Microsoft's promotion of Windows Phone has recently seen success in the U.S. and Europe amid continued problems in China.
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.
A vulnerability that allowed attackers to potentially take over your PC using malicious TIFF images will be patched, Microsoft says.
Microsoft can appeal the ruling
But you can still find boxed copies if you shop around.
Microsoft blocks traffic and seizes domains owned by the notorious ZeroAccess botnet, while Europol moves in to physically take down the servers.
Ford chief executive Alan Mulally says, again, that he's interested in leaving the car maker. Bloomberg reports that Mulally isn't going anywhere through 2014.
Microsoft unveiled a preview app for Windows 8.1, with terrain and several famous world cities (plus Fresno, Calif.) redone in glorious 3D.
"We all want to live in a world that is safe and secure, but we also want to live in a country that is protected by the Constitution."
The EU's OK along with FTC approval over the weekend means the acquisition of Nokia's smartphone business can move forward.