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.

Windows 10 for the Enterprise 10
About two weeks ago, Microsoft promised that it would unveil the enterprise features that will differentiate the next Windows version from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Oddly, the announcement event for what is now called Windows 10 was actually pretty light on enterprise information. So here's a more complete look at what you can expect.
Xbox One Launches in China 3
It happened a week later than originally planned, but Microsoft has launched the Xbox One in China, ending a 14-year ban on video game consoles in that country. As important for Microsoft, perhaps, Xbox One also beat Sony's rival PlayStation 4 to China, the world's largest market for video games.
Microsoft's Master Plan for Winning Back Market Share 23
While Microsoft is busy pushing a "mobile first, cloud first" strategy that will see its mobile apps and services appear on popular rival computing platforms, the firm is still pushing ahead with Windows on PCs, tablets and phones. And while technology enthusiasts are frothing at the bit thanks to an event this week dedicated to the next Windows version, we don't need to look to the future to see how Microsoft plans to compete. Indeed, its Windows strategy has almost nothing to do with Windows at all.
Short Takes: September 26, 2014 7
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including yet another trip, Ello, Steve Ballmer's crusade against iPads, a new Blackberry, the FBI fears device encryption, a new BASH exploit threatens UNIX like its 1979, and more.
WinHEC to Return in 2015, With a Twist 3
In the old days, the three years leading up to a major Windows release would be marked by subsequent trade shows: WinHEC first, for device and driver makers, then PDC for developers, and then TechEd for businesses and IT. But here in late 2014, each of those shows is gone. And if you were to place a bet on which would return, WinHEC would be the last choice. On that note, WinHEC is back. Of course.
Samsung Halts Laptop Sales in Europe 11
Samsung this week announced that it is halting the sale of its laptop computers in Europe, citing a shift in "market needs and demands." But this change isn't about a lessening in demand for Windows per se, as Samsung is halting all laptop sales, including those of its Chromebooks. And Samsung will continue selling its laptops in all other markets.
EU's Almunia Admits Google a Bigger Problem Than Was Microsoft 27
Consistently criticized for being far too soft on Internet search giant and serial monopoly abuser Google, outgoing EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia this week finally admitted the obvious: Google is a far bigger antitrust problem than Microsoft ever was, and the EU is only at the start of what should be an "epic" regulatory battle with the company.
Thinking About Tech Pluralism 31
Satya Nadella's "mobile first, cloud first" strategy has triggered a lot of hand-wringing among the Microsoft faithful, with many worried that the firm will lose its leadership role by ceding control to Google and Apple. But I think Microsoft's new direction is pragmatic, and reflects the realities of the market. And I recently read an interesting economics-focused editorial that may help put this change in perspective.
Xbox One Will Now Launch in China on September 29 1
Microsoft announced this morning that it will now launch the Xbox One video game and entertainment console in China next week, on September 29, about a week later than originally planned. The console will launch with fewer China-specific games than expected, but it appears that the delay was indeed due to regulatory concerns in a xenophobic country that is starting to crack down on outside technologies.
Apple Sells 10 Million iPhone 6 Handsets in First Weekend 9
Apple on Monday announced record sales of its new iPhone models over the launch weekend. The firm says it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in the first 3 days of availability, the fastest iPhone rollout ever. And it was able to hit this mark without offering the handsets in China, the world's biggest smart phone market.
Microsoft Delays Xbox One Launch in China 3
Microsoft has announced that the launch of the Xbox One in China has been delayed from this coming Tuesday, September 23 until, more vaguely, the "end of the year." The weirdest bit, however, is that the software giant has only hinted at the reasons for the delay.
Short Takes: September 19, 2014 9
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including a week in Las Vegas, Google is copying Apple yet again, Apple Stores see long lines of iPhonies, Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO but proves he is irreplaceable, and Toshiba exits the consumer PC market to focus on business sales (but not in the US).
Microsoft Confirms Second Round of Layoffs
As expected, Microsoft began its second round of layoffs this week, with 2,100 employees losing their jobs. But this cut was much less dramatic than the first round in July, when 13,000 employees were let go from the company.
Apple Touts Privacy Benefits of its Platforms 9
On the eve of the iPhone 6 launch—the company's latest smart phones go on sale Friday morning—Apple has published a new web site that extolls its relationship with customers and their privacy. And the message is simple: There is no relationship. Apple, the site says, respects your privacy and never works behind the scenes, as Google does, to mine your data and sell it to advertisers. It's a compelling message.
Microsoft Remakes Board as Second Round of Layoffs Loom 9
Satya Nadella has indicated numerous times that he would remake Microsoft into a faster moving company that embraced modern computing trends. But this week's changes are as old as corporate America: The firm will undertake its previously-announced second round of layoffs and is making major changes to its board of directors.
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