I listen to quite a few podcasts, material, all about android, FRD, etc. I know you have said many times over the past week "you should never buy any other tablet besides an iPad" and I agree I just got a iPad Air recently. I have tried may different Android tablets and they stink. So my questions are.
Why do Android tablets stink compared to Android Phones?
Where does the surface pro/go fall into on the tablet market?
Paul I will continued to be say “Thank you” for pointing out truth about Microsoft webcam and about surface hardware and being truthful in general.
your rant other day was great and well put that your buying out date hardware at a premium price and that why is Microsoft releasing hardware sub par.
I asked you about buying the Microsoft headphones few months back and you were there better players in game.
I bought this XPS it’s my new daily driver n love it work horse. But it was a large purchase for my business and being a one person business I need to get best bang for my buck. I would have bought the surface laptop 3 had you not pointed out last years chip set and Brad had not mention on the Sam’s Report that Amd was not going choice for programmer or business cause it was not that great.
My point is we here on site we do listen to what you have to say and write and does influence our purchase so thanks for being honest.
I was catching up on TWIG over the weekend and Stacy and Leo said the purchase of Fitbit is part because Google is trying to look at new ways to track people and target advertising on iOS due to the new security restraints that Apple is putting into place. With Fitbit connected to iPhone they can see geolocation and other metrics to target ads since Apple is forcing them to make a security popup in the new iOS updates coming up. I know wearos has never been a real success and we know Google does tracking but this seems like a big purchase and a lot of work is going into Google not wanting a security popup on an iOS device.
I just don't get why Microsoft is spending money on celebrities to market surface. Today Katie Cassidy from Arrow who is great actress posts herself on Instagram using a Surface Studio and you can tell it's paid post when a few days before she has herself with a picture of herself using a MacBook. Then around Christmas Gal Gadot tweeted she loved her Surface and if you looked you could see was sent by iPad same thing with Opera happened a bunch of years ago.
It the same thing with the NFL at the beginning calling Surface Books ipads.
I just think Microsoft needs better rules and better marketing company for their hardware you would never see this happening with Apple, HP, or Dell. I am not knocking the celebrities they are marking money charging Microsoft. It's Microsoft's marketing that needs to review this stuff better.
I am surprised this did not get more press I am kind of digging the new MSN Esports hub its more of an aggregator from all the different streaming services I like it.
So I signed up for Samsung Access with office 365 I also got a pair of surface buds and new Surface Laptop 3 coming. First time I am every going all in with Android and Microsoft Surface any thoughts ideas, suggestions?
I have been an iPhone user for years and I still use a mac on and off from time for work.
Looking forward to jumping in with both feet.
So I have been messing around a lot with other games on iOS since fortnight on both iOS and MacOS are pretty much in a holding pattern. I know the unreal engine is base for all these games but I guess maybe its me but it feels like fortnight, pub g, free fire. All these games are pretty much the same except for different guns and some different looking maps. I guess my question is fortnight being off of iOS to me is not a big deal I just started playing free fire its close enough. But if the unreal engine was taken off the app store I could see the bigger issue now. I guess my question is by the time fortnight comes back to iOS will people like me have moved on to other games.
I recently got a 16inch macbook pro while I am huge windows enthusist the things I am doing recently are easier done on mac. My question is with all this talk of mac going to arm processors and Apple saying they are going to support intel for years to come. My question is how will this effect the creative cloud package. I am sure adobe is testing things a head of time but since Adobe does have an ipad version I am just wondering if this move to ARM is going to make it hard for people with intel macs. Like would Adobe or Microsoft say as of this date we only support ARM macs. I am just curious how this transition will go for not so much Apple but for the third party apps.
Does anyone know where I can get a set of surface headphones?
Everyplace I look at is sold out.
I am starting to get into the gaming thing I have been playing Stadia which is ok but is limited on games I have signed up for Microsoft Game pass and have been playing some of those games on PC. I see that Gforcenow is a cloud based gaming platform like stadia I am wondering if anyone has tried it yet and could recommend it.
