Upcoming ACM-SIGSOFT Webcasts in June: Agile/Evolutionary Development, End-User Software Engineering, Technical Transfer

In June 2015, ACM and the ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) present four free, special webcasts. Register today! Tuesday, June 2, noon ET: "Agile and Evolutionary Software Development," Václav Rajlich and Will Tracz:Successful software requires constant change that is triggered by volatility of requirements, technologies, and stakeholder knowledge. This constant change constitutes…


W10 pulse—curated top news

May 17, 2015–My picks for curated top Windows 10 news : 3D Printing Model Design Challenge New Windows 10 Mobile preview Building and porting apps for Windows 10  


Start planning with the Windows 10 editions

For executives and managers planning IT strategy for enterprises, there are key consideration areas in Windows 10 as evidenced by examining the preview (available through the Insiders program where there are about 4 million users). Full versions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Pro are free upgrades for qualifying Windows 7,…


Try it – Easier Skype Translator Preview Access

Increasingly business is international and communications is a barrier. The Skype Translator addresses this and represents a great opportunity in effective business communications.  As announced this past week, you can obtain the Skype Translator preview simply by downloading the Skype Translator preview application from the Windows Store (Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preview) and then…


Microsoft Canada to host DigiGirlz – Day of Technology for Girls in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC, May 13, 2015 – Microsoft Canada and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will host approximately 60 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 from across the Lower Mainland for a day-long skills development and mentorship conference in Vancouver.  These future innovators and leaders will be joined by Microsoft Canada Director…


Essentials of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager:

Platform Vision & Strategy (6 of 7): What’s New in System Center for Management https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2459   Great for an all up view across System Center SCOM specific content starts at 32 minutes   Microsoft System Center Operations Manager: Monitoring in a Modern World https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2467   Announcements SCOM agent to run on Nano Server Network monitoring enhancements MP…


Azure HOW TO videos

Microsoft Azure is simplified for Developers & IT Pros with a series of essential 'how-to’ videos. A series of short ‘how-to’ videos to walk you through getting started with Azure Website, Azure Data Services, Linux Virtual Machines, Windows Server Virtual Machines, Backup and Azure Networks. Click here to watch the videos.  


Bill Gates amongst icons honoured with ITU’s 150th Anniversary Award

In my chat with Houlin Zhao, newly appointed secretary general of the ITU, we discussed his vision for innovation and recognizing significant contributions. Bill Gates will be honoured by ITU as the ITU celebrates its 150th anniversary on Sunday, 17 May. The ITU is the United Nations agency governing and setting standards for ICT with…


SQL Server 2016 public preview coming

Satya Nadella, announced SQL Server 2016, Microsoft’s database and analytics platform. Features include: Always Encrypted Based on technology from Microsoft Research, SQL Server can perform operations on encrypted data and best of all, the encryption key resides with the application in the customers trusted environment. Encryption and decryption of data happens transparently inside the application…