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Microsoft plans to patch critical under-attack IE bug next week
Microsoft will deliver five security updates to customers next week, two tagged as "critical," including one that will quash the open vulnerability in Internet Explorer that hackers have been exploiting since January.
Red Hat to take on Microsoft with .NET hosted service
Challenging Microsoft's Windows Azure on its own turf, Red Hat is ramping up services that would offer Microsoft .NET and SQL Server capabilities on its OpenShift platform as a service (PaaS).
IDC forecasts deeper declines in PC shipments for 2014
Shipments of new PCs, most of them equipped with Microsoft Windows, will decline more in 2014 than thought a few months ago, according to IDC.
Microsoft digs into 'natural interaction' tech for touch-first Office
As it works on its much-anticipated version of Office for touch interfaces, Microsoft envisions building on what it calls "natural interaction" technologies like digital ink and voice recognition, according to a company official.
Microsoft reaches RTM milestone for Windows 8.1 update
Microsoft has reached a critical milestone for its next update to Windows 8, which is slated to ship early next month, according to reports.
Facebook's Messenger app now supports Windows Phone
Facebook has made its Messenger app available for Windows Phone 8, a bonus for Microsoft as it seeks to increase the number of applications available for its smartphone OS.
Ballmer regrets not aping Apple sooner
In his first public appearance since he stepped down as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer again acknowledged that the company missed the boat on mobile.
OS upgrades: Cheap is better than pricey, free is better than cheap
Lowering the price of an operating system upgrade boosts its uptake five-fold, but pushing it out for free speeds uptake as much as 12 times, data from an analytics company shows.
Apple's CarPlay vs. MirrorLink: Is there a need for both?
Both MirrorLink and Apple's new CarPlay will eventually be able to duplicate some iPhone functions on a car's in-vehicle infotainment system. But MirrorLink can also handle Android, Windows and Blackberry phones.
Microsoft finally rolls out Skype-Outlook.com integration to all users
After testing a preview version of the Outlook.com-Skype integration for almost a year in some markets, Microsoft has now made it generally available to all users.
Microsoft extends Dynamics ERP; adds support for Azure cloud
Microsoft has completed a series of moves aimed at making its Dynamics AX ERP software a more viable option for large enterprises, and plans to showcase them this week during the Convergence conference in Atlanta.
Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of Things
The only limit to the Internet of Things isn't imagination or technology. It's interoperability. And the Linux Foundation thinks that's an issue it can help fix.
5 tips for data manipulation in Excel
You don't always need high-end tools like Python or OpenRefine to reformat data. Plain old Excel can do the job.
Microsoft's OneDrive for Business now an option with Office Online
Microsoft has introduced OneDrive for Business, the new name for SkyDrive Pro, and announced that companies can adopt the cloud storage service as a standalone product, without having to sign up for Office 365 or SharePoint Online.
Update: Microsoft reacts to XP upgrade critics with free file transfer tool
Reacting to criticism from customers that upgrading from Windows XP was 'impossible,' Microsoft today announced it would give away a limited migration tool to help people move to a newer operating system.
Update: More top-tier Microsoft execs head for the door
Two of Microsoft's top executives will leave, the company confirmed today, signaling more change as it pivots to become a devices and services seller.
No special treatment for China on XP, patches end April 8 in the PRC, too
Microsoft today said it has not changed the end-of-support policy for Windows XP users in China, and will still cut off those customers -- as it will others around the world -- from security patches after April 8.
Apple's CarPlay to spark mobile apps war in your car
Apple's CarPlay user interface will not only add complexity to existing in-vehicle infotainment systems, it would virtually take away the keys from automakers who plan their own systems and interfaces.
Microsoft aims to make Office 365 'smarter' via social, APIs, machine learning
Microsoft will add new software, developer tools and capabilities to Office 365 in an attempt to make the cloud applications suite a "smarter" product that is better at helping people interact at work.
Android takes 62% share of tablet market in 2013; Apple's share declines
Android and Samsung Electronics were the big winners in the tablet market last year, as sales grew by 68%, according to Gartner.
