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Apps for Office 2013: Software plus Services, Indeed

The new "Apps for Office" model allows developers to build add-ins for Office that are implemented with HTML5 and JavaScript.

JavaScript's Ascendance Within Microsoft

JavaScript has been part of the Microsoft technology stable since the 1990s, and its prominence in the next wave of Microsoft products is huge.

Microsoft's Surface Endgame

Does the Surface tablet prove that Microsoft's an OEM traitor, or that it finally understands the threat from mobile computing?

Windows Azure: The Loose Ends Come Together

On June 7, Microsoft introduced its revamped Windows Azure cloud computing platform to the world.

Can Microsoft Really Compete with Apple on Tablets?

Once Windows 8 tablets are available, how will Microsoft overcome the ironically incumbent status of Apple's competing devices?

What System Center Can Do for Developers

Microsoft System Center 2012 is out, and Microsoft .NET Framework developers everywhere are cheering.

Microsoft, the MVP Summit and the New Normal

The MVP Summit, from which I've just returned, is a very important event.

The Survival of Microsoft's Fittest

A certain Darwinian evolution is taking place at Microsoft. Some product species are more fit, with better chances for survival. You can understand and work with Microsoft's changes, rather than being passively impacted by them.

Big Data and SQL Server: Disruption or Harmony?

By responding to potential threats with thoughtfulness, and a zeal to add value, SQL and Big Data could be big business for Redmond.

The Shifting Sands of the Microsoft Ecosystem

As the market becomes more diffuse, its practitioners and participants must cope and adapt.

SQL Server Data Tools: a Model Toolset

Using SSDT means we don't just shout orders at the database; instead, we plan what we're going to say.

Windows 8: Times Are Changing for Developers

Microsoft's BUILD announcements about Windows 8 and other technologies are a break from the past.

Can SQL Server Punch Through the Clouds to No. 1?

SQL Azure has become a major pillar in Microsoft's cloud-based strategy.

Windows Phone 7: Honorable Mention or Eventual Winner?

Windows Phone 7, although struggling out of the gate, is poised for big things.

LightSwitch: The Answer to the Right Question

After nearly a full year in beta, Microsoft yesterday released Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011. Andrew Brust explains why LightSwitch defies categorization and is a lot more than just another framework-based tool for generating code.

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