The first day of Microsoft’s 2014 SharePoint conference in Las Vegas unveiled a slew of new products and services, as well as detailing elements of Microsoft’s cloud and on-premises productivity roadmaps. But what was perhaps more fascinating was what those announcements showed about Microsoft’s -- and in particular -- Office’s devices and services future.
Simon 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.
He lives in South West London with his wife, technology journalist and editor Mary Branscombe, two cats, two robots, thousands of books, and an ever changing selection of house guests.
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