Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:09

I would not call it a "soft" commitment. After all, Microsoft has stated publicly that they are committed to mobile-first, cloud-first. Is the transition to TOUCH slow and painful? Yes, but...

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 12:38

What is HP thinking? While juvenile, the HP Stream 11 in Fisher-Price colors is fine for kids with minimal computing needs but moving these devices to the desktop and pretending that someone will...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 17:57

I'd bet that Windows 10 will be "free" but that you will need to go to the Control Panel to upgrade to "Pro" and to "Media Center" if you want all the bells & whistles.

Windows 10...

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 14:09

Despite Verizon's resistance to Windows (they LOVE to sell Android) and even to iPhone, they will have little choice but to support Windows 10.

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 14:06

Not to worry. I have a Verizon Phone and, even though VZW may not want me to, I am running the preview version of Windows Phone 8.1, downloaded directly from Microsoft. When Windows 10 is ready...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 14:56

Off-contract phones are way too expensive but that is the way carriers want it. Over a two year period, your out-of-pocket costs on a premium smartphone far exceed your costs by taking the...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 14:52

Too expensive?

Carriers charge $100 for last years iPhone and $200 or more for this year's phone.

I have had a smartphone since 2004 and I have paid $150 to $200 every two years...

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 14:12

You don't want to buy music a song at a time (like iTunes) but you are willing to pay $120 per year to continue to listen to music you love because you don't want to hear commercials? Really?

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 14:07

Same problem. The subscription cannot appear to be too expensive. Office 365 looks really attractive if you own more than one PC (which many families do today) but paying for music when free...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:48

It is reasonable to assume that they HAVE run out of the Surface Pro 2. (I have mine and I love it but my eye is on the Surface Pro 3 - 50% more pixels, 38% more screen real estate).


Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:47

The distribution chain for the Surface line-up is through VARs even for large corporate customers. This helps protect Microsoft OEMs.

Still, my enterprise employer is buying the Surface...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:42

Good question. I'd bet that they still have a very small number of refurbished Surface Pro 2 devices. Or, if you have a problem, they will refurbish yours.

They might offer you a trade-...

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 13:18

It's about ergonomics. 1.5:1 is the best compromise between 1.33:1 and 1.78:1 for an aspect ratio which is suitable in both landscape and portrait mode.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 13:07

Yes. Just ask Apple - which has been lowering prices on the MacBook Pro to compete almost from the start.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:52

They do! Best Buy. CDW. Others.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:41

Glad to see that Microsoft is sticking with the Surface.

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 16:03

I keep going back to that BY VENDOR, Microsoft remains #3 in the segment. In the smartphone business, the only players that are "in the game" are Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. Hey, BlackBerry...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 13:47

Thanks for the summary. I have a Surface Pro 2 and, based upon my experience, I am not at all surprised with your results.

I consider myself careful with my devices (as is the rest of my...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:39

The irony of the Apple decision to deal exclusively with AT&T is that, in search of an equally-capable smartphone, the other carriers (including VerizonWireless), turned to Android. This gave...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:34

Some version of that story is true. The version I heard was that Apple required that all purchases would go through the App Store and VerizonWireless already had its own app store and was not...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:30

Carriers often delay OS upgrades to do their own testing. Besides, most consumers never upgrade their smartphone OS. It would be nice if carriers cooperated with OEMs on this point but since...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:23

Ultimately, NTP is a security issue. Many enterprise services depend upon your computer having the correct time in order to have reliable authentication. NTP makes sure all computers are synced...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:12

The term "default to" usually suggests that you can override the default.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:04

Since Android Apps and Windows Modern (read "Metro") Apps are all run-time apps, there is no reason why Microsoft would not be able to run Android Apps and Metro Apps side by side - either under...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 09:59

Just saying four percent does not tell the whole story. This market is dominated by Samsung and Apple and, at 4%, Microsoft/Nokia is a distant THIRD PLACE, just ahead of BlackBerry - once the...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 13:00

Just not true. Millions of customers have had a positive experience with Windows 8/RT/8.1/8.1 Update 1.

Ballmer retired and servers next to Gates on the Board.

If you have...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 15:35

Firmware not coming until 6/14 ...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 15:22

Because there are subtle differences between the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Most (but NOT ALL) systems with Windows 8 pre-installed will run Windows 8.1. Since...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 14:22

Very likely, the new Surface 2 Mini will be Windows RT 8.1 Update 1 w/o the desktop! Instead, it will include the Metro version of Office 2013. The "Mini" will probably come in at $349.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 14:16

I'd expect something less subtle. Like a price match with the MacBook Air. 11" Surface Pro, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, at $899 and a 13", Surface Pro at $999. Touch/Type Cover still extra.

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