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  • Researcher: Worm infects 1.1M Windows PCs in 24 hours

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    The computer worm that exploits a months-old Windows bug has infected more than a million PCs in the past 24 hours, security firm F-Secure said Wednesday.
  • Microsoft updates free tool to remove persistent worm

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Microsoft has updated its free security tool to remove a worm that is targeting a now-patched but severe vulnerability that affects server products.
  • Microsoft issues first Windows 7 beta patch

    Posted January 13, 2009 - 9:21 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Tuesday issued its first patch for the just-released Windows 7 beta, but it passed on plugging a hole in an important file-sharing protocol that it fixed in older versions of the operating system.
  • Microsoft, RIM, Oracle release critical patches

    Posted January 13, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Microsoft released a critical security update fixing flaws in its Windows SMB service; RIM also issued a patch, and Oracle's security update is due as well.
  • 'Huge increase' in worm attacks plague unpatched Windows PCs

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    A computer worm that exploits a Windows bug Microsoft Corp. patched more than two months ago continues to wreak havoc, a security company said Monday, as it boosted its overall threat ranking and warned users to patch their PCs.
  • Sources: Windows 7 and Office 14 dual launch not likely

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 9:28 pm

    Though Microsoft released Office 2007 and Windows Vista at the same time, people should not expect the same of Windows 7 and the next version of Office, code-named Office 14.
  • Windows 7 Beta Fights with Antivirus Programs

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Users trying the Windows 7 beta who keep their computers safe with McAfee virus protection are in for a bit of disappointment -- and a loss of security.
  • Windows 7 Beta: Your Complete Resource Center to the OS

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:59 am

    Microsoft Windows 7 beta is now available for public download. Here's all the information you need to understand what's different with the Windows 7 beta and decide whether it's the right option for you.
  • Windows 7 beta available for public download

    Posted January 10, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    Microsoft made the Windows 7 beta available for public download Saturday, lifting the limit on the number of users who initially are allowed to beta test the software, after its servers were overwhelmed by users trying to download the operating system.
  • Microsoft postpones Windows 7 public beta

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Microsoft Corp. postponed the roll-out of the Windows 7 beta Friday, citing "very heavy traffic" on its Web site.
  • Top 10: Windows 7 beta, Jobs' health, the economy again

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Macworld Expo (sans Steve Jobs) and the International Consumer Electronics Show (sans Bill Gates) got the new year off to a start, providing plenty of IT news this week. Jobs' decision to forgo giving the Macworld keynote was in the news again, as he released a public letter saying his obvious weight loss owes to a hormonal imbalance. In another continuation of news that started last year, economic woes continued to hit IT (along with pretty much everything else). But happy new year anyway.
  • Microsoft releases Window 7 public beta

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    Microsoft has posted the Windows 7 beta to its TechNet site for IT professionals, but has not yet made the download available on the site set up for the general public.
  • Microsoft's Web site overwhelmed by Windows 7 downloads

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    Microsoft's Web site struggled to stay online early Friday as users eager to download the first public beta of Windows 7 began overloading the company's servers -- to no avail, since the beta code isn't scheduled to be posted on the site until this afternoon.
  • Review

    Windows 7 Public Beta: First Impressions

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 12:06 pm

    PC World has been running its own evaluations of the forthcoming replacement to Microsoft's much-derided Windows Vista for some time now, and we just couldn't wait to take this new version for a spin. Here's one editor's take on the latest Windows 7 user experience.
  • Microsoft slates single Windows patch for Tuesday

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    Microsoft Thursday said it will issue just one security update next week, down dramatically from last month's record-setting eight updates that patched 28 vulnerabilities.
  • FAQ: How to get the Windows 7 beta

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    Late Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled the public beta for Windows 7. But where can you get it, how do you install it and what do you need to patch after you have it on your PC? Questions, everyone has questions. We have some of the answers.
  • PC is just one of 'three screens,' Ballmer says

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Computing has spread from PCs to phones and TVs, and Windows will be on them all, CEO Ballmer said Wednesday.
  • Windows 7 public beta to be available Friday

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 11:05 am

    As anticipated, Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday night launched the beta of Windows 7 , posting the preview of the company's next operating system to its developer download services.
  • Review

    Windows 7 beta shows off task bar, UI goodies

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 11:00 am

    The just-released Beta 1 version of Windows 7 is a solid, fast-performing, stable operating system that appears to be just about fully baked and ready for prime time. It is much further along than Windows Vista was during its initial beta phase, and it appears to be feature-complete.
  • Windows 7 is less of a resource-hog than Vista

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Microsoft's Windows 7 OS should be less of a resource hog than Vista, based on system requirements published Wednesday.
  • Ballmer sets loose Windows 7 public beta

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 10:37 pm

    Rumors proved true as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed off the Windows 7 beta during his Wednesday night keynote at CES.
  • Report: Microsoft to do free Windows 7 upgrades

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 12:37 pm

    Microsoft will offer free or discounted Windows 7 upgrades to users who buy Vista PCs after July 1, according to a Web site that has accurately predicted the company's moves in the past.
  • Is it Safe to Just Ignore Windows' Service Packs?

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 4:23 pm

    Don Dalton installed Vista's SP1 update, encountered "a multitude of problems," and uninstalled it. Can he safely go on indefinitely without it?
  • Expert: Microsoft earned US$1.5B from Vista Capable program

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    An expert has determined that Microsoft may have earned more than US$1 billion from its controversial Windows Vista Capable sticker program, which is still at the center of a class-action suit being decided in a Washington state court.
  • Windows market share dives again as Mac nears 10%

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Windows lost nearly a full percentage point of market share for the second month in a row in December, pushing Microsoft Corp. 's operating system to a new low, an Internet measurement company reported yesterday.
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