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.

A Windows Phone for the Enterprise? 7
Among the early knocks against Windows Phone was a sadly valid complaint: It simply wasn't suitable for many enterprises due to a lack of mobile device management policies, apps, and other deficiencies. But as we enter the second half of 2014, that's all changing. Maybe it's time to reconsider Windows Phone.
Steve Ballmer Closer to Owning the Los Angeles Clippers 4
Steve Ballmer's bid to purchase an NBA basketball team for a record $2 billion has inched closer to fruition, with a California superior court judge ruling that Rochelle Sterling has the authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to the former Microsoft CEO. But the sale won't go through any time soon: Mrs. Sterling's husband, Donald Sterling, has a few more opportunities to squash the deal.
Microsoft Faces Mysterious Inquiry by Chinese Government 6
While little is known at this point, Microsoft China has confirmed that it faces an official inquiry in that country, possibly related to antitrust. And various reports note that at least four Microsoft offices in China were visited by government officials early Monday, with those officials questioning employees.
Short Takes: July 25, 2014 5
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including an expansion of Microsoft's retail plans, Yammer moves around as co-founder leaves, tablet slowdown doesn't explain iPad sales freefall, Google grilled by EU regulators over "right to be forgotten," e-book judge is troubled over Apple settlement proposal, and Amazon sells everything but profits.
Google Stumbles in Europe 2
Google is confronting a harsh reality that Microsoft learned the hard way a decade ago: Antitrust regulators in Europe aren't pushovers like their US-based cousins. And while the search giant is obviously facing a long line of legal challenges around the world, two EU-based issues are coming to a head: A proposed settlement over Google's search business there, and the firm's more recent attempt to meet a "right to be forgotten" ruling.
Apple Earnings: Strong iPhone, Mac Sales 5
Apple on Tuesday announced its earnings for the quarter ending June 30. The consumer electronics giant posted a net profit of $7.7 billion on revenue of $37.4 billion, and credited strong iPhone and Mac sales for the results. But the word "iPad" was conspicuously missing from Apple's earnings press release. It turns out that product line has stalled at an inopportune time.
Microsoft Posts Solid Quarter Despite Nokia Hit 3
Microsoft earned a net income of $6.48 billion on revenues of $23.38 billion for the quarter ending June 30, in-line with expectations. But an operating loss of $692 million on Nokia's devices and services businesses dragged down stronger-than-expected results from Windows and Office.
R.I.P., TechEd 5
How do you follow-up on a TechEd that featured only cloud-based product updates and not a single on-premises upgrade? Why you kill TechEd, of course. And then you bring it back from the dead ... as something else entirely.
Microsoft Earnings Today: And What a Year It's Been
In the wake of a wildly successful partner conference and a much more dour and massive set of layoffs, Microsoft will announce its quarterly and annual earnings later today. It's an odd day for such a release—Microsoft usually does such things on Thursday—but my sources say the date was changed to accommodate the firm's schedule, which includes another massive event, this time for employees, that is happening this week in Atlanta. So what can we expect?
The Simpsons: Tapped Out
EU Regulators Call for In-App Purchase Reform 4
Regulators from the European Commission are calling for app store makers to stop identifying mobile apps that provide (or in some cases actually require) in-app purchases as free. And it has called out Apple, in particular, for not doing enough to protect consumers from inadvertent purchases. Google, meanwhile, has already agreed to major reforms for its own app store.
Short Takes: July 18, 2014 14
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including the Microsoft layoffs, it's not just Nokia employees being laid off, "Hello there" isn't that offensive, Microsoft is cutting products and services too, Microsoft will support "right to forget," Lenovo kills off its Windows mini-tablets in North America, Xbox One sales more than double but still fall short of PlayStation 4, Apple teams with IBM on ... something, and Apple to pay $400 million to settle its embarrassing e-book price fixing antitrust case.
Microsoft to Layoff Up to 18,000 Employees This Fiscal Year 11
As expected, Microsoft announced the largest-ever layoffs in its corporate history, with up to 18,000 employees—or 14 percent of the workforce—expected to lose their jobs over the current fiscal year, which ends in June 2015. Fully half of the 25,000 employees that came to Microsoft from Nokia will be among those let go.
Layoffs Loom at Microsoft 6
Microsoft will announce the biggest layoffs in its history as soon as Thursday, according to a reliable report in Bloomberg. The move comes in the wake of a massive—some say unnecessary—$7.2 billion purchase of Nokia's devices and services businesses and a promise from CEO Satya Nadella that he will flatten Microsoft's corporate structure and, it is expected, removes redundant layers of management.
What This Year's Office 365 Changes Mean to SMBs 6
Last week, Microsoft announced some major changes to its Office 365 versions for small and medium-sized businesses, triggering an avalanche of questions. And with the fog of war starting to finally fade, I feel like I have a better handle on what this will mean to those SMBs who are already on Office 365 but are unsure how these changes will impact them.
WPC 2014: Microsoft Has a "Challenger Mentality" in Mobile First, Cloud First World 2
In a lengthy and rousing Worldwide Partner Conference opening keynote on Monday, a string of Microsoft executives laid out the firm's strategy for the coming year and beyond, expanding on a previously published open letter by CEO Satya Nadella. The key theme was a new focus on productivity across all devices and platforms, and not just Microsoft's.
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