Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.
Stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Yes, Windows 8's been a failure. It's been worse than Vista. But is the solution really to push out a new operating system in double-quick time?
What went wrong? The answer could keep your IT team from a similar design fiasco.
Could the Chromebook knock out Windows on the desktop? Don't bet against it.
Is Amazon's 60 Minutes revelation serious, or just a publicity ploy?
Even as he heads to the door, Ballmer is changing how Microsoft will run for years to come.
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.