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.

Apple Quarterly Results Spectacular as iPhone Soars, iPad Stalls
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.
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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 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 20
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.
Microsoft Commits to Protecting Student Privacy 1
In the wake of a sweeping privacy law in California, Microsoft has become the first major tech firm to voluntarily agree to uphold the guidelines of an industry group dedicated to safeguarding student privacy in the United States. Under the terms of this pledge, Microsoft says it will not sell information about K-12 students or track their activities online.
HP Confirms It Will Split into Two Companies 2
Hewlett-Packard on Monday confirmed a weekend report in The Wall Street Journal, stating that it will split the company in two. The split will create a hardware and services operation and a separate business dedicated to personal computers and printers.
Short Takes: October 3, 2014 13
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including a silly urban myth about Windows 10 naming, Bill Gates has a vague plan for Office, Steve Ballmer is rich because the man can negotiate a sale, Eric Schmidt wishes he was Steve Jobs, Google can't stop collecting user data, and hacked celebrities threaten Google with extortion.
Germany Warns Google on Privacy Violations 2
In the latest in a series of setbacks in Europe, Google was ordered this week by Germany to stop "profiling" users in that country. According to a German regulatory agency, Google is secretly creating "meaningful and nearly and comprehensive personal records" of its users that violate both German and EU laws.
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