Simon Bisson

Columnist

Author of InfoWorld's Enterprise Microsoft blog, Simon BIsson prefers to think of "career" as a verb rather than a noun, having worked in academic and telecoms research, as well as having been the CTO of a startup, running the technical side of UK Online (the first national ISP with content as well as connections), before moving into consultancy and technology strategy. He’s built plenty of large-scale web applications, designed architectures for multi-terabyte online image stores, implemented B2B information hubs, and come up with next generation mobile network architectures and knowledge management solutions. In between doing all that, he’s been a freelance journalist since the early days of the web and writes about everything from enterprise architecture down to gadgets.

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Catching up on Build 2021: AI and Arm

Catching up on Build 2021: AI and Arm

Build 2021 packed a lot into 48 hours; here are some of the announcements you may have missed.

New tools for Azure Data at Build 2021

New tools for Azure Data at Build 2021

From immutable ledgers in SQL Azure to in-memory cache in Cosmos DB, Microsoft is adding more features to its Azure data platform.

Machine teaching with Microsoft’s Project Bonsai

Machine teaching with Microsoft’s Project Bonsai

Microsoft’s simulation-based machine teaching environment provides a way to build AI control systems.

Get moving with Microsoft’s FAST web components

Get moving with Microsoft’s FAST web components

Use FAST to build out well-designed websites with a Windows look and feel or even design your own web controls.

Build real-time communication applications with Azure Web PubSub

Build real-time communication applications with Azure Web PubSub

Azure’s latest service uses WebSockets to deliver a publish-and-subscribe messaging hub.

Using Pulumi 3.0 to manage Azure infrastructure

Using Pulumi 3.0 to manage Azure infrastructure

Pulumi’s infrastructure-as-code platform gets a major upgrade, with Azure at the core.

Build more secure software with Rust for Windows

Build more secure software with Rust for Windows

Microsoft has released an early version of its Rust tool for Windows development. It’s well worth a look.

Microsoft returns to Java with Azure-focused OpenJDK release

Microsoft returns to Java with Azure-focused OpenJDK release

It’s been a long time since Microsoft brewed its own Java. But now it’s back, with the Microsoft Build of OpenJDK, fit and finished for running in the Azure cloud.

Microsoft gets serious about WebAssembly

Microsoft gets serious about WebAssembly

Compiled code running at near-native speeds in the browser is getting the .NET touch.

Microsoft inches closer to unified Windows SDK

Microsoft inches closer to unified Windows SDK

The latest preview bits of Microsoft’s Project Reunion for building Windows 10 desktop applications are ready for testing and even for production.

Automate your Windows workflow with Power Automate Desktop

Automate your Windows workflow with Power Automate Desktop

Microsoft is adding an automation tool to Windows, ready to manage our day-to-day tasks.

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