Need a copy of Windows 7, Office 2010, or Windows Server 2008 R2 for internal testing? Microsoft is now offering free evaluation versions of those products in addition to its current editions. Just watch out for the time bomb.
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The abrupt cancellation of Microsoft's TechNet subscription service sparked a sustained protest from IT pros, who had relied on easy, inexpensive access to Microsoft's enterprise software for well over a decade. In a string of announcements today, Microsoft extended an olive branch, but fell far short of reversing course.
The latest monthly NetMarketShare reports contain a few eyebrow-raising numbers. Windows 8 is up sharply, XP usage has plummeted, and Google's Chrome browser seems to be falling out of favor. But this month's report might need a big asterisk to account for a key methodology change.
For the first time in modern history, Microsoft is releasing a new Windows version that its traditional partners, developers and IT pros, won't get early access to. Why the change in policy? And will this decision backfire?
Conspiracy theorists are screaming that the NSA and Microsoft are in cahoots to insert a backdoor into all your hardware. The conspiracy is so vast, in fact, that they've even managed to snag Microsoft's most bitter rival.
After more than a year and a half of development, Mozilla has reached the home stretch in its plan to release a version of Firefox that's compatible with both personalities of Windows 8: the plugin-free, touch-friendly Metro side and the traditional desktop.
Microsoft announced today that it will make the Windows 8.1 update generally available to consumers in mid-October, roughly a year after the release of Windows 8. Today's announcement didn't offer any clues about when developers and enterprise customers can get the code, however.
An American company that specialized in highly encrypted email suspended operations today. The abrupt shutdown of Lavabit, a small Texas-based company, is suspected to be related to a court order related to its best-known customer, NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Every modern browser lets you save and sync user names and passwords for your favorite websites. Maybe that's not such a good idea.
It's probably a safe bet to say that the first year of Windows 8 didn't go as Microsoft had hoped or planned. So what went wrong? It wasn't just one mistake. Instead, a series of strategic missteps and bad bets got Microsoft's flashy new OS off to a very rocky start.