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Microsoft profit drops but devices, consumer products help results
Microsoft's profit dropped and its revenue was almost flat in its third fiscal quarter, during which the company replaced Steve Ballmer with Satya Nadella as CEO.
Microsoft Surface Mini seems likely to ship soon
Microsoft may be prepping to ship a mini version of its Surface tablets within a month, based on an Amazon.com listing for a case custom made for the device.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Here comes the black market for XP patches
For most people, XP patches will be unobtainable through legitimate channels. Sounds like a market to me.
Apple defies PC downturn again, boosts Mac sales
Apple on Wednesday said it sold 4.1 million Macs in the March quarter, growing sales during a period when the personal computer industry overall continued to contract.
Nadella departs from predecessor's practice, will do earnings call Thursday
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will participate in Thursday's quarterly earnings call, a departure from the company's past practice, when former chief executive Steve Ballmer rarely joined calls with Wall Street analysts.
Microsoft's Bing goes ad-free for all U.S. schools
Microsoft yesterday opened its ad-free Bing search engine option to all U.S. K-12 schools, both public and private, after running a pilot program since August.
Apple kicks off public OS X beta testing
Apple today followed Microsoft in opening up pre-release, or beta, versions of its personal computer operating system to all comers.
Russian leaker resurfaces, claims Microsoft will issue second Windows update this year
A notorious Windows leaker dubbed 'Wzor' says Microsoft will issue yet another update to Windows 8.1 later this year, evidence of an even-faster acceleration in the company's development tempo.
The iPad's expected ebb, and the search for why
Apple is expected Wednesday to confirm Wall Street's fears, that iPad sales growth not only slackened in the March quarter, but reversed course with fewer of the iconic tablets sold than the year before.
Microsoft gets Motorola Solutions to pay licensing fee for Android use
Microsoft has extended its controversial yet successful crusade to extract licensing fees from vendors that use Google's Android and Chrome operating systems, adding Motorola Solutions to the list of vendors agreeing to patent deals.
Microsoft to wrap Nokia deal Friday, name subsidiary 'Microsoft Mobile'
Microsoft today said that it will close the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business on Friday, about eight months after revealing the deal.
Microsoft takes Iowa from corn to .com
Microsoft is building some 1.16 million square feet of new data center space in Iowa.
Analysts Have Mixed Emotions in Bidding Farewell to Windows XP
Microsoft's end-of-support deadline for Windows XP last week came with mixed emotions. After 13 years of XP use on desktops worldwide, saying goodbye to the most dominating operating systems of its time begs a question: Should we continue to use and turn a blind eye to our beloved XP, saving the real innovation for the tablets and smartphones we increasingly rely on?
IE6: Retired but not dead yet
Microsoft may have retired Internet Explorer 6 last week, but it's still keeping track of the ancient browser's user share on a death watch-like website that's been running for more than three years.
Windows' new normal shows software-as-a-service ambitions
Microsoft's new updating "normal" for Windows -- a faster-paced tempo that demands customers apply releases within weeks -- is a first step in moving the OS to a services-style model. But companies may be leery of the change.
Microsoft extends Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline for business
Microsoft on Wednesday extended the Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline for businesses by three months, but again told consumers they had less than four weeks to make the move before the company shuts off their patch faucet.
Microsoft slashes Windows XP custom support prices just days before axing public patches
Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price of custom support agreements that give large companies and government agencies another year of XP patches, experts reported today.
Microsoft launches toolset for capturing 'ambient intelligence'
Microsoft is targeting the growing volume of data being generated by both machines and humans: CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday showed off tools that could help organizations better understand -- and profit from -- this trove of information.
Intel looks to Android, not Microsoft, to boost tablet business
In case it wasn't clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is where it's at.
Microsoft kicks off sales of lower-priced Office subscription in bid for iPad dollars
Five weeks after announcing a lower-cost subscription to Office, Microsoft today started selling Office 365 Personal to consumers.
Microsoft concedes Chromebooks are work-worthy
Microsoft on Monday conceded that Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks the operating system powers are capable of doing real work, a reversal of its 'Scroogled' campaign that once blasted the laptops as worthless.
Microsoft beefs up Office Online
Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, narrowing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users' devices.
Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise
It's hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors.
How to get Windows Phone 8.1 today
Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 today, and contrary to its label of "Windows Phone Preview for Developers," anyone can upgrade their current Windows Phone 8-powered handset.
Microsoft puts the squeeze on Windows to shoehorn it into 16GB devices
Microsoft has revealed how it will squeeze Windows 8.1 onto devices with storage space as small as 16GB to fulfill a promise earlier this year that OEMs could produce low-cost tablets and laptops.
