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Microsoft kicks off two-month Spartan bug bounty program

Microsoft today launched a short-term bug bounty program for its new Project Spartan browser, saying entries would be accepted until June 22.

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Windows 10 to launch in July.... Seriously?

AMD's CEO last week said that Microsoft would launch Windows 10 at the end of July. That timeline would be audacious for the company to meet.

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Microsoft preps PCs for Windows 10 with more auto updates

Microsoft last week continued to deliver automatic updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs to prep them for the summer upgrade to Windows 10.

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Keep Windows 10 preview up to date -- or face a dead PC

Testers running Windows 10's preview must keep the OS relatively up to date or face a bricked PC that soon won't boot.

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Google to pull Chrome plug on Windows XP at year's end

Google on Thursday announced it will shut down support for Chrome on Windows XP at the end of the year.

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Experts boost threat level, call for patching critical Windows bug ASAP

Security experts today called for Windows users to immediately patch one of the 26 vulnerabilities Microsoft disclosed on Tuesday.

Freeze it! How to use Windows steady state

You can lock down end-users' laptops and desktops with a minimum of fuss. Here's how.

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For Microsoft, hardware and OS consistency are key in Surface 3

With the Surface 3, Microsoft is ending experimentation and bringing back hardware and OS consistency across its line of tablets.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday: The patches keep coming

For Microsoft, the vulnerabilities appear to be surfacing more quickly than ever before.

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Windows vulnerability can compromise credentials

A vulnerability found in the late 1990s in Microsoft Windows can still be used to steal login credentials, according to a security advisory.

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Microsoft brings back DelBene for strategy and planning

Kurt DelBene, who left his role as president of Microsoft's Office Division back in 2013, is returning to Microsoft as executive vice president of corporate strategy and planning and will report to CEO Satya Nadella.

PC shipments hit a six-year low as XP upgrades slow down

A slowdown in Windows XP upgrades and the wait for Windows 10 sent worldwide PC shipments tumbling to a six-year low in the first quarter this year, according to IDC.

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7 new hardware technologies for Windows 10 PCs

The arrival of Windows 10 this year could usher in more convenient and wire-free PC computing technologies.

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Update: Microsoft quietly seeds consumer PCs with Windows 10 upgrade 'nag' campaign

Microsoft has seeded Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs with an as-yet-optional update that will pitch the free Windows 10 upgrade to customers.

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1.5M now testing Windows 10 preview

Although Microsoft has said its Windows 10 preview program has some 2.8 million participants, just over half of those are using the early version regularly, according to Web metrics estimates.

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Would Microsoft ever open-source Windows?

The possibility is no longer far-fetched, one Microsoft engineer has suggested.

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Microsoft rolls back commitment to Do Not Track

Microsoft today rolled back its commitment to the nearly-dead "Do Not Track" standard, saying it would no longer automatically switch on the signal in its browsers.

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Windows 7 momentum shows no sign of slowing

Windows 7 last month powered nearly two-thirds of all personal computers running a version of Microsoft's OS, according to an analytics company.

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