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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

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Tablets face a turning point

The PC industry takes "glimmers of hope" from market interest in more capable talents, analyst notes; but 2014 may be a pivotal year.

Windows 8.1 Preview will die soon, Microsoft warns

The free trial version expires in January, and users may not be able to access some data unless they license the paid version.

Patience, grasshopper: Microsoft's new CEO will be named in early 2014

While outsiders had expected a 2013 decision, a month or two more won't make a difference as long as the board gets it right, argues analyst

Windows versions may be split for consumers, business

Microsoft may revisit its earlier policy of separate release schedules for business and consumer versions of Windows.