Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 15:16

It's completely overblown as a concern.

Applications with non-standard controls that I use:
1. MS Office on Windows 7
2. Steam on Windows 8
3. Itunes on Windows 8
4...

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 15:30

You and Paul go too far. These are ALL 'niche' products now, even Windows. The market has split up like the car market, chromebooks are like tiny Kias and PCs are like trucks/SUVs, etc.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 16:32

Microsoft is finally getting the price down .. and that will be the death of the PC market.

Look, Microsoft and Windows aren't going anywhere, but what about PC sales as measured by Gartner...

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 13:42

I would go farther with the Nokia integration. They need to be their own org, yes, (esp as they are geographically distinct already) but they also need to call the software/services shots. They...

Monday, January 6, 2014 - 16:32

It's an odd situation that if I spend ~$300 and get the 8" tablet, I get Office for free, but IF I spend the (more than MBA) $1500 for a Carbon X1 Touch, I don't get free Office (except on...

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 18:30

So, a good feature for games, right? Other than competing music apps, is there an app category that needs music? Won't users generally just play music while using your app in most cases?

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Friday, December 20, 2013 - 18:27

Sometimes ideas just don't pan out, right?

But if you're right, the ideas are sound and they just aren't iterating fast enough. WP8.1 is later than W8.1, despite its more focused nature....

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 16:03

One of things that I find fascinating, Paul, is the absolutely random mix of cheerleading and criticism in your posts.

In this post, you even used the phrase 'we enjoy'. I had to read that...

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 16:38

MJ Foley's report is fascinating in the sense that Windows might have 'LTS' versions like Ubuntu. It's probably the most sensible way to address mobile and desktop's differing release schedule/...

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 16:34

I'm not sure how the developer story changes. The Metro apps already worked on desktops. Doesn't this potentially add some complexity to the platform to allow for windowing?

I think it's...

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 16:22

I'm shocked at Microsoft and Paul's misreading of Amazon and it's ambitions.

Amazon makes cheap hardware directly competing with cheap wintel notebooks. Amazon makes business-focused cloud...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 11:51

The Xbox One release date is now days away, and I've been very disappointed at the lack of push on the smartglass features. There is a lot of interesting work being done by rivals in game...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 11:33

Here's my thinking on phablets:
1. I barely use voice on my phone.
2. Bigger screens are better for reading, gaming and videos.
3. When I retire the phone in two years (at least...

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 10:36

Employing people to manage Windows desktops is really expensive, too.

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 15:20

I have a Windows 8 device - ok, a desktop PC - and I've gone into the store only perhaps 4 times. 3 times during the preview. Even the app store was laggy, and this was on a gaming PC. I've...

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 20:36

Between Paul's post and yours ... I don't think MS can win. MS Office is DEFINED by its HUGE feature list. If they leave stuff off, it's not 'full' office. If they include them all, it couldn't...

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 15:32

Well, each time you did an OS upgrade you got a new registry, and program installs presumably. Those of us stuck with work laptops for multiple years and no upgrades certainly know what Thurrott...

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 15:28

It seems odd to defend Microsoft for switching to ARM to escape the ecosystem they built and still control for x86. Why not update 'legacy' Windows then, with more aggressive yearly updates and...

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 09:25

I'd like them to be more adventurous, you know? Besides what I pointed out on the initial piece - that they should just incorporate their kbm RF transmitters in Surface and make it a point of...

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 09:08

If they persist with Surface, they really need to change their RF mice/keyboard transmitters into a standard. It would be perfect for something like Surface, which, as you point out, can't get...

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 09:56

I'm not sure how to handicap the 3 entrants, so to speak.

Microsoft isn't going to lose business customers, but it seems like every MBA has an ipad at their desk in addition to the laptop...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 14:52

That's an odd thing to say. If it's unwanted, uninstall it. If it's a utility that doesn't need clicking on, it should be built into the OS. That's the good part of the modern (post-modern?) OS...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 14:28

I'm curious how is the stand and shallow keyboard covers better than a fully adjustable laptop-style dock like the transformer. I don't see it. Is it really so much thinner?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 17:36

Well, when you brought up the potential loss of Windows Backup and described all the cloud services you use as The Future, what would be the downside of a Chromebook, then?

Then, the future...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 13:58

You know, it's true. Apple post-ipod isn't innovative so much as a great popularizer. More Henry Ford than Gottlieb Daimler. The real difference with the two colorful phones with colorful OSs...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 13:42

I didn't get that either. Bing/Xbox and mobile are tied at the hip. The reliance of one business of the other 2 is huge. Bing is necessary for scale, for user accounts, for monetizing mobile,...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 11:16

I can't believe I'm reading this from the guy who wrote the book on Windows. I've been backing up my files via Windows backup since forever and it saved my bacon after my hdd finally failed. Now...

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 11:28

That seems so odd and unambitious of them. I know Sinofsky left, but all this time and no major changes to a product that wasn't terribly successful?

I really like the docking accessory...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 22:26

That makes a lot more sense for the Pro, and they should be more ambitious about making Surface work as PCs. That's the whole appeal of these devices, the convergence.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 22:25

Yes, they clearly like the Asus Transformer so much, might as well go all the way.

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