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Archived Since:February 3, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Can Dropbox and Box survive as independent services?

As the big platform owners turn cloud storage into just another feature, how do the independent services survive? History isn't comforting for the owners of those companies.

Surface Pro 3 buyers to get firmware update on Day 1

Microsoft today released a Surface Pro 3 firmware update, available through Windows Update. The fixes, which will be installed automatically on new devices, are intended to resolve power and reliability problems seen in review devic...

The Ultimate Surface Pro 3 Reviews Roundup

In the month since its launch, these 12 reviewers from top tech sites reviewed the Surface Pro 3. One called it "the best everything device ever made." Another called it "the greatest laptop-tablet hybrid you don't need." Here's your executive summary of an amazingly wide range of opinions.

How Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 marketing push backfired

Can the Surface Pro 3 replace your Windows laptop? Probably. Can it replace a MacBook Air for a professional writer whose workflow is built around that device? Probably not. Unfortunately, Microsoft's key messages at last month's launch event encouraged reviewers to try exactly that, with predictable results.

Six clicks: OneNote tricks to make you an instant expert

Microsoft's OneNote is a completely cross-platform app now, which means it can go you with anywhere. In this gallery, I present six of my favorite OneNote productivity secrets to help you get your personal and work projects organize...

Microsoft slips sync changes into OneDrive on Windows 8.1

One tiny update included in a larger rollup package delivered to Windows 8.1 users today includes some small but welcome changes to the OneDrive sync client. Here's what's inside.

What OS X Yosemite says about the future of the PC

If a lot of what Apple announced today at WWDC seems familiar, that shouldn't be a surprise. Increasingly, the owners of big computing platforms are building features designed for a multi-device world. And in that world, PCs and Macs are no longer at the top of the food chain.

Surface Pro 3: A brilliant, quirky, nearly flawless laptop replacement

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a gorgeous piece of hardware, hugely improved from its predecessors. It's not for everyone, but is it right for you?

Which CPUs will you find in the Surface Pro 3?

The official spec sheet for the Surface Pro 3 is short on details about the exact components found inside. I've uncovered details about the exact i3, i5, and i7 CPUs used in the new devices, as well as their support for multiple monitors.

You’ve got Surface Pro 3 questions, I’ve got answers

Microsoft's latest entry in the Surface family is part tablet, part laptop, and it's significantly different from its predecessors. Here are some more details in response to reader questions.

Surface Pro 3: thinner, lighter, more flexible

Microsoft's latest entry in the Surface Pro line is billed as a tablet that can replace your desktop. On paper, it's a better deal than Apple's MacBook Air. WIll you buy it?

For Microsoft Surface, will third time be a charm?

In New York City this week, Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella will host a press event for the company's Surface line. There's plenty of speculation about products, but the real challenge lies on the business side. Can new management turn Surface into a smooth-running machine?

Six clicks: Microsoft OneDrive tricks that make it easy

Microsoft's free cloud storage isn't just for Office files. You can use its rich set of features to share files, photos, and documents. Here are six tricks to help you get more out of OneDrive.

Apple and the cloud: A magnificent missed opportunity

More than three years ago, in his last year as Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs laid out a vision for Apple to move aggressively into cloud services. What went wrong?

Patent wars end with a whimper as Apple-Samsung fizzles

Apple's latest courtroom drama fizzled, with the company winning a verdict against Samsung that didn't even come close to paying its legal bills. Is it time for Apple to end its proxy war against Google's Android?

As Asia-Pacific markets take over, the tech landscape is about to shift

If you think you understand how technology markets work, prepare to adjust your thinking. Western markets, which have dominated for the past decade, are slowing. The biggest growth is in the East, where the rules are completely different.

As iPad sales slow, hybrid PCs begin to find a foothold

The line between tablet and PC used to be well defined. Increasingly, though, that distinction is being blurred as tablets become capable of more powerful business tasks and as PCs become more mobile. And then there's the fastest-growing category of all.

Eight business-class alternatives to Dropbox

Dropbox has become one of the world's most popular cloud storage services by focusing on consumers. But businesses have different needs, and a recent controversial move by the company offers an opportunity to take a fresh look at alternative services that might be more suitable for your business.

Microsoft ends support for custom domains in free email service

For years, one of the best bargains in tech was Microsoft's free Custom Domains service, which allowed anyone to assign a custom domain to free Hotmail and Outlook.com accounts. Effective today, Microsoft has begun "winding down" the service.

How we got from Windows XP to Windows 8.1

This week Windows XP ended an amazing run of more than 12 years, but its influence lives on. Here's a brief of history of Windows in the 21st Century.

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