Simon Bisson

Freelance journalist

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.

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Office 2010 Professional

Office 2010 Professional

In Office 2010, Microsoft's Office Web Apps have matured to become the basis of the suite's collaboration tools, making it a more significant release than many previous versions.

May 12, 2010 by in Developer

Google Wave

Google Wave

Developers make good stress testers, and the initial Wave service has had a lot of testing in the last few months. We take a ride on the wave, which should be opening to a wider beta program at the end of September.

September 24, 2009 by in Google

Office 2013: a pleasant surprise

Office 2013: a pleasant surprise

After a week of using Office 2013 we're pleasantly surprised. The changes Microsoft has made to support Windows 8 — and specifically Windows 8 tablets — are logical, and they work well with more traditional ways of using Office.

July 16, 2012 by in Reviews

Windows Intune

Windows Intune

Microsoft's cloud-based systems management service makes life simple for SMEs. There's no need for additional infrastructure, and complex tools can be wrapped in a way that makes them accessible even for part-time IT professionals.

March 23, 2011 by in Cloud

Windows Server 2012: RTM review

Windows Server 2012: RTM review

Microsoft is looking ahead to a future of private and public clouds, where information is everything, and users can access it however they want. Is Microsoft's latest server OS up to the job?

September 13, 2012 by in Windows