Microsoft misjudges customer loyalty with kill-XP plea Microsoft grossly overestimated the loyalty of those it thought were its most steadfast customers when it asked them to help get friends and family members to dump Windows XP, a corporate communications expert said.
Microsoft retains weapon to silently scrub XP Microsoft will be able to silently reach into Windows XP PCs for more than a year after it stops patching the aged OS to clean malware-infected machines, sources close to the company confirmed.
Microsoft retreats from XP's antivirus kill notice Microsoft today backpedaled from earlier decisions and said it would extend a limited helping hand to Windows XP users by offering both antivirus signatures and its own Security Essentials software for more than a year after it stops patching the aged OS.
Perspective: Throw Windows XP a lifeline, Microsoft Microsoft's support for WIndows XP ends in less than four months, and the company has warned users repeatedly that it's time to move on. But a lot of them are sticking with the aged OS. And for Microsoft, that's a problem.
Malware: War without end After decades of fighting off viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware and cyberattacks, total victory remains beyond reach.
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Small biz admins squawk over Windows 8.1 updates Small business IT administrators are angry at Microsoft for making them update each Windows 8 machine individually to Windows 8.1, a tedious task that requires them to point each device at the Windows Store and download a 3GB file.
Microsoft puts Windows XP laggards in a pinch Microsoft last week painted Windows XP consumer and small business customers into an even smaller corner when it said it could not recommend that they upgrade to Windows 8.1, the update to Windows 8 slated to ship Oct. 18.
XP's retirement will be hacker heaven Cyber criminals will bank their Windows XP zero-day vulnerabilities until after Microsoft stops patching the aged operating system next April, a security expert argued today.
Microsoft mandates Windows 8.1 upgrade Microsoft today said that Windows 8.1, slated for release this fall, will use the same lifecycle support timeline as 2012's Windows 8, meaning that it will be supported until early 2023.
Microsoft ships IE11 preview for Windows 7 Microsoft today released a preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, making good on a June promise to add Windows' most popular edition to the browser's run list.
5-year-old Macs not too old for OS X Mavericks The new OS X Mavericks will run on the same set of Mac desktops and notebooks as OS X Mountain Lion, but iOS 7 will drop support for iPhone 3GS, the 2009 smartphone supported by the current iOS 6.
Hey, Microsoft: It's the apps, stupid Microsoft today revealed some of the changes in Windows 8 due to reach customers in a month, but didn't address what analysts called the biggest barrier to the OS's success.
Windows 8 users snub 'Modern' apps, stick to desktop A majority of consumer and small business Windows 8 PC users launch fewer than one "Modern" app a day, signaling that they're spending most of their time on the classic Windows 7-style desktop, according to data released Wednesday.
Microsoft software satisfaction slumps Customer satisfaction with Microsoft's software, primarily Windows, dropped slightly in the last year, likely part of the fallout over Windows 8, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
IT pilot fish has told all his users at this office full of sales guys and engineers that they need to remove personal files from their PCs to prep for an operating system upgrade. But one engineer has his own way to do that.
Only three Critical updates are included in Microsoft’s November Patch Tuesday release. With the remaining five updates rated as Important, November is an average Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, covering 19 vulnerabilities in patches for Office and Internet Explorer.
On this 10th anniversary of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has released eight updates, four rated as Critical and the remaining four rated as Important. Microsoft first announced a monthly patch cycle at the inaugural session of the Microsoft Worldwide Conference in 2003 -- when Windows 2000 was still around and a major security concern.
Windows XP users that migrated to Windows 7 had to deal with the Show Desktop icon moving from the left to the right side of the screen and changing from a square icon to a hard-to-see vertical gray stripe. Note that I said "had". No more. We can finally restore the Show Desktop icon to its rightful legacy place.
The clocks have finally sprung forward here in the UK, which gives us another hour of daylight and more time to examine the latest releases of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday security update process. With the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2013, we see a set of nine updates, with two marked as “Critical,” and the remaining seven rated as “Important.” As usual, all of these updates will require a restart on your desktop machines.
Dell, which built itself into a tech powerhouse by selling Windows-based PCs, is being seriously hurt by poor Windows 8 adoptions and big slowdowns in enterprise Windows 7 upgrades. So says a Dell SEC filing. And things may only get worse from here -- potentially for Microsoft as well as Dell.
With this month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday update, we see a set of seven updates, four of which are marked as “Critical,” addressing serious problems that could enable someone to access your computer if they are not patched. The remaining three are rated as “Important,” and, while they aren’t as serious as the critical patches, they do address security issues that need to be fixed. Most of the seven patches affect Microsoft Office, with only two impacting Windows.
Poor, beleaguered Apple -- nothing's going right: on the one hand it must try to make its business out of a minority (20 percent) share of the PC industry; on the other, Macs manufactured six or more years ago are still in active use. Life really does suck, sometimes…
This pilot fish is responsible for the firewall, so it makes sense when his supervisor asks if fish has stopped any Internet traffic going to a particular workstation. No, says fish -- but there's clearly a problem.
It's now official: Windows 7 is the most popular desktop operating system in the world, finally surpassing the old warhorse, Windows XP. And given that Windows 8 was built more for tablets than traditional PCs, Windows 7 will likely reign for many years to come.
It's nearly official: Windows 7 this month will become the world's most popular operating system, surpassing Windows XP. And don't expect Windows 8 to take away the crown, because it's not at all likely.
Windows XP was one of Microsoft's greatest successes and greatest failures: A success because it was so rock-solid, a failure because it was so good that many people didn't want to upgrade to Windows Vista. Based on initial looks at Windows 8, Windows 7 may well be the new XP.