Stories by Brad Chacos

  • The Surface shines while Windows tablets wobble

    The Surface tablet may not be crushing the competition with the vigor that Microsoft undoubtedly hoped it would. However, as compared to its third-party Windows tablet brethren, Surface is absolutely killing it--though Windows tablets still have a long road to travel before they're considered anything close to a success.

  • 6 killer Mac features we'd love to see in Windows PCs

    Even if the grass isn't greener on the other side of the fence, there's nothing wrong with tossing the occasional glance at your neighbor's fetching petunia patch. What, weak metaphorical analogies aren't your thing? Let's start again then.

  • Why rapid-fire updates are the key to Microsoft's success

    Ask five geeks about Windows 8’s greatest flaw, and you’re bound to get five different answers. Some diss the new Start screen. Some hate the big hole where the Start button used to be. Others rail against the indignity of having to swipe open a Charms bar to print or search for anything. And what’s with those Microsoft Accounts?

  • No Plan B? The fallacies and risks of Microsoft's all-in Windows gambit

    You don't expect to hear shocking news coming out of the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. Sure, the biggest names in technology put in regular appearances at the conference--the CEOs of Apple and Yahoo among them, this year--but no one ever says anything close to controversial. You don't want to rile the investors, after all.

  • Why Office 365 and Office 2013 may not be right for you

    The next generation of Office is here, and while it's not necessarily an essential upgrade for Office 2010 users, it's easily the best Office suite to date. Editing complicated financial spreadsheets has never been so semi-seamless!

  • Windows 8 app releases grind to a near-complete halt

    When it comes to mobile platforms, it's all about the apps. Got apps? Then you've got users. If you don't, then you don't - just ask BlackBerry about its failed Playbook, and both Palm and HP about the disaster that was WebOS. Overall app quality means more than numbers alone, of course, but if you don't have many apps populating a storefront, the odds are pretty low that new entries will knock your socks off.

  • What's with all the Chromebooks?

    Chromebooks should be dead. Netbooks - the Chromebook's shameful forefathers, made from the same plastic parts and budget internals - have shuffled into the sunset, and Chromebooks suffer from similar, shockingly severe limitations. Even calling the Chrome OS an "OS" is a bit too kind, as it's virtually crippled without an Internet connection.

  • Windows Store finally breaks 40,000 app milestone

    Microsoft's Windows 8 app selection may still be of somewhat dubious quality overall, but Microsoft deserves a pat on the back for making strides on the quantity front. The Windows Store has finally cracked the 40,000 app milestone, according to the unofficial count at MetroStore Scanner.

  • Why Windows RT is hurtling toward disaster

    Ah, Vegas. It's the place where dreams are realized, and hearts are shattered. As such, probably no more appropriate venue exists to showcase the massive gamble that is Windows RT, Microsoft's first tablet-focused operating system, and the first Windows version created expressly for ARM processors.