Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 4:54pm

The current Xbox Music app for Windows Phone does require you to have an active Xbox Music Pass to use the app, but it's also not the default music player for the OS.

I'm assuming the Xbox...

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 1:44pm

Now they just need a better name than Windows 8.1 Update 1, which is terrible and harkens back to the bad old days overly verbose Microsoft product names. Why not just call it Windows 8.2?

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:25pm

As Paul noted in his "Windows 8.1 Update 1 Preview: Hands-on with Build 16610" piece, the OneDrive branding in Windows will be included with the 8.1 Update 1 release.

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 3:20pm

They recently applied for a trademark for the term "Mod", so smart money is on that becoming the officially-blessed way to refer to what we are for now generally still calling Metro.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 12:29am

Does anybody know if it's possible to activate these on a Verizon account without having a data plan? I used to have a Kin One and they let you use that without a data plan, but most smartphones...

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 2:32pm

I like how you totally omit the Wii since it's 100+ million sales don't support your thesis.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 9:47pm

Yeah, the total cost of ownership of a random laptop plus a full Windows 8 Pro license (if, somehow, you got it without an OS or failed to buy Windows 8 when it was $40) is still less than half of...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 1:57pm

Remember when Firefox used to be called Firebird?

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 6:56am

Chrome OS has an open-source Chromium OS project upon which is is based, just like the Chrome browser. Not to be snippy, but you could have done approximately five seconds of research to find that...

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 1:40pm

I still think the Zune desktop app is the best media library application for Windows, but each update to the Xbox Music app the margin gets slimmer. Hopefully the Win 8.1 version will continue...

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 1:47pm

All they have to do is make you agree to a new EULA before installing Xbox One OS 2.0 or whatever.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 9:22am

What do you think the odds are that they'll simply wait a year or so until downloaded games become more common and then switch back to their original plan? I think pretty high.

I think...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 5:37pm

There's a new little down-arrow icon in the lower left portion of the start screen that will allow mouse users to get to All Apps with a single click.

You can see it here, in the "Desktop...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:33am

Any word on whether there will be an upgrade path from the preview to the production build of 8.1? Or will we have to reformat?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:30am

Well, what do you expect them to say about it? Adobe's Creative Suite desktop applications will work just as well in 8.1 as they do in 8. The thing is, the desktop is pretty mature at this point,...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:28am

I believe in the most recent Windows Weekly they said it will allow three apps per screen. And you can arbitrarily resize the width any way you see fit (they still have to be full-height though...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:26am

Agreed. It makes the start screen seem much more like a full-screen start menu, rather than a jarringly completely different experience.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 4:26pm

"You want the start button back? Fine, we'll put start buttons EVERYWHERE!"

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 1:21pm

I think that is exactly what he's implying, though maybe he didn't realise that the VivoTab Smart featured in the commercial IS an Atom machine, because they make no mention of being able to run...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 2:20pm

In what way are the Win32 UI changes "relatively drastic" between XP, Vista, 7 and 8? You realize that current versions of OS X are almost completely different than what OS X looked like at launch...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 4:25pm

Xbox Music - A Paul Thurrott Pocket Guide

This way it could be somewhat similar to the "...For Dummies" books in that the subject of the book comes first and almost looks like the full...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 2:02pm

It's pretty much exactly what Apple is already doing. They still just call it OS X, and OS X Apps despite the fact that it's really 10.6.8 "Mountain Lion" or whatever.

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 1:34pm

Yeah, the functionality is there and they have it in-place in some places, so the real question is why aren't the teams working on these "core" applications exploiting features available in the...

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 12:44pm

You can drag tiles around on the start screen.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:47pm

What's so bad about MetroTwit? The desktop version is better, sure, but the metro app is perfectly usable.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 6:57pm

Flash couldn't die too soon in my opinion, but this does give the Surface a pretty big advantage over iOS based devices, so it's not hard to see why Microsoft did it.

Browser plugins on the...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 5:07pm

You're losing WinRT's battery life savings by the very nature of running more things concurrently, and not suspending them when you switch away.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:37pm

Yes, WinRT is built on top of COM, which is built on top of Win32, but that doesn't change my point: they are likely exposing vulnerabilities that don't exist in a stock Windows 8 install by...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 6:17pm

I wouldn't be surprised if it DOES break the sandboxing and security of the WinRT API by exposing it to the old Win32 runtime, but Stardock doesn't really have to care about that in the same way...

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 1:39pm

I used the metro Skype app to stay in contact with a client during a late-night release of his new website recently, and I have to say, having the app in the snapped mode while using the desktop...

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