So I have been looking through some online stuff and I noticed companies like System76 and Dell sell really high end Linux machines. Is this more of the premium PC market that Paul talks about? What is the advantages of these machines over others. Spend all that money when you can just run Linux as VM.
I have just a question while Microsoft and Apple both sell premium computers Microsoft reported
Surface had a solid quarter as well, delivering almost $2 billion in revenues, a gain of 6 percent YOY
Then Apple reported
Mac saw a 13 percent decline to $7.2 billion, while iPad revenues fell 12.6 percent to $5.9 billion
So my questions are simply this. From they way it reads
Apple sells more Macs then iPads in post pc era?
Apples Mac business is 2 1/2 times bigger then Microsoft surface business?
My last question is does Apple ever report on the Beats business we hear all the time about AirPods but what about Beats brand?
Just asking to make sure I am reading this right.
Is there any chance of getting Steve Gibsons SQRL login process as an option to login to the site https://wordpress.org/plugins/sqrl-login/#description
So I travel a lot for work so I have next to no time on the Xbox but I just joined Game Pass for PC for 4.99 month. I wondering if there is anything I should know any cool games. Should I get a Bluetooth controller and wireless headset? Sorry been away from gaming for a while.
I listen to Windows Weekly but the other day I chromecasted it from youtube and I noticed Leo Leport looked very different he looks to have lost a lot of weight just wondering what is up with him and if everything is ok.
Was just wondering how the Thurrott Family Christmas card was coming in paint this year and if you will need to wait for Mark to get home?
I have had little to no use for a lot of the new features of the new MacOS and iPadOS but this last week I have been doing some web development and programming for work and needed a second screen using my iPad has been a money saver not having a buy a second monitor and for one project. Anyone else use sidecar?
Paul I started using leanpub for a business course/book I have been putting together did you notice that that the free plan no longer allows dropbox and local editing.
I was just wondering what happened this year a few years ago at ignite they launched First ring daily then I think it was last years they had live show at ignite and some away and a meetup. This year there was no BWW events just wondering what happened.
I hate to be that guy but am I the only one who can't use Microsoft Groove. I listen to audio files all day for work mostly. I download the audio files there around 10 - 20 minutes long groove just takes for ever to open and play. I ended up just downloading of all things Winamp to listen to these audio files I download the file and Winamps starts playing file in less then second. I don't know why groove is such a bear and we all know groove is not on Microsoft priority list to update it or anything.
Its not my machine cause I tried it on 3 machines. Sorry for the rant.
I was wondering SiriusXM just rolled out a bunch of huge features and is continuing to roll out great features and they have 30 million subscribers. Then you have some services like iheartradio 100 million users. TuneIN, Slack Radio and few others. I guess my question is where do you think these services fall in the landscape of the Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon music. SiriusXM and iHeartRadio are not going away they are declaring record profits in a time of full fledged music services. Is it an age thing most my friends in there mid 30s have Siriusxm but yet younger people I dont think care. Just wondering your thoughts
Paul I remember when you wrote this post back in 2017 when Microsoft was raving about these usage numbers with Edge and you questioned them.
We now know Edge has been a big flop that is why they are moving to a chromium based browser.
Do you think these numbers were ever right or where they right and they just lost more market share.
Paul do you still use one drive for your files I messed with Dropbox quite bit recently and it just seams like there is just so many features and capability and interface things missing from Onedrive I want stick with it cause I pay for it as part of one office365 subscription and dont want pay for another service but it just is not what it should be.
I just wanted to ask a question I remember in the 90s everyone concerned about Microsoft antitrust and putting Netscape out business and having control over industry and possibly putting Citrix out business.
But yet Google is the only game in search except for a few small players why don't we here much about antitrust they are in the same position of power that Microsoft was in during the 90s if not more so just wondering what everyone thought and what might happen.
Paul great photos of your old computers and I like the stories behind how you got dell tower for writing books and mac for writing a book targeted at education. I was wondering if you could give us a list of your books and maybe who you were targeting them at if possible. Maybe how you transitioned from book writing / working to full time blogging if possible thanks love the site and the great work you do.
