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.


Games with Gold: August 2014 1
Coming over the next month, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be getting more great free games through the Games with Gold promotion. And this month, both Xbox One and Xbox 360 users will each have two games to choose from over the course of August.
Microsoft Issues Major Update to Office for iPad 5
The Office for iPad apps—Word, Excel and PowerPoint Mobile—received major updates today, so fire up your iDevice and get updated. Key updates include export to PDF, new picture editing tools, support for third-party fonts, Presenter view in PowerPoint and PivotTable improvements for Excel.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1: Internet Explorer 19
Microsoft this week is detailing "hundreds" of changes that it is making to Internet Explorer Mobile in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, changes that should make IE work similarly to other mobile browsers. I think it's fair to say that IE remains one of the less well-developed aspects of Windows Phone, so this is welcome news.
Windows Weekly 373: Sausage Fest 1
With Mary Jo away judging Microsoft's Imagine Cup, Leo Laporte and I discuss Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, an absolute ton of Windows Phone news, Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8.1, Xbox One in China and other Xbox news,and Steve Ballmer's pending purchase of the LA "Clippies." It's all there in the latest episode of Windows Weekly.
EU Reportedly Seeking Major Android Curbs
After a four year investigation, European Union regulators are poised to demand sweeping changes to the way Google licenses the Android mobile OS to device makers. That's according to a report in Reuters, which says the European Commission will likely charge Google with abusing its monopoly power in mobile devices by forcing companies to bundle its apps and services.
Surface Pro 3 Docking Station: First Impressions 17
The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station provides ample expansion and can turn Microsoft's latest tablet into a real desktop PC. But there are some important differences between this device and its Surface Pro 2-based predecessor. And from what I can tell up front, they're mostly positive.
Surface Pro 3 Docking Station: Unboxing Photos 18
I will post some proper first impressions tomorrow, but I know you want to see it. So here's the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, which will be arriving publicly starting on August 15.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 vs. Dell Venue 11 Pro 15
Well, it's fair to say that the market for Windows tablets has come full circle. After consumers ignored the initial round of full-sized Windows tablets in 2012, Microsoft and its PC maker partners turned to mini-tablets, and we spent much of last year examining those devices. But now in 2014, the market has swung again, and consumers are looking for full-sized tablets. And if you're looking for a Windows device, you've got two terrific choices, the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 and the Dell Venue 11 Pro.
What The Tech 220: Retrospective Articles
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss how Paul creates SuperSite articles, Chromecast after one year, why people buy multiple devices that do the same thing, why people complain about Microsoft so much but give Apple and Google a pass, and how app availability breaks down across Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Xbox One Heading to China on September 23
When it comes to China, Microsoft is being forced to take the bad with the good. So while the firm is currently being investigated there for alleged antitrust violations, it was also able to secure a launch date for Xbox One in that country. Microsoft's latest video game console will launch in China on September 23.
China Confirms It Is Investigating Microsoft for Antitrust Violations
China's antimonopoly enforcement agency confirmed on Wednesday that it is investigating Microsoft "on suspicions of monopolistic behavior." Previous reports noted that China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce visited several Microsoft offices on Monday and interviewed employees, but we now know that the agency also seized PCs, hard drives and documentation.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Preview 52
Well, now it's official: Microsoft has confirmed that it will soon rollout the first major update to Windows Phone 8.1, which is amazing given that that version of the OS is just now making its way to users' handsets around the world. As it does with the first update to Windows 8.1, Microsoft is referring to this thing as Windows Phone 8.1 Update (no "1"), but I'll continue to refer to it by its real name: Update 1.
Xbox Video for Windows Updated to Match Xbox Music Design 11
If you use Xbox Video for some reason—and, seriously, I don't recommend it aside from rented movies—you'll be happy to see today's major UI update: The app now looks and works like the Xbox Music app instead of the old-fashioned panorama it previously sported. Now if we could just get the Xbox Games app updated.
A Windows Phone for the Enterprise?
Among the early knocks against Windows Phone was a sadly valid complaint: It simply wasn't suitable for many enterprises due to a lack of mobile device management policies, apps, and other deficiencies. But as we enter the second half of 2014, that's all changing. Maybe it's time to reconsider Windows Phone.
OneNote Updated for iOS, Mac 7
Microsoft announced major updates to its OneNote app for both iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Mac today. The updates allow users of OneNote for iOS and Mac to insert documents, PDFs, and audio/video files into notes, open, access, lock or unlock password protected sections, annotate over PDF printouts and more, Microsoft says.