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!

Ready or not, we’re on our way to the Windows Virtual Desktop

Ready or not, we’re on our way to the Windows Virtual Desktop

The pandemic has given the latest version of Microsoft’s desktop-as-a-service offering unstoppable momentum.

Technology winners and losers in the days of COVID-19

Technology winners and losers in the days of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic is revealing just where our technology is up to the challenge and where it's failing.

The coronavirus is revealing our technology blunders

The coronavirus is revealing our technology blunders

From Zoom’s endless security holes to the revelation that Cobol is still alive and sickly inside our critical government infrastructure, we’re discovering to our chagrin that a lot of our technology is far from disaster-proof.

Don’t let the coronavirus make you a home office security risk

Don’t let the coronavirus make you a home office security risk

Congratulations. You're now the chief security officer of your company’s newest branch office: Your home. Here's how to manage your new job.

How to survive and thrive while working from home

How to survive and thrive while working from home

Quarantine means more people are working from home. If that’s new to you, just follow these tips, and you should do OK. Heck, you may even find that you like it.

Come on, Microsoft! Is it really that hard to update Windows 10 right?

Come on, Microsoft! Is it really that hard to update Windows 10 right?

February Windows 10 patches were a mess. Is Microsoft ever going to get its Win10 patches act together?

Dump Windows 7 already! Jeez!

Dump Windows 7 already! Jeez!

Yes, some third parties are still supporting Windows 7, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the status quo, no matter how tempting that may be.

Saying goodbye to Windows 7 isn’t easy, but you must

Saying goodbye to Windows 7 isn’t easy, but you must

One in five Windows users is still using Windows 7. That’s one too many. It’s time to move on.

 Desktop 2025

Desktop 2025

The desktop is undergoing change, but what will it look like in five years? Here’s what I see in my somewhat cracked crystal ball.

Sorry, Apple: For the education market, Chromebook is the clear winner

Sorry, Apple: For the education market, Chromebook is the clear winner

Apple started this fight with some old-school smack talk, but it only highlighted how it’s clinging to the old PC-centric model.

With Windows Virtual Desktop, the bad old days are coming back

With Windows Virtual Desktop, the bad old days are coming back

The PC — and yes, Microsoft — set us free. Now Microsoft is taking control.

Call me crazy, but Windows 11 could run on Linux

Call me crazy, but Windows 11 could run on Linux

Desktop Windows has had so many problems, desperate measures may be needed.

Leaving Windows 7? Here are some non-Windows options.

Leaving Windows 7? Here are some non-Windows options.

If you’re not feeling too comfortable about Windows 10 as Windows 7 comes to the end of its days, there are alternatives.

WTF, Microsoft?

WTF, Microsoft?

For months Microsoft hid the fact that its Registry backup feature no longer worked, while Windows 10 kept reporting that it was completing successfully. What were you thinking, guys?

Goodbye, tablets

Goodbye, tablets

Another form factor is about to bite the dust.

Suffering through Windows Update

Suffering through Windows Update

Why should I have to worry about whether it’s safe to update my Windows PCs?

The end of the desktop?

The end of the desktop?

Microsoft is introducing the Windows Virtual Desktop, and ushering in the end of the traditional PC desktop operating system.

Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft)

Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft)

Office 2019 has been out just a few months, so naturally Microsoft has a big marketing push urging you to … NOT buy it?

5G or faux G?

5G or faux G?

Forget all those stories of 20 Gbps speeds and 1 millisecond latency. 5G will never deliver performance like that — and anyway its time is still years away for most of us most of the time.

Microsoft tries to take on the Chromebook once more

Microsoft tries to take on the Chromebook once more

Will the third time be the charm, or will Windows Lite join Windows 10 S and Windows RT as failed Windows variations?

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