Update: IRS misses XP deadline, will spend $30M to upgrade remaining PCs
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service acknowledged last week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support and will be paying Microsoft for an extra year of security patches.
The Mainframe Isn't Dead, and Neither Is the PC
The mainframe was supposed to go extinct decades ago, but it's abundant in many habitats. Same goes for the PC, which seems to have adapted for survival better than once thought. Both the mainframe and the PC offer evolutionary advantages that newer, more sophisticated species still struggle to match.
Microsoft drags customers 'kicking and screaming' into its world of faster updates
Microsoft's demand that Windows 8.1 users install this week's major update was another signal that the company is serious about forcing customers to adopt its faster release strategy, experts said today.
Windows 8.1 Update deep-dive review: An OS that makes more sense
In Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft may be finally getting it right: The latest version of its operating system finally bridges the gap between touch and traditional computing.
Collaboration 2.0: Old meets new
Today's tools are a lot like yesterday's in some respects, except they add features for cloud, social, Web and mobile. They're also a whole lot easier to use.
MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50
MediaFire has launched a storage and file-sharing service that it argues is more secure than Amazon's.
Microsoft suspends Windows 8.1 Update release to businesses
Microsoft suspended serving Windows 8.1 Update to businesses that rely on WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), saying that a bug would prevent devices from recognizing future updates.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday bids adieu to Windows XP
This month's "Patch Tuesday" includes the final round of security fixes Microsoft will issue for Windows XP, potentially leaving millions that continue to use the OS open to attack.
Windows 8.1 Update arrives today
Microsoft will deliver the much-awaited update to Windows 8.1 Tuesday, and with it comes a packed goody bag of treats for laptop and PC users.
Microsoft requires migration to Windows 8.1 Update within 5 weeks
Windows 8.1 users have a narrow window to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update, the refresh that begins rolling out to customers today, to continue receiving future bug fixes, patches and enhancements.
How to run Windows XP in a virtual machine
If the imminent end-of-support deadline for Windows XP has finally spurred you to make the update to Windows 8, you might be concerned about whether you'll still be able to run your old programs. Fortunately, there's a way you can run any Windows XP software you wish, using virtualization.
FAQ: Good-bye old pal, old paint, Windows XP
Today's the day: Microsoft will serve up its final public patches for Windows XP, the aging OS that's been around since 2001.
China obtains patent concessions in return for approving Microsoft-Nokia deal
China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use, fearing that the proposed acquisition between the two companies could spell trouble for the nation's Android device makers.
Windows XP: The end is nigh
When Microsoft ends support for Windows XP on Tuesday, a security sinkhole will likely open and gradually widen, threatening hundreds of millions of PCs worldwide in homes, companies, government agencies and schools.
Low adoption rate of HSTS website security mechanism is worrying, EFF says
Almost a year and a half after the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) mechanism was established as a standard, its adoption rate by websites remains low because developers are not aware of its benefits and Internet Explorer still doesn't support it, according to advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Microsoft touts next-gen Windows for connected cars
Microsoft is moving Windows to the car, again.
Salted Links: 7 April 2014
The Hash is on the road this week, but while yours truly is flying the friendly skies, the following round-up will keep you in the loop on current events and interesting research. Today's cache includes a unique attack on Microsoft Outlook, using XSS to launch DoS attacks, and a note on the end of Windows XP.
How to Support Windows XP Now That Microsoft Isn't
Official Microsoft support for Windows XP ends tomorrow. However, as many as 20 percent of business endpoints still use the popular operating system. If your company ranks among those still using XP, here's how you can protect your machines from the forthcoming onslaught of security vulnerabilities.
Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows
Microsoft this week gave customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run "Metro" apps on the classic desktop.
4 reasons Microsoft is a new company
There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.
5-year-old hacks Xbox, now he's a Microsoft 'security researcher'
A 5-year-old San Diego boy has been commended by Microsoft for his security skills after finding a vulnerability in the company's Xbox games console.
Microsoft will block adware without easy uninstall
Microsoft has toughened its criteria for classifying programs as adware and gave developers three months to conform with the new principles or risk having their programs blocked by the company's security products.
Microsoft unveils App Studio to ease development of Windows and Windows Phone apps
Microsoft's App Studio beta test has been expanded to allow novice developers to build applications for Windows tablets and PCs, in addition to Windows Phone.
At Build, mobility gets a boost with universal Windows apps
Microsoft's announcement of universal Windows apps demonstrates the company's commitment to improving its share of the tablet and smartphone markets.
Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite
With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.
