Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:56pm

off topic (but still WP8.1): Ask Cortana to dance.
I ran into this when actually searching this keyword. (I'm an avid ballroom dancer.)

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 4:32pm

I thought the only way forward for Microsoft was to make a clean cut between both metro and desktop.
I am glad to see that I was wrong, and that there is a way to weld/meld the two together...

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 3:15pm

Here's a run-for-the-hills solution:

Get a razor-sharp separation between Desktop (including the legacy start menu) and Modern.
Switch between desktop and "Modern" on user request...

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 2:08pm

I got a Lumia 625 just last month (and what a breath of fresh it is after using my employer's iPhone, btw) and I also got the offer.
Unfortunately, I thought it may have been a phising e-...

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 3:13pm

I don't think this is so much an attack on the Chromebooks, as it is an attack on bloggers, reviewers and "journalists" with a hidden agenda.
By raising the awareness of the general public...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 1:26am

I think we should be cautious not to see only the tip of the iceberg here.
Yes, general (consumer) computing is rapidly shifting towards simpler devices, and that trend will soon reach...

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 6:19am

Lumia *is* Windows Phone right now.

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 2:04pm

On a side note: here's a question for you, Paul:
Will a podcast / music video, etc. continue to play in IE11-Metro (i.e.: sound) when I access the start-screen (or even other apps?


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 4:37pm

Lucky for her, your daughter takes after her mother ;-)
[grinning, ducking and running]

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 12:49pm

Am I the only one that let's that Siri voice-over get to me?
That sound is oddly mechanical and it creeps me out.

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 3:58pm

Hmmm. As a photographer, I think we've reached a point that if the camera is that important to you, you should be prepared to lug a DSLR around.
I haven't had first hand experience, but it...

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 2:17am

I'm still scratching my head how I could overlook that.

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 12:52pm

Where does Microsoft Research fit in?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 5:00pm

Any news when the Surface type covers will get a (virtual) "insert" key?

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 1:23pm

A more interesting question is if Microsoft will (eventually) move from a hierarchic file system to a database driven file system. (Which can still have the old folders-structure view, of course)...

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 2:58am

Yeah, it looks like a tank.
A well designed, beautifully crafted tank that can fit in in most homes. Simple and functional. Almost apple-esque.

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 1:12pm

I still see the iPad as a gimmick, one that exists alongside PC's. And it lowers the need for a certain part of the masses to own a PC. But a PC it is not.
The PC retreats to the business...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 1:29pm

Looking forward to the unified backgrounds. The other stuff I really don't care about either way.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 1:10pm

As one of the (mostly silent) windows users I applaud the no-nonsense comparison between the Windows and iOS tablet.
No gimmicks, no frills.
I don't care about hipsters...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 3:19pm

As you say, everyone's needs are different. I consider myself an avid photographer (still) in the DSLR age.
I'd outsource a lot of things to the cloud, but not my images. Backing up in the...

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 3:28am

Windows 8.x / for me.

One question though: Would the initial fee include (all) the book updates, do I need to buy each update, or it is somehow subscription based?

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 2:00am

I'm picking one up as soon as it's available.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 1:39pm

This is not funny. It just cuts a bit too close to the bone.
From the ads that I get served, I *know* that about everything I do on the web is tracked, localised, or just plain sold to the...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 2:06am

Microsoft has been blinded by the 20% of the users that have switched to tablets / mobile markets (and wanted that part of the cake), while it didn't see the 80% of its consumers that want/need to...

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 1:57pm

Thank for the excerpt. These short tidbits were already sort-of painful.
JLG for president? Hope not. Just think what it would be like with the all secrecy and hammering down.

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 3:16pm

For years now, the technical people have been dominated my marketing/commercial. Instead of optimising for their user base, they optimised for the additional revenue it could bring.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 4:54pm

If you just showed me the screenshot, I would have thought this article was 22 days early.
Can't fathom why Microsoft can't/won't do this. Perhaps they need to see Windows 8 sales collapse...

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 12:28pm

Spot on, Paul.
And it's not even that hard to do. Just replace the mail app with a shortcut to
It's crazy how bad some of the apps are. If Microsoft wants to delight its...

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 12:40pm

This, I think, sends a very clear message to the OEM manufacturers.
There is a market for high quality products that has been ignored for far too long. We've suffered through all the...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:04pm

One would think that people who purchase the Surface Pro would especially interested in the desktop experience.
It blows my mind that Microsoft couldn't see this in advance. Kudos to them...

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