Microsoft's official launch party for Windows 8 is still weeks away, but one well-known retailer has jumped the gun. Cable shopping giant HSN has five Windows 8 PCs for sale on the web. All are, unfortunately, fully loaded.
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Apple snuck support for the Do Not Track standard into iOS6, but may have violated the W3C standard in the process. Meanwhile, the W3C has formed a special group to deal with a pesky patent-infringement claim.
If the built-in apps in Windows 8 feel unpolished or incomplete, there's good reason: they are. That's all about to change, as Microsoft prepares to update all of those apps between now and launch day on October 26.
In an open letter, an influential U.S.-based lobbying group for the advertising industry has sharply criticized Microsoft's decision to enable Do Not Track as the default setting in Internet Explorer 10.
Microsoft and Google might be archrivals in business, but you don't have to get caught in the crossfire. Google is making excellent progress in its quest to add Windows 8 (Metro) support to Chrome. And Microsoft's flagship Windows 8 apps connect well with Gmail and other Google services. Here's how to get everything to work together.
Microsoft and Google are archrivals on the business front, but they share a lot of customers. It's a classic example of co-opetition. Surprisingly, Google services and Windows 8 apps work well together. Here's what you can expect when you connect Chrome, Gmail, and other Google products and services to Windows 8.
Microsoft released two eagerly awaited updates for Internet Explorer today, both addressing serious security issues. One covers a zero-day flaw in IE9 and earlier versions, the second updates Flash in Windows 8.
As a consumer, you'd think that the meaning of "Do Not Track" is pretty clear. But the big data-collecting companies that are behind this standard seem intent on making sure it does nothing at all.
Can Microsoft convince you that renting Office is better than buying? They're using a classic carrot-and-stick approach to get you to switch. Sticking with "traditional" software will cost you dearly.
For the upcoming release of Office 2013, Microsoft customers will have to choose between traditional software and Office 365 subscriptions. Here's what's in store.