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Mozilla updates Firefox, adds click-to-play and patches

The browser's latest update features reduced memory consumption designed to boost browser performance.

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Tablets still top holiday shopping lists, researchers say

American shoppers are still eyeing tablets, but two-in-one devices may satisfy some.

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Microsoft times Build conference to fall outside Apple's shadow

The developer event moves up a couple months to April 2014.

Consumers warm to touch, if not Windows 8, study says

One out of ten laptops shipped this year support touch input, says NPD DisplaySearch

Microsoft ends Windows 7 retail sales, but the real deadline looms in 2014

But you can still find boxed copies if you shop around.

Windows 8 uptake needle sticks as growth stalls

According to figures from Net Applications, Windows 8's uptake stalled in November; Windows 7 continued to gain ground.

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Microsoft to deliver Office 2013 SP1 in early '14

Microsoft delivered both Office 2010 SP1 and Office 2007 SP1 about 13 months after their respective original editions’ debut. Office 2013 SP1 is expected in February.

Microsoft's task: Sorting, tossing Office features

What Microsoft puts in its upcoming touch-based Office suite will be a huge test for the company, analysts said.

iPad trade-in interest jumps

Long before Apple started selling its iPad Air, more than double the number of consumers asked for price quotes on their older tablets than last year, a pair of buyback companies said.

Microsoft warns Windows XP users that malware will jump

Microsoft continues to try to scare Windows XP users into upgrading, saying the chance that malware will infect their PCs could jump by two-thirds.

Nine out of 10 Macs are eligible for free Mavericks upgrade

OS X Mavericks could end up on more than 90 percent of Macs, according to statistics from Web analytics firm Net Applications.

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Microsoft is thinking big with its Windows Phone OS update

Microsoft's new update for Windows Phone 8 added support for larger phones and higher-resolution screens, a move analysts hoped would soon put the operating system onto small-sized tablets, a market Microsoft and its hardware partners have largely ignored.

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Microsoft unveils app gift cards

Microsoft has begun selling gift cards good for purchases on its digital content market, taking a page out of Apple's iTunes playbook.

More PC sales than expected may bolster Microsoft's profit

Microsoft will probably report better than expected Windows revenue when it issues its third-quarter earnings numbers this month, based on PC shipment estimates by research firm IDC.

Microsoft shells out $100,000 for Windows bug-finder bounty

The security researcher who was awarded $100,000 by Microsoft said he spent about two weeks pondering, then demonstrating a new way to circumvent Windows' defensive technologies.