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. 

9 gifts IT needed but didn't get in 2016

9 gifts IT needed but didn't get in 2016

In 2016 IT departments received technology that disappointed, didn’t deliver, took the wrong direction or didn’t arrive at all. Here’s what your IT team is still waiting for as we head into 2017.

PowerShell for Linux makes it easier to mix clients, servers and clouds

PowerShell for Linux makes it easier to mix clients, servers and clouds

Multiple platforms are now the norm for IT infrastructure. To address that Microsoft is bringing its key configuration tools to Linux and Mac OS to make it easier for customers and partners to handle their workloads, which also...

After 20 years of Windows Server, Microsoft looks to agile future

After 20 years of Windows Server, Microsoft looks to agile future

Windows Server 2016 still comes with a traditional, graphical server interface, but that’s not the future for the server operating system, according to its chief architect.

Microsoft bought LinkedIn for your relationship data

Microsoft bought LinkedIn for your relationship data

Combining LinkedIn’s business identity and relationship graph with Microsoft’s commercial cloud and business analysis tools makes a lot of sense.

It’s 10 p.m. — do you know what your APIs are doing?

It’s 10 p.m. — do you know what your APIs are doing?

Do you know what cloud services and APIs your systems are relying on? And do you know how to tell how reliable they are, and whether your vendor’s service level agreement (SLA) covers the performance you need?

Why you need DRM for your documents

Why you need DRM for your documents

From protecting merger discussions to everyday document management, enterprise DRM is a mature, mainstream enterprise technology. So why aren’t more companies using it?

Why machine learning is the new BI

Why machine learning is the new BI

Get ready for artificial intelligence and automation that helps you make business decisions rather than just understanding what happened in the past.

Are you failing Security Basics 101?

Are you failing Security Basics 101?

Patching, backups, firewall configuration … when it comes to security, make sure you take care of your infrastructure before you invest in next-level tools.

Azure IoT Suite gets down to business

Azure IoT Suite gets down to business

Forget two-year IoT pilots. Prebuilt solutions and fast prototypes mean you can ascertain the business value of IoT quickly enough to stay competitive.

Is DevOps good or bad for security?

Is DevOps good or bad for security?

Does DevOps give you better security through agility or make development and deployment too fast to secure?

How much security can you turn over to AI?

How much security can you turn over to AI?

Machine learning and behavioral analytics could help you detect attacks faster – or stop them before they even start.

Microsoft promises real-time, self-service BI

Microsoft promises real-time, self-service BI

Can you watch your business as it works without slowing it down? The right collaboration and reporting tools can give you a real-time picture of what’s happening inside your business, without all the manual reporting.

The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

DevOps, microservices, and the shift to containers and lightweight computing environments explain a lot about Microsoft’s position on .NET, open source and Nano Server.

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.

How to get the most out of Windows 10 enterprise security features

How to get the most out of Windows 10 enterprise security features

Although the return of the Start menu and putting the focus back on the desktop are moves calculated to help Windows 10 appeal to business users, the security improvements may be a more strategic reason for considering an upgrade. But...

Are you ready to support Windows 10?

Are you ready to support Windows 10?

With five million registered Windows Insiders, and hundreds of thousands who’ve been actively testing Windows 10 preview builds, it’s likely that Windows 10 has already infiltrated your business in some form. But now that the new...

What does the future hold for Microsoft Dynamics?

What does the future hold for Microsoft Dynamics?

Microsoft Dynamics software line isn’t dead. Instead it’s moving to be a service you can build into the tools you need to make your businesses processes work better.

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