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 Google+ and Twitter.


Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter First Impressions
Microsoft's new Miracast-based Wireless Display Adapter is available now for preorder and should be shipping in very late October. Here's a first hands-on peek at the adapter, which is aimed at PC and tablet users that wish to project their screen to an HDTV at home or a projector at work.
Getting Started with the Windows Technical Preview 1
Exactly 20 years ago, I received my first beta version of Windows from Microsoft (Windows 4.0, which became Windows 95). And boy have things changed over that time. Microsoft moved from floppies to CDs to DVDs to ISOs and digital delivery, and the size, complexity and functionality of Windows has ballooned to match. But if there's one thing that hasn't changed in the slightest—for me, at least—it's the excitement I feel at the start of a new beta. It's time to mess up my PCs. And I couldn't be happier.
Windows Technical Preview Feature Focus 7
As you might expect of a major new Windows version, Windows 10 provides a number of new features and improvements over previous releases such as Windows 7 and Windows 8. In this series, I am exploring these features as they appear in the Windows Technical Preview. I'll be updating this series regularly going forward.
Microsoft Seeks to Please Everyone with Windows 10
Microsoft announced the next version of Windows at a special event in San Francisco on Tuesday. But instead of calling it Windows 9, as was originally planned, Microsoft will brand the release as Windows 10 to further distance it from Windows 8. The marquee feature? It will please fans of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Windows 10 for the Enterprise
About two weeks ago, Microsoft promised that it would unveil the enterprise features that will differentiate the next Windows version from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Oddly, the announcement event for what is now called Windows 10 was actually pretty light on enterprise information. So here's a more complete look at what you can expect.
Microsoft Announces Windows 10 94
Microsoft finally surprised us all: At the eagerly-awaited first briefing for the next Windows, the firm revealed that they had decided to skip the 9 and call it Windows 10 instead. From a features perspective, we only learned about a few minor new features that hadn't already leaked. And as promised, the technical preview won't ship until October. Which starts tomorrow, by the way.
HP Announces $100 Tablet, $200 Laptop 23
Yes, Virginia, the $200 HP Stream laptop is real. And so is the $100 HP Stream tablet, which is arguably even more impressive. Both are shipping in time for the holidays, and both will be accompanied by bigger and slightly more expensive alternatives.
New MSN Goes Live on Windows, Windows Phone and Web 18
Just weeks after announcing that it would be overhauling MSN on the web and rebranding its Windows and Windows Phone Bing apps as MSN apps, Microsoft is going live with the changes. So the new version of the MSN web portal has dropped the preview label and those with Windows 8.1/RT and Windows Phone 8.1 have some apps to update.
Live from San Francisco: It's the Future of Windows 24
The original tagline of this site—it's the future of Windows ... today!—will be truer than ever tomorrow when Microsoft holds its eagerly-awaited one-hour briefing about coming enterprise features in the next Windows and elsewhere. I'm in San Francisco now and will be covering tomorrow's event live. Here's how to follow along.
Xbox One Launches in China
It happened a week later than originally planned, but Microsoft has launched the Xbox One in China, ending a 14-year ban on video game consoles in that country. As important for Microsoft, perhaps, Xbox One also beat Sony's rival PlayStation 4 to China, the world's largest market for video games.
Adobe Tests Streaming Photoshop to Chromebook 12
Adobe today announced that it has begun porting Photoshop to Chrome OS-based Chromebooks, further eroding the advantage of Windows-based PCs over this newer type of laptop. The initial Photoshop version for Chromebook will be streaming-only and available on a very limited basis , but Adobe is promising to improve things and port other Creative Cloud solutions to Chromebook too.
Microsoft to Finally Open a Store in New York City 11
It took almost five years, but Microsoft will finally open a retail store in the largest city in the United States. Microsoft's first store in New York City won't be just any retail location, either: It will also take on an "iconic" nearby Apple Store.
Tech Plurality: Gmail + iPhone 13
Last week, I wrote an editorial for Windows IT Pro in which I discussion a hope—a dream, really—for a future of tech pluralism, where one could effortlessly mix and match digital ecosystems on any variety of devices. Today, this is somewhat possible depending on which mix of services and devices you prefer, but there are stumbling blocks too. And here's a great example: The very common scenario where one might wish to use Gmail with an iPhone or other iOS device.
Microsoft Consumer Services: Xbox Music 36
A few weeks back, I started an examination of Microsoft's consumer services, which I believe to be overlooked or misunderstood by many users. Microsoft no longer pushes a Windows-first/Windows-only strategy, and with "mobile first, cloud first" it is instead trying to ensure that its services provide a first class experience on all mobile platforms. And Xbox Music is a key example of a Microsoft consumer service that outclasses the competition, is available everywhere, and is yet ignored by, or unknown to, many.
Microsoft's Master Plan for Winning Back Market Share
While Microsoft is busy pushing a "mobile first, cloud first" strategy that will see its mobile apps and services appear on popular rival computing platforms, the firm is still pushing ahead with Windows on PCs, tablets and phones. And while technology enthusiasts are frothing at the bit thanks to an event this week dedicated to the next Windows version, we don't need to look to the future to see how Microsoft plans to compete. Indeed, its Windows strategy has almost nothing to do with Windows at all.