I just want to say thank you for sharing the old photos of yourself and your family I really like photography and really enjoy looking at different pictures. Please continue to share.
Are you going to do your yearly audiobook post?
Can you elaborate on what happened to Audible channels? Looks like that's something that has gone away for audible originals.
Paul I recently purchased pocketcast since its much better then the standard podcast app on Apple or Android. I was wondering what podcasts you listen to on pocketcast.
I listen to what the tech, windows weekly and FRD. I was wondering why Brad and Paul / BWW have not monetized the podcast we had some advertisers in the beginning but you never here any PPC ads or anything like on WW or WTT. Just wondering if there was a reason for that.
My sister in law just moved to PA and her daughter was born deaf my wife and I have been helping to watch her and so she can spend time with my daughter who is close in age. My wife and I were wondering if you had any experience or knew what as the best app to help communicate with her or maybe an app to learn sign language. With Christmas around the corner do you know of any tech or anything in general we could buy a 10 year old that might help her or make her life easier thank you.
Thanks for thurrott.com been an alpha member since day 1 I read site everyday.
Bran not sure if this would be better on Petri but just wanted to ask maybe you would know
Do you think Microsoft will make any updates or improvements to the office365 business center suite?
Outlook Customer Manager
Do you think Microsoft will add more to these or make improvements I have nothing about this in while just wondering if you had any information.
Loved the way you guys are prorating for people like me the alpha members who renew early thank you!
One of the best tech communities online thurrott is what slashdot was in the 90s n early 2000s before dice bought it keep it up Paul.
Paul does that Alpha renew come with a coupon code for discount on the book ;) jk
I was wondering if Skype ever released any user numbers I mean I don't know anyone with Skype to chat with but I do use it for international calls.
My question is with all the updates to Skype they have been rolling out lately I mean there must be a user base for them to put forward all this development and money.
So I upgraded from the fitbit flex 2 to a fitbit charge2 I like having the heart monitor / floors / better sleep info not thrilled its not water proof but over all I like it
Just a question I have some older PCs that a customer has is there any version of windows 10 like light or embedded that are less resource intensive than windows 10 Pro.
I was wondering since Microsoft discontinued the band which seemed to have a lot of users I think primarily because of its price point of $99 I noticed several people at gym, biking and walking wearing one. When mine broke I ended up going with a fitbit flex 2 since its water proof and a cheap price point I have heard Paul say a few times he wears a fitbit.
Will Microsoft discontinue the Microsoft band app? Should I go with the Microsoft healthvault app? This kind of confusing as to what apps to use for health with Microsoft.
So I have been messing around with YouTube Music and Google Music am I the only one who feels like the two interfaces are almost the same
Paul is there anyway to get a signed copy of the field guide I am willing to pay for it. I collect signed books by famous authors
I have King, Patterson, Connelly, Gardner, Salvatore, Parks. I would like to add a signed book by Paul Thurrott to my book shelf.
Everyone I know uses twitch mostly because of amazon prime. My daughter like YouTube gaming. Now facebook has its platform does Mixer even have chance I really like Mixer but no one I know uses it.
I was just wondering what the difference if any between the always connected PC and tethering my Windows 10 PC to a hotspot that I use on the go.
Over the weekend a friend of mine and I were chatting and he asked how I play music and I said through Spotify. He like "yeah you remember Winamp" so I went and looked and apparently shoutcast is still a very popular service and winamp still has a desktop version for running internet radio. Does anyone still use winamp? There is shoutcast app but no winamp app which makes sense.
I got an interesting question today from a client they asked whats the difference if they use Excel vs Smartsheets or Google Sheets vs Smartsheets.
To me it looks like Excel and smart sheets are about the same but I though was a good question. I think excel got more functions but again hit me kind funny how many people use smartsheets
I was just wondering if anyone besides Paul and I use audible? If so how do you listen phone, echo, sonos, web?
