Stories by Gregg Keizer

Windows 8's uptake climbs but still trails Vista's

Windows 8's uptake came unstuck last month and shoved into a forward gear for the first time since May, but the OS trailed Windows Vista's tempo of six years ago, according to data published Monday.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 September, 2014 22:05

Tags: net applications, Windows PCs, Microsoft, software, operating systems, internet

China orders Microsoft to explain Windows, Office practices within 20 days

Chinese antitrust regulators today ordered Microsoft to explain compatibility and bundling issues with its software and gave the U.S. company 20 days to comply.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 September, 2014 02:20

Tags: antitrust, Windows Apps, Microsoft, legal, wall street journal

As tablet growth slows, Apple may face a year-long iPad sales contraction

Apple's iPad will be hit hard this year as global tablet shipments and sales growth slow dramatically, especially in the markets where the company has historically been strongest: North American and Europe, according to analysts.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 September, 2014 03:22

Tags: Apple, IDC, hardware systems, tablets

Chrome for Mac to desert early Intel Mac owners by October

Google yesterday advanced its 64-bit Chrome browser to beta status, and told owners of the very earliest Intel-based Macs that they would soon be left behind.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 August, 2014 00:23

Tags: web browsers, Google, applications, browsers, software, intel

Mozilla presses forward with new revenue plan, debuts ads in Firefox preview

Mozilla has added small advertisements to the new tab page of Firefox's roughest-edged build, the channel dubbed "Nightly" because it is updated each evening.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 August, 2014 23:13

Tags: web browsers, applications, software, mozilla

Apple makes September 9 event official, hints at more than iPhone 6

Apple has announced it will host an event on September 9 in Cupertino, California, to unveil its newest iPhone.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 August, 2014 06:00

Tags: business issues, Apple, Flint, computerworld, apple mac

Mac, Chromebook gains soften PC industry decline

Although forecasts for PC shipments have brightened, much of the improvement stems from bets that Chromebooks and Macs will make up a larger part of this year's market.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 August, 2014 03:38

Tags: Windows PCs, IDC, Microsoft, hardware systems, computerworld

Microsoft purges 1,500 copycat, fraudulent Windows 8.1 apps

Microsoft has begun clamping down on sham Windows Store apps that try to dupe users into paying for free software, the company announced Wednesday.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 August, 2014 23:32

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft reissues patch that crippled Windows PCs

Microsoft today re-released a security update that was pulled two weeks ago after users packed the company's support discussion forum with reports of crippled computers.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 August, 2014 06:30

Tags: Windows PCs, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Free, fast Windows updates are the future - and they could hurt PC sales

Microsoft will unveil the next edition of Windows in just over five weeks, according to a widely-cited report last week.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 August, 2014 04:16

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Windows 9

Chrome sings 'When I'm 64' on Windows

Google yesterday released a 64-bit Windows version of Chrome, touting it as a performance and stability improvement over the six-year-old 32-bit edition.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 August, 2014 02:19

Tags: web browsers, Google, Microsoft, software, youtube, Oracle

Chrome sharpens up, dumps 1985's graphics technology

Google has updated Chrome to version 37, finally abandoning a 29-year-old Windows technology to display fonts.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 August, 2014 05:45

Tags: web browsers, Google, applications, Microsoft, browsers, software

Customers praise Microsoft's 'no BS' explanation of cloud service outage

A Microsoft executive last week gave what some users called a "refreshingly direct" and "no BS, straight-talking" explanation of a several-hour outage of the cloud-based Visual Studio Online, collecting kudos for acknowledging mistakes and spelling out what happened.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 August, 2014 03:14

Tags: Microsoft, internet, cloud computing

You drain me: Apple replaces some iPhone 5 batteries for free

Apple will replace some iPhone 5 batteries free of charge, claiming "a very small percentage" of the smartphones need to be charged more often and those charges were quickly exhausted.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 August, 2014 06:45

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, ios, computerworld, smartphones, software, operating systems

First Firefox OS smartphone goes on sale in India for $33

Mozilla today announced that a smartphone powered by its Firefox OS mobile operating system went on sale in India, one of the key markets that the company has targeted.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 August, 2014 23:59

Tags: Firefox, Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, smartphones, wireless, software, operating systems, mobile

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