Author Archives: halberenson

Free Windows (TANSTAAFL)

Some are touting yesterday’s announcement that Microsoft was making Windows (including Windows Phone) free for devices with screens smaller than 9″ as the most impactful news coming out of Build 2014.  While I do think it is important news, I … Continue reading

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Let the Build 2014 games begin!

We are just a few hours away from Build 2014, and the most important set of reveals for Microsoft’s Operating System business in a decade.  Yes, more important than Windows 8.  Or Windows Phone 7.  Or whatever other seemingly, at … Continue reading

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Microsoft has a near miss with the Xbox One Media Remote

Regular readers will of course be familiar with my Xbox: Fail from January, and I thought a little update was in order. To get something out-of-the-way, the February and March updates did nothing noticeable to improve voice recognition.  I did … Continue reading

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10″ LTE for me

One of the things that has bugged me about Windows 8.x from the beginning was the lack of devices with built-in WWAN, and particularly LTE, support.  I had 3G support in my original iPad, and it was a pleasure to … Continue reading

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Supporting other platforms before Windows

A few Microsoft properties have received grief the last couple of years about shipping features, or even entire apps, on non-Microsoft platforms before those same features or apps come to Windows and Windows Phone.  I talked to a friend about … Continue reading

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A call for EMET Lite

Often I make suggestions to Microsoft privately, occasionally I do so publicly.  I’m doing this one publicly to generate broader discussion and hopefully a consensus.  I already mentioned this on Twitter a few weeks ago, but the full discussion requires … Continue reading

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NEW post on Windows XP situation

I made two incorrect statements in my last post on Windows XP.  One is that I said it was my last warning on its demise, and obviously here is another one.  The other is that I said I’d write about … Continue reading

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Finishing turning Windows Blue

People seem a little shocked at how much change is coming in both the Windows 8.1 Update (a.k.a. Update 1, Feature Pack, etc.) and in Windows Phone 8.1.  You probably shouldn’t be as both offerings have far more effort behind … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2014 Delayed Durability/Lazy Commit

I am having a lot of fun watching everyone get excited over SQL Server 2014′s Delayed Durability feature, mostly because I invented it back in 1986.  At the time no one was particularly excited by the idea.  It’s possible someone invented it … Continue reading

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Satya shuffles his leadership

Now that Microsoft has formally announced a bunch of Senior Leadership Team changes I thought it appropriate to comment. The easiest one is Tony Bates.  Like many CEOs who join a large company as part of an acquisition it can … Continue reading

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