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Windows 7 gets reprieve for PC makers

Microsoft tells Neowin.net that there is no end-of-life for Windows 7, at least from PC makers.

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Microsoft's most monumental hits, misses, and moments of 2013

Windows 8.1 and Xbox arrived. Ballmer's leaving, but he bought part of Nokia first. Just another year in the life of a company struggling to stay relevant.

Microsoft ends Windows 7 retail sales, but the real deadline looms in 2014

But you can still find boxed copies if you shop around.

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Microsoft CEO watch continues: Mulally commits to Ford, not Microsoft

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.

Another reason to ditch Windows XP: Admin rights loophole

Microsoft's investigating an exploit at the kernel level that could give admin rights to an industrious hacker.

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Bing Maps Preview is Microsoft's answer to Google Earth

Microsoft unveiled a preview app for Windows 8.1, with terrain and several famous world cities (plus Fresno, Calif.) redone in glorious 3D.

Windows tablet shipments to grow, but won't challenge Android, iOS

IDC is projecting Windows tablets to have a 10.2 percent market share by 2017, increasing from an expected 3 percent this year.

Report: Microsoft linking Windows, Xbox, phones via 'high value activities'

Are we headed toward a unified Windows OS? Eventually. But the first steps in that direction are making certain apps common among the various Microsoft platforms.

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Windows XP flaw allows attacks via Adobe, security firm says

A new zero day flaw in Windows XP and Server 2003 is being exploited in the wild to bypass the sandbox on unpatched versions of Adobe Reader, security firm FireEye reports.

New Windows privilege escalation flaw exploited in active attacks

A vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 is exploited with a flaw in Adobe Reader in a new attack, researchers at FireEye said.