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 January, 2016 Stories
Back in October, Microsoft announced that it had partnered with iHeartRadio so that one could see iHeartRadio radio station links for artists within the Groove app in Windows 10. But how does this really work?
Happy New Year! With CES happening next week and everyone slowly recovering from the holidays, things are finally starting to pick up again: What Apple can learn from Windows 10, iOS ad blocking, a possible Google book scanning review, and more.
It's January 1, and you know what that means. Well, yes, it's a new year. But it's also time for Xbox Live Gold subscribers to get some more free games courtesy of Microsoft's monthly Games for Gold promotion.
Freed from bonds of 15 years of archival data, I was curious to see what the top most-read posts on this new site would be. So here they are, the top ten posts on Thurrott.com from 2015.
Back in April, Google announced Project Fi, an innovative and inexpensive new approach to smart phone connectivity. But now access to Fi has been expanded to better devices like the Nexus 6P and 5X, I decided to give it a shot.
Wearables are all over the map, encompassing everything from high-end smart watches to low-end fitness bands. So there is great choice, but also great confusion. Not helping matters, many aren't sure whether wearables will have any staying power.
A special three-hour retrospective of the best Windows Weekly moments from 2015: I shave my head, behind the scenes from Build 2015, my first experience with Aberlour A'Bunadh whiskey, Mary Jo's data lakes, my visit to the Yale Club in New York, Mary Jo's tour of the Microsoft Store in New York, our epic Chris Caposella interview, and more!
Since I keep an Xbox 360 around solely for the Call of Duty games that aren't available on Xbox One, I decided to start over and go all-digital with these games on the older console as well. Here's how it went.
There are persistent rumors about PC giant HP re-entering the smart phone market with a Windows 10 Mobile-based device. If this happens, I would imagine HP will announce the phone(s) next week at CES or perhaps at Mobile World Congress.
Microsoft's annual Xbox Store Countdown, a 17-day event that the software giant described as “the biggest Xbox game sale ever,” has entered its second week. So check out the new set of bargain-priced Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, and on select entertainment content.
It's always a bit slow, news-wise, over the holidays. But here are a few tidbits from around the web: A new Google Glass, Microsoft Casual Games, Amazon comes through with The Beatles, and more.
You've adopted an Android smart phone, but your contacts, email, and calendaring information are tied up in your Outlook.com or Office 365 account. No worries, you can access it all from Android.
You've adopted an iPhone, but your contacts, email, and calendaring information are tied up in your Outlook.com or Office 365 account. No worries, you can access it all from your iPhone.
Here's a great tip for developers: If you join Microsoft's free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program, you will receive some lucrative benefits, including a 6-month subscription to Pluralsight, Xamarin mobile training, and more.
While I will be expanding my coverage of Android and iOS in the new year, I still use a Windows phone---a Lumia 950 at the moment---as my primary smart phone. Here's an up-to-date peek at which apps I use, and how.
Adopting Android as your smart phone platform doesn't mean you need to leave Microsoft behind. So this new series will step through the process of getting up and running with your Microsoft-based data and apps on Android.
Adopting iPhone as your smart phone platform doesn't mean you need to leave Microsoft behind. So this new series will step through the process of getting up and running with your Microsoft-based data and apps on iPhone.
On a special holiday episode of Windows Weekly, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I weigh in on how well Microsoft did in 2015.
Yesterday, I started getting reports from readers in Europe about a mysterious new firmware update for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Now Microsoft has confirmed this release, and has explained what we can expect.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss our picks for the worst technology of 2015. As you might imagine, this one goes off the rails pretty quickly.
It's a Christmas miracle: The Beatles' entire catalog of 15 studio albums and 4 special collections will soon be available for streaming on Microsoft Groove.
Some tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's fitness tips, Chromecast games, Android vs. iPhone, Pandora deals, a Ford and Google partnership, more.
Microsoft's web-based app maker, Windows App Studio, has been updated with some exciting new features. Key among them is the ability to link your app to a WordPress-based data source.
Bad news on two counts, if you've been waiting on Surface Hub: Microsoft has delayed the release of this unique collaboration solution a second time. Worse, it is raising the price of each Surface Hub model.
Microsoft has started its annual Xbox Store Countdown, a 17-day event that the software giant described as "the biggest Xbox game sale ever." Here's how it works.
Some more tidbits from around the web: Your Xbox Live stats from 2015, Apple Music rumored to get Hi-Res Audio in 2016, and a Black Ops III DLC trailer.
Microsoft's Channel 9 has posted a new series of videos dedicated to getting developers up-to-date on the changes in Windows 10 version 1511. These videos are essentially an on-demand version of a live event that Microsoft recently held.