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 to Face Years-Old Antitrust Charges in Court 5
A trial beginning today in Oakland, California will pit Apple against an antitrust class action brought by individuals and businesses who claim the consumer electronics giant illegally prevented them from using non-Apple music on their iPods. The case is almost a decade old and dates back to the pre-iPhone era when Apple's industry influence came solely from iPods and iTunes. But the big pull here is that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away in 2011, will play a major role in the trial.
(Re-)Embracing the PC 32
I know the year isn't quite over yet, but if there's one thing I'm really happy about—excited for, really—in 2014, it's the resurgence of the PC. After three years of coping with the notion that mobile devices like smart phones and tablets could somehow replace PCs, we now have a more nuanced view. And the funny thing is, it took the rise of these mobile devices to drive home how relevant PCs really are.
EU Parliament Calls on Regulators to Break Up Google 4
It's official: Lawmakers in the European Union Parliament have called on antitrust regulators to break up search giant Google. And while the vote late last week was purely symbolic—the EU Parliament can't formally influence EU antitrust policies or laws in any way—it was also overwhelming, passing with 384 votes for and 174 against, and with 56 abstentions.
Short Takes: November 28, 2014 17
An often irreverent look at this short week's other news, including the Thanksgiving holiday, China charges Microsoft $140 million for tax evasion, Microsoft Band sells out (sort of), US warns EU on GOOGL, Apple may replace Google Search in Safari, HP reports another decline, Apple's iPad will experience a full year sales decline as Android, Windows tablets race upwards, and Amazon finally right-prices the Fire Phone.
Microsoft is Opening Windows Store to Businesses 4
When Microsoft first announced Windows 10 back in early October, it did so at an event that was billed as being focused on businesses. But that wasn't really the case, and most of the short launch event just highlighted some of the user interface tweaks that will make Windows great on traditional PCs again. Since then, however, Microsoft has opened up about its plans a bit more. And one of the big changes coming in Windows 10 is that the firm will allow businesses to customize Windows Store and manage the delivery of apps to their users.
Microsoft Sues the IRS 3
Microsoft launched a federal lawsuit against the US Internal Revenue Service, accusing the agency of not fulfilling its legal obligations under the Freedom of Information Act. Apparently, the IRS has hired an outside firm that specializes in litigation to examine the software giant's tax returns, and Microsoft had been seeking documentation explaining the terms of its contract with the IRS.
T-Mobile Will Be More Transparent About Data Speeds
T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an agreement this week by which the wireless carrier will more transparently communicate accurate information about customers' wireless data speeds. This will be particularly helpful for those customers who hit their monthly data limits and are subjected to slower speeds, the carrier says.
EU May Try to Break Up Google 4
Legislators in the European Parliament on Friday are drafting a resolution calling on Google to be split into two companies so that the Internet giant can no longer unfairly leverage its search dominance to artificially prop up its other, money-losing, businesses and illegally harm its competitors.
Short Takes: November 21, 2014 13
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including Azure going down for the count, Intel's celebration of flat PC sales in 2015, an NSA prediction of a "dramatic" cyber-attack against the US in the next decade, Xiaomi's plot to unseat Samsung and Apple, Google settles mobile patent suit with industry group, Android is the new Windows, and GameStop misunderstands why they're doing poorly.
Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines Choose Surface Pro 3 for their Pilots
Microsoft announced this morning that both Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Austrian Airlines have adopted Surface Pro 3 for their pilots. The two airlines join Delta Airlines in using the Microsoft devices as Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) in airline cockpits, replacing heavy packages of important flight documents.
Microsoft Adds Skype Chat to Office Online
If you use or OneDrive, you have probably noticed that you can initiate Skype chats from their web-based UIs. Well, now that capability is coming to some of Office Online—the web-based versions of Microsoft's popular Office applications—too. And it may make even more sense in that environment, since it enables easier real-time collaboration
Mozilla Ousts Google from Firefox in the US, Picks Yahoo Search 3
Six months after usage of Google Chrome surpassed that of its own web browser, Mozilla has replaced Google with Yahoo as the default search experience in Firefox in the United States. The move was a long time coming—the two long-time partners have been at odds since Google launched Chrome back six years ago—but was waiting on the expiration of a 10-year search agreement between the two firms.
Surface Pro 3 Firmware Updates for November Are Now Available
Microsoft today delivered a new set of firmware updates for Surface Pro 3, fixing issues with UEFI, Surface Pen, the Home button, and the wireless adapters. The firm had previously revealed that it would deliver November's firmware updates a bit later in the month than usual, and not on the normal Patch Tuesday schedule.
Samsung to Cull Smart Phone Lineup in 2015 4
Reeling from the impact of cheaper Chinese rivals at the low-end of the market and Apple at the high-end, Samsung said this week that it would cut the number of smart phone models it makes next year by 25 to 30 percent. The firm is still the world's largest maker of smart phones, but it has seen its profits and growth plummet this year.
Nokia Announces an Android Tablet 26
This may be the real reason behind Microsoft so quickly dropping Nokia branding from its own devices: Nokia—the "real" Nokia—today launched a tablet of its own, and it runs the competing Android OS. Clearly modeled after Apple's iPad mini, the Nokia N1 looks like a master-crafted digital device and it comes with some unique software of its own. But it won't be sold directly by Nokia.
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