Just for heck of it recently I started trying to use pages / sheets n mail on my macbook I know maybe it's because I'm Microsoft guy but they seem like un usable compared to office not as smooth as office jumping between mail n pages pain
Outlook has more features
Sheets can't hold candle to excel
I really love my Mac but to get work done I need office
Even open office on mac better then pages n sheets
I don’t know what it is about Skype it’s just one product I can’t seem to move away from for my daily needs. I travel a lot for my job and places I go sometimes don’t have the best cell service but have wifi or I am over seas and need call my wife and kids.
I like how I can get Skype number for $35 dollars year and unlimited calling for few bucks and do not need an international phone.
My issues is besides phone calls I have next to no friends to chat with does anyone use Skype to chat? Is Skype basically a VoIP and meetings app now? I know Brad and Paul use it chat. Am I the only one with no friends to chat with on Skype lol?
I tried alternatives to Skype like Viber but they don't have the designed number like Skype does for calling I must have 3 numbers one for US, Canada and one for Europe.
I have question does anyone use Pandora Radio anymore I feel like the only one still using it?
I went pixel back at the beginning of the year and moved from Spotify to Google music because I like the interface better. I know you are a Google music fan my question is do you ever use Pandora? I have found Google music radio to not pick the right songs for me like Pandora does. Just wonder your thoughts are and what you use for streaming radio.
If you get outlook premium account with a custom domain is it a separate account from your already existing Office 365 account thats links to outlook.com account?
Just wondering does anyone think we will see the NBA or NHL adopt the surface like the NFL?
I finally went out and spent the money on a great speaker for my office. I am impressed the sound quality is great and very easy to use and honestly it might just be me but I don't miss having an echo in my office I guess cause when I am in there there no need for voice command. I have my phone in my hand anyway and when I am in my office I don't need to worry about yelling to Alexa to play a song.
Any tips / information / suggestions for a first time sonos owner?
Paul I like Google Music like yourself. I was Spotify guy for years but Google music is way better especially on my pixel 2. My question is do you like youtube music app at all? I find app kind confusing and layout weird? I enjoy youtube red as no ads and still supporting content creators is a great thing.
m looking for some new friends to chat with about Microsoft . Wondering if anyone would want to link up on Skype to be technical contacts I work mostly on office 365, SharePoint, azure and sql. I would like to build strong network of great technical to get help and give help
Am I the only one sad to see this go I have no been on in a while but this was like a staple of my college dorm life. I remember when aim finally saved your buddy list that was like god sent. ICQ was huge then AIM then MSN messenger. I salute you AIM
I know at Ignite you guys gave away hats and I see you and Sam have logo shirts is there any chance maybe opening up a swag store for more revenue.
Has anyone tried Pandora Premium yet? Its not on desktop just mobile I have always loved Pandora radio they have better music selection algorithm then spotify or google music. Just wonder what everyone thought?
Just a question am I the only one that uses Firefox on mobile that sees the sponsored content tags? What does that mean?
I see so many young kids using oovoo now a days. Is this the AIM or MSN messenger of today? Just wondering
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I am thinking about getting rid of spotify and going to groove but I am leaning more to google play music because well groove has no third party support. Does anyone use groove?
I am big windows 10 fan but in our office we have a lot people on road and need nothing but web browser pretty much I thought we could save some money on hardware by getting chromebooks instead of windows pc thoughts?
My wife and I cut the cord we bought 2 new chromecasts and use youtube tv and station apps like HGTV and destination america so far things are going well who else here has cut the cord.
So I have to say I have been a big adopter of the Amazon Echo I have two in my house the echo and a dot. I was kicking around getting a google home is it better or worse? I know huge downfall for me will be audible and spotify 2 services I used way before echo was even a thought. Ideas? Suggestions?
My friends and I have been having the debate for a while since Windows 10 came out. What do you think is the most secure version of Windows 7, 8.1 or 10?
I have PC running windows 7 with office 2010 every computer I go on I have clip art but 1 I cannot get clip art off of bing.com content I check it off but no pictures are loadable. I only get the few that are from Clip Art. I tried to reload office does not work any ideas?