Users refuse to chuck XP as Windows 8 uptake flattens
For the second month in a row, Windows XP and Windows 8 defied their maker's wishes, as XP gained user share, and Windows 8, the OS Microsoft hopes will fuel sales of new devices, flatlined in February.
Windows XP will still get security support in China
Microsoft is making a special exception in the way it retires Windows XP in China, and will continue offering security support for the OS to users in the nation.
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 mapping patent ruled invalid in Germany
The German Federal Patent Court invalidated a Microsoft mapping patent because it lacked an inventive step, a court spokeswoman said Friday. The company had alleged that Motorola Mobility and Google infringed the patent in the Google Maps app.
Microsoft upgrades iOS version of SkyDrive Pro
Microsoft has a new version of SkyDrive Pro's iOS app that has the cloud storage product's new identity -- OneDrive for Business -- and broadens its scope of users.
The 'Internet of things,' beyond the hype at Mobile World Congress
If you want to find out how the so-called Internet of things is shaking up the tech industry, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the place to be this week.
Microsoft ships Office 2013 SP1 the old-fashioned way
Microsoft delivered the first service pack for Office 2013 on Tuesday, making good on a promise last year to ship the update in early 2014 and synchronizing its release with prior editions' initial service packs.
Analyzing Mobile Phone Choice by Age Is Risky Business
Are iPhones used primarily by more mature mobile users who crave ease of use? Are Android phones more popular among the young, techie and cost-conscious? CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige has discovered there are no simple answers.
Arizona tech firms fight anti-gay bill and a future in a pariah state
Arizona's tech industry is united in fighting a state bill that allows a business to deny service to gay customers for religious reasons.
Windows 8: Learn to love it
If you're having a rough time with your Windows 8 computer, several options are available to smooth out the bumps
Management vendors show Windows Phone some love
IBM-owned Fiberlink and BlackBerry are adding Windows Phone to the list of platforms they can manage and protect, as enterprise interest for the smartphone OS is increasing.
Why Ford is dumping Microsoft for Blackberry's QNX OS
Reports indicated Ford is ready to leave Microsoft behind as the supplier of its in-vehicle infotainment platform and move to Blackberry's QNX OS. I own a Ford with Sync, so I can tell you why they're doing it.
IE zero-day exploit being used in widespread attacks
The number of attacks exploiting a yet-to-be-patched vulnerability in Internet Explorer has increased dramatically over the past few days, indicating the exploit is no longer used just in targeted attacks against particular groups of people.
Ultimate cloud speed tests: Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure
A diverse set of real-world Java benchmarks shows that Google is fastest, Azure is slowest, and Amazon is priciest
Microsoft's TypeScript graduates to Visual Studio
Microsoft's 'go-low' play puts Windows revenue on the line
Analysts were uncertain today whether the recent stretch of "go-low" moves by Microsoft means that the company has tweaked its strategy to emphasize services at the expense of devices.
Ex-Microsoft architect's startup focuses on SaaS integration
A former Microsoft architect has founded a startup called Azuqua aimed at tackling the problem of joining together and automating business processes from multiple SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications.
Microsoft's hardware chief to move aside, make room for Nokia's Elop
Julie Larson-Green, the Microsoft executive who co-led Windows development as recently as last summer and now heads the company's hardware efforts, will move to the group responsible for Office, where she once worked, according to an internal email obtained by the website GeekWire
Microsoft: Android Nokia not our call to make
Microsoft today sidestepped commenting on the Nokia's decision to launch a new low-cost smartphone powered by an offshoot of Google's Android.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!
More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.
Nokia's X phone line: What will Microsoft do with it?
Will Microsoft hold on to Nokia's three new X phones on Android once the deal to buy Nokia is final in the coming weeks? Three analysts attending the Mobile World Congress gave three different perspectives.
Verizon says heavy Web users should pay more
Heavy broadband users should help shoulder the cost of their traffic, but Verizon Communications does not give preferential treatment to some Web traffic, the company's CEO said Monday.
Users mock Microsoft for asking their help on XP-to-Windows 8.1 upgrades
Astute Windows users have pointed out the Achilles Heel of Microsoft's plea for help in getting customers to dump Windows XP: The lack of a smooth upgrade path to Microsoft's newest OS, Windows 8.1.
