Top Ten: FAQs About the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and the Cortana Analytics Suite

“Learn about what’s new in Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and the Cortana Analytics Suite”

Watch for bigger and better things from Microsoft in 2016.  This tech user and observer has been impressed with the moves they have been making if only because they have a renewed commitment to relevance.

Source: Top Ten: FAQs About the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and the Cortana Analytics Suite

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Microsoft offers IT guidance to prepare for Windows as a Service

The dreaded Wednesday morning patches get a facelift.  A welcome change for IT shops that have to cope with the myriad of problems that arise when they either accept the weekly Microsoft updates or reject them.

“Microsoft is slowly but surely trying to wean IT pro to make changes in the way they validate and apply new fixes and features in preparation for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.”

Source: Microsoft offers IT guidance to prepare for Windows as a Service | ZDNet

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Software revenue chugs along; Microsoft remains top dog

And all along we thought that Apps were the giants!

But remember that everyone is trying to find the secret of monitizing apps.  And it doesn’t seem to lie in giving them away, especially when there are millions (yes, millions) of them available.  But the “other” category in the survey is worth watching and it may have statistical significance, especially if the de-centralization of production and distribution of “software” is considered.  Watch the Apple Store, Google’s Play Store, and Amazon for trends. Just a suggestion, mind you.

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According to IDC Worldwide:

“The applications market grew at a 5.8 percent rate due to collaboration software. Enterprise social network software sales grew 28.3 percent in the first half from a year ago.

Microsoft had 14.9 percent market share in the applications market largely due to content and collaboration applications.

Intuit was a top 5 vendor in the applications market behind SAP, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.

Applications development and deployment accounted for 23.4 percent of total software revenue in the first half of 2013. The category had growth of 5.1 percent in the first half.

Relational database management system sales grew 7 percent in the first half relative to a year ago. Oracle led the Applications development and deployment category with 23.1 percent market share.

System infrastructure software showed growth of 5.1 percent in the first half. Microsoft led the category with 30.1 percent market share followed by IBM, Symantec, EMC and VMware.

Latin America software sales jumped 8.6 percent in the first half followed by the U.S. at 7.9 percent. Western Europe software sales were up 5.1 percent and Asia/Pacific excluding Japan jumped 6.6 percent.”

via Software revenue chugs along; Microsoft remains top dog | ZDNet.

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Microsoft: Awake at Last! But Blue

Microsoft: emphasis on Start Screen shackled Windows 8 | News | TechRadar.

Sounds like our friends in Redmond have figured it out and predictably:

Windows 8 is another even numbered release of Windows – In the past they’ve blown it in one way of the other in just about every even numbered release since their hybrid DOS Windows 2.x and 3.x

1- Windows 95 – Good, stable, a winner

2- Windows 98 SP1 – Ouch

3- Windows 98 SP2 – Fixed it quick

4- Windows Millenium – Totally unnecessary.  Bad idea at the time

5-  Windows XP – Perfecto.  Longest running version to date

6- Windows Vista – Ouch2

7- Windows 7 – Lovely but at the end of an era.

8- Windows 8 – Ouch3

9- Windows Blue (8.1) – Hope the quick fix gets ’em back in the game

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