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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.

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Mobile browsers get a workout, with Google's Chrome leading

More of us are accessing the Internet from mobile devices, as measured by site access by mobile browsers.

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Windows 8 beats Vista's adoption rate in its first year

Microsoft got some good news from metrics company Net Applications, which said Windows 8's user share in August is now larger than Vista's at the same point in the latter's post-launch timeline.

Windows XP's user share nose-dives

Maybe people are listening to Microsoft's demand that they ditch Windows XP.

Microsoft will still patch Windows XP for a select group

Just because Microsoft doesn't plan on giving Windows XP patches to the public after April 8, 2014, doesn't mean it's going to stop making those patches; but it will distribute them very selectively.

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Slight drop in tablet sales expected as wearables emerge

Researcher IDC has slightly lowered its tablet shipment forecast for 2013 and beyond, blaming competition from larger-sized smartphones and futuristic wearable computing devices.

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Feedly walks fine line between free and paid RSS services

Feedly on Monday launched its paid RSS service, following up on a promise made three weeks ago when it announced a subscription option.

Browsers block ads, threaten free sites, researchers say

Nearly one in four browsers are now armed with an ad-blocking tool, reducing revenue at free-content websites, an Irish company said today