Summary While many prepared for a well-deserved August vacation, Microsoft's wallets were shaken and keyboards hit last week. Join us for a summary of the stories you might have missed.
Redmond puts its claws on BlueTalon
With an eye on compliance and data security, Microsoft took control of BlueTalon last week. The movement will see the BlueTalon gang join the Azure Data Governance group and Blue technology absorbed into Azure Data.
While the terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the acquisition makes sense as part of Microsoft's efforts to persuade the guardians of Big Data that can be trusted and that Azure should appear in its next spending plans.
BlueTalon is about controlling access to data in business environments like Hadoop. The policies set in the tool can go to the column, row, cell or partial cell level to "train commercial users and developers to get access to the data they need, not one more byte."
The Redwood City, California- The company with headquarters was founded in 2013 and, according to Crunchbase, had accumulated $ 27.4 million in funds, with $ 16 million invested in its coffers in August 2016 in a Series A round directed by Maverick Ventures.
Someone needs to have a quiet word with Microsoft marketing
After the February 2019 announcements of awkwardly tight buttocks twins, a new 30-second announcement arrives that we hope against hope is parody and not a thing real.
Depressingly, it seems to be the last. A company representative told us: "the announcement is from Microsoft."
– WalkingCat (@ h0x0d) July 31, 2019
The ad features a guy named Mackenzie Book (Mac Book – geddit?) which shows that Microsoft still has a colossal chip on its shoulder over all that Apple issue that users should really buy one of the unloved Surface Laptop 2s before a MacBook. In this case (to save you from squinting in the small print) a MacBook Air.
It may not be the fairest of comparisons.
Naturally, the Surface device cleans the floor with its Apple counterpart, but it all sounds a bit of persistent resentment over the hipster bait "I am a Cupertino PC" from years past.
Regardless of the curved nature of the toe of the ad, we should congratulate Microsoft for tracking down a guy with a suitable name for "Mac The book says get a Surface Laptop slogan." Presumably, Apple is frantically bothering the British monarchy to issue a gong to a member of Team A of the 1980s to create the tortured "Sir Face says get an iPad Pro."
No, it doesn't work at all. And neither, unfortunately, the campaign.
Everything old is new again: the old guard throws a few drops of the scorn bucket
The gang behind the open source Windows Calculator laughed to announce a new feature for the application to add this week: the ability to keep the thing always on top
Guess what? 😁👇 https://t.co/15qLTCUTZ0
– Jen Gentleman 🌺 (@JenMsft) July 30, 2019
Microsoft Windows Insider software engineer and community manager, Jen Gentleman, hastened to share the excitement. And it wasn't just the Always on top mode, there was also a Compact Mode to prevent the thing from being so direct.
Except, er, maybe it wasn't.  Microsoft Vice President and Technical Fellow Laura Butler weighed in tweeting "I don't want to rain in the parade" and then did exactly that by pointing out that the old calc.exe had the best functionality in 1994 "It just broke somewhere for the next 25 years."
One can wait if Microsoft is rediscovering the things it had and then lost, then perhaps Windows Phone or Media Center is due to a rebirth. Or, God forbid, Microsoft Bob.
Butler, of course, was a developer during the Cairo and Windows 95s and is a frequent contributor to Microsoft's Channel 9 One development question thread.
Each developer's best friend: sample code (but not MSDN magazine)
Those who still fondly remember the era of MSDN CDs that arrived in the form of a seemingly endless stream of silver discs in mostly useless, apart from that crucial bit of The sample code on CD 15 will be disappointed to notice that those days were taken one step further in the past when Microsoft opened the doors in a single source window of samples for the company's products.
Naturally, it is powered by GitHub and users can contribute to the samples by going to the relevant repository and triggering an extraction request. We would argue that determining where the error was in the sample was part of the educational fun, but times have changed.
While the ability to record Azure resources thanks to Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates is undoubtedly ordered, developers have all kinds of examples to copy and paste, er, learn from these days.
Even so, a little rationalization never does any harm unless the company inadvertently makes another "TechNet" and throws the gold on which many the community has come to depend.
Coinciding with the classification of the samples, MSDN Magazine announced that November would be the last issue of the old warhorse for Microsoft developers.
With great regret, I announce that MSDN Magazine will close after November. trouble. For 33 years #MSDNmag and its predecessor (Microsoft Systems Journal) have provided practical guidance to Microsoft developers. Read the announcement at https://t.co/QFlK0Exp8v.
– Michael Desmond (@MichaelDesmond) August 2, 2019
MSDN Magazine was created by a merger of Microsoft Systems Journal (MSJ) and Microsoft Internet Developer (MIND) in 2000. He continued resolutely publishing publications techniques content for Redmondian persuasion developers, while Microsoft became a very different beast.
Unfortunately no more. Subscribers can request proportional refunds, while Microsoft plans to "continue its work through web channels such as docs.microsoft.com" with an archive of previous editions available online to remind users of all those "revolutionary" development technologies that The company has happily uprooted grass over the years.
Without flowers. ®
Balancing consumerization and corporate control