Monthly Archives: September 2012

Windows 8 and Arrogance (or not)

I know that I struck a nerve with a comment about Windows Phone apps, Windows 8, and Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky.  I wanted to explore this topic further on two fronts.  First of course is the entire Windows Phone … Continue reading

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Developers ignore creating “Windows Store” Apps at great peril

Although the launch of Windows 8/RT is still a month away the number of apps in the Windows Store (aka “Metro apps” aka “Windows RunTime Apps”) is a worry.  There are somewhere around 2200 apps in the store now, probably … Continue reading

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Goodbye Forefront, it was nice knowing you

My last job at Microsoft was as the “Chief Architect” of the Identity and Security Division (and briefly its successor organization, DAIP) and General Manager for Forefront UAG, Forefront TMG, Rights Management Services, Certificate Services, Windows NAP, and some other … Continue reading

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Beware Cloud Services bearing gifts

Last week I tried to access the web site of a company that a few of my former Microsoft colleagues work for and was shocked when Norton DNS blocked my access.  Upon further investigation I realized the company’s site was … Continue reading

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An OEM (HP) is making my life difficult. Good!

When Microsoft first revealed the Surface and Surface Pro a little lust crept into my heart.  While I realize I have a ridiculous number of computers, most of them old things that serve limited special purposes, I spend most of my … Continue reading

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Vendors are missing out on a malware fighting technique

There is a growing controversy over the business of selling zero-day exploits, that is bugs in software that can be exploited by malware.  I say controversy because it is perfectly legal in the U.S. and many other jurisdictions for someone … Continue reading

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