Understanding the convoluted Windows path: How did it get so screwed up?

Windows XP is now officially obsolete. The OS is a malware magnet, yet Microsoft dropped support for it this month. A lot of folks are, or shortly will be, screwed.

GDC: Gaming is back with a vengeance!

There are quite a few of us who once thought the GDC (Game Developer’s Conference) was becoming a joke, as the event seemed to be smaller and even less relevant in recent years. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case this year when GDC basically took over all three of San Francisco’s Moscone Center buildings. The result felt more like CES and the GDC of years ago than ever before.   

Titanfall About to Explode

There’s certain video game titles that you know are going to be blockbusters when they’re finally unleashed on the world. Another Halo game? Natch. Call of Duty? Ditto. But what about Titanfall?

Microsoft picks insider as Super Admin for company

Satya Nadella, a 22 year veteran of the company, was picked as the CEO to replace Steve Ballmer. Nadella runs the cloud and enterprise software and services side of Microsoft's business. Could this signal the jettisoning of Bing and Xbox?

Why image is everything: Steve Ballmer isn’t the problem at Microsoft

Microsoft recently reported very strong earnings, beating the street on the top and bottom lines (revenue and profit) with strong performance with both consumer (Xbox) and Corporate products. 

Sales data shows Xbox One beat PS4 in US December 2013 sales

The overall worldwide tally may still favor Sony, but Microsoft can take solace that on home territory it held the competition at bay.

The Intel CES Slide: Suck it, Windows!

Fashion bag maker Intel has been slowly backing away from its old chum Microsoft allowing the forces of darkness to pick it off -- now it seems to have gone into actual back stabbing mode.

Microsoft almost ditched discs for the Xbox One



Microsoft almost gave discs and optical drives the heave-ho in the final month leading up to the Xbox One’s launch.

The Problem and Promise of PC+

This year's CES in Las Vegas should see hybrid Android and Windows devices which may be designed to give Microsoft a warning that changes need to be made. But, is this the right way to get Microsoft to wake up to the realities of the post-PC era?

Microsoft and Intel have horrible annuses

"Your shadow at morning striding behind you      Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;      I will show you fear in a handful of dust." TS Eliot, The Wasteland  

Does Microsoft fear Google's Chromebooks or the people who buy them?

Microsoft never liked Larry Ellison's network computers. Clinging to that orthodoxy risks another mis-step.

10 insensitive comments about Microsoft exec being appointed healthcare.gov fixer

They had to see it coming. I mean, you put a guy from a company that is recognized as the world leader in the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and you pair him with a site that is supposed to provide healthcare for the masses. Like shooting fish in a barrel. Then, refusing to give said fish emergency care.

4chan Xbox One hack bogus and destructive

A hack for the Xbox One, which claims to make Xbox 360 games playable on the new system, is a prank which breaks the console.

Headline: $99 Dell Venue 8 Pro. Truth: more like $199.

The great thing about Internet content is that it is superficial and if you dig deeper you'll find that it ain't what you think it is. Unless it is pictures of cute cats. No one gets that wrong. So, beware all those headlines about bargain Windows tablets.

Microsoft CEO choice is down to two very different candidates

Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford, and Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft's Server and Tools business, are the last men standing according to sources. They couldn't be any different. Although rumor has it that Mulally could be brought on to groom his successor, who could be Nadella.

Picking a Tablet: There Really Is a Reason for the Choice

As we ramp up to Black Friday this year, I’m up to my armpits in new tablets, so much so that I’m convinced some must be having unprotected sex and making tablet babies. Of course, each tablet has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.  

John Carmack leaves iD, and PC gaming withers some more

You've got to go back to the 90s to truly appreciate how influential Carmack was and how he single handedly drove Microsoft to the Xbox. 

Senate waters down Patent Reform to appease trolls

US senators once again proved themselves sock-puppets for big US corporate interests by watering down a bill designed to protect innovators from patent trolls.

Cisco, Microsoft and IBM paying a price in China for NSA shenanigans

It appears that Cisco Microsoft and IBM are paying the price for the US government's addiction to spying on the Internet.

Did Microsoft make an Excel mistake on its own ad?

AppleInsider caused a titter amongst Apple fanboys when it pointed out that Microsoft appears to have made a calculation error in a billboard advert.