Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is a writer for TechCrunch. In the past, he helped grow The Next Web into a leading publication. Alex also worked for midVentures in Chicago, where he attended school, and co-founded Contenture, a startup focused on micropayments and the monetization of digital content.

Alex lives in San Francisco.

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  • Windows 10, Dubstep Edition

    Windows 10, Dubstep Edition

    Now that the market has had time to begin digesting the new bits that Windows 10 will unveil in the middle of next year, it’s important to place the operating system into proper historical context. It is Friday, so crank up your speakers and let’s get crazy: Jokes aside, there is a minor irony that much of what Windows 10 will contain is something of a forward-leaning look… Read More

  • VLC Touches Down For Windows 8.1

    VLC Touches Down For Windows 8.1

    If you are a Windows 8.1 user, the VLC team has a little gift for you this Friday: An app. As Neowin notes, if you have the former edition installed, you will want to yank that one, and then install the new code. Microsoft has struggled to attract top-tier support from developers for is Windows 8.x platform — it has been something of a constant narrative. To see VLC continue to… Read More

  • GoPro Drops Following News That Its Founders Will Move 5.8M Shares To Charitable Group

    GoPro Drops Following News That Its Founders Will Move 5.8M Shares To Charitable Group

    GoPro’s stock is down dramatically today, off more than 6 percent, after it was announced that its founding team will move more than 5.8 million shares to a charitable group. Immediate punditry called the action a way around the normal lock-up period that prevents insiders from selling shares in newly public companies for a set period of time. The rules are in place to prevent… Read More

  • Box Said To Further Delay Its IPO

    Box Said To Further Delay Its IPO

    Box, an enterprise-facing cloud storage and productivity company, is said to be further delaying its initial public offering (IPO). The delay could last until its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends after the first month of the new year. This is viscerally unsurprising given that the company has consistently said that it will go public when it makes sense, and that it closed another round of… Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

    Downloading the Windows 10 technical preview? You won’t be able to use it past two weeks after April Fool’s day next year. That’s jolly, because the consumer-facing preview that will follow the current build will be out long before then. But it’s worth keeping in mind: Microsoft is working towards a mid-year release of Windows 10, so the April date is in within that… Read More

  • You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

    Morning, everyone, have some fun: You can download the Windows 10 technical preview here. The new code is only a partial look at the coming operating system, something which Microsoft told TechCrunch again, and again yesterday. It does start to field a perspective at what Microsoft has in mind for its new platform, however: An environment where touch and more traditional mouse and keyboard… Read More

  • Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along

    Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along

    Earlier today during its event in San Francisco, Microsoft played a video detailing how its coming Windows 10 operating system will handle a fusion of touch, and more traditional mouse-based input. I filmed a bootleg copy, but Microsoft just published a more polished version, so you are in luck. Handling both touch and mouse input is a rough line to walk, given that computing form… Read More

  • Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10

    Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10

    I suck at taking photos, but, here we are. Here’s a bunch more pictures of Windows 10 in action at the Microsoft event that took place earlier in San Francisco today. Also: Featuring me making accidental duck face, and Peter Bright of Ars Technica singing the song of his people. Read More

  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Be Available For Download Today

    At its San Francisco event, Microsoft announced that the technical preview of Windows 10 will touch down tomorrow. Update: you can now sign up for the Windows Insider program and download the preview here. The company’s new operating system is a long-awaited replacement for its beleaguered Windows 8.x platform. That version of Windows saw limited business adoption, and consumer… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Windows 10

    Microsoft Announces Windows 10

    This morning at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10. The name is definitely not in line with expectations, but also comes on the heels of rumor talk that it could pick up another title. Happily, the last 943 people to cover the operating system got the name wrong. I am among them. Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will launch… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Start To Explain The Future Of Windows Tomorrow Morning

    Microsoft Will Start To Explain The Future Of Windows Tomorrow Morning

    Gird thyself, a new Windows approaches. Tomorrow morning in San Francisco, Microsoft will show off some part of its next operating system in a long-awaited event whose existence leaked before it was formally announced. The market is expectant, and the technology and business media will have its eyes trained on what Redmond has on offer. In the past few days, odd rumors have cropped up: Will… Read More

  • Burn!

