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.

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 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.
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.
Microsoft Seeks to Please Everyone with Windows 10 20
Microsoft announced the next version of Windows at a special event in San Francisco on Tuesday. But instead of calling it Windows 9, as was originally planned, Microsoft will brand the release as Windows 10 to further distance it from Windows 8. The marquee feature? It will please fans of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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.
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