Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:02am

These are some substantial changes to the way that we interface with the OS.
Are there plans to make the new interfaces (floating windows, start menu) able to be toggled either by hardware/...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:58am

Typo in paragraph 5 has it that Windows 9 was to be released April 2014, should be April 2015

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:09am


I don't know where's the best place to mention this, but I just encountered an unxexpected behavior with the Action Center and general notifications.

If you turn off an item...

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 2:55pm

It seems the way the browser handles video has changed a good bit, too. Rather than handing off playback to the built-in video player, it actually just plays it on the page now.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:51am

Do you know if the version of IE11 coming in WP8.1 is the same as that packed into WindowsRT, or is it the one on Xbox One?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 2:25pm

Typo at the end of the first paragraph: while is true that Microsoft was "writing the wrongs of Windows 8" two-plus years ago, now they're trying to "right" the wrongs.

I know you say you...

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 4:23pm

Considering the success the "it has full Office" marketing campaign has had, this release isn't going to impact Windows tablet sales in the slightest.

If your core product's only draw is...

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 8:47pm

The problem isn't limited to browser makers, though it's pretty acute for them. Mobile apps suck - flat out, no bones about it. The only way around that is to be in a first- or second-party...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 1:38pm

Please don't forget that by including this stuff on traditional, desktop PCs - where it seems sort of strange and offputting - Windows users don't have to learn multiple, disparate interfaces....

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4:41pm

Best Buy had to lay off the controllers as a cost-cutting measure.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 3:17pm

I figure the lagging of the X1 has nothing to do directly with consumers, but everything to do with marketing. The marketing failure of the X1 didn't just start at E3 when the PS4 got announced...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 1:11pm

The intelligent move on their part isn't to make the OS so that you can ignore entire swaths of it, but so that you can interact naturally and easily with all the parts of it.

The title bar...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:17am

Paragraph 1 typo: "Recycle Bing" should be "Recycle Bin". Or is that a scoop on Nadella's first year?

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 2:11pm

You know Windows Defender comes built in to Windows 8?

If all someone needs a computer for is web browsing and email, then why do they need to pay $300 for a Chromebook when they could get...

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 1:58pm

My understanding is that it is activated by the front-facing camera, so the device would have to have one of those to work in the first place.

Further, because only select pixels are being...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 5:26pm

Let's talk about all that for a second:
Windows 7
Windows 7 SP1
7 - SP1: 21 months
Windows update.

You have to give them a chance to figure it out, this is new...

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 3:56pm

I think this is one of those cases where the desires of developers and marketers overwhelms user experience.
The iPhone and Android offered a lot of opportunity to developers to build and...

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 10:35am

I don't know that they needed to put it on sale: it's completely sold out.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 4:27pm

It doesn't seem that users are able to purchase season passes for TV shows, but individual episodes are available and the SD/HD toggle is pretty obvious.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 1:54pm

The need for expandable storage on high-end Windows Phones just became very real.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 1:55pm

Yeah, I can't imagine they were at all concerned about offloading sources of heat and dissipating what remained quickly.

Time will tell, but I don't doubt that a slimmed-down version of the...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 1:20pm

Is there any way to force SmartDJ to honor this selection in the Windows 8/RT versions? The old Zune software used to have this feature and it is sorely missed.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:50am

I really want to be able to have set SmartDJ to only play from my local collection, and to do so without ads (since I own that music).

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 5:50pm

I could see your argument with this if Microsoft continually (and erroneously) dogged on every Amazon product and paid for the entire endeavour with bailout money granted to them by Amazon.

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 3:14pm

Thank you for writing this Paul. It's like they got 95% of the way to delivering these services to Windows customers before saying F' it and leaving us out in the cold.

The Audible app...

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:55am

I get where you're coming from with the Touch ID on the iPhone 5S and wanting it across devices, but I'm really hoping that the Win8 picture password will make its way on to the Windows Phone soon...

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 2:25pm

Is this a unibody design?

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 2:06pm

Microsoft keeps rolling all of Windows Phone's strengths out to the other mobile OSes and I am kind of torn in how I feel about it.

iOS and Android have incorporated the best of WP's OS...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 1:27pm

I wonder how much of this has to do with the availability of dev kits. Sony was very active in getting those out to developers, while Microsoft kind of dragged its feet.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:31pm

Sorry, I wasn't meaning to say that AT&T was at fault. In fact, I really couldn't care less about assigning blame to anyone.
What I meant is that it is harmful to the perception of the...

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