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Mozilla caves on x64 Firefox development after uproar

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.

Windows 8 previews to go dark in 3 weeks

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.

Consumer Reports makes case for Windows 7 PCs

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.

Ousted Windows exec Sinofsky to teach at Harvard

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.

McAfee's business takes reputation beating after founder fled police

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.

Microsoft courts Google Apps users with free Office 365 trial

For the second day in a row, Microsoft pitched its online productivity suite for small businesses to customers abandoned by arch-rival Google.

Google Maps tops 10 million downloads on iOS App Store

Google made up for months off iPhone with 48-hour return rush.

Adobe drags Google into Microsoft's Patch Tuesday

Google has been dragged into adopting rival Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, a move that is fall out from action Adobe took last month.

Customers blast Amazon for Surface RT price gouging

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.

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Microsoft plans patches for IE10, Windows 8 next week

Microsoft today announced it will deliver seven security updates next week to patch 11 vulnerabilities, including the first that apply to Internet Explorer 10, the company's newest browser.

Microsoft's Surface Pro highlights flawed 2-for-1 strategy

Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro tablet sums up the company's seeming strategy with Windows 8: That business users can do with one device what they currently accomplish with two.

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AT&T adds six more LTE cities

AT&T said Monday it has upped its LTE wireless network reach to 109 markets, by adding six cities in Puerto Rico as well as Albuquerque, N.M., Reading, Pa., and Salt Lake City

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Windows 8 uptake: More like Vista than Windows 7

After a month on the market, Windows 8's usage uptake resembles 2007's Vista -- ultimately a poor performer for Microsoft -- rather than the eventually successful Windows 7, Net Applications said Saturday.

Annual Windows upgrades demand consumer-business split, say analysts

Microsoft will start issuing annual Windows upgrades in 2013, according to reports.

Mozilla mods Firefox to feature Microsoft's MSN

A little more than a year after Mozilla debuted a customized version of Firefox starring Microsoft's Bing search engine, the open-source developer on Tuesday shipped another Microsoft tie-in, Firefox with MSN