Build: Microsoft Azure embraces external technologies
As it rolled out tools and features for coders at its Build developer conference Thursday, Microsoft showed that it is ready to embrace technologies and platforms not invented within its walls.
Microsoft sketches out final Windows XP security updates for next week
Microsoft today said it will ship four security updates to customers next week that will include the final public fixes for flaws in Windows XP and Office 2003, both slated for retirement from security support on Tuesday.
Microsoft teases touch-first Office for Windows
Microsoft teased a touch-first Office for Windows 8.1, but contrary to many experts' expectations, previewed only one app and declined to define a release window.
Cortana's voice is synthesized in part from an AI character in Halo
Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, gets her name from a fictional character in the popular Halo video game series.
Microsoft signals strategy shift at Build conference
Instead of relegating desktops to a lower priority while pursuing the mobile device market, Microsoft will integrate its PC dominance into its current core strategy to become a devices and services company, opening keynotes at the company's 2014 Build developer conference suggest.
Hell freezes over: Microsoft makes Windows free for some devices
Microsoft will give away licenses to Windows Phone and Windows to device makers building smartphones or tablets with screens smaller than 9-in. measured diagonally.
Three new Lumia smartphones to run Windows Phone 8.1
Nokia announced three new Lumia smartphones on Wednesday that will run the just-announced Windows Phone 8.1 OS, including a Lumia 630 with a dual 3G SIM variant that will cost $169.
Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed, with Cortana digital assistant
Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 on Wednesday, and confirmed reports that the new OS includes Microsoft's first voice-activated digital assistant, called Cortana.
Microsoft slates April 8 release of Windows 8.1 Update
Microsoft today said that it will ship a Windows 8.1 refresh, a set of new features designed to make the struggling OS easier to use for customers with a mouse and keyboard, on April 8.
Trek Bicycle Rides Project Management Tool to Efficiency
Getting new products to market on time is critical, especially for a business that is seasonal. In order to improve new product development and delivery Trek Bicycle implemented a project management tool that is keeping teams better connected, collaborating and creative.
Microsoft to live stream Build keynote today
Microsoft will webcast the opening keynote address from its Build developers conference today starting at 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET).
Microsoft Windows can't keep partying like it's 1999
Microsoft partners, developers and customers may get a clearer picture this week of how the company plans to keep Windows relevant now that its rock-solid position in the market has been shaken up by competitors, shifts in technology and the lukewarm reception of recent releases.
Can Microsoft's Windows Phone OS surge in market share?
Microsoft on Wednesday is expected to launch Version 8.1 of its Windows Phone platform at its annual Build developers conference, and that move will be followed later in the day by a separate Nokia event where two new phones running the new OS are expected to be announced.
Ex-Microsoft employee pleads guilty to trade secret theft
Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo, who two weeks ago was charged with stealing -- then leaking -- company secrets, pleaded guilty on Monday in a Seattle federal court.
Last-minute lazybones dump Windows XP
Windows XP and Windows 8 returned to their traditional pattern in March, with the soon-to-be-retired XP losing the most user share since December while Windows 8 gained ground.
Security Manager's Journal: A rush to XP's end of life
The end of Microsoft support is fast approaching, and the company still has a lot of machines running the old Windows operating system.
Microsoft cuts Azure prices, adds basic tier
Microsoft said Monday it was cutting prices of its Azure cloud services to match the prices of competitor Amazon Web Services in the latest in a price war in cloud services.
Offshore firms took 50% of H-1B visas in 2013
Data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows clearly that the largest users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcing firms.
Oracle overtakes IBM as second-largest software vendor, Gartner says
Oracle has overtaken rival IBM as the world's second-largest software vendor by pulling in $29.6 billion in software revenue during 2013, according to analyst firm Gartner.
Bing adds context to people, places with 'snapshot' feature
Bing is poised to function like a souped-up Yellow Pages, with visual search results offering more information about professionals such as lawyers and doctors.
Early STEM education will lead to more women in IT
A leading advocate for introducing girls to computer science argues that educators must develop required programs at the K-12 level to resolve gender imbalance in the tech sector.
Microsoft's Word for iPad cracks top 10 in gross revenue
Microsoft's new Word for iPad app has cracked the top 10 on Apple's App Store 'Top Grossing' chart.
Where's the touch-first Office for Windows?
When Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad on Thursday, neither CEO Satya Nadella nor the company said much of anything about a similar touch version for Windows 8.1. Analysts expect that to change this week.
Nadella wins praise for public debut as CEO
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first public appearance on Thursday was a hit with analysts, who gave him a thumbs up for his time on stage as the company unveiled Office for iPad.
