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Michael Butler Michael Butler Just a software kind of guy.
  • HP X3 Elite announced!

    @Ian2:If it came with a pen/stylus, then I'd have one. Its the one thing that is still missing from the phablet world.

  • 10 device limit for installing Apps

    Not hit the problem yet and probably don't expect too anytime soon. I only have 3 active devices, phone, Surface 3 and Desktop PC. I guess maybe 4, if you include the Xbox one that I guess will count as a device with the upcoming update.

    10 does seem like a small number if it is a family account though, 15 might be a more practical limit whilst still having a limit.

  • Real Programmers write their own tools ... ?

    Over the years, I've written a lot of tools and scripts for myself.

    As a developer, I'm naturally lazy and if a task can be automated by script or simplified by a tool, then I'll probably build it.

    Powershell is my best buddy at the moment.


  • The Bot thread

    "Cortana, update my last work item in TFS to be complete and then email my manager that I'm taking the afternoon off"

    Lots of my own itches I can think to scratch with all the new Cortana, Bot and Natural Language frameworks. Been thinking about this approach for a while, glad to see Microsoft are on my wave-length.

  • The Bot thread

    @Ian2: I'm thinking of having a play with the new tools and see if I can build a Michael Bot. Somebody to answer all those questions that people ask me over email and IM, about which server does this, or where can I find that.

    It would be nice to see if everything announced yesterday can make for a nice coding assistant bot, where I can ask for parameters for x function or which database has such and such function.

  • Microsoft Impending Game Changers for Windows 10?

    I think it will be Android apps running in the Windows 10 Hypervisor like the Win 32 apps are supposed to do with which ever bridge code name it was.

  • First wave on HoloLens

    Don't forget Microsoft are picking and choosing who they actual sell to, so you'd have to have a really good idea for them to sell you hardware.

    I am interesting in looking at the emulator when it is released at the end of the month.

  • another WM10 negativity thread.

    , kettch wrote

    I can always paste if I tap and hold for the application-specific context menu.



    Yes. Tap and hold is how I paste too into a web-page on my 950XL.

  • another WM10 negativity thread.

    , magicalclick wrote

    to cut it short, WM10 has been out for many months now. And there is still no update to fix such basic copy and paste problem. I still can't copy any URL from a tab address bar and paste it into another Edge tabs web page. This is a most basic feature that WM10 failed to do and is still unresolved. I am sure you guys are very tired of me making another negativity thread. So I will not dramatize even further.


    I'm not sure I understand the issue. I can copy a url from one tab and either launch a second tab and paste it in, or launch a second tab with another page and then paste that URL into a input box on that page.

  • Thurrott.com is becoming the new coffeehouse

    , fanbaby wrote


    Read the comments, Ballmer vs Satya.

    It's fascinating to see this great beast coming crashing down (while still making $B's nonetheless)

    Assuming you mean Microsoft as the great beast and not Paul Thurrott...

    Microsoft aren't crashing down, they are evolving. Nadella is a cloud guy, that's where he sees the future. As long as people are using Azure, Office 365 and all the other cloud based services, then I think he's happy.

    As long as people are running Microsoft services and software on their devices, be it IOS, Android or Windows - then I believe Satya's strategy is working.