Loading user information from Channel 9

Something went wrong getting user information from Channel 9

Latest Achievement:

Loading user information from MSDN

Something went wrong getting user information from MSDN

Visual Studio Achievements

Latest Achievement:

Loading Visual Studio Achievements

Something went wrong getting the Visual Studio Achievements


Elmer elmer I'm on my very last life.
  • Onedrive... are they serious?

    There were ways they could have tightened up on the "abusers" of the unlimited offer by implemented a clearly defined "fair use" policy, and focussing on those cases.

    MS are trying to realign themselves with the consumer and SMB markets, and at the same time screwing over their customers in the consumer and SMB markets.

    If the OneDrive team did this without consulting other groups, then some heads deserve to roll.

    If Nadella was informed of this and approved it, then MS is in trouble.

  • Onedrive... are they serious?

    One of the other issues from this, is the clear description of the content the so-called "offending" users were storing.

    Ok, we all know that the DataCentres can see your data, but this just reinforces the "trust" arguments for those who are resisting moving business data from on-premise to  cloud.

  • More "accidental" upgrades in the works

    NetMarketShare and StatCounter can differ significantly.

    Which one you believe depends on what you are trying to analyse.

    NetMarketShare gives equal weight to all users, while StatCounter gives extra weight to higher traffic users.

    For analysis of raw installed copies of W10, NetMarketShare is probably more accurate, while StatCounter probably more accurately reflects the amount of use W10 is getting vs other versions. i.e. Mum & Dad have installed W10 but hardly ever use their computer... what part of that are you interested in?

  • More "accidental" upgrades in the works

    , wastingtime​withforums wrote



    "Why this matters: If August's usage data was a sign that Microsoft's free upgrade plan was working, September's data is the inevitable reality check. Microsoft is still dealing with a huge base of aging PCs and deeply-entrenched usage patterns, not to mention enterprise users that must still pay to upgrade."

    I would have thought that enterprise users have actually already paid for it, by virtue of the upgrade assurance on their volume licensing agreements.

  • October 6th ​Announcemen​ts

    I think that the biggest issue with the Surface Book was nailed by Mary Jo - too much weight in the screen (by virtue of its detachable design) causing the device to be top-heavy. People are commenting that it won't actually stay put on their lap (sort of a pre-requisite for a lap-top) and that the screen moves about when typing - because of the screen's weight.

    They should have either stuck with a "traditional" design, allowing them to make a Mac-Book competitor at a lower price, or gone the 13-14" Surface tablet route - I would have bought one of those.

    As it is, I question how many people will be routinely detaching the screen of the SB to make it worth the extra cost and weight distribution issues of the detachable design.

  • I just don't get Windows 10 as a product - is it a Windows distro? Occupational therapy?

    , ScottWelker wrote

    I believe MS has essentially written off the business user in favor of the retail customer. This direction is driving away business customers who need a degree of stability to get their work done with minimal friction.

    I believe that MS sees SMB and Consumer as one-in-the-same - PRO version is apparently no longer respected as "Business" but as simply a preference in options.

    They consider that "real" business will be running enterprise versions of windows, and WSUS, to provide the stability of a standard operating platform, without this pesky hourly update nonsense.

  • What counts as “changed file” for Windows Search?

    , wastingtime​withforums wrote

    Is the search indexer smart enough to detect changed content if the file size has changed BUT "modified" file-date has not?

    Changed content should set the archive bit, but whether or not that tells the search "crawler" to re-index, I have to admit I have no idea - actually, that's probably only meaningful to an archive application, like backup.

  • Outlook 2016 - Still not able to render HTML emails

    , ZippyV wrote

    Tables don't work when you want to have a good looking email on desktops, tablets and smartphones.

    Tablets and smartphones... Pfftt... a passing fad... they'll never be popular.


  • Is it even possible to have a redundant internet connection and desktop at home?

    , cheong wrote

    All of the above makes link aggregation for multiple ISPs must be prohibitively expansive even if they can offer it. I can't think of reason how normal people can be allowed for have it (except maybe for special servers like the DNS roots which are the basis of modern internet).

    I'm still not convinced that multiple ISPs can implement aggregation directly, as each ISP would only be getting part of an aggregated connection - i.e. who does the remote host (which know nothing of your aggregation arrangements) return a response to?

    To do aggregation you need a single aggregation routing point - either a single ISP with multi-link connections, or a service beyond the ISP, such as the example of SharedBand, which can manage the aggregation and split the traffic over multiple ISP connections, using it's routing knowledge provided by the multi-homed client router.

  • Outlook 2016 - Still not able to render HTML emails

    , vesuvius wrote

    Given the way the world is moving, their focus is on Office 365, and making sure that they win new iOS and Android users. I can think of a few times it would have been nice to have this support, but generally most businesses have found alternatives, and Microsoft's eggs are in developing cross platform. 

    We use Outlook because we run Exchange, Dynamics-CRM and a 3rd-party SIP PBX, and there are Outlook add-ins that provide tight integration of all three, as well as X-Server functionality.

    The PBX is on-prem, and we have data regulatory conditions and internet performance limitations that require the Dynamics data stay on-prem... and because Exchange and Dynamics don't function well in hybrid config (one on-prem the other in-cloud) this means Exchange also has to stay on-prem. So having an Outlook client that rendered HTML properly would be nice.