Windows Me is unfairly criticized for being an unwanted extension of the Windows 9x family of products. But this innovative OS ushered in a number of technologies that we take for granted today.
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I've always had a mixed reaction to the games in the Gears of War series, and as I noted in my latest review, that's true of Gears of War 4 as well. Here's a quick rundown of my experiences with this game franchise.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Windows 10 Mobile devices can now use screens as big as 9-inches, a new 2.5 hour documentary explains the history of the Amiga, and Half-Life 3 Episode 3 was announced---sigh---10 years ago this week.
With its Tablet PC initiative faltering in the mid-2000s, Microsoft set out to reinvigorate the segment with a new offering aimed at a new generation of smaller personal computers. Dubbed Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) and code-named Origami, this unique design still reverberates strongly today in various phones and tablets.
In late 2006, Microsoft announced Zune, “the next big milestone for its Connected Entertainment vision.” Zune was, let’s face it, an iPod rip-off, though it did offer some unique features and, more important, came in a sweet brown version. So sweet, in fact, that I still have mine. I’ll provide a number of looks back […]
In the early 1990s, I was an Amiga diehard, convinced that my personal computer platform of choice was superior to expensive Macs and business-oriented IBM PCs. But what Id Software accomplished with Wolfenstein 3D changed everything. Suddenly, PCs were tremendous game machines. And they could do things that were then impossible on the Amiga. Wolfenstein 3D […]
15 years ago, Microsoft was working on the follow-up to Windows 2000, which was then code-named Whistler. But in a press release touting Bill Gates’ appearance at COMDEX, Microsoft inadvertently slipped out what appeared to be the final name of the product: Windows 2001. Gates’ COMDEX and CES appearances were usually a combination of touting […]
Digging around through my old gadgets this week I found a few interesting and semi-historical hardware devices. The original iPhone. A Palm Treo running Windows Mobile 6 Pro. The original Windows 8 Slate. But none triggered the same reaction as the Windows Phone prototype handset that I used throughout summer 2010 before Windows Phone first […]
Most people don’t know or forgot, but Windows 7 actually went through a couple of codenames—Vienna first, then Windows Seven—before Microsoft settled on its final name. But the most notable thing about the start of this project, perhaps, was that it happened as a new team was taking over a Windows, ushering in a six-year […]
While I will be writing separately about several of the products mentioned in this article, it’s worth stepping back a bit and considering what an amazing year 1995 was. As the year began, I was just starting what would become a career in writing about Microsoft technologies, and the software giant had by mid-year unleashed […]
Way back in 2002, I spoke to Joe Belfiore, who was then the general manager of user experiences at Microsoft’s Windows eHome division, about the evolution of “Freestyle” into Windows XP Media Center Edition. Here’s my complete interview with Joe from August 29, 2002, just before the launch of the product. Joe has been an […]
Five years ago today, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 Series, an event which excited me so much that I immediately contacted the company and made plans to write the first-ever book about the platform. But in the years since, Microsoft has slowly removed all of Windows Phone’s key differentiators. And it appears that the release […]
Just two years after the original iPhone was released, Windows Mobile was on the ropes and Microsoft realized it needed to embrace changes like multi-touch while moving more quickly in this suddenly hot market. Its last-ditch effort was the ultimate example of “putting lipstick on a pig” in the form of a touch-friendly patina over […]
Windows XP will always have a special place in my heart because I was the one who first revealed that Microsoft’s codename for this next Windows version was “Whistler.” Here’s a peek at a Whistler news story I wrote in 2000 but never published, the first in an ongoing “Throwback Thursday” series. As a bit […]