Paul Thurrott is an award-winning technology journalist and blogger with over 20 years of industry experience and the author of over 25 books. He is the News Director for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, the major domo at Thurrott.com, and the co-host of three tech podcasts: Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte and Mary Jo Foley, What the Tech with Andrew Zarian, and First Ring Daily with Brad Sams. He was formerly the senior technology analyst at Windows IT Pro and the creator of the SuperSite for Windows.
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Recent December, 2015 Stories
On the 8th day of 12 Days of Deal, my true love gave to me, a Surface 3. With a $75 Microsoft Store gift code. Type Cover and Surface Pen sold separately.
Choosing a living room set top box can be trying for the Microsoft technology fan, and each of the best devices comes with its own set of pros and cons.
Dropbox announced today that it is shuttering its email and photo services in order to focus on its core cloud storage business.
This one seems kind of obvious, but Google this week is updating Google Calendar for Android and iOS to support to-dos and reminders for those to-dos.
The Windows Device Recovery Tool has been updated to support the Lumia 950/XL and 550. This is a must-have addition to any Windows phone user's toolbox.
15 long months after Microsoft made major changes to its Office 365 plans for SMBs. existing customers can finally switch to one of the new plans.
What else is going on in the (tech) world? Microsoft's remaining 12 Days Deals are leaked, Twitter looks back on 2015, and Spotify's free tier rankles some.
Earning barely a mention at the firm's October hardware event, the new entry-level Lumia 550 smart phone is now available in select markets, Microsoft says.
On the 7th day of Christmas---er, sorry, Deals---Microsoft offers up $250 in savings on the Acer Aspire F5 15-inch laptop. It's just $349, today only.
This year, Amazon has finally started playing to its strengths again, and the result is a new lineup of delightful and affordable Kindle HD tablets.
For day 6 of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals promotion, you have a nice choice of select Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, most of which are $20 to $30 off the normal price.
Microsoft has streamlined the Windows 10 Setup process so that it prompts the user much less than before. But in doing so, it sets some unwanted defaults.
Day 5 of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals provides lots of interesting options, with $70 to $500 off select Intel-powered Windows 10 PCs.
Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring can now obtain a new cumulative update to Windows 10 Mobile. And if you're using a new Lumia, you can get beta updates starting next week.
Microsoft now says it will not solve the endemic power management issues that have dogged Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 until early next year.
Microsoft will hold the next rendition of its developer-oriented Build conference from March 30 to April 1, 2016 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Here are some more tidbits from around the web: HP is abandoning low-end tablets, Apple open sources Swift, Microsoft ships Outlook add-on, and more.
Day 4 of Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals could be interesting: Surface Pro 3 with a Core i3 processor, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage for just $700 ($200 off).
Not much is changing in the global smart phone market over the next four years, IDC says. That's bad news for Windows phone, as Android continues to dominate the market.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss our recent UK trip, questions about new Windows 10 builds, and much more.
Google Cardboard is awesome, and unlike Microsoft's HoloLens, it's here now, really works, and exceeds expectations. And it just got better with a new app.
A new version of the Skype desktop application for Windows is now available, offering simpler sharing of photos, files, video messages, contacts and emoticons.
Here are some other things that are happening today: The two-year Windows 10 Mobile support lifecycle, more easing of Windows 10 upgrades, HERE is sold, and more.
If you buy an Xbox One console or bundle today, you will get two free games: "Assassin's Creed: Unity" and any other title of your choice.
Microsoft has announced the top Bing searches of 2015, and as you might expect, they run the gamut from the important to the truly superfluous.
Mobile devices---and smart phones in particular---are only as good as the apps you use. So here are my favorite and most-useful/most-used mobile apps of 2015.
Next week, I am conducting a focus group study in Dedham on behalf of a company in the personal computing industry, and I need your help. There are prizes!