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

Slate Engine Time (Again)

If you were here in Las Vegas for CES, you’d think that the slate format tablet PC was here to save the consumer electronics industry.Everyone has one – Steve Ballmer showed off HP’s Windows 7 offering in his opening keynote, while Dell unveiled a prototype 5” smartbook slate running a variant of Android.

January 8, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Raining on the cloud

The cloud will go down in 2010; that's another of Mark Anderson's predictions for this year. In his words, "There will be a Cloud catastrophe in 2010 that limits Cloud growth by raising security issues and restricting enterprise trust.

January 1, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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A very Windows 7 Christmas

How many tweets does it take to send Christmas wishes? The Microsoft Twitter stream for the Saks 5th Avenue window display is up to 298,000 messages.

December 21, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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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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