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  • Microsoft stops serving Window patch blamed for blue screens

    Posted February 12, 2010 - 10:12 pm

    Microsoft has stopped distributing a Windows patch thought to cause a Blue Screen of Death on XP machines, and said it is investigating the problem.
  • Microsoft Round Up: Win7 Users Grumble, Bing Up, More

    Posted February 12, 2010 - 9:25 pm

    Microsoft tried to appease Windows 7 users griping about poor battery readings. Meanwhile, the Blue Screen of Death showed up on XP machines. Good news is that a sneak peek of Windows Mobile 7 is set for Monday and Bing gained market share.
  • Windows patch cripples XP with blue screen, users claim

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 10:27 am

    Microsoft users are reporting on the company's support forum that Tuesday's security updates are crippling Windows XP-based PCs.
  • Microsoft warns of lapsing Windows support

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    Just days after warning Windows 7 users of an impending shutdown of the free release candidate, Microsoft reminded customers running Windows 2000, XP and Vista of approaching support deadlines for those editions.
  • Windows 7 adoption swells, as XP suffers record drop

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    Microsoft's Windows 7 took just three months to reach a penetration benchmark that Vista needed almost a year to make, Web measurement firm NetApplications.com said today.
  • Five Reasons Windows XP Has About a Year to Live

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Windows XP, still strong after eight years, may die sooner than you think in the enterprise, Forrester says. From support concerns to deployment flexibility, here are some factors speeding XP's demise.
  • Microsoft battles class-action over WGA antipiracy technology

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Microsoft is slamming a lawsuit that claims it misled millions of Windows XP users about that company's anti-piracy software, calling the lawsuit "fictional," "demonstrably false" and from an "alternate universe."
  • Microsoft backtracks, extends XP availability to 2011

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 9:27 am

    On Tuesday, Michael Silver of Gartner took Microsoft to the woodshed over the company's decision to let computer makers sell PCs with Windows XP for only six months after Windows 7 debuts. Hours later, Microsoft backed off the six-month limit, and confirmed a new policy.
  • Microsoft's Windows 7-to-XP downgrade plan a 'real mess,' says analyst

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    As expected, Microsoft will let computer makers sell PCs with the aged Windows XP for six months after it releases Windows 7, a move that will confuse companies and make it tougher for them to manage their licensing, an analyst said today.
  • Chinese company shows Windows XP phone

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    A Chinese company showed what it calls the world's first mobile phone to run Windows XP at the Computex exhibition in Taipei on Friday.
  • Cybercriminals refine data-sniffing software for ATM fraud

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 11:00 am

    Cybercriminals are improving a malicious software program that can be installed on ATMs running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system that records sensitive card details, according to security vendor Trustwave.
  • Windows 7's 'XP mode' may not work on many PCs

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 11:49 am

    Microsoft Corp. touts that Windows 7 is nimble enough to run on underpowered netbooks. But it also admits that its enticing new XP Mode may not work on netbooks, or many other computers of recent vintage.
  • Microsoft doctors AutoRun in Windows 7 to stymie Conficker

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 9:49 am

    Microsoft will unveil changes in next week's public Windows 7 Release Candidate that are designed to stymie the Conficker worm. But the company has not set a timeline for updating Windows XP and Vista.
  • Windows XP will still be available after Windows 7 release

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Microsoft plans to continue offering Windows XP on netbooks after the release of its next-generation operating system, Windows 7.
  • Windows 7 gets virtual 'XP mode'

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:30 am

    Microsoft Corp. will unveil an add-on to Windows 7 that lets users run applications designed for Windows XP in a virtual machine, the company confirmed Friday -- the first time Microsoft has relied on virtualization to provide backward compatibility.
  • Netbooks hammer Windows revenues for second straight quarter

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Netbooks, the small, cheap laptops that are gaining popularity, hurt Microsoft Corp.'s Windows revenues for the second quarter in a row, company executives said Thursday.
  • Mozilla ponders dropping Firefox support for Win2K, early XP

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Mozilla is considering dropping support for Windows 2000 and the earliest versions of XP when it ships the follow-up to Firefox 3.5 in 2010, online discussions show.
  • IT pros prefer old XP over new Windows 7, survey says

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 11:12 am

    IT administrators are more willing to stay with the devil they know, Windows XP, than risk the devil they don't, even if the latter is the highly-touted Windows 7, a research company says.
  • Windows XP reduced-support phase begins Tuesday

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    As planned, Microsoft Corp. will drop Windows XP out of what it calls "mainstream support" Tuesday, the company confirmed Monday.
  • Microsoft opens virtual desktop options

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Changes Microsoft has made to its desktop virtualization licensing give enterprises more options, a Forrester analyst said in a recent report.
  • Report: Microsoft relaxes Windows downgrade rules

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has relaxed its "downgrade" rules and will let computer makers continue to sell PCs preinstalled with the aged Windows XP for as long as six months after it launches Windows 7, according to a report published Wednesday.
  • Leaked HP memo details XP reprieve until 2010, report says

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 4:34 pm

    Microsoft acknowledged Monday that it has "broadened the options" for PC makers to continue offering the eight-year-old Windows XP as a downgrade from Vista, and potentially from the upcoming Windows 7.
  • Report: XP downgraders to receive free Windows 7 upgrades

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    Microsoft will provide free or discounted Windows 7 upgrades not only to users who buy Vista PCs between June 2009 and January 2010, but also to people who buy a system that's been factory-downgraded to Windows XP, according to a report on the Web
  • Analyst: Will Microsoft let Windows 7 users downgrade to XP

    Posted February 12, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    Downgrade rights for Windows 7 will be "hugely important," an analyst said Thursday, but he's not optimistic that Microsoft Corp. will let users continue to install Windows XP on new machines.
  • Microsoft to offer XP-to-Windows 7 upgrades

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 6:20 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday confirmed that it will sell what it calls "upgrades" for Windows 7 to users running the aged Windows XP operating system. Those users, however will have to do a "clean" installation of Windows 7, meaning that all data on the machine will be lost.

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