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Office on Surface Pro suggests a shift in Microsoft's sales strategy

Microsoft announced Wednesday that the Surface Pro tablets it will start selling in Japan on June 7 will come with a fully-functional copy of Office, a bundle one analyst said hints at a change in Microsoft's sales strategy for its homegrown hardware.

BYOD, for Buy-your-own-device policies, dampens corporate PC purchases

Companies' bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are affecting how many traditional PCs enterprises purchase and contributing to a global sales slump, IDC analysts said.

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Google trumpets small speed boost to Chrome 27

Google upgrades Chrome to version 27, touting it as 5% faster as it patched 13 vulnerabilities.

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Boutique PC seller laughs all the way to the bank on the back of Windows 7

A boutique system builder has bucked the industry trend of slumping PC sales by continuing to focus on selling Windows 7 machines.

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Windows RT already needs an overhaul, analysts advise

One of Microsoft's top Windows executives said last week that the company is bullish about Windows RT, but analysts remain suspicious of RT's chances unless Microsoft makes changes.

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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday features IE8 zero-day fix

Microsoft will issue ten security updates next week, two of them rated "critical," to patch 34 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day bug that has been used in recent attacks.

Backlash rises against Adobe's subscription-only Creative Suite plan

A petition on Change.org demanding that Adobe back away from its subscription-only model for its creativity software, including PhotoShop, has collected over 4,400 signatures by late Thursday.

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Best case, Mozilla's Firefox for Windows 8 will ship in October

Firefox for Windows 8's "Modern" user interface (UI) will likely wrap up development this fall, Mozilla said on its website in a best case-worst case schedule.

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Estimate: 41 percent of all Windows 8 licenses sold aren't being used

Microsoft this week said that it had sold 100 million licenses of Windows 8 in the operating system's first six months. But how many copies are being used?

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Gates sticks to company line on tablets, knocks iPad

Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates Monday stuck to the company line on tablets, and disparaged rival Apple's iPad for its lack of a keyboard and its inability to run Office.

Microsoft's $2 billion Dell loan comes with strings attached

As part of Microsoft's loan of $2 billion to a group trying to buy PC maker Dell, the two companies must modify the payment terms of Dell's current agreements with Microsoft, a document filed with U.S. regulators said.

Microsoft pledges patch for zero-day bug in Internet Explorer 8

IE8 is the most widely-used of Microsoft's five supported browsers -- IE6 through IE10.

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Expansion of packaged apps to Chrome browser signals Google strategy

Written in HTML5, JavaScript and CSS, packaged apps run in a stripped-down frame minus any of the "chrome" of a browser, such as the address bar, toolbar and menus.

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Retailers share blame for poor Windows 8 sales

Retailers share part of the blame for poor Windows 8 sales and the ensuing decline of PC shipments, analysts contended Friday.

Rare working Apple I computer to hit auction block this month

A German auctioneer will put a working Apple I computer on the block later this month, and expects the handmade computer to fetch between $261,000 and $392,000 at Thursday's exchange rate.

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