Analytics company Flurry says 50 million devices were activated
Final online usage numbers for 2012 released Tuesday by a U.S. analytics firm confirmed that Windows 8 failed to match Windows Vista's uptake pace during its first two months.
Newer versions of IE, including 2011's IE9 and this year's IE10, are not affected, Microsoft said. It urged those able to upgrade to do so.
With just a week left in the month, Windows 8's usage uptake has slipped behind Vista's at the same point in its release, according to data from Net Applications.
Microsoft on Wednesday revealed six locations for new retail stores it will open in early 2013, including four transformed from its holiday specialty stores, dubbed "pop-ups," that it established in October.
Cyber extortionists shilling "ransomware" have upped the ante by pushing users' panic buttons with claims that their malware will wipe hard drives, a security firm said Monday.
Mozilla on Friday backtracked from a decision to suspend all work on a 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows, acknowledging that user criticism had changed its mind.
Microsoft's free previews of Windows 8 will expire in January, giving users about three weeks to upgrade to a paid copy or face hourly restarts.
Windows 7 may be the better choice as a PC operating system on new systems than the just-released Windows 8, Consumer Reports magazine said this week.
Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft executive ousted as the head of its Windows group five weeks ago, yesterday said he would teach at the Harvard Business School this spring.
In the wake of his Belize neighbor's unsolved murder, John McAfee's lurch through the news damaged the reputation of his namesake, the security company McAfee Inc., a brand expert said Thursday.
For the second day in a row, Microsoft pitched its online productivity suite for small businesses to customers abandoned by arch-rival Google.
Google made up for months off iPhone with 48-hour return rush.
Google has been dragged into adopting rival Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, a move that is fall out from action Adobe took last month.
Amid speculation that Microsoft will soon expand distribution of its Surface RT, giant e-tailer Amazon continues to offer the tablet through partners, who jack up the price or post inflated list prices to claim large savings.