Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 8:34pm

I think the other commenters have hit the major points, but I want to add that the bar is very high to get people to give up what they're used to. Metro apps need to surprise and delight, be not...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 9:59pm

Well, as someone who pretty much likes Win 8, I gave myself a reality check tonight. The results were not encouraging.

I headed into the app store and gave it a good long look and...there's...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 7:34am

I used to be firmly in the "interface makes a big difference" camp. In fact, I wrote a screed about OS X when it was still in testing which concluded it wasn't anywhere near as useful as the...

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 6:04pm

Nah. I went to get my taxes done today, and my long time accountant was using her tax software, which required working on the right side of the screen. Sure enough, the charms bar kept appearing....

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 9:06pm

Water Pill wrote:

"I have always thought the same as you, it baffles me that they don't have these apps and features updated in reasonable amounts of time. The only thing I can think of is...

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 2:35pm

Best line of the day:

"...and it doesn’t require the enormous machinations of the Windows team to wind itself up into an all-too-familiar (if faster) release cycle, like a ponderous, high-...

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 10:19pm

First, nice write up, both Paul's original and especially the lengthy 'John Gault' note.

Second, it's just strange that Microsoft's video and audio efforts are so...half baked, or as...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 4:01pm

First, my apologies for stalking you from thread to thread on this. I put a couple of frustrating hours into the question this morning, and got exactly nowhere.

I don't need Exchange or...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 8:58pm

I'm on the fence about buying Home Premium, and am still unclear about my rights.

If I, as an individual, buy the sub and install one of the copies on my pc at work, (which, weirdly enough...

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 10:01pm

Paul wrote:

"What it doesn’t appear to offer is any 4G/LTE capabilities. I haven’t tested that yet, and probably won’t, but since it’s not formally supported in North America, the point may...

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 9:50pm

vermonter -

Exactly. I don't get the argument either; I mean, what exactly is the bad that's going to come out of cheap, reasonable devices in the hands of a lot of people?

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 2:55pm

Paul wrote, in part:

"...that device should start at $500 with a keyboard/touch cover. The sweet spot here is clearly $500 to $700, and one has to think that PC makers could absolutely make...

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 1:13pm

jimfrost -

First, nice notes. I learned a lot.

Second, questions:

Does Microsoft have to go all the way to Google's price point in order to compete? My guess would be a $50...

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 11:15am

So let me make a quick argument in favor of the $299 Dell. Assuming it has no hideous, glaring defects - you can watch a YouTube video, surf the net, send email - and further assuming you don't...

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 10:02am

Question: when we talk about touch-enabled laptops and all-in-ones, are we talking about screens or are we talking about trackpads that support Win 8 gestures.

I don't think I'd want touch...

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 9:43am

(I tried editing an earlier post of mine and it apparently got lost in the shuffle. Here's a shorter, maybe clearer version.)

Why isn't Windows 8 selling especially well? Paul has part of...

Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 12:03pm

Is there any point in Microsoft trying to do its version of a Chromebook, given that SkyDrive is pretty solid and the new Office offering looks to be very good?

Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 6:07pm

"I complained earlier this year that the inclusion of ads in certain apps that ship as part of Windows 8 cheapens the OS, and it does."

I just had an interesting - and by interesting I mean...

Friday, December 28, 2012 - 3:37pm

nick.karasev wrote, in part:

"The situation is made even worse when you consider a simple tablet is all a vast majority of people require for their daily computing needs. Apple, Amazon, and...

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 9:02pm

I very much like the idea of being able to snap the start screen, but my Dell Lattitude D620, which is perfectly competent to run Win 8 in every other way, maxes out at a screen resolution of 1280...

Monday, November 26, 2012 - 6:38pm

I'm very late to this thread, but wanted to add my .02.

I ran Win 8 in its various beta versions without hacking it, for the express purpose of getting used to the new interface.

...

Monday, November 26, 2012 - 6:15pm

I used the web method twice, both times successfully. In case one, I installed onto a Dell laptop that had been running Win 7 Pro and that I had installed the final Win 8 beta on. In case two, I...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 3:21pm
Paul -

Great set of notes.

One additional thought: the underlying problem for Microsoft, going forward, is that it's neither the work of one man (Steve Jobs) pushing a singular...
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