Windows 7 is more than five years old. Most of the cheap upgrade offers that were available when it was fresh and new are long gone. But if you prefer the familiar Windows 7 interface (or need it for testing and evaluation) you can still find great deals. Here are all the details you need.
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Microsoft gets a three week deadline to come up with an explanation for "compatibility issues" in Windows and Office that could violate Chinese competition laws.
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 eases compatibility hassles with old internal web apps. And there's good news on the HTML 5 front.
The compatibility picture with Thunderbolt on Macs running Windows is complicated and will continue to be so, according to one storage engineer.
In a surprise reversal, Microsoft has changed the default behavior of Flash content on websites viewed using Internet Explorer in Windows 8 or Windows RT. Previously, sites had to be on a whitelist before Flash would work. The new behavior effectively turns the Compatibility View list into an exclusive blacklist of badly behaved sites.
Update: Effective March 12, 2013, Microsoft has reversed the behavior described in this article. In Windows 8 and especially on Windows RT, your ability to run Flash programs hosted on the web depends on whether a site is included on Microsoft's Compatibility View list. This post describes the original rules, which are no longer in effect.
A more than year-old Windows Phone-YouTube compatibility issue is proof Google needs tighter antitrust scrutiny, according to Microsoft officials.
Microsoft is suing an Israeli reseller for allegedly faking Windows authentication stickers on computers it sold - but the target of the lawsuit is baffled by the legal action.
Windows offers something that neither Linux nor Mac can offer -- compatibility.
Potential buyers are eyeing the x86-powered Surface running Window 8 Pro over the ARM version running Windows RT for reasons of compatibility. But could this be too much to expect from a tablet?
Amazon has broadened Windows compatibility in the Amazon Web Services cloud, bringing SQL Server to its database service and adding .NET language support to its Elastic Beanstalk platform.
Microsoft has given more information on Windows 8 in a keynote speech designed to allay concerns about Windows 7 compatibility and show off some of the operating system's enterprise capabilities
The Compatibility Center offers a comprehensive listing of programs and devices, telling you whether or not they are compatible with Windows 8.
Two Microsoft officials gave some very carefully worded answers to questions about Office on iPad and Windows Phone 'Apollo' compatibility at industry events this week.
ZDNet Senior Technology Editor Jason Perlow walks through the new Metro UI and legacy compatibility features in the Windows 8 Developer Preview.
The Metro-style version of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 will not support plug-ins, although a more traditional fallback version will still play along with Flash and similar technologies
Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is out and brings OS X Lion compatibility to the virtual machine program. It is now possible to install Windows in a virtual machine by buying it within Parallels.
Microsoft's biggest risk with Windows 8 revolves around the familiar themes that always haunt the company: Reverse compatibility and the need to make Windows the Swiss Army knife of computing.
If it's the fourth Tuesday of the month, it must be time for another round of Microsoft updates. And sure enough, the "other" Patch Tuesday this month brings a handful of fixes for performance, reliability, and application compatibility. One of the fixes is especially important for any Windows user with a new, extra-large hard drive.
Microsoft's "Windows Tax" comes under legal fire in Europe.
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