RE: DevConnections ... yes, we knew about the date, and yes, we were worried about the conflict, as lots of folks are already committed to going to Vegas. The date for BUILD was mainly driven by (among other things) the date for Windows 8 availability, and the goal of slipstreaming behind launch to bring our dev community together the week after. Apologies to those who have the conflict ...
Niner since 2012
Web, native, and déjà vu
In an industry known for seemingly endless debates about pretty much everything, the web vs. native debate seems to one of the more durable, sustainable ones, and a new round of opinion-sharing took place recently, so I thought I'd try to add some perspective here. I will talk about the role of Windows...
Announcing BUILD 2012
In January we shared some thoughts on our approach to developer events, including a commitment to come back with more on our plans for an event this coming fall. Well, here it is: our next developer conference will be this fall, and it's (again) called BUILD. It will be held on Microsoft's campus...
How Complex Systems Fail
The notion that non-tech-industry people should care about cloud computing continues to weasel its way into mainstream media and popular culture, most recently with a slew of stories about how last week's East Coast storms were to blame for the unscheduled downtime that affected...
Help Wanted: Big Data and the Talent Gap
There is a lot of energy and discussion these days around "big data," and most of it seems to focus on the underlying technology enablers and what you can do with them ... real-time analytics, noSQL stores, map|reduce capability, complex event processing, and a host of other technologies,...
The 400 horsepower device
When web development reached critical mass in the early-mid 2000's, there was a lot of discussion about what it all meant for native development and apps that are optimized for devices, but developers' penchant for exploiting what devices can do has persisted through all of that, and it keeps getting...
Optimizing apps for cloud
I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how to cloud-optimize an app, essentially moving beyond architectures that look more like old-school hosting, and closer to a true realization of the utility computing dream that everyone is signing up for these days. That tells me we're still not clear...
The Big Dimmer Switch
Today, we're introducing Vector. It's a blog about developers, platform, and big ideas/trends in tech, but with a little bit different bent on what folks are used to from Channel 9...
It's been eight years since Channel 9 first introduced many of our key engineering folks to the developer community to...