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

What exactly does 'post PC' mean anyway?

And are Windows tablets' too fat to fly'?The Asus Eee Slate is never going to be the iPad; four hours of battery life, a Core i5 and real Windows apps are a different ballgame - not necessarily better or worse, but certainly different.

March 7, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Scaling Storage

Last week at the Parallels Summit, I sat down for a chat with Jerome Lecat, the CEO of Scality. It was an interesting conversation, as Scality seem to be close to solving one of the biggest IT problems – dealing with extremely large scale storage.

March 3, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Windows Phone apps: how do you know if you get support?

It's good to see quite a few developers agreeing that having support contact details in apps is a really good idea - good enough that it should still be mandatory for Windows Phone 7. Discussing with various people over the weekend something struck me; there's no way to tell in advance on the phone whether the app I'm looking at in Marketplace has a support contact.

February 27, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Parallels takes SMB to the cloud.

It’s sometimes hard to remember that companies often have more than one string to their bow. Take Parallels for example.

February 23, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


How to deal with Android fragmentation: closed source?

Could Google take a leaf from Microsoft's book and rein in the handset manufacturers by taking closer control over Android - and closing the source?The Android operating system itself is open source, but the Google apps on Android aren't - and Google already places other conditions on Android OEMs.

February 21, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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The most important man at the table...

The White House's Flickr stream has a picture of the now famous dinner where US President Obama met a sizable cross section of the Silicon Valley technology aristocracy. We've all heard of most of them, of Larry Ellison, of Carol Bartz, of Steve Jobs, of Mark Zuckerberg.

February 18, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Brave New (Virtual Desktop) World

The desktop operating system as we know it isn't dead yet, but the writing's clearly on the wall. The rise of the tablet and of the cloud, both public and private, is changing the way IT departments think about desktop PCs and how they're managed and used.

February 14, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Interleaving Nokia and Microsoft mapping services

There are plenty of ways the Microsoft Nokia tie up in phones could go wrong, from Nokia spoiling the frankly delightful Windows Phone metro interface with Symbian-style clunkiness (Nokia is allowed to customise the interface the way no OEM can), to a backlash by disappointed Symbian developers, to sheer delay (the NoDo update has allegedly been ready since late 2010 and carriers and operators may be the hold up - something Microsoft was specifically trying to avoid).

February 11, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe