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January 2011 Entries

A New Company Dedicated to Getting Microsoft. Right.

Most of my posts are about Microsoft. This one is about a new firm that helps companies build strategies around Microsoft, and its stack. The company is called Blue Badge Insights, and I’m proud to announce I’ve launched it, effective immediately. There’s been a lot that’s led up to this. For over two years now, I have written the Redmond Review column for Visual Studio Magazine (VSM) and Redmond Developer News (RDN). I’ve had this blog longer than that, but I got a lot more serious about it when ......

Will the Amazon Beanstalk Obscure the Azure Skies?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the beta release of its “Elastic Beanstalk” Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. The platform Initially is available to Java developers only, but it sounds pretty snazzy: you wrap your code up as a Java WAR file (a Web Application Archive), upload it and deploy it. There are tools developers can integrate into Eclipse to do the upload or you can use the AWS Management Console. Wait a few minutes and then visit your app at http://myapp.elasticbeansta... ......

I, Android

I’m just back from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). I go to CES to get a sense of what Microsoft is doing in the consumer space, and how people are reacting to it. When I first went to CES 2 years ago, Steve Ballmer announced the beta of Windows 7 at his keynote address, and the crowd went wild. When I went again last year, everyone was hoping for a Windows tablet announcement at the Ballmer keynote. Although they didn’t get one (unless you count the unreleased HP Slate running Windows 7), ......