Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 6:26pm

I can't answer the "when?" part (since I have the developer preview, I got it yesterday) but as for the "why?" -- it's because the OS developer (Microsoft) the phone manufacturer (Nokia) and the...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:34am

Only after my cat chewed on it. She's gone through two Surface power cables (one RT, one Pro) and the cable for my work-provided MacBook Pro. Of course, it's only the part that is hard-attached to...

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 9:44am

USB3 to DisplayPort or HDMI adapters exist and work well. I've used one on my Pro 2 without a hitch.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 9:56pm

I, for one, wouldn't mind if they named it "Windows: giving up on progress and appeasing the whiny idiots edition" since that's what it will be.

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 3:17am

Judging by the picture, the dock uses the side power port and not the bottom, so you should be able to keep the covers on, just like on the Pro 1 and 2.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 7:55am

On Windows I can have a universal binary that runs on both x86 Desktop PCs and ARM tablets. You can't do that on iOS/MacOS at all, even just as "shared code", so your argument that what windows...

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 8:32am

I have a USB 3 to HDMI adapter on my Surface Pro 2, and it works great. There isn't really a need for a second HDMI port with USB 3 onboard.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 8:27am

The true ideal would be Metro, which works perfectly well on both tablets and desktops. Unfortunately, the luddites are winning this round, and we're going to be stuck with the desktop for the...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 7:47pm

I agree 100%. Rather than trying to integrate the new into the old, they should be working to integrate the old into the new. A new optional API for desktop apps to allow them to each appear as...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 4:56pm

As someone who has done graphics optimization on games, I can honestly say that we (the readers) don't know nearly enough to make any determinations at this point as to whether the Xbox One is...

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 2:43pm

What's amusing is that the kind of baseless derision you describe is exactly what happens when someone brings out a Windows Phone or Bing at any company other than Microsoft.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 2:33pm

blame HDMI & HDTV, which only supports a limited set of timings i.e. resolutions at 16x9, but not 16x10 -- With HDTV being the primary drivers of panel manufacturing these days, manufacturers...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 9:00pm

I was looking at the 520 on AT&Ts site and it said that I had to purchase a GoPhone plan to buy the phone. I would like to buy it as a backup for my AT&T 920 and as a media player (as...

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 2:32pm

I can only guess that the OP meant on WinRT (the OS) that has win32 APIs, but doesn't allow access to them for 3rd parties. There are some similarities, in that MS is using the "old" way to...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 5:21pm

Other than habit from the iPad, why would you feel the need to use a tablet in portrait mode all the time? Unless I am reading something formatted as a printed page or playing a game made for...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 4:30pm

Because it is, in reality, one column for each category that allows one wide, two medium, or four small tiles. If the column extends beyond the bottom of your screen, it wraps to a "new" column,...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 4:21pm

To me, "choose _one_ scaling level for _all_ my displays" sounds like the one-size fits all solution included. Wouldn't it be called "Choose a _different_ scaling level for _each_ of my displays"...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 8:55pm

I don't know if you need Visio specifically (for document compatibility or for specific features) but for general diagramming I am pretty happy with Graphilite on RT.

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 4:48pm

My suggestions in addition to ones mentioned above.
1) Keep Kinect, but lower price to $449
2) Include 1 year of gold for free with purchase of console. Let people see what they are...

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 6:06pm

You may want to check your settings. I don't use Netflix myself, but on other services, I've noticed that sometimes the quality setting will be different for different devices on the same service...

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 9:07pm

When most of the reports sound like the incoherent rantings of conspiracy theorists, basic facts do tend to sound like support for Microsoft.

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 9:05pm

My understanding is that the voice recognition is done in hardware by the Kinect. You basically tell the camera "I'm listening for these commands" and it sends a message back when one of them is...

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 4:47pm

I'm pretty sure every tablet other than the iPad is a 16:9 ratio, so I don't think the market agrees with your "fix the screen for portrait viewing" as a concern. I know I would much rather have a...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 1:55pm

By "integrated" battery compartment, they just mean it's flat against the back of the controller instead of humping out. It's still a door with a pair of AAs inside, and presumably there will be a...

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 4:22pm

SnapView is a 75:25 split -- it makes the larger of the two a 4:3 rectangle. This one seems more like a 60:40 split, with the larger side being a square. Still, fun speculation.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 6:29pm

I personally like the format of:
(Paul) Thurrott's (Pocket/Field) Guide to X.

I think having the brand name first is best, followed by either "Field Guide" (for large books) or "...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 7:16pm

I agree that it should work more like the people app where semantic zoom brings up a category list, and not like Paul's mockup, which looks like it would have some weirdness, since you would have...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 6:56pm

Start screen is easier/quicker with mouse & keyboard than the old start menu.
*Menu: click, click (all programs) click through categories, click on program
*Start Screen: Click,...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:41pm

I really like the JBL speaker dock charger. When the phone is placed on it, it actually lights up four "corners" to show you optimal place ment of the phone.

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 7:40pm

If I hit Ctrl+P in Reader, it prints the doc. Yes, they need to make a discoverable option for that in the app bar, but it still is the same number of steps once you do it once. It's a minor...

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