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

Playing games with the Office user interface

I'll admit it; I actually like the ribbon in Office. But I'm disappointed that my high score so far is only 66…For years we scolded Microsoft for the way features were arranged in Office.

January 22, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Not being evil is good business sense

Privacy concerns, censorship in China, undermining the business model of every partner they work with from Apple to mapping companies; Google often acts as a financially aware business without seeming to pay too much attention to its motto. Responding to a hacking attempt that they probably suspect is at least the very least condoned by the Chinese government by taking a stand – that’s doing both.

January 13, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


CES: It's a consumer business world

While the C in CES stands for Consumer, the show itself underlines many trends that will affect business computing in 2010. We’ve already written about the return to slate computing, but there’s a lot more at this year’s event for the IT pro to consider…The most obvious is USB 3.

January 10, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


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


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


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