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Microsoft patches next week even include Windows XP

Three of the four updates for Windows on Patch Tuesday will affect Windows XP, which is scheduled for retirement in April.

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Microsoft asks for help coaxing users to ditch Windows XP

As the countdown to Windows XP's cutoff continues, the company encourages users to help users to upgrade, but offers no discounts for the new OS.

Windows XP users reluctant to part, or to adopt Windows 8

The soon-to-be-retired Windows XP is gaining user share while adoption of Windows 8 and 8.1 stalls.

Google bets $2.7 million in Chrome hacking contest

After last year's semi-washout, the March security contest will again try to draw out exploits of the Chrome operating system.

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Microsoft loses money on every Surface tablet it sells

Microsoft's financial reports indicate it took a $39 million hit on its tablet sales during 2013's fourth quarter.

Email (and spam) retrieval moves to mobile gadgets

Two-thirds of "brand marketing messages" were opened in Q4 on a smartphone or tablet as another task flees the personal computer.

Intel will ditch McAfee name, refocus security products

Intel will transition its McAfee division to become Intel Security in 2014, putting space between it and the erratic founder of the 27-year-old security firm.

PC makers embrace Windows+Android, but the devil's in the details

OEMs asked for Dual OS devices, says Intel CEO, but will consumers want them?

Hackers easily hijack Windows crash reports, report says

Microsoft transmits a wealth of information from Windows PCs to its servers in the clear, claims a security researcher.

Windows 8 gains as XP wanes

Windows 8 adoption increased in December to claim almost 12 percent of all Windows systems, while users finally start to abandon Windows XP, Net Applications reports.

Tablet users report hassles with balky browsers

Crashes are among the top complaint from users of iPad Air, Fire HDX, and iPad Mini.

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Surface Pro 2 users wait for Microsoft's firmware fix

Microsoft is urging patience for users awaiting an update that addresses tablet battery drain and use of the power-saving sleep mode.

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Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut

Amazon, NPD Group trumpet sales of the bare-bones laptops in 2013 to consumers and businesses

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Who blinks first? EU's threat to charge Google over antitrust issues is mostly bluff

Commissioner Almunia wants a deal before he leaves office next year, says expert

PC Plus Android: Microsoft to face computer makers' rebellion at CES

Windows 8.1 PCs that also run Android should 'scare the heck' out of Microsoft, says analyst