Paul Thurrott


Paul Thurrott is senior technical analyst for Windows IT Pro. He writes the SuperSite for Windows, a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE, and a daily Windows news and information newsletter called WinInfo Daily UPDATE. You can find him on Twitter.


Windows Weekly 393: Crap Patch Fever
In the last new episode of Windows Weekly in 2014, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss the Windows 10 build 9901 leak, the January 2015 Windows 10 event, Microsoft "Arcadia," Sprint gets a new Windows Phone, Office Sway, Skype Translator, Xbox One's November win against the PS4, and my top five Audible picks from 2014.
Microsoft Details Lumia Denim Schedule, Camera Improvements 4
If you're wondering what exactly Microsoft is adding with Lumia Denim, you're not alone. But today the firm provided a partial list of improvements that will appear in the next firmware update or its Lumia handsets, all related to the Lumia Camera app. And it's come clean on the timeframe for the release too.
Microsoft Is Selling MixRadio 10
One of the questions we had about the integration of Nokia's devices and services businesses into Microsoft was where MixRadio would fit, as Microsoft already offers a more full-featured set of Xbox Music services. Now we know: The software giant is selling MixRadio to a third party.
Xim 1.3 Streams to Xbox One, Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV 4
Microsoft has updated its Xim mobile photo-sharing app to support living room set-top boxes like the Xbox One, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. Previously, you could use the app—it's available now for Windows Phone, Android and iPhone—to share photos with other smart phone handsets only.
Windows App Studio Adds Support for TouchDevelop
Microsoft has updated its web-based Windows App Studio developer tool with support for TouchDevelop, a powerful, touch-friendly programming language that includes a physics engine. This means it will now be a lot easier to create games with App Studio that utilize the sensors found on modern mobile devices.
Reports: North Korea Identified as Source of Sony Hack
NBC News and The New York Times are independently reporting that the United States has determined that the North Korean government was indeed behind the electronic attack against Sony. This isn't the first time a government has instigated such an attack against a public company, but the terrorism threats that have accompanied the hack are a concerning new low.
Microsoft Explains Lack of New Windows Technical Preview Builds 17
When Microsoft suddenly revealed a month ago that build 9879 would be the final pre-release build it would deliver in 2014, tech enthusiasts who were testing Windows 10 were understandably disappointed. But the firm today explained why it halted the releases when it did.
Microsoft Posts Support Page, How-To Video for Lumia Denim 38
If you're still fuming because you haven't even gotten the Lumia Cyan firmware update yet, this bit of news isn't going to make you feel much better: Microsoft is now talking up how users of its Lumia handsets can update to the next firmware version, called Denim.
Windows Phone 8.1 Tip: Enable Double-Tap to Wake 19
If you have a compatible Windows Phone 8.1-based smart phone, you can enable a feature that lets you double-tap your handset's screen to wake it up. This can often be much more convenient than the normal method for doing so, which requires you to pick up the phone and press the power button.
Glance Updated for Lumia Smart Phones 12
Microsoft this week announced an update to its Glance screen functionality that I've been waiting for since I first saw it demoed back in August: With this new version, you can now view your lock screen background right on the Glance screen too.
Gestures Beta for Lumia Smart Phones 18
Microsoft this week announced a new Gestures Beta release that works with some of its Windows Phone-based Lumia smart phones. Contrary to the name, this interesting tool doesn't require you to gesticulate with your hands in front of the phone. Instead, it triggers smart actions based on how you position and place the phone during calls.
Sprint is Finally Launching a Windows Phone 8.1 Handset 12
For all the complaining in the Windows Phone community about Verizon, the truth is that they're only second-worst: Sprint has yet to launch a single handset based on Windows Phone 8.1, and of course it recently stopped selling the one Windows Phone handset it had been offering. But that's about to change: On December 23, Sprint will start selling the Lumia 635.
Apple Wins iPod/iTunes Antitrust Case
A federal jury in California has determined that Apple's efforts to undermine competitors to iTunes and the iPod a decade ago did not constitute antitrust violations and did not harm a class of consumers. The decision was reached after just four hours of deliberation.
Here's Where the New OneDrive Strategy Falls Apart 64
Microsoft's decision to revert OneDrive in Windows 10 to the system used by Windows 7 is a controversial one. On the one hand, the company argues that it needs to make this change so that OneDrive can be more reliable, and can more easily pick up support for shared files and better photo access. But as I'm coming to realize the more I use this system, this change severely cripples OneDrive. And surely there is a happy middle ground to be found here somewhere.
On the Road with Windows 10 Build 9901 21
I'm on the road this week and figured the trip might be a good way to stress test the recently leaked Windows 10 build 9901. And stress is perhaps the right word: In using the build regularly this way, it's become obvious that this build isn't ready for prime time despite its initial sheen of quality.