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New stats: Microsoft’s fastest-growing OS is … not Windows 8

Microsoft’s Windows 7 continued its rebound in June, climbing to 50.55 percent of worldwide desktop operating system usage. And despite its retirement, Windows XP saw a small increase in market share during the month, clawing back up to 25.31 percent of worldwide usage, according to the latest desktop operating system stats from NetMarketShare. Windows 8.1 also saw… Read More

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Windows 7 tops 50% of desktop PC usage for first time

Windows 7 is making a mid-life comeback. Five years after its release, the Microsoft operating system surpassed 50 percent market share among desktop computers for the first time in May — making it the most-used Windows version by a margin of 2-to-1, according to the latest statistics from NetApplications. The uptick, from 48.8 percent in March, was… Read More

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China bans government use of Windows 8

China has banned the use of Windows 8 on government computers, Reuters reported today. Oddly enough, the move came as a part of a notice on energy-saving products, though it seems the decision was unrelated to those measures. Xinhua, China’s official news agency, claimed that the decision was made to ensure computer security after Microsoft… Read More

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Microsoft patches IE bug in Windows XP, changing course

In a major turn of events in the Internet security world, Microsoft says it will patch a high-profile vulnerability in Internet Explorer on versions of Windows including Windows XP, despite recently ending support for XP and saying it would no longer issue security patches for the aging operating system. Plans for the emergency security patch were announced by… Read More

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Microsoft under pressure to patch IE bug for Windows XP

With a high-profile bug leaving Microsoft’s Internet Explorer vulnerable to attack, and about 25 percent of the world still running Windows XP, should Microsoft release a patch for XP users, making an exception to its decision to end support for the aging operating system? That’s the question as the company scrambles to address the bug, which is severe… Read More

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Chart: PC industry resets, aims to return to growth

The traditional notebook and desktop PC industry experienced its best quarter in nearly two years, according to numbers released by the Gartner research firm this week. Yes, shipments declined by 1.7 percent, but that was much better than in recent quarters, exceeding forecasts for the period. Microsoft’s end of support for Windows XP played a… Read More

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Attention, Windows XP holdouts: The end is here

Are you still running Windows XP? Are you ready for Tuesday? More than 12 years after Windows XP’s release, Microsoft will officially end support for the aging operating system on Tuesday, April 8 — three days from now. That means no more security updates. Yes, of course, Windows XP machines will continue to run. But… Read More

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Microsoft warns of ‘serious problems’ for businesses that stick with Windows XP

Microsoft is trying to convince business owners that it’s time to retire their Windows XP installations, and start using a more modern operating system. The company is ending support for the venerable edition of Windows on April 8, which means after that point, XP won’t be getting any more updates, including security protection. While that… Read More

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Dear NASA: Nice work landing on Mars — maybe now you should dump Windows XP?

Attention, Microsoft: It’s probably time to send a sales rep to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A video by Boing Boing, showing NASA officials celebrating the historic landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars last night, provided a different type of curiosity for Windows watchers. Namely, why is the space agency still running an 11-year-old version… Read More

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Windows 8 for $40: Will this convince you to upgrade?

With the release of Windows 8 approaching, Microsoft is making a bid for the attention of existing Windows users by streamlining and lowering the cost of upgrading. PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro via online download for $39.99, with an option to add… Read More

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Farewell, Windows Vista: I’m going to miss you, old friend

Microsoft is ending mainstream support for Windows Vista today, and I’m getting a little choked up just thinking about it. OK, not quite, but in contrast with the PC users and Microsoft executives who would rather forget about the ill-fated operating system, I actually have lots of fond memories of Windows Vista. As a reporter… Read More