Microsoft concedes Windows 8.1 needs more for mouse, keyboard customers
Microsoft on Sunday publicly acknowledged what leaks had shown, that the company will issue an update to Windows 8.1 this spring that provides more tools for owners of traditional PCs controlled by mouse and keyboard.
Windows Phone to get long-awaited enterprise update
Microsoft will soon offer an update to its Windows Phone operating system that will bring a number of new features targeted at enterprise users.
New smartphone OS flags will fly at Mobile World Congress
Smartphone OS entrants hoping to chip away at the dominance of Android and iOS are heading to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, facing a landscape that has changed since last year's show.
Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut
Microsoft has cut the price of Windows 8.1 by nearly three-fourths to device makers who produce lower-cost laptops and tablets.
Microsoft Azure continues enterprise push with private on-ramps
Microsoft continues to target the enterprise with the introduction of a private on-ramp for Windows Azure cloud services.
Gates sells another 20M shares; lead over Ballmer shrinks to nearly nothing
Bill Gates has sold another 20 million shares of the company he co-founded, taking $752 million out of his shrinking Microsoft portfolio.
Why Apple needs a $700 MacBook Air
Apple has been able to maintain high prices and high margins for its computers even as competitors jumped into a pricing pit. But with computer sales drooping, Apple may use the opportunity to lower prices.
Nokia Here Maps app coming to Windows 8.1
Nokia's Here Maps application will be available for free in the coming days for all Windows 8.1 users, including those with devices running Windows Pro and Windows RT.
Hey Microsoft, where's the next Mac Office?
Microsoft is behind the schedule it used for the last several iterations of Office for the Mac, and has not breathed a word about its Mac intentions.
White House takes steps against patent trolls
The White House will launch new efforts aimed at combating abusive patent lawsuits, including a website to assist defendants of patent lawsuits brought by so-called patent trolls.
Adobe Flash exploit targets security, public policy sites
Abobe planned to release an emergency update for Flash Player on Thursday, after security vendor FireEye pointed to a zero-day exploit used by attackers to target visitors to websites of three nonprofits, two of which focus on national security and public policy.
Microsoft dubs 'confusing' Office Web Apps as Office Online
Microsoft today rebranded its browser-based Office Web Apps, stripped-down versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, as Office Online.
Microsoft delivers stopgap defense against active IE10 attacks
Microsoft on Wednesday issued a stopgap defense that protects IE9 and IE10 against ongoing attacks until the company issues a patch, probably in three weeks.
The surprise power hog for mobile storage: software
Flash storage can be a big power consumer in mobile devices, but it's not the flash that sucks up all that energy, it's the software that goes with it, according to researchers from the University of California at San Diego and Microsoft.
What if Microsoft threw an iPad Office party, and no one came?
Microsoft will make a killing when it launches Office apps for Apple's iPad and tablets powered by Android. Or will it?
Oracle creates suite of marketing software
After spending billions to acquire a series of marketing-related software companies, Oracle is now undergoing the process of creating a unified suite it can take to battle against competing offerings from the likes of Salesforce.com and Microsoft.
Microsoft kills SkyDrive, launches OneDrive
Three weeks after announcing OneDrive as the new label for SkyDrive, Microsoft today activated the renamed storage service, and offered some new incentives that give customers more space.
How to set up Microsoft's Web Application Proxy
Implementing WAP involves a lot of moving pieces; here's what admins need to know for a successful rollout.
Apple takes top spot in brand value computation
Apple was appointed the world's highest-valued brand today by Brand Finance, which said the Cupertino, Calif. company's brand is worth nearly $105 billion.
Microsoft claims 200M Windows 8 licenses sold, but how many are in use?
Microsoft last week said that it had sold 200 million licenses of Windows 8 since the operating system launched more than 15 months ago. But how many copies are actually being used?
Microsoft pushes ahead with Skype-Lync integration
Microsoft will demonstrate on Tuesday how Lync and Skype users will be able to communicate via video conferencing, the next stage of the integration between its enterprise unified communications server and its consumer IM and IP telephony network.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: You can keep using XP for another year, but do you really want to?
While clinging to the 11-year-old OS after Microsoft issues its last security patch in April is defensible, the security risks are going to keep mounting.
Samsung and Nokia in the spotlight at Mobile World Congress
The two most talked about smartphones ahead of this year's Mobile World Congress sit at opposites sides of the spectrum; the low-end Android-based Nokia X and Samsung Electronics' new flagship model, the Galaxy S5.
Microsoft marshals marketing, service, social for Dynamics CRM
Microsoft is about to make a fresh run at its CRM rival Salesforce.com with new capabilities for marketing automation, customer support and social media monitoring.
Mozilla's top exec defends in-Firefox ads, revenue search
The chairwoman of Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit that funds the development of Firefox, is defending the decision to pursue in-browser ads, saying that it's important to generate revenue.
Microsoft sets Oct. 31 as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales
Microsoft has set Oct. 31 as the end of sales of new consumer-grade Windows 7 PCs, but for now has left open the do-not-sell-after-this-date for business machines.
Update: Third of Internet Explorer users at risk from attacks
Microsoft on Friday said that both Internet Explorer 10 and its
predecessor, IE9, contained an unpatched vulnerability, but that hackers
were currently exploiting only the newest, IE10.
Perspective: Microsoft hedges on Office for iPad, cites 'thoughtful' decisions
'Thoughtful' was the watchword yesterday for Tami Reller, Microsoft's chief of marketing, when she was asked how the company plans to extend its lucrative Office franchise to mobile platforms other than Windows
IE10 under attack as hackers exploit zero-day bug
FireEye today said it had discovered that attackers are actively exploiting a new, unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer 10.
Microsoft zaps Skype IM bugs
Microsoft has fixed a variety of bugs that affected people's ability to use Skype's instant messaging feature across different devices.
Nokia Lumia Icon on sale Feb. 20 exclusively at Verizon
Verizon Wireless will sell the Nokia Lumia Icon smartphone starting Feb. 20 for $199.99 and a two-year contract.
Windows Phone's Q4 share stumbles as Nokia's sales slump
Windows' share of the smartphone market fell slightly in the December quarter as the biggest manufacturer supporting Microsoft's OS, Nokia, posted less-than-stellar sales numbers, IDC said today.
Visual Studio 2013 reaches past the IDE
Microsoft delivers editing, debugging, deployment, project architecture, and ALM improvements stretching from Windows to Web development, from mobile devices to clouds
iTunes is almost as big a biz as OEM Windows
Apple's iTunes, software and services group generated almost as much revenue in 2013 as the Microsoft division responsible for licensing Windows to computer and smartphone makers, according to comparisons of the companies' financial statements.
Windows XP isn't the only software getting the knife in 8 weeks
Microsoft will call it quits not only on Windows XP in less than two months, but will pull the plug on Office 2003 the same day.
Microsoft addresses critical IE vulnerabilities for Patch Tuesday
Administrators hoping to slack off a bit for this month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday will have no opportunity to do so. At the last minute, Microsoft added a slew of Internet Explorer (IE) fixes to its monthly release of software patches, including one patch that fixes a publicly known vulnerability.
Oracle software on Microsoft Azure gets a general availability date
Oracle's database, WebLogic application server and Java programming language will soon be generally available on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service, marking a major milestone in the high-profile partnership the vendors announced in June 2013.
7 Reasons Not to Use Open Source Software
Businesses of all sizes embrace open source software and the benefits it can bring. Sometimes, though, choosing proprietary software makes better business sense. Here are seven scenarios when it pays to pay for your software.
Microsoft offers multifactor authentication to all Office 365 users
Microsoft is offering multifactor authentication free as an option to all users of its Office 365 suite, a hosted set of Microsoft Office tools and applications.
Microsoft adds critical IE, XP fixes to Tuesday's patch slate
Microsoft on Monday unexpectedly added two more critical security updates to the list it will deliver tomorrow, including one for all versions of Internet Explorer and another for the soon-to-be-retired Windows XP.
