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!


When online suites go down, we need options not on the cloud

When online suites go down, we need options not on the cloud

In the last week or so, Microsoft and Google briefly saw their online office suites go down. Before we get too reliant on the cloud for ordinary desktop work, maybe we should rethink what we're doing and consider a safety-belt...

Too many desktop eggs in one cloud basket?

Too many desktop eggs in one cloud basket?

The future of the desktop may be on the cloud, but that doesn't mean it's a great idea.

Email is for yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Email is for yesterday, today, and tomorrow

You can yak all the time on Slack, Teams, or Google Chat — or get real work done with email.

Forget macOS — it's Chrome OS vs. Windows for desktop domination

Forget macOS — it's Chrome OS vs. Windows for desktop domination

As we move to cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see Chrome OS, the original DaaS, moving past macOS as the No. 2 desktop.

Back to the future: Microsoft moves to push Windows 10 users to the cloud

Back to the future: Microsoft moves to push Windows 10 users to the cloud

Like the idea of Desktop-as-a-Service rather than trying to manage thousands of users desktops at home? Microsoft has some advice for you.

AWS chief Andy Jassy gets top job at Amazon as CEO Bezos steps down

AWS chief Andy Jassy gets top job at Amazon as CEO Bezos steps down

The surprise announcement that Jeff Bezos will leave later this year and hand over the reins to AWS leader Andy Jassy marks a remarkable rise for Jassy. He began as a marketing manager in 1997 and started AWS in 2003.

In a SaaS world, Tucows closes the Internet shareware barn doors

In a SaaS world, Tucows closes the Internet shareware barn doors

The end of the long-time software-sharing repository underlines that personal computing isn't what it used to be, as we keep moving apps (and desktops) to the cloud.

Not another Windows interface!

Not another Windows interface!

It appears Microsoft wants to give the Windows interface a major overhaul in late 2021. No, for the love of God, no!

Fast, faster, fastest: a history of supercomputers from the CDC 6600 to Fugaku

Fast, faster, fastest: a history of supercomputers from the CDC 6600 to Fugaku

How fast is fast? Taking a trip with supercomputers from 1964 until today.

Apple takes the Mac to the cloud

Apple takes the Mac to the cloud

Though I’ve long thought that tomorrow's desktop will be cloud-based, even I didn't expect the next desktop-as-a-service would be macOS running on the AWS cloud.

Mass-market Windows on the cloud will be here in the spring

Mass-market Windows on the cloud will be here in the spring

Here comes Windows as a Desktop-as-a-Service: Microsoft Cloud PC.

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