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Microsoft kicks off free Office 2013 upgrades

The deal, stuck with the official title of "Microsoft Office Pre-launch Offer," started Oct. 19 and ends April 30, 2013.

Windows' share of Microsoft sales falls to four-year low

The Windows division's share of Microsoft's revenue last quarter dropped to a four-year low as Windows 7 sales stalled before the launch of Windows 8.

Apple tries to kill its own Java on most Macs

Apple yesterday started scrubbing most Macs of older Java browser plug-ins, a move that will force users to download the software from Oracle.

on macworld.com

Analyst: 'No free lunch' with Office on Windows RT for business

Owners of Windows RT hardware must get a commercial license for Office 2013 to use those devices' bundled Office apps at and for work

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Microsoft breaks silence, slates preview of Windows 7's IE10 for November

Microsoft today said it will ship a preview of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) for Windows 7 next month, but would not commit to a timetable for a final release.

Microsoft runs out of $499 Surface RT for pre-orders

Microsoft has exhausted its initial supply of the lowest-priced Surface RT tablet, which now is backordered by three weeks.

on techhive.com

A Windows 8 pricing FAQ: What we know, so far

Microsoft and its retail partners revealed a few more details about Windows 8 pricing, clarifying what the Redmond, Wash., developer has purposefully left muddy in the months leading up to its release next week. We try to answer the most-pressing questions.

Mozilla pulls new Firefox version over security concerns

A vulnerability could allow a malicious website to capture a person's Web history

Microsoft hints at the death of Windows Service Packs toward 'constant updates'

Microsoft's first-time move Tuesday to update Windows 8 before the OS launches is a sign of the company's continued edging toward practices long held by rivals Apple and Google.

Microsoft terms talk of Office on iPad 'inaccurate'

Microsoft today disavowed comments made by its Czech subsidiary that the company will roll out iOS and Android apps of its Office suite early next year.

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TV ads touting Microsoft's Windows 8 leak to Internet

Four purported Microsoft TV advertisements for Windows 8 have leaked to the Web, and strut the operating system's new "Modern" user interface.

Microsoft patches 20 bugs, including a critical Word flaw

Microsoft today patched 20 vulnerabilities in Word, Office, Windows, SharePoint Server, SQL Server and other products in its portfolio, including a critical bug used to attack the company's own online services

Windows 7 malware infection rates balloon 182% in 2012

Windows 7's malware infection rate climbed by as much as 182% this year, Microsoft said today.

Microsoft speeds up IE10 Flash patching, matches Google

Adobe today issued a surprise update for Flash Player that patched 25 critical vulnerabilities in the ubiquitous media software.

Windows Server 2008 gets 18 months of added support

Microsoft has extended mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 by 18 months.