Mary Branscombe

Mary Branscombe

Mary Branscombe is a freelance journalist who has been covering technology for over two decades and has written about everything from programming languages, early versions of Windows and Office and the arrival of the web to consumer gadgets and home entertainment. She’s been using mobile email since 1993 and taking handwritten notes on a tablet PC since 2003 and vastly prefers the earlier versions of VBA to JavaScript (Prolog is also a particular favorite). The shortest description might be: warning, contains opinions. 

What you need to know about Windows 10, UWP and desktop apps

What you need to know about Windows 10, UWP and desktop apps

With the Creators Update, Microsoft is making it easier to wrap existing desktop apps in the new Universal Windows Platform format. Is that a stepping stone to more modern Windows 10 apps or recognition that traditional PC...

Windows Server on ARM is for Azure only

Windows Server on ARM is for Azure only

What makes the work of porting code to the ARM instruction set worthwhile is both the scale of cloud and the kind of services Microsoft runs in Azure. The economics works for cloud, not your data centers.

Why email is safer in Office 365 than on your Exchange server

Why email is safer in Office 365 than on your Exchange server

Beyond blocking spam and virus-laden messages, cloud services can determine whether links are safe to visit and whether you’re protecting the right information.

Why you need a bug bounty program

Why you need a bug bounty program

If you’re ready to deal with the volume of reports, a bug bounty program can help you can find the holes in your system — before attackers do.

How open compute cuts server costs in the enterprise

How open compute cuts server costs in the enterprise

Even if your organization’s not big enough to build your own servers and switches, you can still reap the benefits of OCP designs, including reduced costs.

What's next for Azure Site Recovery?

What's next for Azure Site Recovery?

Microsoft’s Azure-based high availability disaster recovery service turns the cloud into your off-site failover for complex applications, and it can double as a migration strategy.

Office 365 could give Microsoft Teams an advantage over Slack

Office 365 could give Microsoft Teams an advantage over Slack

A new survey finds that Microsoft Teams is off to a strong start, but there’s a lot of confusion as well as competition in the business communications market — and team chat is only the latest trend.

 How to handle security vulnerability reports

How to handle security vulnerability reports

There are people out there willing to help with your company’s security issues. Isn’t it time your company had its own ‘see something, say something’ policy?

IT teams put conversations to work with ChatOps

IT teams put conversations to work with ChatOps

Putting tools, alerts and processes into the chat interface gives both developers and the ops team a new model for working with infrastructure.

It's time to start planning for SQL Server on Linux

It's time to start planning for SQL Server on Linux

You can treat SQL Server on Linux as a new deployment option, not a whole new database. That means you can choose the operating system that best fits your project.

9 gifts IT needed but didn't get in 2016

9 gifts IT needed but didn't get in 2016

In 2016 IT departments received technology that disappointed, didn’t deliver, took the wrong direction or didn’t arrive at all. Here’s what your IT team is still waiting for as we head into 2017.

Diving into Microsoft's Azure Data Lake

Diving into Microsoft's Azure Data Lake

The new Azure Data Lake service aims to let you get value out of all your data in the cloud, using familiar tools and skills.

How to use data to design the best market for your company

How to use data to design the best market for your company

Can you use technology to create the market your business wants? Behavioral economics say, ‘yes’ — and thanks to big data it’s about to become a service any business can access.

Why a cross-platform Microsoft is good for your business

Why a cross-platform Microsoft is good for your business

Microsoft is preaching the mantra ‘any developer, any app, any platform.’ But it’s not just dev tools. It’s about wider technology choices for the business.

Comparing AI tools in Salesforce Einstein and Dynamics 365

Comparing AI tools in Salesforce Einstein and Dynamics 365

Both Salesforce with Einstein and Microsoft with Dynamics 365 are offering AI capabilities that promise to improve your customer service, sales pipeline and business processes. Here’s a look at the new AI features, what’s available...

Inside a hyperscale data center (how different is it?)

Inside a hyperscale data center (how different is it?)

CIO.com took a tour of Microsoft’s hyperscale data center in Quincy, Washington. What we saw shows how far cloud data centers have come in a decade.

3 ways Windows Server 2016 is tackling security

3 ways Windows Server 2016 is tackling security

Windows Server 2016 could be a generational shift in security on par with Bill Gates’ introduction of Trustworthy Computing in 2002.

Is tape storage dead … again?

Is tape storage dead … again?

Tape storage has been declared dead so many times that it has become a trope in technology journalism. The truth is more complicated and is ultimately less about tape’s demise than it is about the steady encroachment of cloud services....

Why it takes a cloud service to manage cloud services

Why it takes a cloud service to manage cloud services

Chances are, your business already uses multitudes of cloud services and integrates with many more. How do you manage them all? These services can help.

Understanding Microsoft’s cloud application platform

Understanding Microsoft’s cloud application platform

Microsoft’s ambition for its new Dynamics 365 cloud CRM and ERP service is broader than just creating a subscription service from its on-premises business tools.

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