Nokia plans forked Android smartphone for Barcelona unveiling
Nokia plans to announce an Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Gates on Reddit AMA: Next-gen condoms, NSA, Bitcoin, his new role at Microsoft
Bill Gates has hopes a better condom will reduce HIV infections, is optimistic about digital currencies' ability to help the poor, and trusts he'll be able to help Microsoft in his new role as technology adviser.
Microsoft PowerBI puts Web and internal data on the map
Microsoft's new service, Power BI, provides a way to analyze data and present the results in a visually appealing way, without the bother of consulting an enterprise business intelligence software package.
Backlash slaps Microsoft's 'help-a-friend-dump-XP' plea
Microsoft's appeal to its technically-advanced customers to help friends and family ditch Windows XP didn't quite work out like the company had hoped.
Nadella's $40M portfolio puny compared to Ballmer's
Microsoft disclosed new CEO Satya Nadella's stock holdings -- both those he now controls and a larger number he has coming to him -- at 1.1 million shares, with a paper value of nearly $40 million.
Preston Gralla: Patents don't equal innovation
Today, lawyers at times have as much influence as engineers, if not more, and patents are used to fend off competitors and to force them to pay licensing fees that can run to billions of dollars annually.
Google goes after enterprise with Chromebox for meetings
Google is opening the door wider to the enterprise, launching a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and cheaper to have face-to-face meetings with far-flung co-workers.
Perspective: Microsoft asks for volunteers to join its kill-XP army
Microsoft today implored its technically astute customers to help friends and family who are still running Windows XP get rid of the soon-to-be-retired operating system.
Why Steve Ballmer Left Microsoft Better Than He Found It
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella certainly has his work cut out for him, but his job pales in comparison to the mess Steve Ballmer inherited in 2000. Nadella should succeed -- and if he does, he owes a lot to his oft-maligned predecessor.
Microsoft plans another short patch slate for next week, but finds a few XP bugs to crush
Microsoft Thursday said it will issue five security updates next week, two tagged as "critical," to close holes in Windows and the company's Exchange-based Forefront Protection 2010 security software.
How effective will Gates be as Microsoft tech advisor?
Microsoft made a surprising, intriguing and dramatic announcement on Tuesday: No, it wasn't Satya Nadella&'s appointment as CEO to replace Steve Ballmer. It was the news that Bill Gates would step down as chairman and take on a new tech advisory role in which he'll substantially increase his involvement with the company he co-founded in 1975.
California proposes mandatory kill-switch on phones and tablets
Politicians and law enforcement officials in California will introduce a bill on Friday that requires all smartphones and tablet PCs sold in the state be equipped with a digital "kill-switch" that would make the devices useless if stolen.
Antitrust deal leaves Google unscathed
Google's agreement to end its three-year antitrust dispute with the European Union gives the company's search rivals a boost, but it's probably not enough to make a dent in Google's search engine dominance
Nadella's rise renews appeals for Office on iPad, Android tablets
The anointment of new CEO Satya Nadella has renewed calls by analysts that Microsoft free its profitable Office franchise from Windows and release full-featured versions for Android and iOS tablets.
The future of Dynamics in a Nadella-led Microsoft
Microsoft's Dynamics ERP and CRM product lines seemed safe immediately following former CEO Steve Ballmer';s sweeping reorganization of the company last year. But now that longtime Microsoft executive Satya Nadella has been named Ballmer's successor, the time is ripe for more focused speculation on the future of Dynamics. Here's a look at what could be in store.
Microsoft promises Nadella up to $18M for fiscal year 2015
Microsoft this week set Satya Nadella's annual base salary at $1.2 million, nearly twice his predecessor's but right on the average of CEOs in the tech industry, an executive compensation expert said today.
Humorists strike gold with Nadella's promotion, Gates' job change
Humorists stuck a minor gold mine yesterday when Microsoft anointed Satya Nadella, a veteran company insider, as its new CEO, proving that funny can be found in the most unlikely places.
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Is the PC apocalypse upon us? Latest sales figures say it might be.
