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.

Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines Choose Surface Pro 3 for their Pilots
Microsoft announced this morning that both Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Austrian Airlines have adopted Surface Pro 3 for their pilots. The two airlines join Delta Airlines in using the Microsoft devices as Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) in airline cockpits, replacing heavy packages of important flight documents.
Microsoft Adds Skype Chat to Office Online
If you use or OneDrive, you have probably noticed that you can initiate Skype chats from their web-based UIs. Well, now that capability is coming to some of Office Online—the web-based versions of Microsoft's popular Office applications—too. And it may make even more sense in that environment, since it enables easier real-time collaboration
Mozilla Ousts Google from Firefox in the US, Picks Yahoo Search 1
Six months after usage of Google Chrome surpassed that of its own web browser, Mozilla has replaced Google with Yahoo as the default search experience in Firefox in the United States. The move was a long time coming—the two long-time partners have been at odds since Google launched Chrome back six years ago—but was waiting on the expiration of a 10-year search agreement between the two firms.
Surface Pro 3 Firmware Updates for November Are Now Available
Microsoft today delivered a new set of firmware updates for Surface Pro 3, fixing issues with UEFI, Surface Pen, the Home button, and the wireless adapters. The firm had previously revealed that it would deliver November's firmware updates a bit later in the month than usual, and not on the normal Patch Tuesday schedule.
Samsung to Cull Smart Phone Lineup in 2015 4
Reeling from the impact of cheaper Chinese rivals at the low-end of the market and Apple at the high-end, Samsung said this week that it would cut the number of smart phone models it makes next year by 25 to 30 percent. The firm is still the world's largest maker of smart phones, but it has seen its profits and growth plummet this year.
Nokia Announces an Android Tablet 26
This may be the real reason behind Microsoft so quickly dropping Nokia branding from its own devices: Nokia—the "real" Nokia—today launched a tablet of its own, and it runs the competing Android OS. Clearly modeled after Apple's iPad mini, the Nokia N1 looks like a master-crafted digital device and it comes with some unique software of its own. But it won't be sold directly by Nokia.
The Dark Side of Tech Enthusiasm 35
It's interesting watching Microsoft trying to develop Windows 10 openly, and under the ever-vigilant eyes of its biggest fans. After six-plus years of secretive silence under the previous regime, this new more transparent approach is both laudable and welcome. But as Microsoft is discovering, the open approach also has a downside: its most vocal fans are also its most vocal critics when things don't go their way.
U.S. State Department Says Its Email System Was Hacked 1
The US State Department on Sunday revealed that the unclassified part of its email system had been breached by hackers, leading to a temporary shutdown of the system. This attack is just the latest of several such electronic attacks on US governmental systems in recent weeks. But it's not clear if the State Department breach is related to previous events involving the White House, Postal Service, National Weather Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among other agencies.
Short Takes: November 14, 2014 4
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including a triumphant Windows Phone OS at Pwn2Own, the DOJ's airplane-based spying kit, Nokia is the new winner of "The Biggest Loser," US government warns on iOS security flaw, the US final starts noticing what Google is really doing, and a web site CEO wants a new office so he quits.
Microsoft Fixes Bug That Dates Back to Windows 95 8
If you're nostalgic for the good old days of Windows 95, a time when Microsoft could do no wrong and ruled the personal computing market with an iron fist, well this one's for you. Hidden among this week's Patch Tuesday fixes is a fix for a vulnerability that dates back to Windows 95 and is present in every version of Windows made since.
EU's New Competition Commissioner to Meet with Google Competitors 6
Pledging to put competitive concerns over a speedy resolution, new EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said this week that she will meet with Google's competitors as part of an ongoing effort to resolve the search firm's long-running antitrust case. Vestager also indicated that the EU would limit the current case to the issues at hand and not allow it to spread to other areas of potential abuse.
Lync to Transform Into Skype for Business 9
This should come as no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention to Microsoft's evolution of Lync over the past two years. But when the next version hits in early 2015, it will be rebranded as Skype for Business, and will include new client and server experiences and of course an update to Office 365.
Obama Asks FCC to Set Strong Net Neutrality Rules 15
President Obama on Monday issued a public plan for a free and open Internet, one in which Internet service providers are not allowed to restrict the best access or to "pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas." And he called on the Federal Communications Commission to enact the strongest possible Net Neutrality rules.
Microsoft Tries to Find Its Niche in the Mobile First, Cloud First World 9
One might define Satya Nadella's first year as Microsoft CEO as the firm's mid-life crisis, with the software giant trying to find itself—or at least redefine itself—in a world that is evolving with or without it. So while Mr. Nadella has championed a "mobile first, cloud first" vision, the key strength he's identified for the company is productivity.
Short Takes: November 7, 2014 21
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including yet another Surface PR fiasco, more fear and loathing from Windows fans, a big week for patches, the world's biggest brands, Xbox Live goes down at start of the holiday season, and a debate over video game visual quality.
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