Category Archives: Windows

Windows and Microsoft news

Bug in Windows 8 Display Scaling UI

Veteran game designer Raph Koster wrote an epic post about his experience with a new Windows 8 tablet. His first sentence says it all: “Oh boy, are there teething pains.” You should certainly read the whole thing if you’re thinking about buying such a device. Raph’s is a Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T which […]

Microsoft Office as a Service

While Windows 8 and Surface were holding everyone’s attention, Microsoft began radically changing its Office business model. Office 2013 retail editions no longer ship with physical media and are permanently locked to the first computer they are activated on, just like OEM editions. (edit: Transfer rights were grudgingly restored after user protests.) There are no […]

Windows 8, the Desktop Smartphone

Should you have made the mistake of installing Windows 8, this is what you’ll see: Look, a gigantic smartphone on my desk! The new Start screen, full of colorful blinking tiles, informs you that the weather in London is “mostly cloudy” and that “aging Yankees face lots of questions.” Microsoft faces lots of questions, too, […]

Windows Crapware Flourishes

Last week, TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha reported that a company called InstallMonetizer had attracted considerable funding from Y-Combinator and others: The company says that it now works with more than 9,000 publishers. It’s profitable, and the number of installations that it’s driving doubles every two or three months. It has also attracted high-profile investors, raising $500,000 […]

Surface Pro Approaches

Microsoft’s Surface Pro is expected by the end of January, and Mary Branscombe has just posted her first impressions from CES 2013. This is not a full review and Branscombe is a noted Microsoft fangirl, so unsurprisingly she loves every single thing about the device. Still, there’s some interesting tidbits to chew on until we […]

Disabling the Java Browser Plugin

Oracle keeps shipping a web browser plugin with its Java Runtime Environment (JRE), even though it’s a notoriously useless malware magnet (see below). Most legitimate Java client applications found on the Internet today are intended for offline installation. These often come bundled with a private JRE, and always completely ignore the browser plugin. So the […]

“Blue” iOSsifies Windows

Back in August, Mary Jo Foley had reported on Windows “Blue”, a code name that was assumed to stand for an interim update to Windows 8. No other details were known, so I thought “Blue” would be some kind of service pack and forgot about the news. Now Tom Warren claims that unnamed sources have […]

More Windows 8 Drama

Steven Sinofsky’s untimely departure rather takes the fun out of trolling Microsoft, but I still wanted to do another round-up post with various Windows 8 hilarity that had accumulated in recent weeks. Let’s start with Ian Smith’s “Week with Windows 8” project. Three tangentially related rants cover the Stockholm Syndrome among Microsoft developers, the inexplicable […]

Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft

Well, that came as a surprise. Not so much the fact that Steven Sinofsky unceremoniously leaves the company where he was considered crown prince – he had made plenty of enemies with his personality and leadership style, and Microsoft sources claim that his divisive attitude was indeed the sole reason for his leaving. But one […]

In Soviet Microsoft, Sinofsky Plans You

If nothing else, Steven Sinofsky’s remaking of Windows has provided us with barrels of entertainment. Jay Greene’s thorough profile of the man and his mission describes how Sinofsky quickly rose through the ranks, earning his reputation by shipping Office on time and eventually repairing the Vista disaster. Along the way he restructured Microsoft’s work environment, […]