Paul Thurrott

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.

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Microsoft Posts Solid Quarter, Makes Some Hardware Gains
Microsoft announced that it earned an operating income of $5.84 billion on revenues of $23.20 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, citing strong performance across both business and consumer segments. But the big surprise, perhaps, is that Surface and Windows Phone combined to deliver almost $4 billion in revenues in the quarter.
Why is Google Reinventing Email ... Again? 12
Google on Tuesday made an unexpected announcement: It will soon offer a new email service called Inbox that "works for you." Or maybe it's just a front-end to Gmail, the email service Google launched 10 years ago. It's not clear. Because, well, Google.
Satya Nadella Nets a Massive Payday 3
Well, now we know why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella doesn't have any good advice for people looking for a raise: He doesn't need one. According to a recent SEC filing, Microsoft handed Mr. Nadella $84 million in salary, bonus and stock grants this past fiscal year, and it will pay him millions more each year going forward.
Microsoft Cloud Platform System Brings Azure to On-Prem
Microsoft on Monday held an enterprise cloud event in San Francisco and announced, among other things, the Cloud Platform System. This is a sort of "Azure consistent cloud in a box"—well, a datacenter-friendly rack or set of racks—that will let enterprise customers take advantage of its private and hybrid cloud capabilities. Microsoft also announced new Azure VM and storage capabilities and a new Azure Marketplace.
Apple Quarterly Results Spectacular as iPhone Soars, iPad Stalls 13
Apple more than made up for a third straight quarter of falling iPad sales with better-than-expected sales of both iPhones and, shocker, the legacy Mac business. The firm posted a quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion on revenue of $42.1 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter, both records for the company.
Samsung Gear Fit
New Report Says Microsoft Smartwatch Due Soon 13
Looks like I'm not the only one talking about Microsoft's upcoming "smartwatch," really a fitness band-type device that will launch soon. A new Forbes report claims that the device's launch is imminent and that it will provide health tracking capabilities as expected. But the this device was originally scheduled to launch by now.
Short Takes: October 17, 2014 24
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including a coming Microsoft developer event, a "new" Surface Pro 3 ad, the truth about Surface Pro 3 and the NFL is no joke, Verizon hates Windows Phone, Google and Apple hold dueling product announcements this week, FBI director still hates encryption, Google's advertising profits fall so all of Google's profits fall, and no lines for iPhone 6 in China.
Outgoing EU Competition Commissioner Lashes Out at Political Pressure in Google Case 7
Heading to the end of his term under a cloud of controversy because of his attempt to give Google a sweetheart deal and end a years-long antitrust investigation, EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia lashed out at his critics this week. And he's charging that "irrational" EU politicians, worried about privacy issues with Google's cloud services, have thwarted what he feels was a well-intentioned effort to put this case behind him.
Google Opens New Front in Search War...Against Amazon 4
Google is gunning for Amazon.com. Google today announced that it has renamed its store delivery service to Google Express. The service provides same-day delivery on some orders and comes with an annual subscription option.
Microsoft Ideally Situated to Own Mobile Device Management 6
The real beauty of Microsoft's Mobile Device Management (MDM)—and the wider capabilities of Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)—is that these solutions address modern use cases—BYOD, in particular, and the proliferation of mobile devices—and thus, a much bigger potential market.
Microsoft Navigates Nadella's First Major Flub 21
The normally eloquent Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, didn't just come up empty in response to a question during a conference celebrating women in technology last week. He completely blew it.
Short Takes: October 10, 2014 11
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including Satya Nadella's embarrassing advice to women, a new tell-nothing book about Stephen Elop, Ashton Kutcher's new role acting like an engineer, Verizon retires the Lumia Icon, if Microsoft can talk "mobile first, cloud first," then surely Google can tout its work products, and Carl Icahn turns his chilly, money-making eye on Apple.
PC Sales Flat in Q3 as Biggest PC Makers See Growth 5
According to market share reports from Gartner and IDC, the PC industry's freefall has ended. Both firms reported better than expected sales of PCs in the third quarter, with 79 million units sold.
Twitter Sues DOJ to Open Up Data Request Disclosures 1
Twitter has escalated the battle against the US government's data disclosure policies, and has sued the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Unlike other high-profile tech firms which explicitly agree to governmental restrictions on disclosures via an earlier settlement, Twitter feels that the current restrictions are unconstitutional and should be fought.
With Low-Cost Rivals Surging, Samsung Stumbles Again 12
Samsung, the world's biggest maker of smart phones, has now lost ground for four consecutive quarters as low-cost Chinese rivals chip away at both its market share and the average selling price it can command per handset. And the firm warns the problems will continue well into 2015.
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