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

Publishing calendars from Outlook to get more confusing

Every time I sign in to Outlook, I get a credential dialog asking for my password – not for Outlook but for publishing my calendar online. After typing in my Windows Live ID details six times in a row and seeing the dialog reappear I settled for just clicking cancel; after doing that a few dozen times (I don’t restart Outlook very often), I thought I’d see if I could work out why.

December 18, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Context is Everything

We’re all used to applications that are at best frustrating, and at worst infuriating. They just don’t seem to do what we want, when we want it.

December 8, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Will we need snowboots for New York?

Will Bing or Google make it easier to find out? We’re off to New York for some meetings and the annual Strategic News Service predictions event and I’m wondering what to pack: raincoat or down jacket?

December 7, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Microsoft at The Mall

Not surprisingly, the Microsoft Stores run on Windows. Over the last few months Apple has been switching from using Windows CE handhelds to modified iPod Touches for its EasyPay system in the Apple Store, where you don't have to walk up to a till to buy something.

December 3, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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MS Store Trek: The Next Generation

Ten years ago I went into a Microsoft Store.It was a wide open modern space, with wooden floors and low tables showcasing Microsoft products.

November 29, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Less than an OS, less than free

What's an OS for? Thanks to Rupert Murdoch, Google has spent most of the time it probably wanted to be talking about Chrome discussing the value of paid content on the Web; but that's actually an awful lot of what Chrome is really for.

November 24, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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GPU to the future

It’s time to state the plain truth, something that’s being hidden from us by special effects and shiny chrome: Computing as we know it is dead. We’re working with zombie operating systems that lurch in search of fresh cycles on top of the rotting corpse of Moore’s Law.

November 19, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Oslo transforms into the underlying application model of the cloud

Microsoft only used the codename Oslo once in the PDC keynotes today, talking about SQL Server Modelling Services with the throwaway reference that "you may have heard this called the Oslo repository ". Is that Oslo disappearing into SQL Server the way WinFS did?

November 17, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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FAST Search for SharePoint promises custom search without custom code

Microsoft is trying to marry SharePoint admin with FAST’s search expertise for manageable search.At the SharePoint conference last month we got more details about the new Fast Search for SharePoint offerings – the first integration of the industry-leading search technology it gained with last year’s acquisition of FAST.

November 15, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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