From the monthly archives:

November 2015

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates Join Forces To Invest in Clean Energy Technology

November 30, 2015

 The founders of Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to solve climate change. Mark Zuckerberg announced today that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition with Bill Gates to invest in zero-carbon energy technology around the world. The organization’s membership roster includes some of the most prolific names in technology, […]

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Superfish 2.0: now Dell is breaking HTTPS

November 28, 2015

From the good women and men over at the EFF: Earlier this year it was revealed that Lenovo was shipping computers preloaded with software called Superfish, which installed its own HTTPS root certificate on affected computers. That in and of itself wouldn’t be so bad, except Superfish’s certificates all used the same private key. That […]

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The Art Of The Pitch

November 26, 2015

 I’m fortunate in my day to day. I have the privilege of hearing new and exciting ideas, both by seasoned and budding entrepreneurs. I remind myself that not too many moons ago, I was in their shoes pitching for money, product and development support and, at times, attention. Being that much of my job is […]

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‘Microsoft’s software is Malware’

November 25, 2015

Malware means software designed to function in ways that mistreat or harm the user. (This does not include accidental errors.) This page explains how Microsoft software is malware. Malware and nonfree software are two different issues. The difference between free software and nonfree software is in whether the users have control of the program or […]

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Tablelist Gets You Into Hot Clubs With The Push Of A Button

November 23, 2015

 We’ve all heard about FOMO (fear of missing out), but what about FOGO? That’s short for “fear of going out,” and it’s the problem that CEO Julian Jung said he’s trying to solve with Tablelist. Jung compared his startup to Uber — in the same way that getting car service before Uber could be “intimidating,” […]

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Lumia 950 reviews: too little, too late

November 21, 2015

The first reviews for Microsoft’s latest flagship smartphones are coming in, the first device with Windows 10 for phones. This is going to be the big one, right? After several false starts and restarts, this was finally going to be it, everyone told us. The Verge: In the mobile world, Microsoft is way behind Google […]

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Updates to Chrome platform support

November 20, 2015

Earlier this year, we announced that Google Chrome would continue support for Windows XP through the remainder of 2015.  At that time, we strongly encouraged users on older, unsupported platforms such as Windows XP to update to a supported, secure operating system. Such older platforms are missing critical security updates and have a greater potential […]

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Data Deduplication in Windows Server Technical Preview 4

November 19, 2015

With the release of Windows Server Technical Preview 4, I’d like to send one primary message to all of our customers using or evaluating Windows Server Data Deduplication (which I assume applies to you since you are reading this posting!): Test at full scale! I’ve seen the telemetry from hundreds of dedup installations using Windows […]

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HotelTonight Launches Tonight +1 To Entice Guests To Stay An Extra Night

November 19, 2015

 HotelTonight, the last-minute hotel booking app, just launched a new feature called Tonight +1, which lets users add a second night during check-out for an additional discount. Here’s how it works: When available, Tonight +1 will automatically appear during checkout, prompting users to add an extra night to their stay. The second night will only display when […]

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Blogging about Midori

November 18, 2015

Enough time has passed that I feel safe blogging about my prior project here at Microsoft, “Midori”. In the months to come, I’ll publish a dozen-or-so articles covering the most interesting aspects of this project, and my key take-aways. Midori was a research/incubation project to explore ways of innovating throughout Microsoft’s software stack. This spanned […]

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