After outcry, Microsoft decides it won't access user data in theft probes
Microsoft will no longer go through email messages and other personal data that users of its online services have stored on its servers, a decision taken after being sharply criticized for accessing a person's inbox as part of an internal investigation.
VMware, Nvidia Revolutionizing Secure Cloud Desktop
The thin client has been largely disappointing from the beginning, but a partnership between VMware and Nvidia may finally give the thin client the performance, scalability, security and price it needs to catch on.
Microsoft's freemium Office apps jump to top of iPad chart
Microsoft's new Office for iPad apps vaulted to the top of the free application chart on Apple's App Store shortly after their Thursday debut.
Nadella to Cook on Office revenue sharing: Drop dead
With the launch of Office for iPad yesterday, Microsoft again effectively cut Apple out of most of the revenue stream by making the apps free to download.
Nadella unveils mobile managment suite for iPad and Android
Along with Office on the iPad, Microsoft Thursday released a comprehensive Enterprise Mobility Suite for managing and securing mobile devices, mobile applications and user identity and access -- all from the cloud.
Microsoft scraps 'Windows-first' practice, puts Office on iPad before Surface
As expected, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted a press conference where the company unveiled Office for iPad, breaking with its past practice of protecting Windows by first launching software on its own operating system.
Update: Microsoft unveils Office for iPad
As expected, Microsoft today announced Office for the iPad at a press event in San Francisco led by CEO Satya Nadella.
On eve of expected Office for iPad, some remain skeptical
Although rumors have pegged today as the day when Microsoft will announce a long-awaited Office for iPad, some remain skeptical that the company will actually pull the trigger.
Microsoft accepted PR backlash to protect IP in Kibkalo leak
Microsoft had no choice but to bite the bullet and take the inevitable public relations backlash stemming from last week's disclosure that it accessed a customer's Hotmail account, an expert in corporate messaging and public relations said.
Bitwig Studio on Linux: Will one top-tier app change the game?
The release of a highly anticipated music application on Ubuntu Linux could be a watershed event for the free OS.
Office for iPad could have security implications, both good and bad
Microsoft is widely expected to announce Office for iPad tomorrow, which could have both positive and negative security implications for businesses that use it, experts say.
Microsoft to webcast event where Office for iPad may be announced
Microsoft on Thursday will publicly webcast a press event from San Francisco during which many expect CEO Satya Nadella to not only make his first appearance but also announce an upcoming Office for Apple's iPad.
Microsoft returns to scare tactic well in dump-XP campaign
Microsoft yesterday pulled out a fear-of-God approach to scare users into dumping Windows XP, telling them that the most popular tasks done on a PC will put them in the crosshairs of cyber criminals.
Infor bets big on Amazon Web Services for cloud ERP
Infor is betting big on Amazon Web Services for its cloud ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) software strategy, with plans to begin offering a series of product suites on the company's IaaS (infrastructure as a service).
2-in-1 devices face a long, slow slog to credibility
Microsoft's efforts to push the concept of a "2-in-1" device, a tablet that does double duty as a notebook, will continue to struggle, an IDC analyst said Tuesday.
Google Now alerts hit desktop Chrome, OS subversion continues
Google yesterday began rolling out Google Now notifications to users of its desktop browsers on Microsoft's Windows and Apple's OS X.
Microsoft warns Word users of ongoing attacks exploiting unpatched bug
Microsoft today warned users of Word 2010 that in-the-wild attacks are exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in the software.
In-memory tech key to moving databases to real time
Last week, application-performance monitoring service provider New Relic launched an offering that allows customers to mine its operational data for business intelligence.
Ballmer hints he may step down from Microsoft board
Microsoft's former CEO, Steve Ballmer, hinted recently that he may soon step down from the company's board.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Office for iPad: Big deal, or big yawn?
Flop or not? Users will soon decide whether Office for the iPad is the greatest thing since Flappy Birds or the next Microsoft Kin. What's a Kin, you ask? Exactly.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you.
OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.
Nokia delays closure of sale to Microsoft of smartphone business
Nokia has delayed to April the sale of its smartphone business to Microsoft as it still hasn't received approvals from certain antitrust authorities in Asia.
Encrypted email service Virtru adds Office 365 compatibility
Virtru has added Microsoft's Office 365 and Outlook Desktop services to its list of compatible email platforms for its encryption product.
Newest bug bounty touts $10K rewards, appeals for help in finding Flash flaws
A new entry in the cash-for-bugs business, the Internet Bug Bounty, recently paid out its first $10,000 rewards.
