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.

Articles by Paul Thurrott
Short Takes: April 18, 2014 3
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including PS4 sales continue to outpace those of Xbox One, non-universal app licensing changes, a Nokia tablet no one was buying anyway, Chrome Remote Desktop is not the best choice on Android, Microsoft loves Yahoo Mail, the scariest Michaels since Myers, and your chance to be a Glasshole.
Microsoft Blinks, Offers XP Customers Support Contracts on the Cheap 9
One big question leading up to the expiration Windows XP support was whether the software giant would provide a last minute reprieve. Microsoft has drastically reduced the cost of its enterprise-oriented Custom Support Agreements (CSAs) for Windows XP, significantly lengthening the time frame in which these firms can continue using the OS.
Google to Launch Modular Smartphones in 2015 19
Google on Tuesday announced that it will launch the Project Ara modular smartphone platform in early 2015, letting users pick and change out hardware components just as they do with software apps today.
Google Details Gmail Scanning in New TOS 12
Responding to complaints that it reads users' emails and then generates targeted advertisements, Google this week issued a new Terms of Service (TOS) document for its online services.
First Steps Toward "One Windows" 5
The Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview are two updates that are big enough on their own. Together, they provide some clues into what we might call "One Windows."
Microsoft Delivers Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview 16
Microsoft on Monday unleashed a massive new update for intrepid Windows Phone 8 users: A free upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1.
Short Takes: April 11, 2014 20
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including some new Surface mini news, the story of Windows XP's "Bliss" wallpaper, the death of Outlook.com custom domains, and more.
PC Sales Decline Slows Dramatically in First Quarter 14
PC makers shipped 75 million units in the first calendar quarter of 2014, down about 3 percent from the same quarter one year ago.
Declining Smartphone Prices Hit Samsung Again 8
With the average price of smartphones dropping year-over-year, Samsung has been hit by a second straight quarter of declining margins and profits. It's a trend that will impact all of the major players in this market as mature markets become saturated and these firms are forced to push lower-end devices in new growth markets.
Done Deal: China Approves Microsoft Purchase of Nokia 2
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has approved Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's devices and services businesses, which clears the way for the delayed $7.4 billion acquisition, which is now expected to close within days.
Build 2014 Recap: It's Morning Again in Redmond 11
The feeling was palpable at the Build 2014 conference last week in San Francisco: After years of missteps, false starts and outright beat-downs at the hands of faster-moving competitors, Microsoft is back.
Dutch, UK Governments Among Those Paying to Extend XP Support 15
One of the big questions about the pending end of support for Windows XP is whether larger institutional entities would pay to extend support for the relatively ancient operating system. For the governments of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, the answer is yes.
Short Takes: April 4, 2014 11
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including Cortana's sense of humor, some worthwhile questions about the fate of Windows RT in this Windows IoT world, Samsung's pointless new Windows Phone, Eich steps down after fallout with Mozilla fans, Apple tries to shut down Samsung arguments a bit too early, and Nest has a hard time telling the difference between a fire and a hand wave.
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Microsoft Opens Build 2014 with Windows, Windows Phone Updates 7
In a rousing opening keynote for its Build 2014 conference here in San Francisco on Wednesday, a series of Microsoft executives pulled out all the stops, announcing new products, upcoming initiatives, and some amazing giveaways for show-goers. But as the keynote edged into its third hour, the firm finally delivered the news everyone had been waiting for: It will indeed bring an evolved Start menu back to Windows and let users run Modern mobile apps in floating windows on the desktop.
Ex-Microsoftie Pleads Guilty to Theft, Accepts Plea Bargain 6
In the wake of his arrest for stealing and distributing trade secrets from Microsoft, a former employee has pled guilty to the crime as part of a plea bargain for a lighter sentence. Alex Kibkalo had been facing up to 10 years in federal jail and a fine of up to $250,000 in a case that was clear-cut and easily proven.
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