So I like the idea of an Amazon Echo.... not yet available in the UK. So using the scripts written by Sam Machin, I was able to build one using a Raspberry Pi 🙂
So the other evening I visited the windowsondevices.com site and discovered that Microsoft had updated the tools for getting Windows 10 running on IoT such as RaspberryPi. So I threw together a quick video with the latest build.
Windows Server 2008 R2:
So Outlook was crashing for a users PC (Windows 10/Outlook 2013). The cause of the crash was a buggy Add-In. Outlook wouldn't then login, the username/password dialog kept prompting.
So after checking
doing IPCONFIG /flushdns
Hacking the registry
Nothing working.... We checked IE and there was a proxy, once the proxy was removed everything starting working, including Windows Update and Microsoft Offline files!
Recently on the last Windows Weekly Podcast/Webcast (Leo/Lisa, it really should be called Microsoft Weekly!), Mary Jo Foley had Microsoft CMO on and he pretty much implied that they [Microsoft] need a Surface quality phone.
Paul in pass episodes of Windows Weekly has suggested that Continuum would be more useful if the phone had an Intel Processor, his reasoning for this is that the phone when docked would be more useful as a "Desktop" PC thus not just constricted to universal apps.
Microsoft could bring out a dual processor Surface Phone, Intel and Arm, when not docked only the Arm processor is enabled saving battery power, when docked the Intel processor is enabled and as the phone is docked with a USB 3.0 C connector then it could be powered, still not zapping any battery.
If that's not an option, then the Intel Processor could be placed inside the dock, still achieving the same effect.
Of course my inspiration for such device is Microsoft's SurfaceBook, how useful this would be in the real world is up for debate, however, I think the real reason for Continuum to exist in the first place is for India Market, where they don't have a traditional PC's, if this could be brought to that market, it could be a huge growth area for Microsoft,
Microsoft surprised us with the SurfaceBook can they, will they dare to it again with the Surface Phone?
I think people are missing the point with Microsoft Windows Phone Continuum. In case your not aware, Continuum is Microsoft feature allowing you to connect a Windows Phone to a dock, which turns the Phone into a Desktop PC (almost), Apps run full screen and the phone can still be used independently.
Listening to various podcast's and news websites around the web people are talking about this and looking at it from a western point of view. How would I used this, why wouldn't I just use a laptop?
What people seem to be missing is the growth area for devices (phones) is India. Many in India don't have a desktop, laptop and a tablet. They only have their phone.
Continuum is a unique selling point in this part of the world. People buying a phone that could turn into a PC maybe appealing to the market, time will tell, no one seems to be talking about it from this perspective, unless I'm missing something.
Microsoft announced today that it's basically blowing away most of OneDrive.
From the link above...
We’re taking the following steps to make this transition as easy as possible for customers:
I thought that Microsoft was beginning to change and not do dump moves like this any more!
When Microsoft first rolled out a Music Service called MSN Music, I joined up and then they killed it, I still have those files which I PAID for and can't use.
There have been may initiatives from Microsoft over the yeas and time after time, the seem to release something get bored and drop it. Where would iTunes be today if Apple kept dropping features, changes names, iTunes is a silly name today because it does a lot more than sell Music.
Look at Microsoft Music Offering over the last few years, it's been Zune, Xbox Music and now Groove, why can't Microsoft just build something and iterate on it over time, why does it have to kill brands and cause confusion all of the time?
TechNet for IT Pros killed out of no where? Did Microsoft really reply to the community (IT Pros) that recommends its services and software? No. I can accept things are changing and the industry is moving to the cloud, so why hasn't Microsoft replaced TechNet with the equivalent for Azure?
This is an issue over trust for me, if you want me to use your service, then don't pull it so I lose out when I have invested time and money into it, because you will only ever lose customers. I have just signed up for DropBox as they seem to be consistent and their offering is faster.
Microsoft you should be able to get this right and at this time, you NEED to get this right. How long can you continue punishing your follows before they (we) stop caring any more? Once we stop caring then we shall stop pushing your services and products!
So a little while back Microsoft announced that they would be providing support for SSH, they have reached the first milestone and we have a working version.
There is still work to be done but it's looking promising. I'm not 100% sure of the benefits of having SSH support, if you want to share why this is really useful then please do so in the comments.