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Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld.

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

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.

Adobe, now 'married' to Microsoft, moves Flash updates to Patch Tuesday

Adobe on Tuesday announced that it will pair future security updates for its popular Flash Player with Microsoft's Patch Tuesday schedule.

Why there's no 16GB Surface RT

Microsoft has confirmed what many had suspected, that it didn't offer a 16GB Surface RT tablet because there would have been virtually no room for customer content on the device.


Windows 8 uptake remains listless after public launch

Driven by millions of upgrades, Windows 8's global usage share climbed by a third last month, but the new OS's adoption pace remained lethargic compared to that of its predecessor three years ago.

Microsoft picks 'Windows 8 Store apps' as replacement for 'Metro'

Microsoft had repeatedly declined to comment when asked what term or terms it had settled on to describe Windows apps.

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Microsoft webcasts BUILD developers conference keynotes, other content

Want to know what Microsoft is up to? Tune in Tuesday to live webcasts of keynotes from Redmond's BUILD developers conference or view them later on demand.

Yahoo to ignore Microsoft's 'Do Not Track' signal from IE10

Yahoo will ignore "Do Not Track" privacy requests sent by Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 browser, calling its ally's unilateral decision "signal abuse" and pointing to a possible rift between the search partners.

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Survey: Consumers unaware of Windows 8, unimpressed with Surface RT

An Associated Press poll found that fewer than half of U.S. consumers have heard of Windows 8, hinting that Microsoft faces a tough task convincing buyers that they need to jump on the bandwagon.

Windows Store: enough apps to prevent Win RT flop, say analysts

The apps available for Microsoft's new Windows operating systems are good enough to entice early buyers of tablets and other touch devices, analysts said.


Microsoft starts $40 Windows 8 upgrade sales

Microsoft today opened its virtual store and began selling upgrades to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99, making good on a promise made last summer.