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Microsoft sends cut-off notices to Office 365 preview users

If you've signed up for an Office 365 subscription preview, your free ride is about to end.

Microsoft: We can update Office-by-subscription every 90 days

Microsoft may upgrade Office 2013 as often as four times a year, the company's top Office executive said this week, a massive change from decades of more measured development.

Windows 8 uptake slows for third straight month

Windows 8's uptake pace slowed in February for the third straight month, Net Applications said today.

Why Microsoft's pushing Office subscriptions

The launch of new and revised Office 365 software-by-subscription plans for businesses shows that Microsoft realizes its current licensing revenue is threatened by cost-cutting customers, an analyst said yesterday.

$15 Windows 8 upgrade ends Feb. 28

Customers who purchased a Windows 7 PC from June 2012 through January 2013 have just two more days to submit their claims for a discounted copy of Windows 8, Microsoft said yesterday.

Microsoft suffers another temporary Surface Pro shortage

The Surface Pro has had an up-down-up-down history, brief as it's been.

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Google patches Chrome browser, bans stealth add-ons

Google yesterday released Chrome 25, patching 22 vulnerabilities and debuting a new security feature that blocks silent installations of add-ons.

Microsoft enlists Dell to push Office 365 on new PCs

Some major computer makers are pushing Office 365 with their new PCs, but others have stuck with a more traditional bundling tactic of including a factory-installed, single-license trial.

Office 2013 pricing loophole discounts suite by as much as $40

Microsoft customers can save between $20 and $40 on a one-PC, perpetual license of Office 2013.

Mozilla debuts in-browser PDF, patches 13 Firefox bugs

Mozilla Tuesday released Firefox 19, adding a built-in PDF viewer to the browser and patching 13 security vulnerabilities.

Microsoft steps up 'Scroogle' campaign against Google with advocacy twist

As Microsoft pushed Outlook.com out of preview mode today, analysts said the company's "Scroogled" attack ads, which fired shots at Google's Gmail two weeks ago, were effective.

Microsoft quietly raises prices of Mac Office by up to 17 percent

Microsoft has quietly raised prices of Office for the Mac as much as 17% and stopped selling multi-license packages of the application suite.

Microsoft reopens 128GB Surface Pro online orders

Microsoft also hinted that supplies would remain tight, and to expect future shortages.

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Office 2013 retail licensing change ties suite to specific PC forever

A retail copy of Office 2013 is permanently tied to the first PC on which it's installed, preventing customers from deleting the suite from one machine they own and installing it on another.

Microsoft warns of looming retirement for Windows 7 RTM

Microsoft is reminding customers that Windows 7's first edition, which shipped more than three years ago, will be dropped from support in early April.