In a Q&A, Julie Larson-Green explains why Microsoft felt it was necessary to rethink an operating system used by 1.2 billion people.
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IT Editor, Software & Hardware
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs.
My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.
Tom Simonite's Stories
The file-syncing company has bought a startup that streams a person's music collection over the Internet.
Siri gets some competition from an app that offers answers to search queries you haven’t even made yet.
A service called Premier acts like a single smart assistant, on call 24 hours a day. It’s actually made from an ever-changing crowd of casual workers.
Devotees of the digital currency are ratcheting up their technology in a race to generate new coins.
Technology that accurately tracks finger motions could revolutionize desktop and mobile computing.
The company wants to improve its mobile search services by automatically delivering information you wouldn’t think to search for online.
By carefully logging students’ every action online, a company called Knewton says, it can personalize questions and lessons to help people learn faster. Skeptics say that’s not proven.
A company already in the business of selling wearable displays will launch its own consumer gadget next year—but the format is still unproven.
Current hard-drive designs are reaching their limit in data storage, but a new manufacturing technique could allow drive capacities to keep expanding.