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Tim Greene covers security and keeps an eye on Microsoft for Network World.

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Researchers: iPhones, iPads connected to Windows PCs are at risk

At the USENIX Security Symposium, Georgia Tech researchers show how PC botnets could infect iOS devices to steal passwords.

Microsoft readies urgent patch for Windows XP next week

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.

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Microsoft's 2014 new year's resolutions (our suggestions)

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.

Portrait of the Microsoft Ballmer's successor inherits

Steve Ballmer's retirement leaves his still-unnamed successor a busy agenda and battles on many fronts.

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Would Microsoft be better off without Xbox?

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.

ZeroAccess takedown leads hackers to abandon bot

Microsoft and its partners apparently persuaded the ZeroAccess bot-herders to abandon their click-fraud network.

Microsoft's last Patch Tuesday of 2013 will be huge

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.

Micrsoft urges: Upgrade to Windows 8 for better security

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.

Microsoft Word: Still fighting off challengers after 30 years

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.

Phones are just PCs that make voice calls, Microsoft suggests

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.

Windows 8.1 offered early to some businesses for testing

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.

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Picture passwords promising, security researcher says

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.

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Epic Privacy Browser blocks cookies, trackers, ads and more

Hidden Reflex has introduced the Epic Privacy Browser, which it says provides faster download speeds along with its high-level security features.

NSA chief shared only part of the story at Black Hat

NSA chief's talk to hackers contradicted by revelations

Microsoft readies a tsunami of patches for Windows, IE, Office

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.