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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.

Microsoft to patch zero-day IE bug now under attack

Security experts identified the Internet Explorer browser update as the one to deploy first.

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Google's redesigned tab page annoys some Chrome users

Google is rolling out a redesigned tab page for Chrome, delivering on a promised revamp for users running rougher-edged versions of its browser.

Microsoft sweetens iPhone trade-in deal to push Windows

Microsoft launched yet another trade-in program to convince consumers to switch to a Windows device, this time aimed at iPhone owners.

Microsoft faithful ask for Surface trade-in program

One of the most common questions posed to Microsoft's Surface team Monday was whether the company would buy back used tablets so that customers could upgrade to the newest models set to ship in a month.

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Microsoft teases about Office on iPad, Android tablets

Microsoft executives last week came the closest yet to saying that the company will release Office on iPads and Android tablets, but stopped short of specifics.

Microsoft invites trade-ins for Windows phones, Surface

Microsoft has expanded a buyback program to boost sales of Windows smartphones and tablets, and will pay up to $350 for a variety of rival hardware running Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

Another borked Microsoft update tells Office Starter Edition users to buy the suite

Microsoft yesterday acknowledged yet another problem with its Sept. 10 updates, confirming that one of those fixes broke Office 2010 Starter Edition by changing the file associations of already-created documents.

Hackers exploit critical IE bug; Microsoft promises patch

Microsoft said that hackers are exploiting a critical, but unpatched, vulnerability in IE8 and IE9. Its engineers are working on an update to plug the hole.

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Patch expert wants Microsoft's Ballmer to get to the bottom of buggy updates

A Microsoft MVP and Windows expert has sent company CEO Steve Ballmer a letter asking him to look into the worrisome trend of releasing sub-standard patches.

Mozilla postpones Windows 8 'Metro' Firefox to late January

Mozilla said slower-than-expected progress on Firefox for Microsoft's Windows 8 "Modern" user interface means that the touch-based browser likely won't launch until late January.

Mobile hacking contest offers $300,000 in bug bounties

HP TippingPoint's bug bounty program today said it will again sponsor a mobile-only hacking contest this fall, when it will put up $300,000 in prize money for researchers who demonstrate successful attacks against mobile services and browsers.

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As Elop returns to Microsoft, odds shift for CEO choice

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has moved into a commanding position as the overwhelming favorite to win the CEO job at Microsoft, according to online bookmakers.