Microsoft Surface Pro Freeze

Okay … Surface Book and Surface Pro are freezing up for some people. This really isn’t supposed to happen. The devices are first-party devices right? Like Apple devices, the software comes from the same source, and so the testing, certification, and predictability of the modifications are fully within control of the maker. Well … not so this time around. They will get past this and this episode will be a distant memory by July.

I use Linux on my laptop. Linux is my personal flagship solution. However, I was considering a Surface as a stand alone test machine for Windows stuff. Running Windows 10 in some virtual machine scenarios can be problematic and a first-party, smaller device seemed ideal. I still need a Windows test machine for some things, but I am going to have to divert away from Surface until that ecosystem matures.

Surface is still the best idea for Windows in concept, but the reality has to catch up to the idea. In the meantime, third parties like Lenovo, ASUS, Toshiba, HP, Razor, CyberPower and others are doing okay with Windows 10. The key is to find the right model with the right driver configuration. A daunting task to be sure. Third-party and customer reviews are key to that end.


Microsoft Eclipse

I will admit that I am less fond of the Eclipse IDE than some alternatives. Yet, it is certainly the case that many enjoy Eclipse and find it productive. Now that Microsoft is part of the Eclipse team, Visual Studio may transform in a way some will find more relevant to the workflows and development perspectives that reign in the cloud and mobile dev worlds.

SQL Server For Linux

This is a huge deal. SQL Server is widely known and used in the IT world. Many people know it and it sits at the core of many corporate data processes. The offer of SQL Server for Linux positions it squarely as an alternative to Oracle and a competitive offering to many other data platforms. This signals Microsoft’s transition to Linux more than any other as SQL Server is one of the crown jewels of the Microsoft estate. A version of Visual Studio already runs on Linux. Now, with the cross-platform Xamarin, the stage is almost set for Microsoft to return full circle in their original strategy with Xenix decades ago. Linux makes it possible.