Stories by Gregg Keizer

Microsoft: We took out Storm botnet

Microsoft Tuesday took credit for crushing the Storm botnet, saying that the malware search-and-destroy tool it distributes to Windows users disinfected so many bots that the hackers threw in the towel.

Microsoft loses 'Vista Capable' appeal

Microsoft's attempt to reverse a lower court's ruling in the ongoing "Vista Capable" lawsuit was denied by an appeals court on Monday, a decision that means the case can resume.

FAQ: Windows XP SP3 ships -- finally

Microsoft Monday finally slapped a "Done" sticker on Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and pushed it out the door. The designation of SP3 as RTM, for "release to manufacturing," wasn't much of a surprise, given how the company's schedule leaked last week.

It's a wrap: Microsoft finishes XP SP3

As expected, Microsoft Monday announced that it has finished work on Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and released it to computer makers and volume licensing customers.

Microsoft rings alarm on Windows rights bug

Microsoft last week issued a security alert to warn users of a bug in most versions of Windows, but didn't promise to fix the flaw or -- if it does patch the problem -- say when a fix would be released.

Mac sales beat industry average 10-fold in Q1

Apple easily beat the industry average for sales growth in the first three months of the year, boosting its US sales by nearly 10 times that average, a research firm said Wednesday.

Mozilla patches Firefox JavaScript bug

Mozilla on Wednesday patched a single critical security vulnerability in the JavaScript engine of Firefox, updating the open-source browser to Version 2.0.0.14.

Eee PC 900 debuts with Windows XP

Asustek Computer Tuesday launched its biggest low-cost Eee laptop yet, and as expected, will offer it with either Linux or Microsoft's Windows XP Home.

Windows XP SP3 goes RTM next Monday, says report

Microsoft will release Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to computer makers and some IT professionals next week and offer it to all users via Windows Update April 29, two weeks from Tuesday, according to an internal schedule obtained by the Neowin.net Web site.

Safari's engine, Opera browser nail Acid3 test

Developers responsible for Apple Inc.'s Safari browser engine and Opera Software's flagship browser raced to announce this week that in-development versions passed the new Acid3 Web test with flying colors.

Microsoft patched critical Windows bug in XP SP3 early

The appearance and disappearance of a Windows XP installation snafu indicates that Microsoft patched a critical vulnerability in XP's still-unfinished Service Pack 3 (SP3) weeks before it fixed any other version of Windows. The glitch, which sent some PCs into an endless round of reboots, was strangely similar to one faced by Vista users in February.

Bot breaks Hotmail's CAPTCHA in 6 seconds

A new bot can crack defenses erected by Microsoft to keep spammers from creating large numbers of accounts on its Live Hotmail service within seconds, a security researcher said Friday.

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