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IDC joins 'ditch Windows RT' bandwagon

Microsoft's two-pronged OS push into tablets -- Windows RT and Windows 8 -- confuses customers, and the company should focus on the more robust Windows 8, an IDC analyst said today.

Who's 'Scroogled' now? Hotmail, Outlook.com out for 15 hours

Microsoft Wednesday said it restored full service to Hotmail and Outlook.com about 15 hours after the online mail sites went partially dark.

IDC: iOS will surrender top tablet spot to Android in 2013

Aggressive sales of smaller tablets triggered a revised tablet sales forecast today by IDC, which upped its projections by 11 percent for 2013 and said Android would supplant Apple's iOS as the dominant operating system this year.

on techhive.com

ModernMix runs Modern apps on the Windows 8 desktop

A Michigan developer last week started selling a $5 utility that lets Windows 8 customers shun the new Modern UI by running apps on the classic desktop.

Mozilla again rejects porting Firefox to iOS

Mozilla won't be building Firefox for iOS unless Apple changes its rules, a company executive said Saturday.

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Pwn2Own hacking contest winds down after paying a record $480K

A day after researchers hacked Chrome and Firefox at the Pwn2Own contest, Google and Mozilla patched their browsers Thursday.

Microsoft slates IE, Windows, Office updates for next week

Microsoft today announced it will deliver seven security updates next week, four of them rated "critical," to patch Internet Explorer, Windows, Office, SharePoint Server and the Silverlight media software.

Researchers rake in $280K at Pwn2Own hacking contest

Research teams Wednesday cracked Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox at the Pwn2Own hacking contest, pulling in more than $250,000 in prizes.

EU fines Microsoft $732 million over browser ballot debacle

European Union antitrust officials today hit Microsoft with a $732 million fine for failing to live up to a 2009 settlement that requires it to offer Windows users a choice of alternate browsers.

Report: EU to hit Microsoft with 'large fine' Wednesday

European antitrust regulators will reportedly slap Microsoft with a "large fine" Wednesday for failing to live up to a 2009 settlement that requires it to offer Windows users a browser ballot.

Google squashes 10 Chrome bugs as $100K Pwn2Own hacking prize looms

Google today patched 10 vulnerabilities in Chrome, just two days before the start of Pwn2Own, a hacking contest that has $100,000 in prize money waiting for the first researcher to crack the browser

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.