News en As Expected, PC Sales Drop Before Windows 8 Launch <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Analysts from Gartner and IDC say that PC sales dropped about 8.45 percent in the third quarter of 2012, the most precipitous drop in PC sales since 2001. And both firms agree on the cause, too: The market is preparing for the launch of Microsoft’s ambitious new Windows 8.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Paul Thurrott's WinInfo Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:39:48 +0000 8691 at Motorola Prevented from Banning Sale of Microsoft Products in Germany <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A US appeals court ruled that Motorola Mobility cannot enforce an injunction in Germany that could have prevented Microsoft from selling some products, including Windows and the Xbox 360, in that country.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Paul Thurrott's WinInfo Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:10:25 +0000 8271 at US DOJ Defends eBook Price-Fixing Suit Against Apple, Publishers <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The US Department of Justice responded to criticisms of its antitrust suit against Apple and the five biggest book publishers, in which it accuses them of colluding to raise the price of ebooks and illegally harm competitors such as Amazon. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Paul Thurrott's WinInfo Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:23:34 +0000 7786 at IDC Still Expects Windows Phone to Surpass iPhone by 2016 <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Last year, tech analysts from Gartner, IDC, and other firms were roundly ridiculed when they predicted that Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS would surpass Apple’s iPhone by 2016. But this year, IDC is at it again. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Paul Thurrott's WinInfo Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:52:56 +0000 2864 at Facebook Retaliates Against Yahoo!, Launches Patent-Infringement Countersuit <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Facebook this week launched a countersuit against Yahoo!, alleging that the ailing online giant is infringing on 10 of its patents. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Paul Thurrott's WinInfo Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:24:27 +0000 7583 at WinInfo Short Takes, October 28, 2011 <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including HP's startling decision to actually keep its dominant PC business, Microsoft (pretty much) completes the deployment of Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone "Apollo" will not be shipping by mid-2012, Samsung smartphones outsell the iPhone by a wide margin, some good news for Netflix amid a sea of discontent, RIM delays software update for a tablet no one uses, and Nintendo slashes forecast as demand dries up for yesterday's video game machines.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Paul Thurrott's WinInfo Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:04:44 +0000 7187 at Apple Earnings Lifted by China Sales <div class="field-byline"> Thurrott, Paul </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Apple announced another stunning financial quarter Tuesday, with a record quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion on record quarterly revenue of $28.57 billion. The consumer electronics giant credited its recent entry into China for pushing it over the top, but it's equally likely that a delay in the next-generation iPhone was responsible: Apple sold a whopping 20 million iPhones in a quarter that is usually the weakest for that device.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Paul Thurrott's WinInfo Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:51:31 +0000 6957 at New Bill Gates Interview <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The UK’s Daily Mail has a wide ranging interview with Bill Gates, which is actually much rarer than you may believe. With recent misguided nostalgia for the Bill Gates years at Microsoft and a fanciful if equally misguided belief that the company would be better off today if he seized control of the company again, I figured it might be interesting to note the tech-related bits of the interview. (A lot of it involves Gates’ more recent—and, by the way, more important—philanthropic work. On whether Bill G’s kids have iPads or other Apple devices: “They have the Windows equivalent. They have a Zune music player, which is a great Windows portable player. They are not deprived children.” Will he ever return to helm Microsoft? “No. I’m part-time involved. But this is my job now ... My full-time work for the rest of my life is this foundation.” On his continued interest in technology: “he next big thing is definitely speech and voice recognition. You’ll be able to touch that board or speak to it and get your message to colleagues around the world. Screens are cheap.” He has his own Twitter account and Facebook page, although “ had a problem with Facebook, because the friend requests got out of hand” I know that feeling, as I’m “fixing” my own Facebook issue right now. I can’t imagine what that’s like for Gates. About his legacy: “That’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard!” Which is sort of a Bill Gates compliment, actually. “Legacy is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy. If people look and see that childhood deaths dropped from nine million a year to four million because of our investment, then wow! I liken what I’m doing now to my old job. I worked with a lot of smart people; some things went well, some didn’t go so well. But when you see how what we did ended up empowering people, it’s a very cool thing.” “What I’m doing now involves understanding maths, risk-taking. The first half of my life was good preparation for the second half</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Sun, 12 Jun 2011 18:08:53 +0000 6860 at Now Selling More Kindle Books Than Print Books <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Amazon announces that it's now selling more eBooks than paper books. FYI: Amazon is the world's largest seller of books, so this is huge.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 19 May 2011 11:31:00 +0000 6834 at Intel Execs Dish Dirt on Windows 8 Versions, Microsoft Fires Back <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Intel executives this week disclosed some new information about Windows 8, revealing that Microsoft's next desktop OS will ship in multiple versions, each aimed at different chipsets and usage scenarios. The revelations quickly reignited tensions between the companies, with Microsoft denying Intel's claims.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Paul Thurrott's WinInfo Wed, 18 May 2011 16:24:00 +0000 4870 at