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. 

Microsoft Managed Desktop: All your Windows 10 devices, managed by Microsoft

For IT, Microsoft 365 shows what still matters about Windows

For IT, Microsoft 365 shows what still matters about Windows

You might think of it as a subscription bundle that gets your users Office and Windows, but for the company, Microsoft 365 is really about simplifying how businesses manage PC software.

How AI could revolutionize project management

How AI could revolutionize project management

Estimation, resource management and KPIs are just a few of the key areas where machine learning and predictive analytics can have a positive impact on project outcomes.

7 power tips for Microsoft Power BI

7 power tips for Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft’s Power BI service can visualize a lot more than chart data; from asking questions to analyzing the services you use, here’s how to make the most of it.

How Windows 10 S is different from the Windows 10 you know

How Windows 10 S is different from the Windows 10 you know

Windows 10 S isn't just for education; Microsoft hopes the new Windows edition will find its way into homes and enterprises, too. But beneath the familiar user interface are some significant differences.

How to create a company culture that can weather failure

How to create a company culture that can weather failure

In technology, things go wrong all the time, sometimes catastrophically. But if you stop paying attention after you fix the immediate problem, you’re missing out on the benefit of learning from experience.

Windows 10: IT wants to manage PCs like phones

Windows 10: IT wants to manage PCs like phones

Many businesses moving to Windows 10 are managing it differently, with more frequent updates and policies borrowed from mobile.

Legacy processes are holding back your digital business

Legacy processes are holding back your digital business

Having a digital business model isn't about online sales, and it’s not just about technology; it’s about using technology to support a flexible, connected operating model. But in many organizations, technology has outpaced process.

18 things you should know about using Linux tools in Windows 10

18 things you should know about using Linux tools in Windows 10

Windows 10 can now run (many) Linux binaries. Yes, really. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

How Microsoft plans to reinvent business productivity

How Microsoft plans to reinvent business productivity

Microsoft's Office has barely changed in 25 years. If we’re going to get more productive in the office and out, maybe it’s time for Microsoft to change the standard tools that we use to create documents.

How HoloLens lets you collaborate in context

How HoloLens lets you collaborate in context

Going hands-free and heads-up is good for productivity, but the real-world context that you get with HoloLens can improve collaboration in profound and unexpected ways.

Why enterprises are upgrading to Windows 10 faster than expected

Why enterprises are upgrading to Windows 10 faster than expected

When Windows 10 came out in July 2015, many enterprises said they’d adopt it in 18-24 months. That would be right about now. All indications are that Windows 10 is hitting its stride in business, in many cases ahead of schedule.

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