Mary Branscombe

Mary BranscombeIDG News Service

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. 

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Microsoft to open-source cloud framework behind Halo 4 services

The distributed computing research project known as Project Orleans will be available in early 2015

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Microsoft announces features and performance improvements for many Azure services

The latest round of Azure features will make it easier to move existing business workloads and processes to the Microsoft cloud

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Microsoft delivers Office mobile management in Intune update

Microsoft offers tools to manage not just devices but the apps running on them and the services they connect to.

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Windows 10 no 'loss leader' for Microsoft, but making money may rely on services

Details of the Windows 10 business model will be announced early in 2015.

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Azure updates and human error caused Visual Studio Online outage

Microsoft's account of the latest problems for its developer cloud service reveals excellent transparency - and room for improvement

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Microsoft Pulse 2.0 polling and analytics service launches in beta

The free beta service allows real-time second-screen voting

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Why is Microsoft updating Windows PCs for a security bug on the server?

The Kerberos vulnerability is only in Windows Server, but Windows PCs are getting extra security fixes

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Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC's native video chats are ready for prime time?

Attitudes to standards in web browsers will dictate what you'll be able to do on your device

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SkyKick promises simpler migration to Office 365

Cloud services mean you don't have to run your own servers but for email, few companies want to start from scratch