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...

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 2:02am

Metro on a tablet is good and you'll see the other small-screen OSes move towards. It is *not* good on a large-screen device. You can't throw users into a new UI and remove their familiar UI. The...

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:14pm

Whoever broke backwards compatibility *should* be fired. All of those involved. There's no telling how many billions of $$$ their poor judgment will cost MSFT.

The cardinal rule of Windows...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 4:40pm

"And the ramifications of that decision would have impacted far more than just Windows 8/RT: The PC market could have literally collapsed, much as the video game market did in 1983. The fallout...

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 11:38am

I'm more interested in Windows Phone 8 Blue than Win8 Blue. MSFT needs to move the edge swipe UI over to WP8 where it makes more sense (screen space is more precious on a 4.5" phone than on a 10...

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 2:40pm

No Paul, according to TheVerge and other tech sites, Windows Phone 8 hardware will start smoking and self-destruct on those dates, Mission Impossible style!

Keep up the good work (a...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:22am

You must have been out partying with Zarian before typing this article! About the only part that makes sense is for there to be a "Server" version without the Metro shell. For everyone else, MSFT...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 11:25am

By "exposing it to the old Win32 runtime"? Microsoft's Metro *is* a app hosting environment on top of the "old" Win32 runtime, that's all. Try running a WinRT .exe from Windows Explorer -- you get...

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 1:48pm

I don't understand why you're so upset about the Windows 8 team doing their job (prepping a point update to a major release). Going golden on a release doesn't free up the 200+ core devs to work...

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 7:34pm

No, RT isn't a kludge anymore than any other UI framework (User, GDI, and the Win32 shell sit on top of Kernel, too). However, due to the secure nature of the WinRT host environment, Metro apps...

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 1:18pm

devilmaster, the RT APIs are not low-level APIs. They sit on top of Kernel (the user-mode Kernel, just like any other Win32 program) and Direct3D. About the only thing you can say is that GDI is...

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 4:29pm

As an alternative to a mouse you might want to look into the Logitech M-570 trackball:

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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 12:33am

Your problems with the Display Scaling make me glad I'm using an old Samsung Series 7 slate with its 1366x768 pixels on an 11.6" screen. I think the Desktop's physically too small even then (...

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