Mary Branscombe

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. 

For IT, Microsoft 365 shows what still matters about Windows

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.

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.

What you need to know about Windows 10, UWP and desktop apps

What you need to know about Windows 10, UWP and desktop apps

With the Creators Update, Microsoft is making it easier to wrap existing desktop apps in the new Universal Windows Platform format.

Windows Server on ARM laptops is for Azure only

Windows Server on ARM laptops is for Azure only

What makes the work of porting code to the ARM instruction set worthwhile is both the scale of cloud and the kind of services Microsoft runs in Azure. The economics works for cloud, not your data centers.

Why email is safer in Office 365 than on your Exchange server

Why email is safer in Office 365 than on your Exchange server

Beyond blocking spam and virus-laden messages, cloud services can determine whether links are safe to visit and whether you’re protecting the right information.

Why you need a bug bounty program

Why you need a bug bounty program

If you’re ready to deal with the volume of reports, a bug bounty program can help you can find the holes in your system — before attackers do.

What's next for Azure Site Recovery?

What's next for Azure Site Recovery?

Microsoft’s Azure-based high availability disaster recovery service turns the cloud into your off-site failover for complex applications, and it can double as a migration strategy.

 How to handle security vulnerability reports

How to handle security vulnerability reports

There are people out there willing to help with your company’s security issues. Isn’t it time your company had its own ‘see something, say something’ policy?

It's time to start planning for SQL Server on Linux

It's time to start planning for SQL Server on Linux

You can treat SQL Server on Linux as a new deployment option, not a whole new database. That means you can choose the operating system that best fits your project.

IT teams put conversations to work with ChatOps

IT teams put conversations to work with ChatOps

Putting tools, alerts and processes into the chat interface gives both developers and the ops team a new model for working with infrastructure.

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.

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