstaller - A Better Way To Uninstall Windows Software

Windows is notorious for leaving lots of leftovers around after a program uninstall. Windows 7 is no different. Whether you use the Control Panel uninstaller or a default uninstaller listed with the application in the start menu,...

Remote Desktop To Windows From Your iPhone

Wouldn't it be convenient to Remote Desktop Connect into your Windows box using your iPhone? That would be great in situations where you're out to dinner, running an errand, to someplace where your computer's not. Enter RDP, Moacha...

If The Cloud Were Really The Cloud Then Outages Would Be Rare

Do we really have a cloud or just offsite Microsoft, Cisco and Linux hosting centers? I'm struck by what seems like a near constant barrage of news about cloud outages and service downtime. From one week to the next it's Google's...

Podcast: Office Web Apps – Microsoft’s Nail in Google Apps' Coffin?

Can Office Web Apps stave off customer migration to Google Docs? Google wants to take down Microsoft and Google Docs strikes at the very heart of Microsoft's application suite, Microsoft Office. Many users of Google Docs switched...

Will Apple Block Adobe's 'End-Around' Into The iPhone End Zone?

Adobe Flash and the iPhone don't mix, at least that's been Apple's policy when it comes to mixing iPhone apps, the mobile Safari browser and Adobe Flash. But Adobe thwarted Apple by adding a Flash-to-iPhone compiler in the next...

Windows Mobile 6.5 - It's A Shame It's So Lame

Microsoft has announced phone partners for Windows Mobile 6.5 and we now have a bird's-eye view of the mobile OS upgrade. Too bad there's not a whole lot to see. Some UI changes, including dumping the Today screen for something a bit...

The Dawn of the "micro app" - Why Smartphone Apps Are Proving Google Wrong

Apple iPhones, Google Android phones, BlackBerries, Microsoft Windows Mobile, and the Palm Pre all bring us mobile platforms that can do more than just make phone calls, check our calendars and do email. It's now all about "the...

Microsoft: You Won't Sell More Windows Licenses By Not Making Microsoft Security Essentials Free To Everyone

I have a lot of good things to say about my experiences using Microsoft Security Essentials. You know Microsoft's doing something right when Symantec and McAfee start slinging FUD, whining about MSE being warmed over OneCare (and, I...

Cloud API Management Company Sonoa Woos Sam Ramji From Microsoft

And the answer is... Sonoa. Since the formation of the CodePlex Foundation (check out the podcast) an independent non-profit open source organization initiated by Microsoft, it's been well known (thanks to his blog) that Microsoft's...

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