Paul Thurrott


Paul Thurrott is senior technical analyst for Windows IT Pro. He writes the SuperSite for Windows, a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE, and a daily Windows news and information newsletter called WinInfo Daily UPDATE. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

Microsoft Releases OneNote Share Extension for iOS 8 6
Thanks to new extensibility features in iOS 8, the latest version of Apple's mobile OS, it's now possible for third parties to improve on the base OS in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in interesting new ways. So Microsoft is supporting this extensibility with a new OneNote Share extension that lets you share information to OneNote from almost anywhere in iOS.
OneNote Comes to Android Wear Watches 4
Welcome to crazy town. Microsoft today released its first version of OneNote for Android Wear Watches. This means you can speak into your wrist like Dick Tracey and capture ideas and information in all-new ways.
Microsoft Announces New Tablet Keyboard, Other Accessories 25
Now, this is interesting. Microsoft announced some new hardware accessories today, as it does at the start of every holiday season. But amid the expected mice and a PC version of the Xbox Wireless Controller is an unexpected new entry, the Universal Mobile Keyboard. As its name suggests, the Universal Mobile Keyboard is designed to work with iPad, iPhone, and Android handsets and tablets. Oh, and Windows tablets too.
Satya Nadella Explains the "Mobile" in "Mobile First, Cloud First"
Ever since Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took over for Steve Ballmer and started putting his own stamp on the software giant, Microsoft watchers and customers alike have scrutinized his every utterance looking for clues to the future. And he's been quite accommodating, issuing lengthy public statements about how the company will move forward. But this week, at a curiously minor event, he offered up what I think is his most cogent explanation of the mobile part in his "mobile first, cloud first" strategy.
U2 Flub Shows Even Apple's Customers Have Privacy Limits
Apple's press events are tightly controlled and are almost universally successful at whipping the audience—comprised of both employees and tech press and bloggers—into a frenzy over the mention of even the most minor of product updates. But last week's event—at which the firm introduced the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay—included one of the most awkward and weird moments in any Apple event. And its aftermath has proven an embarrassment to Apple.
It's Official: Microsoft to Unveil "Next Chapter" for Windows on September 30 24
Well, the invite has finally arrived, and as expected, Microsoft will discuss what's next for Windows at a press and analyst event in San Francisco on September 30. This event will be enterprise-focused, as rumored, Microsoft told me.
Apple Reports Record Pre-Orders for iPhone 6 50
Apple this morning reported record pre-orders for its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smart phones. According to the consumer electronics giant, pre-orders topped four million units in the first 24 hours alone. That's impressive on a number of levels, and even more so since Apple's online ordering system was missing in action for much of that time. But here's a sobering statistic: Apple sold as many iPhone 6 pre-orders in 24 hours as Microsoft/Nokia sold Lumia handsets in any two months of 2014.
Microsoft + Minecraft 46
The history of bizarre corporate non-synergies has a new entry: Microsoft this morning confirmed it will purchased Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion. The purchase gives Microsoft one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time, sure, but it's one that runs on rival platforms as well as its own. Why would Microsoft buy this game?
Google Launches Android One, Targets Next Billion Smart Phone Users
Taking a page from the Nokia playbook, Google this morning officially launched its Android One initiative, with its partners offering the first $100 Android smart phone offerings in one of the biggest emerging markets of all, India. The initiative is aimed at expanding the world's most dominant smart phone platform to the bigger but more cost-conscious markets of people who can't yet afford such devices.
Surface Pro 3 v. MacBook Air 48
When my new Apple MacBook Air arrived earlier this month, I could feel the waves of jealousy coming off the Surface Pro 3. But it shouldn't have worried. While your needs may vary, the Surface Pro 3 instantly catapults Microsoft's hardware into the same league as Apple's well-respected MacBook Air. And that's quite an accomplishment.
Will Holiday 2014 be Xbox 360's Swan Song? 18
Microsoft this week revealed Xbox 360 bundle lineup for the 2014 holiday season, which includes a special Call of Duty-themed value bundle, a specially colored version of the console with a much bigger hard drive, and a new Kinect bundle. Is this the last big holiday quarter for Xbox 360?
Windows 9 Technical Preview Virtual Desktops and Notification Center Video Leaks: An Analysis 27
Not surprisingly, the leakers who have been dribbling out details about the Windows 9 Technical Preview have provided a few more videos over the weekend. These show the new virtual desktop and notification center functionality in Windows 9. So let's take a look.
Thinking About Platforms and Ecosystems 69
While the banner on the site you're reading says Windows, the truth is I've always used and tested a variety of non-Microsoft platforms, hardware, apps and services. I do this many times to see where the competition is with regards to Microsoft's solutions. But I'm also not shy about using non-Microsoft solutions when they're better. This isn't about cheerleading a company, which confuses some people. It's about making sure that all of us—me, you, everyone—are using the best products. So how do we choose?
Surface Pro 3 Demand Outstrips Supply 37
Microsoft made an interesting claim today, though it didn't back it up with any hard figures: Demand for Surface Pro 3 has surpassed the supply, leading to shortages in some markets. So Microsoft is asking for your patience while it gets more into the marketplace.
Xbox Video Updated for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8/8.1 4
While I've been a lot more focused on Xbox Music for what I assume are obvious reasons, Microsoft has also been updating its Xbox Video apps a lot lately as well. And this week, the firm issued updates for the Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 versions of the app. Nothing major, but some steady progress.
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