By now there has been a lot of press about the Post PC Era. Ok I will bite lets do the math.
Let us break down the numbers. The IDC says that tablets sold 14-16 million units in 2010. A lot of people in the media are saying that this is the dawning of a new age in computing aka Post PC. Or some of the more blunt commentators are saying the PC is dead. 16 million is a large number. Let me give you another number 346.2 million. The estimated number of PCs shipped in 2010. Yup more than 21 times the number of tablets.
Ok, but certainly the tablets will cut into the market in the following years. Flashback to 2008 when netbooks were all the rage. The media said netbooks would replace the PC. I bet you that tablets will replace netbooks which are replacing PCs or so the argument goes. Here is a dose of reality again sticking with IDC. IDC projects that netbook sales are down. Netbooks are being replaced with low priced laptops and all in one desktops. The PC market will be over half a billion machines by 2014. Tablets will certainly compose a chunk of the portable devices. The IDC is predicting 50 million tablets in 2011. If you quadrupled sales by 2014 which is highly unlikely that is still less than half.
My point in this is that just reading news is not enough. You need to dig into the research to understand what is really going on in a particular area.
One of the most asked features of .NET 4 is the ability to install on Server Core OSs. I am pleased to let you know that you can now do this with a caveat. You must be running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. So you must upgrade your server to SP1 before installing .NET Framework 4 Server Core Profile.
One other thing to note you must also turn on .NET 2.0 support as well as WOW support. While we are installing the Full Framework be aware that not everything will function on Server Core for example WPF and ClickOnce do not work on Server Core.
WebMatrix Beta 3is now available. WebMatrix is a lightweight development environment to enable Razor development, a new syntax for .NET web pages. Lightweight does not mean less features. It is very full featured and cool.
Yes you read that right. This entry will show you the basics of building a Mac application in .NET. How can this be .NET is a Microsoft Windows technology? Enter Mono. And no I don't mean the disease. I mean the Mono Project a Novell project that has ported .NET to Linux and other platforms including Mac OS X. What follows is a step by step guide to using .NET and no PCs were killed in the writing of this blog entry.
Yes we are having another PDC. This time it will be right here on the Redmond Campus for 2 days, October 28th and 29th. There will be tracks on my three favorite topics - .NET, Azure, and Windows Phone 7.
Get Bill Gates to talk about our biggest problems. At Microsoft one theme stands out for me - Go big or go home. Now Bill Gates is doing the same for Charity. And with his departure the profile of his Foundation grows. Check out his site - http://www.thegatesnotes.com/Default.aspx. I especially like the infrequent question section.
And if you think you have nothing to offer because well your a geek like me. Think again. Find a cause and go help. Charities just like any organization needs technology. Technology helps organizations be productive and charities tend to have low resources and could use your help.