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Windows 95 wasn’t as sophisticated as NT, but it ran well on mainstream PCs and offered many advances over its predecessors.
Visual J++ is a historical footnote today, but it’s fascinating to go back and see what Microsoft did with the Java platform.
Microsoft wasted little time usurping the Java platform and creating Windows-only Java technologies that angered Sun Microsystems.
Happy Friday! Here is another round of questions and (attempted) answers to start off the weekend.
December 7, 1995 was another day that would live in infamy. For Netscape and any other company that got in Microsoft’s way.
After ignoring the Internet threat for years, Bill Gates finally decided to “embrace and extend” the Internet and “exterminate” Netscape.
A boldly innovative startup called Netscape understood that the web was a platform that could unseat the Windows monopoly.
In this sidebar, Microsoft’s planned successor to NT was a challenge that was too complex and ethereal in nature to succeed.
I’m back from The Netherlands, a little bleary-eyed and ready for a weekend of rest. But first, here’s Ask Paul.
Let's quickly say hello to Java, the programming language and runtime environment that would go on to trigger a major Microsoft strategy shift.
This week’s Samsung event included a major Microsoft presence that makes the Note 10 launch far more interesting and significant.
If you want a Surface Phone, it's not coming from Microsoft and it will launch in a couple of weeks.
Sun’s Java programming language and runtime environment were perfect for the Internet. And an existential threat to Windows.
A recent Wirecutter comparison of sub-$500 laptops highlights a big problem for Microsoft: There are no great Windows options.
Thanks to the stratospheric success of Windows in the 1990s, Microsoft was initially blind to the biggest threat it would ever face.
As I write this, we’re about two-thirds of the way through this year’s home swap, which is taking place near Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Happy Friday, and greetings from Hilversum, The Netherlands. This will be the last Ask Paul before we fly home next Thursday.
Chapter six brings together many of the major hurdles in the development of the Surface RT; it all comes crashing together.
Inspired by deficiencies in DDE and OLE 1.0, the Component Object Model (COM) was a much more sophisticated platform.
We’re in the third and final day of our annual European Heat Wave experience. So here’s a new edition of Ask Paul to kick off a cooler weekend.
Google says that sales of its smartphones doubled YOY in the most recent quarter thanks to the Pixel 3a. So, what does it mean?
In the early 1990s, Microsoft evolved Windows with inter-process communications capabilities based on OLE.
Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) brought compound document capabilities to Windows, starting in version 3.0.
Using Dynamic Data Exchange was next to impossible unless you were using Visual Basic with a DDE-compatible application.
In another sidebar, the inventors of BASIC had some choice words for Bill Gates, Microsoft, and Microsoft BASIC.