Simon Bisson

Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

Mary Branscombe

Mary Branscombe is a freelance tech journalist. Mary has been a technology writer for nearly two decades, covering everything from early versions of Windows and Office to the first smartphones, the arrival of the web and most things inbetween.

Latest Posts

Rumour control: Windows 8, WPF and Metro

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the Windows Phone 7 version of the Metro interface should feel very flattered; we've seen the look everywhere from conference Web sites to the new Android Marketplace look (which even has the side-swipe panoramas to go with the Metro tiles) to Windows 7 skins like Newgen and Metro Home to WordPress themes.

August 26, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Don't be evil to your users; what of collateral damage?

Google's famous 'don't be evil' mantra was intended to be "a bit of a jab at a lot of the other companies, especially our competitors, who at the time, in our opinion, were kind of exploiting the users to some extent" according to Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, who was one of the people behind the original phrasing.

August 24, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Google's real problem: the smartest kids in the room

For a phenomenally successful company, Google makes a lot of mistakes. Google TV, Buzz, Wave, privacy infringements that earned the company 20 years of privacy oversight - and the whole one-trick pony thing, with 97% of Google's money coming from ads in search.

August 18, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Google and Motorola Mobility: it's not just the phones

Listening in to the Google/Motorola Mobility financial analyst call after the announcement of Google's takeover of the mobile phone pioneer, two things stood out.The first, and the most obvious, was Google's desire to own Motorola's patent portfolio.

August 15, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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If BBM is helping rioters, RIPA will catch them

With RIM's BlackBerry Messenger rumoured to be the mechanism used to orchestrate the riots and looting in London over the last few days, there have been rumours across Twitter about RIM's relationship with UK law enforcement, which RIM answered by stating it would comply with police requests.

August 8, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Twenty years after the Singularity

The 6th of August 1991 is one of those significant dates that most people don't know about, a day that changed the world.It was the day that Tim Berners-Lee made public the first World Wide Web server, running on a NeXT cube on his desk at CERN.

August 6, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Sweating the details - everywhere in the world

There are so many things about Windows Phone that are effortlessly delightful, from the clean layout to the proper font to the smooth animations to the only touchscreen keyboard I can actually type on. (Although, having tried both US and UK phones, I'm disappointed that the US keyboard is far better at autocorrection, particularly when I hit the 'b' key between two words instead of the space - a UK phone never corrects that, a US phone gets it right every time.

August 5, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Time to kill Internet Explorer 6

The Internet Explorer 6 deathclock continues to count down, with global usage now less than 10% - and the UK clocking in at only 2.4%.

August 1, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Lead on cloud - or the business will work around you

While IT has been concentrating on security, virtualisation and taking out costs (like the business told them to), business users have been signing up for public cloud services and bringing their own smartphones to work. You can either work out how to make the most of cloud or get run over.

July 29, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Microsoft execs: paid by results

Why does Microsoft make the decisions it makes? If you ever wonder that, you're asking the wrong questions, because Microsoft isn't actually a monolith.

July 27, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe