Paul Thurrotts WinInfo http://windowsitpro.com/taxonomy/term/17521/more en Microsoft Delays Xbox One Launch in China http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-delays-xbox-one-launch-china <div class="field-deck"> So much for being first </div> <div class="node-body article-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-delays-xbox-one-launch-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-delays-xbox-one-launch-china#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:29:00 +0000 116751 at http://windowsitpro.com Short Takes: September 19, 2014 http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-september-19-2014 <div class="field-deck"> An often irreverent look at this week's other news </div> <div class="node-body article-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-september-19-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-september-19-2014#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:24:00 +0000 116731 at http://windowsitpro.com Microsoft Confirms Second Round of Layoffs http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-confirms-second-round-layoffs <div class="field-deck"> No surprise, but always a shock </div> <div class="node-body article-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-confirms-second-round-layoffs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-confirms-second-round-layoffs#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo careers careers corporate America corporate America cuts cuts employees employees layoffs layoffs Microsoft Microsoft new direction new direction Satya Nadella Satya Nadella Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:05:00 +0000 116691 at http://windowsitpro.com Apple Touts Privacy Benefits of its Platforms http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-touts-privacy-benefits-its-platforms <div class="field-deck"> Suddenly, "just trust us" doesn't seem so ridiculous </div> <div class="node-body article-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-touts-privacy-benefits-its-platforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-touts-privacy-benefits-its-platforms#comments Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Security Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:25:00 +0000 116671 at http://windowsitpro.com Microsoft Remakes Board as Second Round of Layoffs Loom http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-remakes-board-second-round-layoffs-loom <div class="field-deck"> More changes </div> <div class="node-body article-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-remakes-board-second-round-layoffs-loom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/microsoft-remakes-board-second-round-layoffs-loom#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo board of directors board of directors career change career change corporate America corporate America employees employees layoffs layoffs Microsoft Microsoft Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:57:00 +0000 116571 at http://windowsitpro.com Bloomberg U2 Flub Shows Even Apple's Customers Have Privacy Limits http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/u2-flub-shows-even-apples-customers-have-privacy-limits <div class="field-deck"> Apple escapes Nudegate, but customers don't like U2 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Apple's press events are tightly controlled and are almost universally successful at whipping the audience—comprised of both employees and tech press and bloggers—into a frenzy over the mention of even the most minor of product updates. But last week's event—at which the firm introduced the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay—included one of the most awkward and weird moments in any Apple event. And its aftermath has proven an embarrassment to Apple.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/u2-flub-shows-even-apples-customers-have-privacy-limits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/u2-flub-shows-even-apples-customers-have-privacy-limits#comments Cloud Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Apple Access Access Apple Apple Breach Breach customer accounts customer accounts ITunes iTunes Microsoft Microsoft new releases new releases privacy Privacy security flub security flub Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:22:00 +0000 116431 at http://windowsitpro.com Google Launches Android One, Targets Next Billion Smart Phone Users http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/google-launches-android-one-targets-next-billion-smart-phone-users <div class="field-deck"> Going for the new volume part of the market </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Taking a page from the Nokia playbook, Google this morning officially launched its Android One initiative, with its partners offering the first $100 Android smart phone offerings in one of the biggest emerging markets of all, India. The initiative is aimed at expanding the world's most dominant smart phone platform to the bigger but more cost-conscious markets of people who can't yet afford such devices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/google-launches-android-one-targets-next-billion-smart-phone-users" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/google-launches-android-one-targets-next-billion-smart-phone-users#comments Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Android Google Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:00 +0000 116401 at http://windowsitpro.com Short Takes: September 12, 2014 http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-september-12-2014 <div class="field-deck"> An often irreverent look at this week's other news </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including a trip to Las Vegas for IT/Dev Connections, a major leak of the next version of Windows, some major successes for Windows Phone amidst all the iPhone hype, Yahoo battled the government long before Microsoft woke up, Google stumbles in Europe again, Sprint plans an unlimited comeback, and Apple Pay has both proponents and detractors.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-september-12-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-september-12-2014#comments Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:16:00 +0000 116201 at http://windowsitpro.com T-Mobile to Offer Free Wi-Fi Calling on New Phones http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/t-mobile-offer-free-wi-fi-calling-new-phones <div class="field-deck"> The most innovative carrier in the US gets even better </div> <div class="node-body article-body">T-Mobile, the US wireless carrier that bills itself as the "uncarrier," has introduced another innovative feature that undercuts rivals and makes its service more valuable to customers. As part of an initiative dubbed "Wi-Fi Unleashed," T-Mobile customers who purchase a new phone will be able to make phone calls and send text messages over Wi-Fi as well as the firm's cellular network.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/t-mobile-offer-free-wi-fi-calling-new-phones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/t-mobile-offer-free-wi-fi-calling-new-phones#comments Cloud Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:48:00 +0000 116081 at http://windowsitpro.com Apple Pay, Apple Watch Upstage iPhone 6 http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-pay-apple-watch-upstage-iphone-6 <div class="field-deck"> Tim Cook makes his mark on the company </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Exactly as rumored, Apple announced two bigger new iPhones on Tuesday, including the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. But the bigger news, if you'll pardon the pun, is two new Apple products that dispense with the iBranding: A new mobile payment scheme called Apple Pay and the firm's long-expected smart watch, called Apple Watch.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-pay-apple-watch-upstage-iphone-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/apple-pay-apple-watch-upstage-iphone-6#comments Mobile Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Apple Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:19:00 +0000 115971 at http://windowsitpro.com