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Windows 8.1 released, hopes to regain customer confidence
In efforts to redeem itself after the widely accepted flop of Windows 8, Microsoft issued an update, Windows 8.1, to the world's most-used desktop operating system in efforts to claw back some of its loyal users.
Windows 8 (and the "confusing" Windows RT) may not have been all that to so many — millions have kept with aging Windows XP and many more stuck with Windows 7. At the very least, Windows 8.1 brought back in some fashion the Start menu and the ability to boot-to-desktop, bypassing the bevy of tiles on the redesigned Start screen. Whether it changes people's minds about Windows 8 remains something else entirely.
U.S. government throws a hissy-fit, shuts down for three weeks
Blame Obamacare? Or blame the stubborn Republicans who threw the entire country under the bus? You decide. In fact, many didn't care that the government had shut down for about three weeks, with many instead pointing the finger at the politicians who couldn't get their act together. On the other hand, the shutdown affected tens of millions of Americans — many government workers, who weren't even allowed to check their email during the extended "stay-cation." Almost everything shut down — from Healthcare.gov development to the NASA space agency. Even IT spending took a hit as a result.
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BlackBerry crumble: Chief executive out; new boss upbeat on future
It's not often a company's chief executive is led out of the C-level suite and onto the street. But after numerous quarters of poor performance and a failed bid to sell the company, BlackBerry's Thorsten Heins was replaced (after he resigned — though how far he was pushed remains unclear) by former Sybase chief John Chen. He took the role by the horns and said he's keeping the smartphone unit, saying the company would "reclaim our success."