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.
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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.
In an era where big businesses and shadowy spy agencies are tracking your every movement online, can you really afford to share your true identity with strangers? A new service lets you blur your online identity by creating disposable email addresses, a secondary phone number, and virtual credit cards.
Microsoft's sudden decision to shut down its TechNet subscriptions isn't sitting well with some IT pros and trainers. A new online petition has passed 5000 signatures, and some longtime Microsoft supporters are wondering whether the company is giving up on one of its most strategic assets.
It looks like Microsoft wasn't kidding about their new "rapid update cadence" for Windows 8.1. A new batch of updates for the preview release arrived yesterday via Windows Update, including a much-needed fix for Twitter and other apps that had noticeable scrolling problems.
You've got Windows 8.1 questions. I've got answers. What's the best way to install Windows 8.1? Can it be uninstalled? What's new, what's changed, what's missing?