It wasn't the best of times or the worst of times. But 2016 was a notable year for the personal technology we cover here at Thurrott.com.
Recent Windows Phones Stories
In mid-2010, I was one of the lucky few to get a prototype Windows phone, the Samsung Taylor. Over six years later, it still works fine.
In 2016, Microsoft took decisive steps away from its traditional roots and embraced a more open future in the cloud.
This month, AdDuplex takes a look at Windows 10 Mobile and Surface usage data. And yes, there are a few surprises.
This one is personal. And while all technology can be frustrating at times, I've never run into anything quite like Skype.
This weekend: Microsoft and Mobile World Congress, a quick reminder about Photosynth, Google Wallet web update, Windows phone insanity, more.
Microsoft has released new usage figures for Cortana and while the numbers are large, they don't tell the entire story about how it is used or how Siri/Google New measure up.
Remember Satya Nadella's claim about the "ultimate mobile device"? Surprise: It's a PC, not a phone.
Microsoft today delivered a new build of Windows 10 to the Insider Preview. But it's available only for Mobile.
Microsoft is celebrating the huge success of its Minecraft: Pocket Edition mobile offering and talking up its plans for the future.
Nokia will formally re-enter the smartphone market in early 2017 with a family of Android-based handsets. But make no mistake: This is not the Nokia of old.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is bringing back a profound benefit from Windows phone: Its people-centric user experience.
The market researchers at IDC now say that smartphone sales growth will be almost non-existent, at 0.6 percent, for calendar year 2016.
Microsoft has added new collaboration features to Office 365 this month. Key among them are co-authoring capabilities in PowerPoint and more.
Codenamed "Scribbler," Microsoft OneNote was announced at COMDEX 2002 and would ship as part of Office 2003. I've been using it ever since.
Today: Jony Ive ruins Christmas, Xbox One game streaming coming to Oculus Rift, Microsoft's Arrow Launcher for Android is updated, HP Elite x3 updated, more.
OneNote is the best note-taking solution in the world, and it's available for free for everyone. Here are a few tips for getting started.
This is how it ends, Lumia fans: Microsoft is using Black Friday deals to clear out its remaining inventory of Lumia smartphones. This includes the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and also the Lumia 650.
Windows enthusiasts have found a lot to cheer in a recent interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Not the least of which is a brief discussion of what he calls "the most ultimate mobile device."
With not much happening in Windows PC or phone usage, AdDuplex this month looks at how the U.S. markets for each is shaping up.
A new Windows Store app platform feature called Chaseable Tiles has started appearing in some in-box Windows 10 apps.
Today: Microsoft to tie executive bonuses to company diversity goals, Red Hat thinks Microsoft is opening up to open source because of developers, more.
Microsoft announced today that it has improved its Cortana personal digital assistant with a new "to do list" skill.
Today: John Strike brings 8-bit gameplay and Continuum support to Windows 10, Nextbit Robin drops to $170 on Amazon.com, 2 billion Chrome users, more.
A Windows 10 game called Plimpli Adventures offers a Flappy Bird-type experience, but with a twist: It supports Continuum on Windows phones
Google has gone public with its defense of an EU antitrust case: That Android stimulates innovation and increases choice for consumers. Ha!
Microsoft announced today that it has delivered the so-called Xbox Holiday Update for Xbox Live, the Xbox One console, and the cross-platform Xbox app.