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On this episode of the First Ring Daily, we talk about the lifecycle of Windows as a product in the Microsoft portfolio, the newly discovered Paint app and updates to Paul's studio so he doesn't look blurry anymore.
InfoWorld's Eric Knorr penned an opinion piece this week in which he claims that Microsoft doesn't need Windows anymore. This seems controversial, and is sure to draw a lot of ire from the fan boys. But he's on to something.
We've all done it: You come down with some common ailment, Google the symptoms, and are shocked to discover that you could have cancer or some other terrible problem. So the advice is simple: Don't self-diagnose. But here's the thing: One time, I did do so, and Google saved my life.
For the past few years, speculation about a Surface phone has only intensified despite the failure of the platform on which it would run. I don't know if Microsoft still plans to release this device. But it shouldn't do so.
It's Thursday and what better time to take a look back at some of the technology of yesterday. On this episode, we look at the ill-fated Microsoft Kin that soured the relationship between Microsoft and Verizon. In addition, we talk about our live show for tomorrow and Gears of War.
At Google's keynote yesterday, they made a big deal about how AI is evolving. In this Episode of First Ring Daily, we talk about the future of AI and how Microsoft, Apple, Google, and even Amazon will play a role in the next era of computing.
Microsoft has artificially kept Windows phone on life support since its mid-2015 decision to wind down its smartphone ambitions. There are a lot of theories about why the software giant is doing this. But here's the real reason.
Google held a keynote today where it announced several new devices including a phone and a release date for Google Home; a device that competes with the Amazon Echo. On this episode we cover all of the announcements as well as a few updates to Thurrott.com
Next month, Nintendo will ship a miniature retro console called the NES Classic Edition, a release that will take generations of gamers down memory lane. Perhaps not surprisingly, this throwback device has also triggered some memories of my own from the late 1980s.
On this episode, which is the first from episode from the First Ring Daily studios, we talk about why Paul looks so blurry, a bad Microsoft update, the perfect console, what's coming down the pipe for Thurrott.com and a lot more.
Thanks to leaks, we know that Google is set to announce its Pixel smartphones, the Google Home appliance, the 4K/HDR-capable Chromecast Ultra, and a mesh-based Google Wi-Fi solution. But that doesn't mean Google doesn't have a major surprise it could share with us on Tuesday.
Even the most beloved of personal technology products betray their users in at least some small way over time. Perfection is never really possible, of course. But after almost two months of daily use, the Xbox One S has passed the test. It is the perfect thing.
Microsoft corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi mentioned during his appearance at the Ignite keynote that there are now over 70 million active users of the commercial versions of Office 365. But that number isn't new. What's going on with Office 365 adoption?
You have to wonder about Sony, a company that inexplicably chose to introduce its new PlayStation 4 Pro on the same day that Apple unleashed the iPhone 7. But now the firm is facing more serious questions: Are the PS4 Pro's vaunted 4K capabilities even real? Is it all a lie?
Apple reported this week that its initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus smartphones have already sold out, and that the new jet black version of the smaller iPhone 7 is likewise sold out. Other versions of the iPhone 7 will be available only in limited quantities at tomorrow's launch.
Recent issues with exploding Samsung smartphones are a welcome reminder in these parts that Microsoft isn't the only tech giant that can totally muff a crisis. So thanks, Samsung. You've really raised the bar.
Yesterday, Brad exclusively revealed Microsoft's plans to retreat from its Band efforts: The firm won't ship a Band 3 this year, and will almost certainly never do so. Now what?
In the coming weeks, both Amazon and Pandora are expected to upend the digital music industry and offer streaming services to consumers that start at just $5 per month. Will this be enough to disrupt the market leaders?
It pains me to admit this, but I've come to the conclusion that Apple was right to drop the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. And while there may be some short-term pain from this change, the firm's ability to push forward is both notable and---God help me---even admirable.
For a brief, shining moment, Microsoft's nifty new Xbox One S dominated the video game headlines. And then Sony and its PlayStation 4 Pro happened. And now everything is different. Again.
For the past several years, I've had an uneasy relationship with tablets, and I think I've finally figured out why: Tablets are an imperfect solution to a problem that few people actually have. And I don't know why we keep trying to pretend otherwise.
A former Microsoft employee has written a lengthy post about the history of Windows Mobile, noting with regret that the software giant should have owned the mobile market. That sounds pleasant. But it was never going to happen.
On Wednesday, Apple is going to announce the iPhone 7, and I'm going to spend the day on Twitter skewering them and their terrible marketing as they so richly deserve. But before this time of great frivolity, it is perhaps worth remembering and examining why the iPhone matters quite a bit.
Forget Microsoft Surface and by all means ignore Apple's Mac. Because it is once-staid HP that is reinventing the PC today. And the hits just keep on coming.
There are a lot of announcements coming out of IFA 2016 today in Berlin, most of which are unsurprising new PC releases. But here's one that caught my eye: ASUS is selling a portable display for laptops. And I'm curious whether there is a market for such a thing.
In May 2015, Microsoft announced a major update to its consumer-focused Outlook.com service, which would include changes to its front-end user experience and back-end infrastructure. Today, Microsoft literally has no idea when it will ever complete this migration.