Even as he heads to the door, Ballmer is changing how Microsoft will run for years to come.
Stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Is Windows 8.1 better than Windows 8? Yes. Is it any good? No.
This is as good a time as any to wish the Web a happy birthday. It's been a bit more than 20 years since I first wrote about what I then referred to as the "World-Wide Web." I might want to pat myself on the back for jumping on that subject pretty early, but I did spend a good chunk of that article touting something called WAIS before I ever got around to what I also styled as "the WEB."
TPM has always sounded like a good idea. But the problem with 'trusted computing' has alwasy been knowing how trustworthy it is.
Search in Windows 8.1, now in preview, will use Bing to deliver targeted ads, even when you're just searching local drives.
Some people are deeply upset about the latest incursions into our privacy. But as a society, we don't seem to care all that much.
Some people are having fits about Google Glass. True, it will change how we think about privacy in public places, but such rethinking started years ago.
Get this: The CIA sees the Cloud as being more secure than conventional IT.
Not every job is suitable for telecommuting. But for those that are, there are multiple benefits.
Microsoft needs to make up its mind whether it wants to stay a software company or if it's really serious about being a hardware power as well.
We're heading to a new era of platform lock-in that extends to vendors' Internet services.
The problem is that far too many people have forgotten User Interface 101: Make it easy.
Too many of us of a 'certain age' are facing an IT work environment that is hostile to older workers.
Intel, as in Wintel, says Windows 8 won't be ready when it ships. But since when did anyone believe Windows 8 would ever be ready to ship?
Pretty much every tech company -- Apple, Microsoft, Google and more -- wants your data and your programs under their control and running on their machines, not yours.