Internet giants can access your data, too
Security protections have been tightened at many of the major online services, as firms like Google and Microsoft pledge to protect their users against unwanted prying eyes. But while many people fret about unwarranted government access to their data, the Internet firms themselves play by their own set of rules.
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Can Microsoft's new Mini tablet save the Surface?
It looks as if Microsoft's long-rumored Surface Mini may finally be on the verge of being released. Can the small tablet help save the Surface line, or will it be too little, too late?
C'mon, how much difference could it make?
This IT pilot fish's company hires an outside vendor to conduct Windows 7 training for its users -- but maybe not exactly the right training company for the job.
Leaker claims that free cloud-based Windows is headed our way
Microsoft is at work on a free, cloud-based version of Windows called Windows Cloud that requires an Internet connection for full functionality, and whose full features beyond base ones would only be unlocked if you paid for a subscription. So claims a Russian leaker who has often been right before. Is he right again, or is this just a false rumor?
Microsoft tells small businesses and consumers who love XP: Get lost
If you're a big business, Microsoft is happy to provide you with XP security patches at a reasonable cost. But if you're a consumer or own a small business, it's another story: No patches for you, at any price.
Michaels finally confirms massive POS hack (Aaron Bros. as well)
Crafty hackers hack craft stores -- again.
Michaels Stores (NYSE:MIK) has finally confirmed the details of the point-of-sale hack revealed in January. It's unclear what's taken them so long -- the company claims the hack was "highly sophisticated," but everyone uses a blah-blah phrase like that.
Your humble blogwatcher notes that the problem persisted for more than a month after the news first broke. smh.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are aghast that, for the second time, the company's POS was hacked -- lasting almost nine months.
Microsoft Office whips Google Docs: It's finally game over
If there was ever any doubt about whether Microsoft or Google would win the war of office suites, there should be no longer. Within the last several weeks, Microsoft has pulled so far ahead that it's game over. Here's why.
Intel: We're betting our tablet future on Android, not Windows
The unthinkable has happened: When Intel looks into its future, it sees Android, not Windows, at least as far as tablet sales go. Does this mean the end of the Microsoft-Intel Wintel alliance that once ruled the world?
Microsoft's "Scroogled" campaign bites the dust. Or does it?
Microsoft's controversial anti-Google "Scroogled" campaign finally seems to be at an end, with a Microsoft corporate vice president saying the company is "done with the campaign." But not so fast -- the Scroogled site still lives, and Microsoft has left itself wiggle room. Is Scroogled really done?
Windows Phone 8.1 download download download download
No need to be a developer developer developer developer.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is allowing anyone to download the near-final Preview build of Windows Phone 8.1. Although it's billed as a developer-only release, it's easy to get.
The reviews are positively glowing: WinPho8.1 is really pushing their (capacitive) buttons.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ignore the dire warnings and install the released update anyway.
Will Microsoft give away desktop-and-laptop Windows for free?
Microsoft's giving away all versions of Windows on devices smaller than 9 inches was a shocker -- but could a bigger one eventually be on the way? Will Microsoft eventually give away all versions of Windows for free, including those on traditional computers?
Windows chief: Microsoft is all in with Nokia's Android phones
If you doubted that Microsoft backed Nokia's move into Android phones, doubt no more: Windows chief Terry Myerson says that Microsoft will continue to back them even after the Nokia acquisition goes through. Could this mean that more Microsoft Android devices are on the way?
Microsoft Patch Tuesday for April 2014: The final call for XP updates
Well, how do you start, with such a big ending. This Microsoft Patch Tuesday is the final set of updates and security fixes for Windows XP. Windows XP has been a tremendously successful operating system and has truly defined the desktop ecosystem for the past decade. In case you have not yet quite moved on to a later more modern operating system (Windows 7 or 8.x), Microsoft has provided this helpful set of hints and tips regarding your now unsupported favourite desktop operating system.
Google to business XP users: We'll give you $100 to buy a Chromebook
Google is wasting no time luring XP business users to Chromebooks: It's offering them $100 off every Chromebook purchased through Google's Chromebooks for Business program, in addition to other financial incentives. Does Google have a chance sweeping in XP owners, or is this just a PR ploy?
Windows 8.1 update: Good, but no XP killer
The Windows 8.1 update does a nice job of trying to force its dueling touch-oriented and desktop interfaces to get along. It's no coincidence, though, that the update was released on the same day that Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. If the update's purpose was get people to move off Windows XP and take up Windows 8.1, it failed.
Forget the XPocalypse: Sticking with Windows XP can be a smart move
Tomorrow Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, and if you believe the company and others, XP holdouts are head-in-the-sand technophobes heading for disaster. In fact, though, sticking with XP can be a smart move.