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Gregg Keizer

Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal

Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, but could go much further than simple song naming.

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.

Chrome users won't give up, keep pressing Google to restore old-style new tab page

Users of Google's Chrome continue to badger the company to change the browser's new tab page, a sore spot to some for over half a year, even as the Mountain View, Calif. firm sticks to its design guns.

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.

Mac Pro shortage sets record as worst Mac production debacle

Apple's inability to meet demand for its Mac Pro desktop computer has surpassed that of its most egregious Mac production problem in memory, the debacle over the all-in-one iMac of late 2012 and early 2013.

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.

Mozilla names ex-exec Chris Beard as interim CEO

Mozilla today named former executive Chris Beard as its interim CEO and appointed him to its board of directors.

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.

Google quashes 31 vulnerabilities, restores Metro mode 'steppers' with Chrome 34

Google this week updated Chrome to version 34, patching 31 vulnerabilities and paying out nearly $30,000 in bug bounties to outside researchers.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Controversial Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns

CEO of Mozilla for less than two weeks, Brendan Eich stepped down today amid controversy over his 2008 contributions to supporters of Proposition 8, the California initiative that banned same-sex marriage.

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Gregg Keizer Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld.