Microsoft's One Windows strategy is only causing confusion because we seem to have forgotten what an operating system is.
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Born on the Channel Island of Jersey, Simon moved to the UK to attend the University of Bath where he studied electrical and electronic engineering. Since then a varied career has included being part of the team building the world's first solid state 30KW HF radio transmitter, writing electromagnetic modelling software for railguns, and testing the first ADSL equipment in the UK. He also built one the UK's first national ISPs, before spending several years developing architectures for large online services for many major brands. For the last decade he's been a freelance writer, specialising in enterprise technologies and development. He works with his wife and writing partner Mary Branscombe from a small house in south west London, or from anywhere there's a WiFi signal and a place for a laptop.
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.
Microsoft's OneNote used to be the hidden jewel in the Office crown, now on its own and with a public API, it's time for it to highlight Microsoft's new direction.
Even in a cloud and tablet world, lots of businesses are going to keep using systems designed for the on-premise world - and that's just fine.
Functional languages are here to stay. So are you ready to completely change the way you code?
Microsoft, Apple and Google have all made big announcements at their developer conferences. What do they mean for developers and how we design and build applications?
I don't think the branding for Office 365 and OneDrive is confusing, but it's worth understanding the complexities of how the storage offering works.
We've said that we want to buy things on our phones, so Amazon has made a phone designed to be a better way to buy things.
The white heat of technology needs a furnace. That's where research labs - both commercial and academic - come in.
An extra surface for my Surface makes it work better on my knees. Here's how to make your own.
Microsoft Research’s hyperscale computing artificial intelligences are about to change the way we think about computing.
Michael Dell went on stage at Future in Review to talk about going private, the future of his company, and making money from PCs.
The language Microsoft uses internally is changing; and that means the way it works is changing too.
Windows Phone is popular enough for makers of fake apps to target it, but shouldn't it be harder for them to make it into the store?
No flashing lights, no darkened rooms; a few dozen people run the whole of Azure from an ordinary office — and that's the point
After several major security breaches, is there's another way to do things?
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