Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.