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.


Windows Phone 8.1 Tip: Manage the Navigation Bar, Part 2 3
I bet you didn't think there was much more to say on this topic. But with the release of the HTC One M8 for Windows, we see a new Windows Phone 8.1 behavior that wasn't available previous: As it turns out, that new navigation bar, with its software-based Back, Start and Search buttons works differently depending on the type of display used. Let's take a look.
China Gives Microsoft 20 Days to Respond to Antitrust Inquiry
While China's antitrust complaint against Microsoft may in some ways resemble decade-old charges in the US and Europe, it is different in one major way: speed. Just a month after confirming that it was investigating the software giant for antitrust violations in that country, China has given Microsoft 20 days to formally respond to the complaint.
Windows Phone Device Stats: August 2014 16
AdDuplex is back, this time with a look at Windows Phone device usage share for August 2014. This month, there are no major changes, but popular new devices like the Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 are moving up in the ranks. And here in the US, low-end devices rule, and we have a wide range of choice between wireless carriers.
Consumer Apps and Services: Microsoft's Often-Overlooked Crown Jewels 23
While Microsoft's business offerings have long dominated the conversation around the software giant, I'm increasingly excited by the firm's growing set of integrated consumer services that work via apps on all popular mobile device platforms. It is here, I think, that Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mantra is most clearly seen, because the services that impact end users directly are those that make the most sense on mobile devices.
Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails to US Government
Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas-held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process. The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5.
Xbox One Media Player Preview 15
Xbox One fans upset that Microsoft's new console debuted without any way to play media files from a USB drive or over their home networks will want to install the latest system update. This update includes a beta version of a new Media Player app, currently in beta, that promises to solve this problem. And it does so, sort of.
Today Only: Get a Thin and Light Windows Laptop for Just $200 20
After waffling recently over whether to jump in with an inexpensive Windows laptop now or wait for a new generation of devices that will ship this holiday period, Microsoft made me an offer I couldn't refuse: Today only, you can snag a decent looking Windows laptop from the Microsoft Store for just $200. So I did. And maybe you should as well.
What The Tech 224: The Windows Perception Problem 2
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss travel fatigue, the coming preview for Windows 9, Dropbox's attempt to compete with Google Drive and OneDrive, and Amazon buying Twitch.
Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker MD-12 10
Back in April, Nokia showed off the Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker, an affordable accessory that comes in this year's Lumia colors, white, yellow, orange and green. It's shipping now, so I grabbed one from the Microsoft Store. And if you travel with your Lumia and want something to pump up the volume, this is a neat little option.
Xbox Video Updated for Windows Phone 8/8.1, Windows 8.1 2
Microsoft updated its Xbox Video apps for Windows Phone 8/8.1 and Windows 8.1 last night. The Windows Phone version gets a variety of small bug fixes, but on Windows, we see slightly more substantive changes related to TV show episodes, video downloading and more.
Short Takes: August 29, 2014
An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including a belated Microsoft crackdown on bogus and scam apps, a re-released Windows Update still requires you to work it, Satya is going to China, Apple set to invent NFC and revolutionize something, Nokia brings HERE to Android and Samsung, Google is testing drones outside the United States, and more.
Games with Gold: September 2014 3
Can you believe it's (almost) September already? Well, it is. And that means more free games for you Xbox Live subscribers out there. This month, you can pick up "Super Time Force" for Xbox One and "Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine" and "Halo: Reach"—yes, "Halo: Reach"—for free.
Windows Weekly 377: The Fruitcake Phone 12
In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss the latest Threshold rumors, some new Azure features, a Surface Pro 3 overheating issue, lots of Windows Phone news, and China's plans to replace Windows and Android with its own OS.
OneDrive for Android Updated with Support for OneDrive for Business 2
In an interesting peek at how Microsoft will evolve its OneDrive and OneDrive for Business offerings on other mobile platforms going forward, the firm today issued a new version of OneDrive for Android. And this version of the app lets you access your content in both OneDrive (for consumers) and OneDrive for Business from just the single app.
Microsoft Updates Xbox Music, Xbox One SmartGlass for Windows Phone 8.1 34
Overnight, Microsoft issued updates to the Xbox Music and Xbox SmartGlass apps for Windows Phone. Xbox Music picks up a Zune-style live tile, while Xbox SmartGlass—also updated for Windows 8.x/RT—has been updated with a ton of features related to the recent Xbox One update.