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.

Microsoft Graph Explorer: A good tool that’s not yet ready

Microsoft Graph Explorer: A good tool that’s not yet ready

The GraphQL tools for programming the Microsoft 365 platform are promising but lack the needed integration into developer tools

How to debug web apps outside the browser

How to debug web apps outside the browser

If a web app doesn’t use the browser, how can you test it? Microsoft’s Edge Dev Tools brings the familiar F12 tools to the desktop

Introducing React Native Windows for cross-platform apps

Introducing React Native Windows for cross-platform apps

Building on Facebook’s React, Microsoft is delivering tools for building cross-platform code for Windows, the web, and beyond

Introducing SPFx, the SharePoint Framework for business apps

Introducing SPFx, the SharePoint Framework for business apps

Microsoft’s open source web tool is changing how you build business applications on top of SharePoint

Introducing CloudEvents for event-driven development

Introducing CloudEvents for event-driven development

An effective set of standards for handling events and API calls will make it easier for developers to extend existing services to support serverless endpoints

Inside Microsoft’s Azure Sphere hardware for secure IoT

Inside Microsoft’s Azure Sphere hardware for secure IoT

As more and more smart devices are deployed, securing and managing them becomes more and more important

Data-driven agriculture: How IoT could change farming

Data-driven agriculture: How IoT could change farming

Azure IoT Edge is powering Microsoft Research’s agricultural monitoring and machine learning platform, called FarmBeats

How to convert legacy Windows apps to Windows 10

How to convert legacy Windows apps to Windows 10

There’s a lot of old Win32s, WinForms, and WPF code out there, and now Microsoft plans to make it easy to bring it to Windows 10’s UWP

Real-time AI gets closer with Project Brainwave

Real-time AI gets closer with Project Brainwave

Microsoft’s Project Brainwave extends Azure ML to datacenter and network hardware, to bring the machine learning processing where the data is

How to run .Net apps in the browser with Blazor

How to run .Net apps in the browser with Blazor

Microsoft’s Blazor experiment uses modern web technologies like WebAssembly to put a .Net runtime inside your browser

Optimizing web apps with the Sonarwhal linter

Optimizing web apps with the Sonarwhal linter

Microsoft’s open source Lint-based website testing tool helps secure and optimize web applications

Azure IoT Hub goes basic for cheaper telemetry deployments

Azure IoT Hub goes basic for cheaper telemetry deployments

You can implement an effective industrial control system for only a few hundred dollars a month

Cross-cloud software development comes to Azure

Cross-cloud software development comes to Azure

Cloud-native apps built on Kubernetes can run anywhere. Now, with Open Service Broker, they can also use services hosted in public clouds such as Azure

PowerApps: The route to apps for the rest of your employees

PowerApps: The route to apps for the rest of your employees

PowerApps gives you a platform for quickly building mobile applications for service workers that work cross-platform and that integrate with existing back ends

How to write machine learning apps for Windows 10

How to write machine learning apps for Windows 10

Machine learning isn’t only for the cloud. Microsoft is bringing it to PCs in the next Windows 10 release. Here’s how to get started now

Azure Service Fabric: What you need to know

Azure Service Fabric: What you need to know

Microsoft has open-sourced one of Azure’s foundational services. But what is Service Fabric and how can you use it?

How to use Microsoft’s Active Card in your chat apps

How to use Microsoft’s Active Card in your chat apps

Information cards step outside the traditional chat format, to display formatted text and images, and even add interactions

Azure Logic Apps: The IFTTT or Quick Basic for the serverless era

Azure Logic Apps: The IFTTT or Quick Basic for the serverless era

Microsoft’s Logic Apps gives you a no-code development environment for basic workflow-driven application integration

Visual Studio Code joins the Anaconda Python data science toolkit

Visual Studio Code joins the Anaconda Python data science toolkit

Microsoft’s Anaconda support is the next step in its open source analytics expansion

Get started with Google Go in Azure

Get started with Google Go in Azure

Microsoft gives Go developers a set of Azure SDKs for Visual Studio, Azure Stack, and Azure itself

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