PC shipments had their deepest decline every in 2013, and 2014 doesn't look much better, according to IDC's latest forecasts. Does this mean that the PC apocalypse is finally upon us?
Steve Ballmer's temper tantrum over Nokia buyout led to his firing, says report
Steve Ballmer's famously volcanic temper was the last straw for Microsoft's board, and eventually led to his firing after he berated them so loudly about their not backing his Nokia buyout plan that his shouts could be heard outside the closed doors of a conference room. So reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Was there more to it than just Ballmer's temper tantrum?
Two Microsoft execs fade away: Reller and Bates are out
Tami and Tony taken out behind the barn.
Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) new CEO is doing some spring-cleaning. Looks like Tami Reller's getting the blame for Windows 8, and there's simply no reason to keep Tony Bates hanging around like the metaphorical bad smell.
In other news, Scrooled-meister Mark Penn is getting a promotion. Oh brother.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll until their extraocular muscles scream for mercy. Not to mention: MC Chris crosses the nerdcore streams, in tribute to Harold Ramis...
Microsoft taking chance on free Windows 8.1 giveaway?
Pass, go, or collect?
This is not a Nigerian "419" scam, a method to earn millions browsing the web from home, or an attempt to sell a bridge in Brooklyn. However, some bloggers are having a hard time believing rumors that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will soon give Windows 8.1 away for free.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are skeptically optimistic and optimistically skeptical.
Smile, Kinect users. The Brits may spy on you with your camera.
A report that Britain's spy agency GCHQ has snooped on and stored webcam images from millions of Yahoo users has potential dangers for Kinect owners. The surveillance agency has been evaulating using Kinect's camera to spy on its owners as well.
Windows Phone will be fastest-growing phone OS in the world, IDC says. Is it for real?
Users for now may not be flocking to Windows Phone, but yet one more research firm says that it will be fastest-growing major smartphone OS in the world through 2018. Does this mean the OS is finally breaking through?
New report calls Windows Phone 'top performer' and 'fastest growing OS in the world'
It may seem that there's only bad news for Windows Phone these days, but a new report from a respected research firm says that Windows is the "fastest growing OS in the world," and sees good times ahead for it. Is this just hype, or is there some truth behind it?
Why is Microsoft dissing Apple when it comes to Office?
Microsoft's so far refusing to release a version of Office for the iPad is not the only way that the company is dissing Apple. It's been more than three years since the company has released a version of Office for the Mac, and there's still no release date. Why is Microsoft treating Apple so badly when it comes to Office?
4 reasons you'll like Microsoft's new OneDrive
Microsoft's rebranding of its cloud-storage service SkyDrive to OneDrive is more than just a name change. Here are four new features that make the service even better.
Mac users four times more engaged than Windows users
Mac users are almost four times more likely to upgrade to the latest edition of their OS in comparison with Windows users, with nearly a quarter of the most active users of both platforms now using Macs.
Office to be released for the iPad before Windows tablets? What gives, Microsoft?
The on-again, off-again love affair between Office and the iPad continues: The latest rumors say that Office will arrive on the iPad even before it comes to Windows tablets. No matter the truth of things, Microsoft needs to make clear its Office strategy, or else it will give up ground to competitors.
Microsoft backs off on Office for iPad. Is this the revenge of the company's old guard?
Even though former CEO Steve Ballmer promised last fall that Microsoft would be bringing Office to the iPad, there's a new sheriff in town, and that promise no longer holds. The company is now strongly hinting that Office for the iPad may be a non-starter. Is this a return to the bad old days of Microsoft?
Failing Microsoft must bring Office to iPad
Microsoft may have chosen a new CEO but it seems it still hasn't figured out how to carve a future in the Apple-driven Post-PC computer world. And it all comes down to Office.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday for February 2014
With this February Patch Tuesday release from Microsoft, we see 7 security bulletins with four updates rated as Critical by Microsoft and the remaining four bulletins rated as Important.
Will a 'Windroid' Windows-Android mashup be Microsoft's new love child?
Reports say Microsoft is considering letting Android apps run on both Windows and Windows Phone. Is this yet one more sign that the company is embracing Android as part of its core business?