Microsoft is patching Windows XP on this month's Patch Tuesday, shoring up a vulnerability that can lead to computers being taken over entirely by attackers.
2013 was a busy year for Microsoft, from Ballmer's retirement announcement to product action involving Windows, Surface, and Office 365. Here's what to do in 2014.
Steve Ballmer's retirement leaves his still-unnamed successor a busy agenda and battles on many fronts.
Some suggest that Microsoft sell off its Xbox franchise to cut losses and eliminate a distraction from its core mission, but others say the game console plays an important role.
Microsoft and its partners apparently persuaded the ZeroAccess bot-herders to abandon their click-fraud network.
Microsoft wraps up the year's Patch Tuesday bulletins next week with 11 more fixes, pushing this year's total to 106, up from 83 in 2012.
Even those who don't like Windows 8 should consider it for its superior security versus older Microsoft operating systems, if nothing else the company says.
It is 30 years old and dominates the word processing market, but Microsoft Word is now more than ever fending off challenges from the cloud where less expensive and even free alternatives pose new threats, experts say.
Since introducing its own Surface tablets Microsoft has been redefining the PC to include devices that haven't been considered PCs before, and it's taken that trend one step further.
Businesses with certain Microsoft memberships and service agreements can now download the near-final version of Windows 8.1 to test with an eye toward deployment.
The security of Windows 8 picture passwords might not be as weak as some recent headlines indicate, and there are ways to maximize how hard they are to crack, researchers say.
Hidden Reflex has introduced the Epic Privacy Browser, which it says provides faster download speeds along with its high-level security features.
NSA chief's talk to hackers contradicted by revelations
Microsoft's Patch Tuesday for September is sizeable with a total of 14 fixes, including one critically important set for all versions of the Internet Explorer browser.
For a product once described as Twitter with a business model, Yammer is becoming more nuanced, morphing into an important feature set that will cross over among Microsoft applications.
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