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

Windows Phone - still not on message

Microsoft is in the same rush to ship Windows Phone that it was to fix its search engine by launching Bing. Microsoft veterans on both teams have told us (separately) of an unrivalled sense of urgency and purpose.

March 18, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Microsoft, the champion of open data?

While Internet Explorer 9 may have had the limelight on MIX’s second day, Microsoft also made significant moves towards data accessibility with further announcements around its Open Data Protocol, and the release of the second CTP of its Codename “Dallas” data set marketplace.Asking the questions, “How do you enable many experiences?

March 17, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Is there a fuel cell in your future?

The 'Bloom box' fuel system that Silicon Valley is fussing about isn't free energy or perpetual motion; it's a clever way of storing the energy from gas (natural or biogas) in solid oxide fuel cells more efficiently than a gas generator (although when they say it's far more efficient than the US electrical grid that's not saying much, as that emits considerably more CO2 than the UK national grid and loses more of it in transmission).

March 9, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


The Google culture Microsoft doesn't get: risk taking

Steve Ballmer was right when he told the Search Marketing Expo that Google's biggest advantage is having been good enough before anyone else. But I think there's something Microsoft doesn’t get about Google culture.

March 3, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


No upgrades to Windows Phone 7

As we predicted, you won't be able to upgrade existing Windows Mobile 6.5 devices to run Windows Phone 7 - because they don't meet the list of criteria.

March 1, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


HP and Cisco: an inevitable divorce?

Why HP and Cisco broke up - or the future of network hardwareCisco calls it an 'evolving partner landscape'; so what do you do when a partner evolves into a competitor?It wasn't likely that Cisco and HP could stay BFFs when HP bought 3Com, who makes network hardware and when Cisco made moves into HP territory with unified communications and high-definition video conferencing.

February 23, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Windows Phone: more smart, less phone?

Given that I've gone from a Windows Mobile fan to something of a Windows Mobile diehard in my phone use (I've been disappointed with the glacial development and short term solutions of the last two Windows Mobile releases even as I've enjoyed new features and the best mobile browser anywhere - Skyfire not Mobile IE, of course), I'm still undecided about how much I like Windows Phone 7.

February 18, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


When product naming clashes with H.P. Lovecraft

H.P Lovecraft's dark, weird fantastic fiction has become the first open source literature, where other writers have taken his mythos and his nihilistic view of human life in a dark and hostile universe and run with it.

February 15, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Does Buzz prove that Google has become Microsoft?

After the initial buzz of excitement over Buzz, there's been more of a buzz about privacy worries - so much so that Google has announced that it's making the option to keep those automatically-generated lists of followers and followings private rather easier to find, along with allowing you to block people from following you whether they have public profiles set up or not.

February 12, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe