Stories by Gregg Keizer

Mozilla to pick up Firefox release pace, ship version 'soon' for Windows 10

Mozilla will accelerate the release of new features for its Firefox browser, dumping its current 18-week development schedule for something nimbler, a company manager told contributors last week.

By Gregg Keizer | 08 July, 2015 01:21

Tags: web browsers, Firefox, applications, Microsoft, browsers, Whistle, software

Microsoft is just days away from wrapping up Windows 10

Microsoft will wrap up work on Windows 10 this week in preparation for distributing the operating system to device makers, according to numerous online reports.

By Gregg Keizer | 07 July, 2015 04:00

Tags: Windows PCs, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

As Windows 7 breaks the one billion-device mark, Microsoft's challenge will be to force it back to zero

Windows 7 has approached the user share numbers set by Windows XP six years ago, hinting that unless Microsoft executes its Windows 10 upgrade plans to perfection, Windows 7 will persist on devices long after its 2020 retirement.

By Gregg Keizer | 04 July, 2015 02:26

Tags: net applications, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 7, software, operating systems

Microsoft confirms 'waves' roll-out of Windows 10

Microsoft has confirmed that it would roll out the free upgrades to Windows 10 later this month in several "waves," with beta testers getting first dibs on the OS.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 July, 2015 05:11

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

With a month to go, Microsoft issues new Windows 10 build with Edge browser brand

Microsoft on Monday released another build of Windows 10, the first with the Edge browser branding.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 June, 2015 21:38

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft could write off billions on Nokia deal as early as Wednesday

Microsoft could announce a write-off of a big part of its 2013 Nokia acquisition as early as Wednesday.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 June, 2015 20:14

Tags: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, consumer electronics, Microsoft, smartphones, Nokia, Windows Phone

iOS, iTunes upgrades for Apple Music available early Tuesday

Apple will make iOS 8.4, the upgrade necessary to try out the Cupertino, Calif. company's new streaming music service, available early Tuesday for downloading to iPhones and iPads.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 June, 2015 00:56

Tags: telecommunication, applications, ios, music, Mobile OSes, software, mobile, Apple iOS, Apple Music, Apple, Google

Samsung to stop Windows Update shenanigans

Samsung will stop disabling Windows Update on its PCs and tablets, bowing to a chorus of complaints -- including Microsoft's -- that it had interfered with the way users intended the patch service to work on their devices.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 June, 2015 23:28

Tags: Microsoft, security, Windows 10

Yahoo growth stalls months after Mozilla deal

Yahoo's share gains since November from a deal with Mozilla may be a clue about whether the search company can attract more users through the just-announced contract to change Internet Explorer's and Chrome's default search through installations of Oracle's Java.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 June, 2015 21:19

Tags: search, ComScore, Yahoo, Firefox, internet, search engines, Oracle

Microsoft trumpets value of free Windows 10 upgrade in on-screen nag notice

Microsoft has changed its "Get Windows 10" advertisement displayed on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices to tout the value of the free upgrade in dollars and cents.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 June, 2015 02:33

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, european union, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Samsung acknowledges it changes Windows Update settings on its PCs

Samsung yesterday denied it had blocked a Windows update on its hardware but acknowledged that it was manipulating Microsoft's Windows Update, a charge leveled Tuesday by a researcher.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 June, 2015 23:07

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

Samsung cripples Windows Update on its PCs, putting customers at risk

Samsung has been disabling Microsoft's Windows Update on its desktops and notebooks, leaving customers vulnerable to malware that targets already-patched vulnerabilities, a researcher reported yesterday.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 June, 2015 06:27

Tags: Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, Microsoft, security

Microsoft does Android again, ships Office apps

Microsoft today removed the preview label from its Office apps for Android, publishing the final versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word to Google Play.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 June, 2015 04:10

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft, smartphones, Android

iOS 9 will delete apps to make room for upgrade, reinstall them later

Apple's iOS 9 will ask users if they want to delete apps to make room for the upgrade if their devices are short of space, then automatically select those marked for temporary elimination, according to online reports.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 June, 2015 23:54

Tags: Apple, telecommunication, applications, ios, Mobile OSes, mobile, Apple iOS

Apple sticks to schedule, releases second El Capitan beta

Apple today released the second developer preview of OS X 10.11, aka El Capitan, matching the cadence of last year's Yosemite to the day.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 June, 2015 06:09

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, Mac OS X, software, operating systems, Capita

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