Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 9:32am

Totally agree with your comments on the Windows section of BestBuy, Frys, etc. I especially liked the tire/fire burning in the corner! Many of the computers on display have a shovelware warning...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 11:50am

Wow, $405M. It's getting expensive to rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic these days.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 12:18pm

I think all the references to 2520 need to be replaced with 1520. Anyway, my experience with the 6.3" Samsung Mega were *very* negative: it was awkward in my hand, awkward in my pants pocket, and...

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 8:25pm

I don't know where people get the idea that WinRT is a "platform" or an OS. It's just an app framework sitting on top of the Win32/Desktop API, like .NET or MFC.

Microsoft will waste YEARS...

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 1:59pm

About the rumor of the week from MJF. I got the opposite impression from her column. I think that WinPRT overtaking WinRT means that MSFT is focusing the whole "RT" effort on mobile devices and...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 12:49pm

As others noted, removing the Back Button will cause problems with existing apps. For example, in my app users can go to various configuration pages then "back" out of those pages with the BB. I...

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 7:59pm

They need to use WinRT, not WinPRT, as the base on all devices. WinPRT is lacking in many ways: no roaming storage support, no built-in SkyDrive support, etc. I want to create one binary that runs...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 1:07am

If MSFT deprecates the Desktop APIs in the near future, as you and MJF say in WW, it will be the final nail in MSFT's coffin. A perfect end to the comedy of strategic errors they've made in the...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 10:07am

And this transition did *not* require (speaking as a C++ dev):

1. A completely new API (WinxRT) that reinvents every wheel. For example, did we really need a new file access API, one with...

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 10:29pm

I was an SDE in OS/2 and Windows (Win31 and Win95). Mostly GDI.

Of course there's nothing wrong with developing a touch interface and associated API. Did we need a new file and directory...

Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 1:27pm

More deckchairs for the Titanic!

Seriously, it isn't the hardware, it's the software. Existing users look at Win8 laptops/desktops and ask "what the hell is this, where is Windows?". There...

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 10:09am

I think that hiring an outsider as MSFT CEO would be a mistake, especially if it was some sort of "turnaround" specialist. That would be a total retreat from the consumer world and, in tech, that...

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 6:18pm

I wonder if this unexpected announcement is front-running the September analysts meeting ... as in, MSFT will report bad financial news there. If you recall, MSFT did the same in late June with...

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 5:44pm

From both a development and API standpoint WinRT is ahead of WinPRT: very limited AppBar in WinPRT vs. WinRT, the lack of XAML/C++ support in WinPRT, etc. In addition, the UI in most apps...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 6:01pm

WfW 3.11 "was, for most intents and purposes, Windows 95 without the new UI"??? Wow, I think the kernel folks may have a different opinion...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 12:59am

The Win8/Metro arrogance is going to kill MSFT. Zarian's friend is a perfect example: she bought a Win8 machine, goes "WTF?" after seeing the new UI, returned it, and is thinking about a Mac. The...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 11:22pm

You said that the per-share price was $4.12 (with a "wait for it" introduction) then said the stock was an attractive acquisition target (a "cheap date"). However, at $4/share its valuation is...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 7:05pm

The MSFT-buying-NOK report probably means that Nokia told Microsoft that it wants to start selling Android phones. MSFT is under assault from all directions right now. OEMs are abandoning Windows...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 6:42pm

No, you interpreted his comment correctly. Leo Laporte is the worst with stock numbers and I remember Thurrott kind of wrinkling his face on one of Leo's comments. Anyway, you're right. Total...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 12:12pm

I can't believe that Apple would put out something as hideous looking as the "Control Center" image.

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 11:58pm

They haven't even united WinRT and WinPRT, so there's no hope for WinXRT. It doesn't really matter since Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet says that WinXRT won't be open to developers anyway ... you have to...

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 1:12pm

I hope that MSFT has plans for Surface laptops and desktops because this plan will put a stake through the hearts of OEMs. What is the cause and effect here, anyway? Did MSFT start this or did the...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 3:04pm

Yep, the gaming VM is reserved. In addition, the "shared" VM won't be open to apps either. You have to be "invited", a.k.a. pay a fortune. See the latest from MJF:

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:36am

I'm not sure why they went with the VM scheme unless it's simply a way to isolate the "Gaming" section from the main OS. Win8's core already has high quality full multithreading and...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 9:21am

Because the WinRT/WinPRT mess isn't limited to just the UI in Win8. They screwed up the programming environment. You didn't approve my previous reply to the C# programmer but it hits on something...

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:17pm

C++ has priority over C# in WinRT??? Hardly. We have to use the buggy XMLHTTPRequest2 garbage API for downloading files. And take a look at the lovely WinPRT (WinPhone8). C++ code can't even...

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 8:38am

Oh yeah, he's definitely trying to justify the change to Metro and WinRT. Of course, in his dissertation he fails to cover the case where an established company/product makes the WRONG decision on...

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 7:02pm

By default, Win8 should start up in a mode appropriate for the computer's configuration:

1. Start in the Desktop (with a full Start Menu) when connected to a large monitor/keyboard/mouse/...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:38pm

I believe that there's a 50/50 chance that Win8 will be a fatal mistake for MSFT ... as in sinking the whole company.

MSFT alienated existing users at a time when their competitors are...

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:12am

Item #4 is a problem. There is a reason why Metro apps are "toy-like": WinRT (WinRT = Metro API) was not designed for complex programs. You will never see a WinRT Photoshop app because it would be...

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