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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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Windows 8 grows slow, XP just won't go

Microsoft was hit with a double whammy last month as it made scant progress in either boosting the usage share of Windows 8 or depressing the share of Windows XP, data published today showed.

Internet Explorer 10 usage doubles after Microsoft triggers auto-update

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) doubled its usage share last month, and now accounts for nearly 11% of all copies of IE in use, a Web measurement company said today.

Google backs off redesign of Chrome's New Tab Page

Google has apparently rethought a change to its Chrome browser that had users up in arms and has restored an older design of its popular New Tab Page in the newest beta of Chrome 27.

Google pays record $31,000 bounty for Chrome bug reports

Google in April paid a security researcher a record bounty of $31,336 for reporting a trio of bugs in Chrome.