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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you

Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who should really worry about Apple/IBM? Microsoft

Sure, the enterprise push by Apple and IBM should worry the Android camp, and business writers should make sure they have an up-to-date obituary ready for BlackBerry. But Microsoft is the company with the most to lose.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Does HP have a development pipeline or a pipe dream?

HP claims that its light-based, next-generation Machine will do everything except scrub the kitchen sink. But given HP's recent innovation track record, why should we believe any of it?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Give us the Windows 8 Start menu and no one will get hurt

It's looking like Microsoft won't be bringing back the Start menu until 2015. Way to put the customer first, Microsoft!

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 8.1 Update 1, now with less annoyance

After trying Update 1 for the last few weeks, the best I can say for it is that it sucks less.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Here comes the black market for XP patches

For most people, XP patches will be unobtainable through legitimate channels. Sounds like a market to me.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: What's the best smartphone? That's the wrong question.

There is no one 'best.' All we can really do is determine the best smartphone for you.

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.

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.