Opinion: Microsoft's job cuts are smart, but poorly handled

There is a small community of Microsoft fans, and I'm proudly one of them. We may not be as big or as fanatical as the church of Apple but we respect that Microsoft has changed the world more than most technology companies so far, and you’ve only got to take a look around to see that fact.

Nearly every school and office is running Windows PCs, and the company's Office software. Before the iPhone, there was Windows Mobile. Before the iPad, there was Microsoft Tablet PC. Before the Internet of Things became a talking...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Windows.

Learning with Microsoft's Azure Machine

Our machines aren't quite as self-aware as Skynet yet, despite Elon Musk's fears, but that doesn't mean they aren't learning. Behind many modern systems is some amount of machine-learning; Google, for example, uses it to build their vast "knowledge graph" to link data sets to one another and create an engine which can find almost any answer available on the internet (and can you think of much that isn't?)

Microsoft also uses it for...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Developers, Enterprise, Platforms.

A tour around Microsoft’s London apartment

Yesterday we were invited around to Microsoft’s swanky London-based gaff (apartment) to see how the company’s latest technologies are changing the way we live and work. It’s undeniable the impact Microsoft has already had on our daily lives; you’re hard-pressed to find a school or enterprise which isn’t running Windows, or at least using the Office productivity suite.

Microsoft’s software powers ATMs, medical devices, self-checkouts… it has changed the world, for the...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Platforms, Windows.

New Kaazing CEO Vikram Mehta: “The more I looked, the more intrigued I got”

Former IBM VP system networking Vikram Mehta was looking forward to spending time with his children and winding down when his contract at IBM ran out in April.

Yet those plans all changed after he was introduced to real time comms provider Kaazing. Now, after being unveiled as the San Jose company’s CEO, Mehta is looking forward to the challenges ahead with what he describes as “revolutionary” technology.

“The more I looked, the more intrigued I got,” he tells DeveloperTech, adding:...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Platforms.

Microsoft’s “Universal Store” could be Windows’ lifeline…

Whilst many seen Windows as being the software so established within the enterprise that its lifespan was indefinite – we're all beginning to realise this is not the case.

Apple, in the fourth quarter of 2013, exceeded all PC sales for the first time. Google, this week, announced support for Windows applications on their Chrome OS – with perfect timing as the guys and gals over at Redmond prepare to end support for their still popular OS; Windows...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Will Android become the next business mobile platform?

Not so long ago SAP and Samsung announced about their collaboration in promoting Android OS for small and medium-sized businesses. The companies are going to work together to develop solutions in the field of mobile security and management.

Samsung launches KNOX project for these purposes, within which it will distribute business tools for IT- organizations.

“Many of the world’s largest enterprises depend...

By Katerina Merzlova, 17 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise, Security.

“There’s never been a better time to do a tech startup“ - Sean Kane, F6S co-founder

DeveloperTech spoke to the co-founder of tech start-up social network, F6S, about how they help these important new companies get on their feet and stand-out amongst competition from larger, more-established businesses.

The most enticing aspect of the network – and one which undoubtedly drives its mighty growth – is its price tag; or lack of. Free to join; F6S not only offers promotion to Startups – but Hackathons, Events, Conferences, Accelerators, Jobs, and Angel Groups.

We...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Social media.

Getting developers and IT operations working together

Today’s business leaders want more innovation, faster. They know that, in order to beat competitors and continue to thrive, their organisation must excel in bringing new products and services to market at speed and on consistently exceeding customer expectations.

That puts major pressure on those responsible for developing and delivering new and enhanced software functionality for the business to use.

More frequent releases and shorter deadlines are increasingly becoming facts of life, but in the race...

By Alan Hale, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Industry.

Amazon blazes forward with new FireOS and Kindle HD(X) devices

As a business which profits from content; Amazon, like Google, want their services in as many hands as possible – that’s why the companies sell subsidized devices such as the ‘Kindle’ and ‘Nexus’ lines (respectively) at a great value accessible to most.

Over the holiday launch period in late-2011; the original Kindle Fire HD shipped 1.2 million devices, placing the tablet in third place behind hardware heavyweights Apple and Samsung – gradually slipping as the gift...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Devices, Enterprise, Platforms.