Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 14:38

Well, as with all these cloud services like the freemium MS Office on OneDrive, they're accessible from any device with a browser, which is pretty much every appliance, car and television set,...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 08:51

Or the Galaxy Note 8, which has been on sale and is very easy to find, also has the stylus stuff for playing around (virtual windows anyone?).

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:46

Audible book of the week:
Daemon by Suarez (?)

It's not pronounced Damon? I didn't know that.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 16:58

I also think it becomes a downward spiral. Seeing the unsold boxes on one side and seeing the ps4 numbers on the other makes gamers nervous about being ophaned. Devs need to see an audience to...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 16:42

1 and 3 nail it. Even for US consumers, the media features don't matter AND cost extra money.

Plus:
3. No new killer apps for kinect, so the 360 is 'good enough'.
4. 360...

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 11:23

I have to admit, they've gotten some great games really quickly. I'm sure selling DLC has something to do with that, but I'm still impressed they went from 0 games to Halo, Civ Rev, GoW and...

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 10:16

Let's see $250 over two years, ~$10/mo, so I think the future is MS selling the desktop as an app, which it is on Windows RT.

After all, why buy a throwaway box that you don't need when...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 12:54

Is the modern UI itself ok at this size? The start screen tiles always look so tiny with tiny fonts in the review pictures.

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:44

The 'family of devices' idea is not brilliant. It's a marketing idea from Microsoft's perspective, not the consumers'. From the consumer's perspective, the idea of Windows 8 is convergence: a...

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:29

I think this long delay is fairly normal considering that it's a major UI change. However, this points to the lack of flexibility that the large Windows team has had since XP. Android is built...

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 16:47

I believe the apps are pre-compiled.

You can see the technical differences in the comments above, regardless of their complaints, I think Paul's criticism stands. A true 'universal app',...

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 13:48

It's really not that hard. Let Windows be, you know, Windows, and leave Metro for the 'true' Metro devices. That's all he's saying. Windows PCs will still sell to consumers, and mobile devices...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:22

As you point out, the pinning on its own, even with a new 'x' button isn't too substantial. BUT it IS a good way for Microsoft to get the Store in front of people's faces. Even as a Windows 8...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 09:46

It seems to be a real misstep either that there are so many windows 8.0 PCs left and that the 8.1 upgrade isn't automatic. They didn't make it a paid upgrade, so why does it go through the store...

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.

...

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?

...

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...

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