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Born on the Channel Island of Jersey, Simon moved to the UK to attend the University of Bath where he studied electrical and electronic engineering. Since then a varied career has included being part of the team building the world's first solid state 30KW HF radio transmitter, writing electromagnetic modelling software for railguns, and testing the first ADSL equipment in the UK. He also built one the UK's first national ISPs, before spending several years developing architectures for large online services for many major brands. For the last decade he's been a freelance writer, specialising in enterprise technologies and development. He works with his wife and writing partner Mary Branscombe from a small house in south west London, or from anywhere there's a WiFi signal and a place for a laptop.
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.
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Moving to a continuous development cadence will require Microsoft to make a lot of decisions that might not make everyone feel warm and fuzzy.
The key to cleaning up the internet is tackling the darknets, not letting censorship in by the back door
The UK government's proposals for blocking search terms for illegal content aren't only badly thought through, they're dangerous.
Can Microsoft really get better at cooperating internally? According to some teams, it already has — and Visual Studio might be the poster child.
Will reorganising to play together better help Microsoft win more users and make the most of Microsoft Research?
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