The spartan browser may be the default (with a user agent string that defeats browser sniffing for IE.) This is the browser that is actively developed, and has shed many of the obsolete functions...
They might as well skin android to look like windows and be done with it.
Sorry to be thick, but will installing the TP wipe the applications that I have already installed on my desktop?
It used to do that when installing Win8.
The most noteworthy thing of this Technical Preview for me is that it feels like the engineers have wrestled back some control from the salesmen and the big-ideas people.
Microsoft is now...
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.)
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...
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...
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-...
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...
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...
Lumia *is* Windows Phone right now.
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?
Lucky for her, your daughter takes after her mother ;-)
[grinning, ducking and running]
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.
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...
I'm still scratching my head how I could overlook that.
Where does Microsoft Research fit in?
Any news when the Surface type covers will get a (virtual) "insert" key?
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)...
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.
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...
Looking forward to the unified backgrounds. The other stuff I really don't care about either way.
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...
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...
Windows 8.x / Outlook.com 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?
I'm picking one up as soon as it's available.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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