Stories by Gregg Keizer

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Insider build offers alt activation approach

Microsoft today shipped the latest Windows 10 preview to Insider testers, with improvements to the Cortana assistant and the default Edge browser, and betas of the "universal" Skype apps for messaging, audio calling and video conferencing.

Microsoft hides $US43bn Apple-esque business in plain sight

Microsoft has created a $43 billion business, a potential Apple-and-OEM-esque company-within-a-company, that could be used to take up the slack if some of its computer-making partners falter.

Firefox to drop old-tech plug-ins by end of 2016

Mozilla will follow in Google's footsteps and bar virtually all plug-ins built using a decades-old technology by the end of next year.

Dismal PC business contraction continues; no bounce yet from Windows 10

As expected, Windows 10 provided little if any bounce to PC shipments in the just-concluded September quarter.

Microsoft's Surface Book to reignite OEM hostility

Microsoft's foray into notebooks with the Surface Book is certain to tick off its computer-making partners, but there's little they can do except to grin and bear it.

Microsoft gets an earful as Office for Mac 2016 users amp ire over crashes

Users of Microsoft's Office for Mac 2016 who upgraded to OS X 10.11, aka El Capitan, have become increasingly frustrated by repeated crashes of the Office apps.

Microsoft: Go old-school to lock down Office from changes

Microsoft has told business looking to lock down Office 2016 so they don't receive constant changes to purchase old-school perpetual licenses rather than subscribe to Office 365.

Microsoft claims 110M devices now run Windows 10

Windows 10 is running on 110 million devices, Microsoft said as it introduced a new Surface Pro tablet, the Surface Book notebook and several Lumia smartphones, all of which run the OS.

Microsoft charges into laptop market with Surface Book

Microsoft today introduced the Surface Book, a keyboard-equipped premium-priced notebook that can twist into a slate or snap apart to serve as a tablet.

Windows 10 users back away from the Edge

Microsoft's new Edge browser has been largely ignored by U.S. users of Windows 10, an online measurement company said.

Chinese hackers put iOS in the crosshairs with novel attack angles

For nearly a year, Chinese hackers have used a novel one-two punch to compromise iOS devices.

Microsoft to live-stream Tuesday's Surface Pro 4, Lumia event

Microsoft on Tuesday will live-stream the New York City event where it's expected to unveil a new Surface Pro 2-in-1 and a pair of flagship smartphones.

Windows 10: Adapt or die

Windows 10's faster update and upgrade tempo requires enterprises to discard habits acquired over decades, a painful change that can be managed.

Microsoft acknowledges Office 2016-El Capitan crashes but lacks ETA for fix

Microsoft has acknowledged that Office for Mac 2016 users are encountering frequent crashes and implied that it's working on a fix, but offered no timetable for when it will be delivered.

Microsoft slashes value of Office 2016 upgrade offer

Customers who purchase a copy of Office 2013 (Windows) or Office 2011 (OS X) between Aug. 22 and Dec. 31 2015 will be eligible for a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal or a $40 discount on a perpetual license of a stand-alone copy of Office 2016 for Windows or Mac.