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
Microsoft this morning unveiled a new alarm app for Android. This wouldn't normally warrant much attention, but it includes game-like wakeup modes that are powered by machine learning technologies developed by Microsoft Project Oxford.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss what's really happening with Microsoft's recent Windows support changes, HoloLens news, a Surface power cable recall, the new Dell Venue 8 Pro, Windows 10 Mobile news, the Build 2016 registration fiasco, and much more.
Arriving in a box the size of a 1972 Super Beetle, the HP ENVY Curved All-in-One is the most beautiful PC I've ever laid eyes on. The only question is whether I'm worthy of the expansive and curved 34-inch ultra-widescreen display.
Here are some tidbits from around the web: Passwords that suck, AMD results, Build sells out rather quickly, Continuum for phones will work on mid-range devices too, Intel offers new security tech on Core vPro chips, more.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I---for the first time ever, I think---focus on just a single topic: Last week's blockbuster revelation that Microsoft will not broadly support Windows 7 and 8.1 on Intel Skylake processors. Since the announcement, we have a bit more information and context about this decision.
ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley has confirmed that Microsoft will soon issue a recall for Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Pro 3 power cords. Apparently, these cords can develop issues when they become too tightly wound. (This recall does not concern the entire power adapter.)
If you follow Microsoft's monthly system updates for Xbox One, you know that the software giant routinely adds great new features to its premier console. And after taking December off, they're back with a new set of features that will begin rolling out to Preview members today.
A few tidbits from around the web: Surface flip-flopping,. Nokia repair shops to turn away walk-ins, WhatsApp drops exorbitant annual fee, tech companies found using cobalt sourced from child labor, Apple will finally offer a way to hide its crapware in iOS 9.3.
The Dell Venue 8 Pro was perhaps the only truly excellent Windows 8.1 mini-tablet. And with the PC maker now shipping the long-awaited Windows 10 version of this device, a looming question awaits: Is it any good?
Here are a few tidbits from around the web: What the PC industry could learn from the NRA, Lumia 650 rumors, the best way to run Windows 10 on a Mac, and John Romero makes a free new level for the original Doom.
I don't normally report on this kind of thing, but let's face it: Camera quality has always been a highlight of the high-end Lumias in particular, and the way HDR is implemented in Windows 10 Mobile is sub-optimal. But that's about to change, according to a Windows phone enthusiast blog.
Windows 10 is the most modern and full-featured version of Windows yet. But Microsoft's overly-aggressive tactics in coercing customers to upgrade are a mistake I believe. So here's how the Windows 7 or 8.1 user can "just say no" and get rid of that annoying "Get Windows 10" advertisement for good.
Recent job postings have confirmed that Microsoft is porting Windows 10 Mobile---which currently runs on 32-bit ARM chips only---to ARM64 and, more dramatically, to Intel x86. But it's not at all clear what types of products are expected.
Good morning. Today we have a new Xbox One bundle, four ways to improve Surface Pro 4 battery life, a free week of EA Access for Xbox One users with Xbox Live Gold, bad news about Xbox One background audio, and an iOS 9.3 public beta.
Microsoft has revealed some not-so-subtle changes to how it will support Windows 7 and 8.1 going forward. Long story short, it is using hardware support as yet another means of forcing customers to upgrade to Windows 10 faster than they might otherwise wish to.
Praised as a major differentiator for Windows 10 Mobile handsets, Continuum relies on modern hardware and software to transform a smart phone into a fairly capable PC-like device, complete with HDTV screen, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. This week, Microsoft explained why they went down this path.
You can get up to $250 off the cost of a Microsoft Band 2 when you trade-in an eligible smartwatch or fitness tracker. But you have to act fast: This deal is available through the end of this month only.
As you may know, Microsoft offers a Windows Insider app for Windows phones, giving you access to pre-release versions of the OS. Today, Microsoft shipped a similar app, called UpdateAdvisor. And this one helps you upgrade from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile 10.
Microsoft announced today that a preview version of Skype integration for the Slack team-based messaging solution is now available. In this first early release, Slack users can now make a Skype voice or video call from within that app.
Lumia 950 and 950 XL buyers can get a free year of Office 365 Personal for free. But be aware that this offer won't work if you already have Office 365 Home.
Good morning. Here are some tech tidbits from around the web: Build 2016 registration is Tuesday, Bing gets a new logo, Microsoft open sources part of Edge, Delivery Beta app for Windows 10, and a new Google Maps feature.
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss our Microsoft predictions for 2016, a new build of Windows 10, another build sync across Windows 10 for PCs, Mobile, and IoT, 2015 PC sales, Internet Explorer EOL, more on Microsoft's SIM plans, Skype news, and a peek at the Xbox One Elite controller.
An update to the Outlook apps for Android and iOS this week adds Skype Call scheduling, new calendar features, improved navigation, and more. And yes, Windows 10 Mobile users will get Skype Call scheduling in a future update.
This week, Microsoft revealed the next step in its overly-aggressive campaign to convince users of earlier Windows versions to upgrade to Windows 10: It will enable the "Get Windows 10" app on managed small business PCs.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss our tech predictions for 2016 and come out on opposite sides of the debate over Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
Another day, another selection of tech tidbits: Various Microsoft app updates on iOS and Android, SpotBright is a wonderful app for all Windows 10 users, Google Nexus 5X gets a permanent price cut, and an interesting comparison of the adoption of the latest Android and iOS versions.
Responding to customer requests, Microsoft has added support for Mac OS X's Full Screen View and Split View features to Outlook 2016 for Mac. The firm says that the additions will help customers manage multiple email messages more easily.