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Microsoft releasing new Internet Explorer 9 browser

AUSTIN, Texas — Microsoft announced that it will release the latest version of its Internet Explorer Web browsing software free online late on Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday). “Things are about to change,” Microsoft corporate vice president Dean Hachamovitch said at a press conference at the South By Southwest Interactive technology…

Microsoft CEO promises better Windows Phone

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer promised a Windows Phone update soon with more powerful Web graphics, and said new partner Nokia would supply “absolutely phenomenal” handsets. The new strategic partnership has been received with skepticism in the market, but Ballmer said the scale that Nokia would…

Microsoft patches “critical” crack in Windows

Microsoft released an emergency patch for a “critical” crack in Windows operating system software that could let hackers take control of computers over the Internet. “The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if the icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed,” the US technology giant said in a security…

Google phasing out use of Windows over security concerns

LONDON (Reuters) – Web search group Google Inc is phasing out internal use of rival Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system because of security concerns following a Chinese hacking incident, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Citing several Google employees, the FT said the decision to move to other operating systems…

Rogue McAfee update paralyzes PCs worldwide

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A routine anti-virus update from Web security firm McAfee confused a valid Windows file with a virus on Wednesday, disrupting computers around the world. Universities, hospitals and businesses across the United States were among those reporting problems after the update misidentified a valid Windows system file as…

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