Author: Paul Thurrott

Paul Thurrott is an award-winning technology journalist and blogger with over 20 years of industry experience and the author of over 25 books. He is the News Director for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, the major domo at Thurrott.com, and the co-host of three tech podcasts: Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte and Mary Jo Foley, What the Tech with Andrew Zarian, and First Ring Daily with Brad Sams. He was formerly the senior technology analyst at Windows IT Pro and the creator of the SuperSite for Windows.

Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: April 3, 2015

by Paul Thurrott

Because "Linux user" is perhaps the ultimate personal technology oxymoron, this week's other news includes the scary possibility of Microsoft open-sourcing Linux, the continued success of Windows XP one year after its death, the EU's problem with US technology giants, the reality of Android malware, and a missed opportunity for Microsoft goes to Sony. Microsoft… Read More

Microsoft Brings MDM Capabilities to Office 365

by Paul Thurrott

Microsoft announced this week that all Office 365 commercial customers are now getting access to basic mobile device management (MDM) functionality without having to pay for separate services like Intune, which is a core component of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite. The functionality is free, but it can also be integrated with existing Intune and Azure… Read More

Microsoft Expands Surface Lineup with New Surface 3

by Paul Thurrott

Microsoft today announced Surface 3, a cost-reduced version of Surface Pro 3 that eschews the compatibility and performance issues of previous Windows RT-based Surface tablets. Based on the brand-spanking-new Intel "Cherry Trail" platform, Surface 3 is, in Microsoft's words, "a full Windows and Office machine" that can fulfill the needs of individuals and businesses alike.… Read More

Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: March 27, 2015

by Paul Thurrott

Because the wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, this week's other news includes a new Microsoft paid leave program for contract employees, Microsoft is still looking at running Android apps on Windows Phone, fake Apple Store employees, overpaid tech industry leaders, more Secure Boot non-concerns for Linux users, and the return of Blackberry… Read More

Microsoft Has One Brand to Rule Them All

by Paul Thurrott

In navigating the tricky waters of the post-PC world, Microsoft is trying to make up ever-dwindling revenues from traditional businesses like Windows, Office and Server with new subscription services and mobile offerings. But it's become increasingly clear that in doing so, Microsoft may also need to leave those brands behind. Which is fine, since Microsoft… Read More

Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: March 20, 2015

by Paul Thurrott

Because you know to call the A-Team and not the B-Team, this week's other news includes a shocking revelation that the FTC found sweeping Google antitrust violations and did nothing about them, Microsoft's open sourcing of the MSBuild engine, an HTC upheaval, China's latest "Baghdad Bob" moment, and no web browsers are safe. Shocker: FTC… Read More

Lync Steps Aside for Skype for Business

by Paul Thurrott

Last November, Microsoft revealed that it would be rebranding the next generation of its Lync products and services to Skype for Business in order to align it with its popular consumer-oriented messaging solution. That change starts this week with the launch of a Skype for Business client preview, and it will continue in April and… Read More

Nintendo Belatedly Embraces Mobile

by Paul Thurrott

A growing failure in the market for video game consoles it once dominated, Nintendo will finally turn its attention to mobile devices. The video game firm announced Tuesday morning that it is partnering with Tokyo-based DeNA to jointly develop games for smart phones and other devices. "Both companies will develop and operate new game apps… Read More