Category Archives: Opinion

Office 365 For Consumers Gets Stickier

Over the last month much of what my working life has involved has included discussions around the benefits of Office 365 suite subscriptions for business and consumers. Today’s announcement that OneDrive is moving to 1TB per Office 365 Home Premium subscription for each of the 5 accounts, effectively giving 5TB of online storage per subscription. This number does seem crazy, and there’s the whole issue of getting all that data into the cloud, but I’m not going to complain about

The long term benefits of Hyper-V (and Windows) in the Xbox One

While many gaming enthusiasts have had a crash course in Hyper-V since the recent Microsoft announcements, for those of us on the IT side of the fence have had time to think about the possible ramifications of this on our world, and the good news is that it’s all good news. More Hyper-V Hosts = More Data = Better Hyper-V Hosts One of the most critical benefits I see in this is that Microsoft can drastically install the base of

Windows 8 screen resolution requirements being relaxed

In a move that I’ve got mixed feelings about, Microsoft has announced that the minimum screen resolution for Windows 8 tablet devices is being lowered to 1024*768 instead of 1366*768. Side by side Windows 8 apps won’t be supported at this lower resolution though, and OEMs who ship these devices need to include a disclaimer along the lines of the following… “The integrated display resolution of this system is below the threshold for snap, a feature that lets people view

Warming Up To Windows RT, The Story Continues

While there are still many questions that need to be answered on Windows RT in the long run, I’m really beginning to like the idea of how I can put it to work when it becomes available. After spending some time chatting to Lee Sabow from the Windows Business Group at WPC 2012 in Toronto this week, some new and interesting scenarios are coming to mind. For many people today, the iPad is really the only game in town when

R.I.P. Small Business Server, Welcome Windows Server 2012 Essentials continued…

I’ve received a few messages from those I’ve worked with in the SBS community over the years, and while I can understand some of the emotional responses that are taking place, I still see this move as inevitable based on what I previously posted. I want this post to be seen as more of a what to do next discussion starter, because if you haven’t started working with cloud solutions, even in a limited or test environment, you have some

R.I.P. Small Business Server, Welcome Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Today on the SBS Blog it was announced that the successor to SBS 2011 Essentials is going to be called Windows Server 2012 Essentials, and that  there would be no replacement for SBS 2011 Standard. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, the writing has been on the wall for SBS as we knew it for a long time, but some just weren’t seeing it there. This announcement doesn’t have the emotional impact on me that I know it is

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