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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Office for iPad: Big deal, or big yawn?

Flop or not? Users will soon decide whether Office for the iPad is the greatest thing since Flappy Birds or the next Microsoft Kin. What's a Kin, you ask? Exactly.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you.

OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!

More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: You can keep using XP for another year, but do you really want to?

While clinging to the 11-year-old OS after Microsoft issues its last security patch in April is defensible, the security risks are going to keep mounting.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro

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.

Steven J. Vaughan Nichols: Windows 9 in 2015: Desperation isn't pretty

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?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Lessons for IT from Windows 8/Metro

What went wrong? The answer could keep your IT team from a similar design fiasco.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: The Windows killer: Chromebook

Could the Chromebook knock out Windows on the desktop? Don't bet against it.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Amazon Drone: Stunt or service?

Is Amazon's 60 Minutes revelation serious, or just a publicity ploy?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Microsoft after Ballmer: Can this company be saved?

Even as he heads to the door, Ballmer is changing how Microsoft will run for years to come.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: From Microsoft, more Windows fail

Is Windows 8.1 better than Windows 8? Yes. Is it any good? No.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: The Web at 20: What's in store over the next two decades?

The younger you are, the harder it is for you to imagine what life would be like without the Web. And in 20 more years, very few of us will be able to live without it.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Does Windows 8 help the government to spy on us?

TPM has always sounded like a good idea. But the problem with 'trusted computing' has alwasy been knowing how trustworthy it is.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Microsoft Bing-bang-bungles local search

Search in Windows 8.1, now in preview, will use Bing to deliver targeted ads, even when you're just searching local drives.

All about Prism, Internet privacy and -- wait! -- squirrel!

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.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Google Glass will be a big deal, so deal with it

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.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: The CIA and the cloud

Get this: The CIA sees the cloud as being more secure than conventional IT.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: You want me in the office? How 20th century of you.

Not every job is suitable for telecommuting. But for those that are, there are multiple benefits.

To Surface or not to Surface

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.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Vendors just can't stop trying to lock us all in

We're heading to a new era of platform lock-in that extends to vendors' Internet services.

Author Bio

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge, PC operating system; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and we liked it.