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.

Short Takes: July 3, 2014 9
An often irreverent look at this short holiday week's other news, including a 4th of July break, Microsoft's smart watch is smart but not a watch, worries about former Nokia employees, Microsoft takes down more than malware, Google finds a thrifty alternative to Beats, Amazon sues former employee for going Google, and, no, Virginia, Surface Mini was not cancelled because of an iPhone 6 rumor.
US Accuses T-Mobile of Secretly Overcharging Customers 9
The US Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday accused T-Mobile of secretly "cramming" spurious and unauthorized charges into customer cell phone bills, earning hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. The agency would like to see a federal court force T-Mobile to repay the bogus fees to customers and change its business practices.
Small Business in the 21st Century 13
Microsoft used to have a firm grip on small businesses, which it could nurture into the bigger business customers of the future. But this past month's Apple WWDC and Google I/O conferences cemented a problem I see only getting worse for the software giant: For a growing generation of new technology users, Microsoft and its productivity solutions simply aren't even part of the discussion. And this isn't just bad news for Microsoft, its bad news for IT.
US Supreme Court Rejects Google's Street View Appeal 6
The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a Google challenge to a lawsuit that alleges the search giant spied on individuals by collecting personal information from private Wi-Fi networks while recording Street View data from its cars. Google is being accused of violating the US Wiretap Act and now faces a late 2015 trial.
Secret Facebook Test Riles Users 3
For all its success in attracting over one billion users, Facebook is surprisingly tone deaf when it comes to meeting their expectations. And this week, public uproar over the social networking giant's policies reached a new apex when it was revealed that Facebook had secretly and without permission altered how the service worked for almost 700,000 members so it could psychologically gauge their reactions to overly positive and negative news.
Short Takes: June 27, 2014 11
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including a 15-year old Microsoft IP theft, Windows 8.1 Update 2 and 3, Microsoft's offer for MacBook Air users, Larry Page is a robot and can't see that Google is creepy, protesters accuse Google of Skynet-like killing spree, a reviewer spends 30 days with Windows Phone and lives to tell the tale, and Xbox One family sharing could be making a comeback.
Supreme Court Shoots Down Aereo TV Ambitions 2
They were the Napster of television broadcasting, and like that earlier upstart, Aereo was trying to compete in a market dominated by traditional, slow-moving and entrenched competitors. More important, perhaps, Aereo has now crashed and burned just as Napster did when it faced off against the music industry, though in this case it took a US Supreme Court ruling to make it happen.
Google Announces Massive Expansion of Android 10
At the keynote address for its Google I/O conference on Wednesday, executives from the search giant laid out a plan by which its Android mobile OS will be used at the heart of devices big and small, and will infiltrate our lives in ever-pervasive ways. This year's show represented a flexing of Google's market power muscles, and the firm barely even mentioned Microsoft, which at one time pushed a similar sweeping vision for its own platforms. Faces German Antitrust Scrutiny 3
A group representing German book publishers has formally filed a complaint with antitrust regulators in the German government, asking them to investigate's business practices. The group claims that Amazon is violating German antitrust laws and that its behavior needs to be curbed immediately.
It's All Windows, Yes, But PCs are Not the Same as Devices 19
As you might know, I've spent much of this year evaluating a wide variety of often-innovative new Windows-based PCs and devices. And more generally, I've spent even more time just trying to wrap my head around this evolving market and understand how the changes we're seeing impact the ways in which we work and consume content. This isn't just a pedantic exercise, as this separation between PC and devices impacts both how we manage this hardware and the ways in which users interact with it.
Microsoft Expands Its Android Phone Lineup 18
Microsoft on Tuesday announced the second generation of its Nokia X2 smart phone lineup, which runs an Android-based OS and targets an emerging generation of smart phone buyers that the company describes as "the next billion." The Nokia X2 smart phones will begin rolling out globally in July and will cost just €99 (or about $135 US).
Leaked Memo Shows EU Resolve on Google Antitrust Abuses 6
While regulators at the European Commission have repeatedly ceded ground to Google in the investigation of its search-related antitrust infractions, a recently-leaked memo suggests the EU isn't just giving up. In it, the EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia promises Google competitors that he will continue pursuing Google via other investigations as well.
Short Takes: June 20, 2014 4
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including the arrival of Surface Pro 3, Microsoft's implicit admission of a Surface Mini, Microsoft pays marketers who pay bloggers to like Microsoft products, government snooping is hurting Microsoft's cloud businesses, Nokia ships Android software for some reason, Windows Phone to get a kill switch, and a priceless take on Amazon's Fire Phone.
Amazon Announces Fire Phone 3
As expected, online retailing giant announced its long awaited smart phone, dubbed Fire Phone, at a press event on Wednesday. Unexpectedly, however, the device doesn't appear to offer much advantage over the Android and iPhone market leaders, let alone Windows Phone. And it completely ignores Amazon's guiding principle of offering the best value for the buck.
What (We Think) We Know About Amazon's Smart Phone Entry 3
Will it crash and burn like Facebook's smart phone or soar past Apple like Samsung? There are more questions than answers when it comes to Amazon's presumed entry into the smart phone market later today. But here's what we know so far. Maybe.
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