    Burn!

    When hopes and dreams are loose in the streets, it is well for the timid to lock doors, shutter windows and lie low until the wrath has passed. For there is often a monstrous incongruity between the hopes, however noble and tender, and the action which follows them. It is as if ivied maidens and garlanded youths were to herald the four horsemen of the apocalypse. – Eric Hoffer… Read More

  • Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

    Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

    At some point, speculating about what will become quickly obvious is difficult. Still, on the cusp as we are of the release of the first preview of what may be called Windows 9, it’s reasonable to take a few notes of the latest rumor cycle: Will Windows 9 be free? Current gossip indicates that for Windows 8 and Windows XP users, the new code could be in the case of the former, free, and… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings MSN Back By Shifting Windows Phone’s Bing Apps To A New, Old Moniker

    Microsoft Brings MSN Back By Shifting Windows Phone’s Bing Apps To A New, Old Moniker

    Microsoft, in an effort to bring MSN back to mainstream prominence, is shifting its Bing-labeled Windows Phone and Windows apps under that brand’s aegis. You are forgiven if you forgot that MSN is still a thing, or that a number of Windows Phone and Windows apps that have little to do with search are in fact still branded under the Bing name. MSN may be on this side of risible in the… Read More

  • Ello, Apple's Problems And Startups

    CrunchWeek: Apple Bends, Your Startup Is Doomed, And Felicia’s Big Debut

    Hello from TechCrunch SF HQ, where we just wrapped another episode of CrunchWeek, our weekly pandemic covering the latest in technology news. The inane, the excellent, and the execrable are our usual fare. Ello exploded from zero to one, Apple managed to bend, and break, and the burn rate of many startups was judged as less than winsome. This week Kyle Russell and myself were joined by a… Read More

  • Microsoft Discloses New Data On Government Requests For User Information

    Microsoft Discloses New Data On Government Requests For User Information

    Microsoft today disclosed data concerning global government request for its users’ data, and information about their accounts in the first half of 2014. The total number of requests, and the number of accounts impacted were similar to the six month period that concluded 2013. In total, between January and June of this year, 34,494 requests were sent to Microsoft, impacting 58,562 accounts. Read More

  • WTF
    Ballmer To Purge His Sportsball Team Of Those Evil Apple Things

    Ballmer To Purge His Sportsball Team Of Those Evil Apple Things

    Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, and new owner of some sort of sports team, is still pretty serious about hardware. In an interview with Reuters, Ballmer indicated that his team, the one he paid $2 billion for, won’t use Apple tech. Nope. It’s Microsoft all the way down. Read More

  • The Long Fall

    The Long Fall

    Why would the fun stop? Despite the economy of the United States posting anemic growth in the aftermath of the 2007-8 economic crisis, its stock markets are trading near record highs in some cases, and local maximums in others. Money is cheap, companies are flush with cash, job growth has somewhat picked up after a host of setbacks, and there are signs here and there of a stiffening… Read More

  • Orange Partners Its Startup Accelerator With Visa, Moët, And LG

    Orange Partners Its Startup Accelerator With Visa, Moët, And LG

    This morning, Orange, a large French telecom, announced that it has secured a number of partner companies to support its fourth startup accelerator batch, forming what it un-ironically and patly calls the Fab Force. The name dings with Microsoft overtones due to Orange calling its accelerator, you guessed it, Orange Fab. Read More

  • Why Is Box Taking So Long To Pull The IPO Trigger?

    Why Is Box Taking So Long To Pull The IPO Trigger?

    On March 24th, Box filed for its long-awaited IPO and went into the dreaded quiet period. It’s been over six months now since Box filed its S-1 form, signaling it would look for $250 million in its public offering. Prior to the announcement, Box was one of the hottest startups in technology, but after months of delay, with its IPO still sitting on the table, it is fair to wonder what… Read More

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