Cloud and virtualisation are related ideas, but they're not the same thing. To Microsoft the real benefit of its Azure cloud service is more than elasticity and scaling and economies of scale; it's that you can have Windows servers without having to do the work of running Windows Server yourself.
500 words into the future
Unapologetically opinionated views on technology, in the office and out
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 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.
Why Adobe and Microsoft have such different plans for Flash and Silverlight and such similar views of HTML 5.If you look at the dozens of Web sites Microsoft has collected to show off what you can do in HTML 5 - or, obviously, what you can do in IE9, which has a pretty comprehensive implementation of a standard in progress - you'll see a lot of things you used to expect to need a plug-in like Flash or Silverlight to achieve.
Last week, at both Adobe’s MAX and Microsoft’s PDC I kept flashing on the last seconds of Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting video, when her character fires up Donald Sutherland’s cloud-busting machine in reverse and an unstoppable boiling mass of clouds starts to fill the sky…It was interesting to see the two companies’ views of the cloud transition that our industry is going through.
Multicore is already mainstream and four cores are selling fast. IE9 platform preview 6 is here and it's still beating the other browsers on speed tests.
Does Pixar have to be using Azure for its own movies for it to be interesting that Pixar is using Azure to run RenderMan on?It's not.
On the 20th anniversary of Photoshop, it's easy to think of Adobe as being all about images and media but with products like Dreamweaver and Flash Builder the company also has a lot of interest in making it easier to write lines of code.At the Sneak Peeks session at its MAX conference (hosted in style by William Shatner and full of obligatory Star Trek jokes), Adobe showed off several features that might make it into future products to make developers' lives easier.
I haven't noticed this so consistently with any other touch smartphone, but with both the models of Windows Phone 7 handsets I've had my hands on, I've had to be touching both the case and the screen for the screen to work as a touchscreen. Put it down on the chair, or the desk next to me and press the screen - nothing happens.
The champagne bottle has cracked over its bows, and the good ship Windows Phone 7 has finally set sail. It's been a hard slog to get here, with Microsoft throwing away its original mobile OS and starting from scratch and coming up with a unique approach to smartphones in just 18 months.
Almost everything people are saying about Windows Phone 7 includes references to either the improvements since Windows Mobile or the fact that Microsoft is bringing out a new OS in a space that already has strong players who've been there for a while, usually phrased as 'late to the party'. Yes, but (as they say).
And it seems everyone wants to deliver that.I'm going to be demanding.