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Archived Since:February 3, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Microsoft courts developers and enterprises with Internet Explorer 11

New updates for Internet Explorer 11 are included with the Windows 8.1 Update and will be pushed out to Windows 7 users next week as well. A key change is Enterprise Mode IE, which is designed to ease compatibility hassles with old internal web apps. And a new status page allows developers to find out which HTML 5 features IE supports.

A close-up look at the Windows 8.1 Update

A major update to Windows 8.1 arrives via Windows Update on April 8. It's aimed at making the desktop experience easier for keyboard and mouse users. Here's a close-up of the changes you can expect.

What CIOs need to know about Office 365 and Office for iPad

What happens when Apple's App Store restrictions meet Microsoft's confusing Office licensing rules? Chaos, confusion, and potential compliance headaches for businesses, that's what. Here's how CIOs can avoid potentially costly licensing hassles with Office 365 subscriptions.

Microsoft tightens email privacy policy after taking fire over Hotmail incident

After revelations that it had inspected a Hotmail customer's email as part of an internal investigation, Microsoft announced new rules last week. This week, following "uncomfortable" criticism of that policy, the company announced new rules: no inspections without a warrant.

Six clicks: Weird tricks that will actually make you happier with Windows 8.1

Each new update chips away at the annoyances of Windows 8. Here are six power features that are new or improved with the Windows 8.1 update due in a couple of weeks.

Microsoft Office for iPad sets the gold standard for tablet productivity

It took four years, but Microsoft has finally released full-featured Office apps for the iPad. As expected, the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are free to install but require an Office 365 subscription to unlock the full set of features. Here's what you can expect.

A closer look at Microsoft Office for the iPad

After years of speculation, Microsoft has finally delivered editions of its flagship business productivity programs to the iPad platform. Here's what you'll find in the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps.

What's really behind Microsoft's investigation into software leaks?

Microsoft is under fire for allegedly violating the privacy of a "French blogger" in the investigation of a 2012 leak of some of its most valuable trade secrets. Here's the side of the story critics are missing.

How Microsoft tracked down a spy who leaked its secrets

Alex A. Kibkalo, the former Microsoft employee charged this week with leaking the company's trade secrets, was a little too loyal to Microsoft services. That turned out to be his undoing.

Mozilla abandons development of Metro Firefox for Windows 8

After nearly two years, Mozilla has decided to throw in the towel on its effort to build a hybrid browser that would compete with Internet Explorer 11 on touch-enabled Windows 8 devices. The stated reason? A profound lack of interes...

A close-up look at Windows 8.1 Update 1

A major update to Windows 8.1 is scheduled to arrive next month. It's aimed at making the desktop experience easier for keyboard and mouse users. Here's a close-up of the changes you can expect.

A new Windows 8.1 update tries to win back desktop diehards

With its second major update to Windows 8 in less than 18 months, Microsoft is trying to ease the pain for Windows users who are befuddled by the Windows 8 interface on conventional PCs. Here's what you can expect. Will it be enough to calm the troubled waters?

Windows 8.1 update leaks to the web, direct from Redmond

The much-anticipated Windows 8.1 spring update, released to manufacturing days ago and due for public distribution in early April, leaked to the web early. The source isn't a shady Eastern European download site but Microsoft's own Windows Update servers.

10 amazingly stupid things the 'experts' will try to tell you about Microsoft

In Silicon Valley (and in media satellites that take the NoCal mindset to New York and beyond), everyone has an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, and a Gmail account. Microsoft products and services might as well be from Mars. So be skeptical when you read analyses or predictions of what's coming next from Redmond.

Why Microsoft should welcome Nokia's new Android phones

If you think Nokia's decision to introduce a line of Android-powered phones is a threat to Microsoft, think again. With Microsoft's new "devices and services" emphasis, these phones are a logical fit, even after the acquisition clos...

Office 365: After one year, how's Microsoft doing?

Microsoft is betting big on cloud computing, and its biggest stack of chips is on Office 365. One year after the biggest launch in its history, how's that gamble working out?

What the Windows 7 Pro sales lifecycle changes mean to consumers and business buyers

Under Microsoft's traditional sales lifecycle, Windows 7 PCs would have disappeared from the marketplace later this year. But Windows 7 Pro has been granted an extension. What does that mean if you're in the market for a Windows 7 P...

Microsoft expands multi-factor authentication for Office 365

Microsoft has had multi-factor authentication support for Office 365 administrative accounts since last year. Now that important security feature is available for ordinary user accounts in Midsize Business and Enterprise plans.

What Satya Nadella must do right away as Microsoft's new CEO

Microsoft's new CEO faces some big challenges. Thank goodness an army of tech pundits are there to tell him exactly what he needs to. Here's a roundup of advice for Nadella, from a worldwide collection of voices.

HP to begin charging for firmware updates and service packs for servers

HP server customers are about to get an unwelcome surprise when they need to update firmware or apply a service pack. Effective later this month, those downloads, which often fix critical bugs, will require either a current warranty or an extended support agreement.

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