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A Brave New World – The changing pace of Microsoft Product Release Updates

The manner and timeliness that Microsoft provides Azure releases has now permutated across it's product range providing us with a challenging New World!

Written by Andy James at 10:30

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What to do post the demise of Google reader???

For a number of years I have used Goggle reader to pull together and categorize a number of key blogs I follow. The number has risen over the years as the subject matter has grown and now sits at over 150+ blogs. Now not all update daily but I spend around 40 minutes to an hour every morning checking out the various updates. For the last couple of years that has been achieved using FeedlerPro on my iPad and more lately using Modern Reader on my new Lenovo Think Pad Twist (more next blog on this one).

Written by Andy James at 00:00

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Windows Azure G-Cloud IL2 accreditation

Windows Azure G-Cloud IL2 accreditation

Solidsoft are excited that Microsoft Windows Azure has achieved G-Cloud IL2 accreditation. This will enable agencies and authorities to benefit from the same zero capital cost economics and rapid time to deliver for technology enabled services that commercial organisations are currently enjoying.

 

· Microsoft UK Government Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukgovernment/archive/2013/04/04/windows-azure-receives-g-cloud-impact-level-2-accreditation-from-cabinet-office-for-use-across-the-uk-public-sector.aspx

 

· G-cloud accreditation status http://gcloud.civilservice.gov.uk/customer-zone/accreditation-status/

Written by Andy James at 22:11

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Tip of the Day: SQL Virtualisation– Use SLAT– enabled 64-bit CPU’s

When virtualising SQL Server and using a 64bit processor make sure it supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). Remember not all processors are equal!

The purpose of SLAT is the enabling of higher VM performance by  moving the process of mapping virtual memory to the host server’s memory. This is of particular interest under Hypervisor.

Written by Andy James at 12:13

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Learning lessons from others mistakes!

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On March 6th 2013, NuGet.org’s package download was broken for one and a half hours. Unusually for a development team they have accepted the outage was their fault and could have been avoided. The full and frank documenting of the events can be found at the NuGet blog. For the purpose of this blog I am going to focus on the Post-mortem and what lessons can be learnt. Read the full post ...

Written by Andy James at 00:00

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Microsoft Ship Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

Yesterday Microsoft announced the shipping of the second update to Visual Studio 2012. To quote S. Somasegar the corporate VP of Microsoft’s developer division:

“This release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback we’ve received from the community and aligning with key software development trends in the market.  The new functionality primarily spans (though is not limited to) five areas of investment: agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development, and the general developer experience.”

This release builds on the already de-facto tool for .Net development and development management. Of note are the better agile planning aspects, increased quality enablement and the addition of a number of Windows Store and Line-of-business development support items. These updates complement the previously released ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 Update.

I look forward to examining the impact of these over the coming months and how they relate to Solidsoft projects.

Written by Andy James at 00:00

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Get the new Code Sample Browser for Windows 8

Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework team has just released the new Sample Browser for Windows 8.   It’s available for download in the Windows Store now! Go and get it and get access to over 5000 pieces of sample code.

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You can search code samples; learn code samples and share code samples from the app.

Lots more information on this can be found at the All-In-One Code Framework blog so go have a look there then install the app!!

Written by Andy James at 16:00

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A CTO's experience of the Windows Azure cloud platform

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Modern.IE–were using it!

Yesterday, Microsoft launched modern.IE, a new set of tools and resources to help developers test their sites for the over 50% of users who run various versions of Internet Explorer. modern.IE includes a wizard that scans a Web page URL for common interoperability problems and suggests some ideas for how to address those issues to improve the user experience across modern and older browsers.

I fully endorse utilising tooling like this in web development and have been promoting across our project development teams and even on our own web site!

It is very important in todays multi-browser, responsive designed web sites that we continue to push the boundaries but retain compatibility for the user.

Written by Andy James at 17:52

The Office 365 conundrum

At long last we have the Office 365 we deserve or do we? The concept of Office as a service is exciting and means for the average user both business and consumer access at a sensible price to the full office suite, web apps, skype and sky drive. With Office 365 Home Premium we have 5 installs for the home user including Office for Mac! But with Google ‘all over’ Office with it’s offering is it enough not to also attack the Android and IOS market? The worst kept secret in Redmond is that Microsoft have these apps developed already!

Of course the Office team would love to strengthen hold on the ‘Office’ market and covering off a formats including the mobile formats. The problem for Microsoft is Windows 8 and really Windows 8 RT. At the moment the only way to get an Office app on a Slate/Tablet is to buy Surface. Now Microsoft have already seen how difficult breaking that market so the thought of giving up any advantage must be a no go for the Windows team.

Time will tell which group really holds the whip hand!

The bottom line for me is the winner will be the user!

Want to know more how Office 365 can help your business please contact Pam.Pickup@Solidsoft.com

 

 

Written by Andy James at 17:46
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