Mary Branscombe

Mary Branscombe is a freelance journalist who has been covering technology for over two decades and has written about everything from programming languages, early versions of Windows and Office and the arrival of the web to consumer gadgets and home entertainment. She’s been using mobile email since 1993 and taking handwritten notes on a tablet PC since 2003 and vastly prefers the earlier versions of VBA to JavaScript (Prolog is also a particular favorite). The shortest description might be: warning, contains opinions. 

Inside a hyperscale data center (how different is it?)

Inside a hyperscale data center (how different is it?)

CIO.com took a tour of Microsoft’s hyperscale data center in Quincy, Wash. What we saw shows how far cloud data centers have come in a decade.

3 ways Windows Server 2016 is tackling security

3 ways Windows Server 2016 is tackling security

Windows Server 2016 could be a generational shift in security on par with Bill Gates’ introduction of Trustworthy Computing in 2002.

Is tape storage dead … again?

Is tape storage dead … again?

Tape storage has been declared dead so many times that it has become a trope in technology journalism. The truth is more complicated and is ultimately less about tape’s demise than it is about the steady encroachment of cloud services....

Understanding Microsoft’s cloud application platform

Understanding Microsoft’s cloud application platform

Microsoft’s ambition for its new Dynamics 365 cloud CRM and ERP service is broader than just creating a subscription service from its on-premises business tools.

How to make hybrid cloud work

How to make hybrid cloud work

What enterprises are doing now with hybrid cloud is more sophisticated than you might think.

What should you do with your .NET apps?

What should you do with your .NET apps?

'The .NET Core has brought a renaissance in .NET,' says Scott Hunter, a member of the .NET engineering team. But that doesn’t mean you should port your existing apps.

Why (and how) to start planning your HoloLens apps

Why (and how) to start planning your HoloLens apps

With Microsoft HoloLens already in the hands of the first developers, it’s time to start planning how your business can use augmented reality.

What CIOs should know about SQL Server 2016

What CIOs should know about SQL Server 2016

Every release of SQL Server promises increased performance, better security and improved business intelligence. You get all of that with SQL Server 2016, plus other strategic options such as cloud integration and Linux support.

How to decide when to buy and when to build software

How to decide when to buy and when to build software

Every company may be a software company now, but that doesn’t mean you have to build it all yourself. When can you buy the same standard apps your competitors use? Why should you invest in building your own? And when you do build, how...

Is desktop-as-a-service ready for business?

Is desktop-as-a-service ready for business?

Licensing complications and an immature market limit where DaaS is useful, but desktops in the cloud are ideal for specific situations.

How to make mobile apps with FileMaker 15

How to make mobile apps with FileMaker 15

The venerable database application has become a popular tool for creating your own business apps. Now you can use those apps wherever you go.

What's really new in SharePoint 2016?

What's really new in SharePoint 2016?

With SharePoint 2016, Microsoft is going back to what SharePoint is all about: Easy collaboration, team-driven workflows and simple Intranet publishing. Wait, isn’t that what SharePoint has been doing all along?

How data virtualization delivers on the DevOps promise

How data virtualization delivers on the DevOps promise

Your data could be standing in the way of getting the most out of DevOps and continuous delivery. It’s also a significant security risk in development -- and that’s about to get more expensive.

Review: Nuance Dragon for Windows offers strong voice recognition

Review: Nuance Dragon for Windows offers strong voice recognition

The latest version of Dragon, Nuance's pricey but powerful voice recognition software for Windows, shows real improvement. Our reviewer offers a full analysis.

Is Microsoft making Windows worse to make it better?

Is Microsoft making Windows worse to make it better?

Windows 10 is being presented as an OS in continuous development. We’re used to cloud services being a work in progress, but how well does that transfer to the an operating system?

What Microsoft's new developer strategy means for CIOs

What Microsoft's new developer strategy means for CIOs

Microsoft is leveraging open source and cross-platform development tools to reach a wider range of developers.

9 tools to help you manage your pet servers

Most of your servers are like heads of cattle on a farm. But some are special snowflakes that need to be treated with kid gloves. Here are some tools to do just that.

Why companies are switching from Google Apps to Office 365

Why companies are switching from Google Apps to Office 365

The combination of familiar software and enterprise-class support is bringing early adopters disappointed by Google’s lack of progress back to Microsoft.

Is BYOK the key to secure cloud computing?

Is BYOK the key to secure cloud computing?

Amazon, Adobe and Microsoft offer it but how realistic is it to “bring your own keys?” Do you want your business to have the burden of managing and securing your own cloud encryption keys?

Why Power BI is the future of Excel

Why Power BI is the future of Excel

Excel isn't going away, but it's going to stop accumulating extra tools like barnacles. Instead Power BI Desktop will become the self-service analytics hub.

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