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iPad grabs top spot as preferred Black Friday shopping tool

Apple retained its stranglehold on mobile shopping over the two-day stretch of Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the U.S., IBM said.

Windows XP countdown clock ticks under 500 days

The Windows XP operating system will exit support April 8, 2014, when Microsoft serves users with their final security updates.

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Microsoft promises to support Surface RT for 4+ years

Microsoft will support its Surface RT tablet with updates, including security patches, until April 2017, or nearly four-and-a-half years after its launch.

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Windows 8's early uptake trumps Vista's

Microsoft's Windows 8 may be lagging far behind Windows 7 in its usage uptake, but it's easily topping the low bar set by Windows Vista, according to data from Web metric firm Net Applications.

Mozilla bakes Facebook features into Firefox 17

Mozilla Tuesday released Firefox 17, which debuts technology that lets developers integrate social networks -- for now, Facebook -- with the browser.

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Analyst: Windows 8 PC orders weak

Computer sellers have scaled back their expectations of the sales pop they'll get from Windows 8 this year, an analyst said today.

Enterprise interest in Windows 8 half that for Windows 7 in '09

Enterprise IT decision makers are about half as enthusiastic about the new Windows 8 as they were three years ago about the then-just-released Windows 7, an analyst said today.

Google sandboxes Flash in Chrome for OS X

Google has shipped a stronger Flash Player sandbox for the OS X version of Chrome, making good on an August promise to ship a Mac browser better able to ward off exploits of the Adobe software.

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Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, by the numbers

How many times he used 'fast and fluid' at Windows 8's intro, how much his division may have cost the company, and more

After Sinofsky, Microsoft must stop the secrecy, say analysts

The best move Microsoft could make after Steven Sinofsky's departure is to ditch the culture of secrecy he brought to Windows, analysts tell Computerworld.

Microsoft ships IE10 for Windows 7 preview, hints at 2012 launch

As expected, Microsoft on Tuesday shipped a major preview of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) for Windows 7, using a moniker that hints at a final release as early as next month.

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IE10 for Windows 7 preview to debut Tuesday, reports say

Microsoft will release a preview of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 on Tuesday, according to a report from a Chinese website, citing the company's head of IE marketing.

Ransomware crooks make millions from porn-shaming scams

Ransomware is a growth industry that puts at least $5 million a year into criminals' coffers, according to Symantec.

Microsoft slates first Windows 8, RT patches since launch

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Microsoft will issue six security updates next week, including three for Windows 8 and its tablet spin-off Windows RT.

HP urges consumer customers not to downgrade new PCs to Windows 7

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has advised consumer customers not to downgrade new PCs equipped with Windows 8 to the earlier Windows 7.