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.

Microsoft Confirms Second Round of Layoffs
As expected, Microsoft began its second round of layoffs this week, with 2,100 employees losing their jobs. But this cut was much less dramatic than the first round in July, when 13,000 employees were let go from the company.
Apple Touts Privacy Benefits of its Platforms 4
On the eve of the iPhone 6 launch—the company's latest smart phones go on sale Friday morning—Apple has published a new web site that extolls its relationship with customers and their privacy. And the message is simple: There is no relationship. Apple, the site says, respects your privacy and never works behind the scenes, as Google does, to mine your data and sell it to advertisers. It's a compelling message.
Microsoft Remakes Board as Second Round of Layoffs Loom 9
Satya Nadella has indicated numerous times that he would remake Microsoft into a faster moving company that embraced modern computing trends. But this week's changes are as old as corporate America: The firm will undertake its previously-announced second round of layoffs and is making major changes to its board of directors.
Satya Nadella Explains the "Mobile" in "Mobile First, Cloud First" 35
Ever since Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took over for Steve Ballmer and started putting his own stamp on the software giant, Microsoft watchers and customers alike have scrutinized his every utterance looking for clues to the future. And he's been quite accommodating, issuing lengthy public statements about how the company will move forward. But this week, at a curiously minor event, he offered up what I think is his most cogent explanation of the mobile part in his "mobile first, cloud first" strategy.
U2 Flub Shows Even Apple's Customers Have Privacy Limits 11
Apple's press events are tightly controlled and are almost universally successful at whipping the audience—comprised of both employees and tech press and bloggers—into a frenzy over the mention of even the most minor of product updates. But last week's event—at which the firm introduced the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay—included one of the most awkward and weird moments in any Apple event. And its aftermath has proven an embarrassment to Apple.
Google Launches Android One, Targets Next Billion Smart Phone Users 2
Taking a page from the Nokia playbook, Google this morning officially launched its Android One initiative, with its partners offering the first $100 Android smart phone offerings in one of the biggest emerging markets of all, India. The initiative is aimed at expanding the world's most dominant smart phone platform to the bigger but more cost-conscious markets of people who can't yet afford such devices.
Short Takes: September 12, 2014 12
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including a trip to Las Vegas for IT/Dev Connections, a major leak of the next version of Windows, some major successes for Windows Phone amidst all the iPhone hype, Yahoo battled the government long before Microsoft woke up, Google stumbles in Europe again, Sprint plans an unlimited comeback, and Apple Pay has both proponents and detractors.
T-Mobile to Offer Free Wi-Fi Calling on New Phones 15
T-Mobile, the US wireless carrier that bills itself as the "uncarrier," has introduced another innovative feature that undercuts rivals and makes its service more valuable to customers. As part of an initiative dubbed "Wi-Fi Unleashed," T-Mobile customers who purchase a new phone will be able to make phone calls and send text messages over Wi-Fi as well as the firm's cellular network.
Apple Pay, Apple Watch Upstage iPhone 6 16
Exactly as rumored, Apple announced two bigger new iPhones on Tuesday, including the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. But the bigger news, if you'll pardon the pun, is two new Apple products that dispense with the iBranding: A new mobile payment scheme called Apple Pay and the firm's long-expected smart watch, called Apple Watch.
Delve Ushers in New Era for Office 7
Microsoft announced Monday that it has begun rolling out Office Delve to its Office 365 business customers. This new Office solution surfaces the information that is most relevant to users based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are engaging, Microsoft says. But I think Delve is no less than the future of Office, a new way of presenting and working with data.
EU Demands More Concessions from Google in Antitrust Case
Bowing to "very, very negative" complaints from Google's competitors, regulators from the European Commission will now demand more concessions from the search giant in its four-year-old antitrust case. Google and the EU had effectively come to a settlement in the case, but this decision delays any settlement until Google responds, the EC says.
Windows 8 Makes Small Gains with Microsoft Poised to Announce Its Replacement 24
Microsoft is expected to announce Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold) at the end of the September, putting an end to the most damaging setback in the history of its most lucrative product line. As things stand now, Windows 8 usage trails even that of Windows Vista during the same timeframe after its launch. And Vista was previously regarded as the firm's biggest flop.
Short Takes: September 5, 2014 8
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including Steve Ballmer's best writing, Microsoft pushes EU to drop Google settlement and fight harder, Microsoft lofts an Xbox fragrance (not really), Google and Twitter infiltrate our government, Apple's two-step side-step, Samsung's new phones, a Facebook privacy check-up, and Google refunds in-app purchases made to children.
With New Lumias, Microsoft Tries to Nudge Windows Phone Market Upstream 44
Microsoft this morning announced three new Windows Phone handsets. And while the devices are not the high-end phones some had hoped for, these new Nokia Lumias do represent an attempt by Microsoft to push flagship features into more affordable phones. And hopefully give users some incentive to support its struggling smart phone platform.
Talk is Cheap, So Microsoft Starts to Implement Its Dual-Use Vision 6
Throughout 2014, Microsoft and its new CEO Satya Nadella have offered an ever-evolving strategy for the company going forward. "Devices and services" changed into "mobile first, cloud first," and a focus on productivity was sort of tossed in the mix almost as an afterthought. But at its Worldwide Partner Conference in July, Mr. Nadella spoke of something called "dual use." And it is here, I think, that Microsoft can find its sweet spot.
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