Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 11:33

These things are just so gimmicky. Another fad? I'm not so sure. Most people already carry cellphones around, and they provide the time at a glance--even "dumb" cellphones do that. With a...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 11:04

@ Onager1286

"This whole article makes me sad, because it's true - people just don't seem to care about Windows, or worse, actively don't want it."

Qualify that with "people just don...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 15:27

Well, all I can say is that the visible keyboard is a huge step up from having to share an already small ~4-ish inch screen with a touch keyboard! Ugh.

It reminds me of one of Jobs' [RIP...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 15:11

It certainly seems obvious that Microsoft really doesn't want anyone to buy these things...;) I mean, they've already (wisely in my view) amputated Kinect from the xBone, but could you imagine...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 14:59

"There's nothing wrong with someone using a Windows PC, an iPad and an Android smart phone, for example. And if you are someone who, like me, uses and relies on a wide range of Microsoft services...

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 16:36

If Microsoft can get its act back together in the next version of Windows, PCs will probably break records when a new and PC-suitable version of Windows finally ships.

I think the...

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 16:20

@Paul Thurrott

With pleasure...;) However, I do want to say, Mea Culpa...;) It is indeed, "just deserts"...Heh...;)

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 09:25

@ oroslak

What you just said is "desert," as in Sahara, Mohave, etc....;) You know, broad expanses of endless sand dunes..? "Just desserts" is indeed idiomatic--means "poetic justice,"...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 11:01

@pmbAustin

The problem with these updates is that they aren't built with much in the way of error-checking, and if a condition arises or is otherwise encountered locally that will prevent...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:54

Microsoft is still struggling with the obvious solutions:

*Win8 needs an official start menu
*Win8.1 needs an official mass-market .iso that all of its users can either download or...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:48

This giant step forward will help make up for three years of lost time...except that it's a day late and a dollar short. What's taking Microsoft so long to officially put a start menu into Win8...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:34

@ Proesterchen

What's funny about the "peasants with pitchforks" analogy is: who were the peasants preparing to string up? Dr. Victor Frankenstein, that's who...;) Not really a very...

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 15:38

(edited from my post @ Mary Jo's...)

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Win8 is a great OS--I much prefer it to Win7. But I don't use Metro and never will (I am not a touch-screen customer so Metro is nothing but...

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 15:24

@ paulh

I say it often myself, but I say it this way: "All you need do is to Bing/Google it."

That's pretty clear, I think--and no one has ever asked me about it...;) Saying it that...

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 17:03

IMO, Google's software is much inferior to Microsoft's, and so is Apple's. The core perceptual problem for Microsoft is that in the last few years the company has made a public spectacle of...

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 16:44

"Surface phone", I agree, sounds terrible. But so does "Lumia Tablet"...Would it be so very difficult to stick to "Lumia Phones" and "Surface Tablets"...? Much better, imo.

I can think of...

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 12:18

The first time I saw an example of "Dynamic Perspective" in a 3D game was in Diablo 2, better than a decade ago...;) While it's certainly true that cell phones in general all rehash computer...

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 08:02

I would probably advise doing the firmware update separately, and when it concludes coming back and picking up the malware def update--I've got a really fast connection and although I can download...

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 11:29

@ bluvg

Yes, it certainly is strange the number of error reports surrounding the update, no question. Two possible culprits spring immediately to mind for me: laptops and other portables...

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 11:15

@J Salvato

I was actually agreeing with you in a round-about way...but yes, you're right...;)

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 11:11

2014 will be, I predict, the year the general markets rediscover the absolute joys of desktop computing (not to mention the absolute value of it)...It would also help out tremendously if companies...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 10:11

@ J. Salvato

I think I'll hurl if I hear "UI guidelines" one more time...;) Please, can we talk about something meaningful? The only folks I've ever known who actually cry over spilled UI...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 09:49

@bluvg

Hate to dash your theory...but you're responding to the text the system generates for the error, not the error itself...;) You're being told something in English that has no bearing...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 11:22

Heh...;) I've never seen such a fuss over simple updates before...! With Google and Apple the updates are silent *but if you don't update to the prerequisites they require for future updates*...

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 18:31

(Most of this won't apply to the SP3, but I thought I'd mention it for those folks who have other Win8.x laptops but may not be aware of some UEFI/Secure Boot specifics.)

At home I have...

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 10:29

Tablet sales are dropping like the proverbial stone (because people have seen the Emperor wears no clothes, etc., and the fad has about run its course), so I would hope Microsoft would stay far...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 10:46

From the Island of Dr. Moreau, this just in:

"Our 6,743 Independent test manimals running both 32 & 64-bit versions of Google Chrome report that Chrome 64 is crashing a full 20% less...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:25

Ah, the joys of portable, laptop computing...makes the heart grow fonder, it truly does...;) (As well as so thankful I no longer have to putz around with batteries and sleep states!)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:12

@ oroslak

The pertinent question is: "Why not?"...do something the great majority of your desktop customers (who are the great majority of your OS customers) have asked you repeatedly to do...

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 10:21

It's incredibly embarrassing that third-party companies can engineer very decent Start Menus for Win8.1.1, and have been doing so for quite awhile--Start Menus which interfere with nothing at all...

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