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Microsoft extends Windows 8 management features for IT pros

Microsoft has released the latest version of its Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite of IT management tools, an upgrade that deepens its ability to manage Windows 8 PC deployments.

Microsoft warns the end is near for Windows XP

In just one year, on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will stop delivering security updates for Windows XP, the second most popular operating system in the world.

Microsoft tempts XP laggards with $84 upgrade discount

Microsoft kicked off a new promotion aimed at Windows XP customers, who have just one year to ditch the 12-year-old OS before it's retired from support.

Microsoft to patch IE10 Pwn2Own bugs next week, says security expert

Microsoft will ship nine security updates next week, two rated "critical," to patch Internet Explorer, Windows, SharePoint Server, Office Web Apps, and the company's anti-malware software in Windows 8 and RT.

6 killer Mac features we'd love to see in Windows PCs

Even if you'd never lay a finger on a Mac, you have to admit these Apple-made features would rock on a Windows PC.

Why rapid-fire updates are the key to Microsoft's success

Microsoft's recent adoption of a continuous development cycle may not sound impressive on the surface, but it heralds a new, more responsive era of mainstream computing.

Microsoft updates Outlook.com calendar with Metro look, greater connectivity

Microsoft is rolling out a new calendar for Outlook.com starting today, sporting the new Metro look and a raft of improvements to the seriously outdated prior version.

Windows XP decline stalls as users hold onto aged OS despite 2014 deadline

The decline in usage share of Windows XP, which is slated for retirement in 53 weeks, has slowed significantly, hinting that millions of its users will hold onto the operating system much longer than some, including Microsoft, expect.

As Windows RT doubts mount, Microsoft exec claims 'bright future' for OS

Michael Angiulo, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Windows planning, argues that Windows RT will get stronger over time. But his claims rely on a few big assumptions.

IDC joins 'ditch Windows RT' bandwagon

Microsoft's two-pronged OS push into tablets -- Windows RT and Windows 8 -- confuses customers, and the company should focus on the more robust Windows 8, an IDC analyst said today.

Dropbox spruces up its desktop interface for Windows and Mac

Dropbox has upped its game on the desktop with new features for Windows and Mac that show your latest Dropbox activity at a glance.

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ModernMix runs Modern apps on the Windows 8 desktop

A Michigan developer last week started selling a $5 utility that lets Windows 8 customers shun the new Modern UI by running apps on the classic desktop.

Windows RT takes a hit as Samsung halts European sales of Ativ Tab tablets

Windows RT, Microsoft’s first tablet-focused operating system, is not proving popular in Europe.

EU fines Microsoft $732 million over browser ballot debacle

European Union antitrust officials today hit Microsoft with a $732 million fine for failing to live up to a 2009 settlement that requires it to offer Windows users a choice of alternate browsers.

Report: EU to hit Microsoft with 'large fine' Wednesday

European antitrust regulators will reportedly slap Microsoft with a "large fine" Wednesday for failing to live up to a 2009 settlement that requires it to offer Windows users a browser ballot.