To hear Dell and HP tell it, the slump in PC sales can be blamed in part on Windows 8, which won't do much to improve the situation until sometime next year.
The revamp goes hand-in-hand with Microsoft's gamble on touch-centric Windows 8, the new operating system scheduled to be released in October.
One of the hot new features of Microsofts upgraded and renamed email service Outlook.com -- that devices without Office loaded onto them can open Office attachments in the cloud via a browser wont work with Android mobile devices.
The research may be skewed by the MSN factor, but outbound spam still indicates a security problem, with systems compromised by botnets and or users who were hooked by phishing.
Anticipation of Windows 8 devices coming out this fall has predictably led to sluggish sales of PCs in the past quarter as customers wait to decide whether they want in on the new operating system, according to an IDC report.
This month's regular update also provides critical fixes to Internet Explorer and several versions of Windows.
Microsoft says Windows 7 applications will run on Windows 8, it's wise to check with application vendors about compatibility and support plans.
Apps for the new platform will be adaptable to Windows 8, but they will need to be rewritten.
Next week's Patch Tuesday will feature a fix for a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that came to light at the celebrated Pwn2Own hacking competition.
Microsoft's share alone for the malware was a hefty price while it was still in stealth operations, a security expert says.
Here's a look at some of what's coming with Windows 8 including IPv6 support, lots of hardware from Computex, and an upgrade program from Staples.
Hardware will remain a key to satisfaction in Windows 8.
Existing security certificates are being recalled after the technology was exploited by the Flame malware.
The chief of AT&T Mobility can't wait for Windows 8 tablets to hit the market because they'll fuel demand for Windows phones.