Monday, 27 October 2008

New announcements at Microsoft PDC

Just arrived at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, and listened to the announcement of Microsoft Azure, 'windows in the cloud' - a set of all the server services that you can have on the Windows Server platform (.Net, web services, SQL etc) but running on Microsoft's own global infrastructure.

I'm giving a presentation as part of Scott Guthrie's keynote speech tomorrow, alongside Paul Dawon of Conchango as we demo a new prorotype best-of-breed grocery shopping experience for Tesco customers built in Microsft's Silverlight/WPF technology.

Bizarrely the Microsoft Wifi network here at PDC refuses to give me DHCP network settings when in Vista (bootcamp) but all works great in OS X!

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As this blog grows in readership - and because it carries the Tesco brand - I have had to become more careful about the sort of comments that are acceptable. The good news is that I'm a champion of free speech so please be as praising or as critical as you wish! The only comments I DON'T allow through are:

1. Comments which criticise an individual other than myself, or are critical of an organisation other than Tesco. This is simply because they cannot defend themselves so is unfair and possibly libellous. Comments about some aspect of Tesco being better/worse than another equivalent organisation are allowed as long as you start by saying "in my personal opinion.." or "I think that...". ... followed by a "...because.." and some reasoned argument.

2. Comments which are totally unrelated to the context of the original article. If I have written about a mobile app and you start complaining about the price of potatoes then your comment isn't going stay for long!

3. Advertising / web links / spam.

4. Insulting / obscene messages.

Ok, rules done - now it's your go: