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Apple to Detail OS Updates, Cloud Service at WWDC

Apple is set to talk details on the next versions of both its major operating systems, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5, at its Worldwide Developers Conference on…

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Flash 10.3 Finally Brings Control Panel

The last twelve months have been turbulent for the Adobe Flash Player. After spending years at a languid development pace (Flash 10.0 was originally released in 2008), several things happened…

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2012 Release For Windows 8, Ballmer Reiterates

At a Microsoft Developer Forum in Japan today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed what we’ve all been assuming: the company plans to release Windows 8 in 2012, just about three…

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Microsoft To Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion

Microsoft announced today that it would be buying VoIP provider Skype for $8.5 billion, Microsoft’s most expensive acquisition to date. This move would allow Microsoft to more closely integrate voice…

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Windows XP’s Days are Numbered

Some Microsoft engineer was definitely having some fun with this one: Last week, Microsoft quietly a released a desktop gadget to remind customers and businesses of one important fact: Windows…

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Patch Tuesday Fixes 64 Problems with 17 Patches

It’s that time again – the second Tuesday of the month is upon us, and with it comes another sizable roundup of Microsoft updates. It’s a big month this time…

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Windows 8 To Include Windows Phone-like IE, PDF Reader

Microsoft is pushing to position Windows 8 as not just a replacement for Windows 7 on desktops, but also as a serious OS for tablets and touchscreen devices – to…

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Microsoft Announces Public Beta of Windows Thin PC

Microsoft yesterday announced the availability of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Thin PC, a slimmed-down version of Windows 7 designed to be installed on older and low-spec computers.…

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Firefox 4 (Finally) Released

After months of delays, twelve betas, and two release candidates, Mozilla released Firefox 4 today for Windows XP, Vista, and 7, the Intel versions of Mac OS X 10.5 and…

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Windows Phone 7 “NoDo” Update Slightly Delayed

Microsoft’s Eric Hautala wrote in a blog post recently that the Windows Phone 7 “NoDo” update, which delivers copy and paste and other small improvements, would be released in late…

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IE8, Safari Fall To Hackers At Pwn2Own

This year’s Pwn2Own hacker conference is currently underway in Vancouver, and as always one of the main events involves taking down fully-patched Web browsers running on fully patched operating systems.…

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What I Use – 2011 Update

Almost a year ago, I did a piece on the stuff I use in my day-to-day life, computing-wise. Because people seemed to enjoy it and because quite a bit has…

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Windows 7 SP1 Generally Available Today

It’s February 22, and that means that the common man is getting what those spoiled MSDN and TechNet people got last week – the ability to download the final version…

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Windows 7 SP1 Available Today to MSDN, TechNet, Volume License Customers

Today is February 16, and that means that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is officially available to a select few Microsoft customers – MSDN and TechNet subscribers,…

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Dell Reveals Windows 7 Tablet, New Business PCs

At an event it dubbed “Dell Means Business,” PC maker Dell revealed a complete refresh of its business PC lineup this morning. Included in the refresh are new Latitude laptops,…

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Mozilla to Accelerate Firefox Development

If you’ve been waiting impatiently for Firefox 4 to go final, don’t worry: you might have a whole lot more updates coming your way soon. A draft product road map…

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Windows 7 Sells 300 Million Copies

When Microsoft reported its Q2 earnings yesterday, it had some big news: Windows 7 has sold over 300 million licenses since its public release in October 2009. In October 2010…

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Microsoft Slideshow Takes Aim at iPad

Microsoft has made a PowerPoint presentation available to its partners that outlines the company’s arguments for why the forthcoming tide of Windows 7 tablets is superior to the iPad in…

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