Paul Thurrott


Paul Thurrott is senior technical analyst for Windows IT Pro. He writes the SuperSite for Windows, a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE, and a daily Windows news and information newsletter called WinInfo Daily UPDATE.

Short Takes: December 24, 2014 8
An often irreverent look at this short holiday week's other news, including a holiday break, Ireland supports Microsoft in email warrant case, Google and Microsoft team up to prevent hotel Wi-Fi blocking, Mississippi AG has it in for Google, and Sony relents on the overwhelming demand and will release the most eagerly-awaited film of all time on Christmas Day.
North Korea Was Erased From the Internet on Monday 18
In what might have been the first sign of US retaliation against North Korea's electronic attack on Sony Pictures, the totalitarian country dropped completely off the Internet on Monday for several hours with widespread outages continuing into Tuesday. At this time, it's not clear what triggered the massive outage. But it does seem like the "proportional response" promised by US president Obama, especially when you consider that North Korea's small Internet-accessible population is largely military or governmental in nature.
2014 Was the Year of Mobile First, Cloud First 14
With 2014 winding to a close, it's pretty clear that Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mantra is the most important trend of the year, one will look back on and remember as an inflection point of sorts between or on premises and PC-based past and this new way of doing things. That slow-moving Microsoft was able to reinvent itself is amazing in its own right. But the real story here is whether its massive customer base moves forward with it.
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Obama: Sony Hack Was Cyber-Vandalism, Not Act of War 4
US president Barack Obama said this weekend that the North Korean electronic attack of Sony Pictures' computer systems and subsequent leaking of information was an act of cyber-vandalism, not war. This declaration effectively limits any potential response to the attack the United States, though what that response might be remains to be seen.
Short Takes: December 19, 2014 11
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including Dean Hachamovitch's exit from Microsoft, a bizarre but temporary anti-Google post, Microsoft will take on tech support scammers, a long-awaited Xbox VR headset may appear next year, and the US is trying to figure out an appropriate response to the North Korea hack of Sony.
Reports: North Korea Identified as Source of Sony Hack 10
NBC News and The New York Times are independently reporting that the United States has determined that the North Korean government was indeed behind the electronic attack against Sony. This isn't the first time a government has instigated such an attack against a public company, but the terrorism threats that have accompanied the hack are a concerning new low.
Apple Wins iPod/iTunes Antitrust Case 16
A federal jury in California has determined that Apple's efforts to undermine competitors to iTunes and the iPod a decade ago did not constitute antitrust violations and did not harm a class of consumers. The decision was reached after just four hours of deliberation.
In Email Warrant Case, Microsoft Finds Friends in High Places 4
Microsoft's efforts to prevent the US government from illegally seizing evidence held in its email servers in Ireland has garnered an incredible level of support from within the tech community and beyond. On Monday, the software giant announced that it has filed 10 legal briefs in the case which are signed by 28 leading technology and media companies, 35 leading computer scientists, and 23 trade associations and advocacy organizations.
Windows 10 Comes Into Focus 21
In late January, Microsoft will hold a special event for press and analysts at which it will unveil more information about Windows 10 and how it will work on all kinds of devices, not just traditional PCs. But we don't need to wait until next month to gain a clearer picture of Windows 10: Thanks to a number of leaks, we can already see some of the hidden features that will make this release a more cohesive whole.
In Rapid Rise, Xiaomi Not So Much Like Apple After All 3
Xiaomi became the world's third largest maker of smart phones this year and has often been accused of copying Apple's products, promotional videos, and media event presentations. But with the China firm poised for a massive international expansion in 2015, it's come to light that Xiaomi isn't like Apple at all in some key areas. Like some other up-and-coming Chinese electronics firms, Xiaomi is thriving on a diet of razor-thin margins.
Short Takes: December 12, 2014 17
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including the next milestone for Windows 10, Xbox One finally out-sells the PlayStation 4 but at what cost, Ford drops Microsoft from in-car tech, Microsoft supports Bitcoin for some online purchases, EU antitrust regulators move so slowly you need to speed up the film to see it, and Google News to shut down in Spain.
Windows 10 Slips to Fall 2015 31
Well, it's official: Windows 10, the long-awaited follow-up to the disastrous Windows 8, will ship to customers in "early fall 2015," a full three years after its predecessor. That's the traditional timeframe for Windows releases, and it suggests that for all the talk about "rapid release" in Redmond, the company isn't really able to rev its bigger product lines as quickly as many had hoped.
Sweden Raids, Takes Down The Pirate Bay 6
After offering freeloaders stolen copies of software, music, videos, pornography and other "warez" for over a decade, The Pirate Bay file sharing service has been raided and taken down by Swedish law enforcement officials. The takedown follows news last month that The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm was arrested on the Thailand/Laos border. He had been on the run since being convicted of copyright violations in 2009 and sentenced to 3.5 years in jail.
Apple's iPod Antitrust Case Loses Both Plaintiffs 1
We're just one week in and Apple's US antitrust case has been as long on drama as it will prove short on remedy. Judge Gonzales Rogers has listened to the testimony of senior Apple executives, and she has watched a video deposition of deceased tech titan Steve Jobs. But the biggest news in the case so far was more unexpected: Both of the case's plaintiffs have been dismissed because neither could prove they owned an iPod during the period of time covered by the case.
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