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FAQ: What you need to know about the end of Windows XP support

Microsoft issues its final security update this week for Windows XP, the 13-year-old operating system that remains the second most used platform in the world despite the certainty that after April 8 it will rapidly become dangerously insecure.

In Pictures: The ultimate Windows XP quiz

Microsoft Windows XP is so beloved that users won't let it go. But how well do you know XP?

Patch Tuesday: Final Microsoft support for Windows XP addresses Internet Explorer problems

Microsoft's final patches for Windows XP that come out next week focus on critical problems with older versions of Internet Explorer that can result in malicious code being run remotely on victim machines.

Microsoft gives businesses reason to adopt Windows 8.1

Microsoft is delivering a way to turn legacy Win32 business apps into modern touch apps that run on Windows 8.1, a feature it hopes will help prod businesses toward adopting the new operating system.

China's unsupported XP machines hold the potential to become a massive botnet army

Unsupported Windows XP machines in China could pose a threat to the Internet in general if bot-herders round up significant numbers of them to use as launch pads for malicious exploits, according to a top white-hat hacker.

Office for iPad requires Office 365 subscription to be fully useful

Office for the iPad is available, but it might not be what you were expecting.

In Pictures: So you think you know the IBM mainframe? Try our quiz

On the 50th anniversary of the Big Iron, see how well you know this iconic computing workhorse

Businesses: Forget Microsoft Office for iPad, pay attention to Enterprise Mobility Suite

While today's Office for iPad announcement caught most of the buzz, Microsoft made another announcement that arguably has as much significance for businesses: Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Office for iPad could have security implications both good and bad

Microsoft is widely expected to announce Office for iPad in the next day or so, which could have both positive and negative security implications for businesses that use it, experts say.

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Microsoft gives potential customers the chance to test drive some of its most popular software and services via free trials that ultimately make for better buying decisions.

Startups flock to Web RTC for browser-based videoconferencing

A band of startups at Enterprise Connect is trying to cash in on Web RTC browser technology for peer-to-peer Internet audio and video calls.

'Cake Boss' bakery uses unified communications to streamline sales

Carlo's Bakery knew that in order to get ready for some rapid expansion it needed to upgrade its traditional PBX. And replacing it with a unified communications system brought new options ranging from video cake consulting to in-queue sales when the line of customers backs out the door onto the sidewalk.

Microsoft's Lync surging as PBX choice in North America

Microsoft's Lync communications platform is making big gains as the IP PBX of choice, particularly in North America and particularly among larger businesses, Enterprise Connect attendees were told.

BYOD is fraught with legal peril, audience told

Businesses worry most about security when it comes to bring-your-own-device programs, but the legal ramifications of letting employees use personal smartphones and tablets at work can be just as threatening, attendees of Enterprise Connect were told.

Cisco, Google make nice on videoconferencing

Owners of Google Chromebooks will be able to quickly join Cisco Webex conferences with an application demonstrated for the first time today at Enterprise Connect.

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