Monthly Archives: February 2013

WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft – Part 3

Although there are several ways to interpret the phrase “integrated storage” (or “unified storage”) one of the most important ones to focus on is that it creates a single store for Unstructured, Semi-Structured, and Structured types of storage.  The differences … Continue reading

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WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft – Part 2

Hopefully Part 1 gave you some idea of the scenarios that Integrated Storage was intended to address and why you would want support in the storage system to help address them.  And yes, I barely scratched the surface of what one … Continue reading

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WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft – Part 1

People have been bugging me to write about Integrated Storage for some time, and with Bill Gates having just disclosed that failure to ship WinFS was his biggest product regret  now seemed like a good time.  In Part 1 I’ll … Continue reading

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Quick note on Surface Pro being sold out

I have no idea how many Microsoft had available yesterday but I did want to make a few observations: Microsoft Stores had been giving away Surface Pro reservation cards for the week before availability.  My local store ran out of … Continue reading

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Microsoft is, and deserves to be, judged by a different standard

The Microsoft Surface Pro went on sale yesterday and immediately sold out, leading many pundits and other observers to declare the launch a failure.  Meanwhile the Surface RT has sold an unknown number of units (because Microsoft won’t reveal actual … Continue reading

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Microsoft Office for Linux: Are people asking and answering the wrong question?

Ok, rumors out today that Microsoft is considering releasing Microsoft Office on Linux.  Cue immediate reaction that ranges from skepticism to outright hostility that anyone would repeat such a rumor.  And the most negative reactions are coming from people I … Continue reading

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Congratulations Microsoft on the Surface Pro

No this is not a true review.  I’ve had all of 20 minutes playing with a Surface Pro in the Microsoft Store.  I happened to hit the store just before the end of the work day when it was quiet, … Continue reading

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Another little “shopping” trip to Best Buy and the Microsoft Store

With release of the Surface Pro imminent, and word on the street that both the Microsoft Store and Best Buy already had units on display, I made another stop at both of my local outlets.  I know I sound like … Continue reading

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Microsoft and Dell, more and less than meets the eye

Just some quick commentary on Dell going private and Microsoft’s participation in that process. Let me start with something that should be obvious even if it isn’t.  There are personal relationships here that exist just about nowhere else in the … Continue reading

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More Surface Devices (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this topic I mentioned that Microsoft is going after “areas where they can identify scenarios and user requirements that are going unmet by both competitors and the OEM community”.  So what are some of those areas … Continue reading

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