Stories by Gregg Keizer

Long-time leaker pegs July RTM for Windows 10

A long-time leaker of Microsoft secrets today said that the company would declare Windows 10 finished in July, and ship the new OS to device makers that same month.

Good luck with the new mobile strategy, Mozilla

Mozilla's decision to recast its mobile strategy won't matter, analysts said today: The open-source developer won't find any more success with a new plan than the discouraging progress so far with the old.

Apple recovers top 'brand value' spot from Google with $247B assessment

Apple reclaimed the top-rated brand value spot in Millward Brown's annual review on the back of exceptional iPhone 6 sales last year.

Does he stay or go? Parsing Apple's promotion of designer Jony Ive

Apple's well-known designer, Jony Ive, has been promoted to the position of chief design officer, a new title in the Cupertino, Calif. company's executive suite.

Microsoft green-lights Cortana on rivals iOS and Android

Microsoft today made official what had been rumored two months ago: It will release Android and iOS mobile apps that feature Cortana, the Redmond, Wash. company's intelligent assistant.

Microsoft implores enterprises to help it test optional Windows 7 updates

Microsoft wants enterprise IT administrators to play guinea pig by deploying a lot more fixes to Windows 7 and Server 2012 R2, another step in getting customers to help test patches before rolling them out everyone.

Apple to wind back the clock to '09 with focus on quality, not features, in next OS X

Apple will turn back the clock to 2009, and as it did with that year's OS X Snow Leopard, focus less on shiny new features in the next Mac operating system and more on improving quality, performance and stability, an online report asserted last week.

Microsoft offers Windows 10 carrot, threatens with stick

Microsoft has extended the carrot. Later it will brandish the stick.

Apple TV is dead, long live Apple TV!

Apple will not enter the television set market with its own long-lauded, long-expected hardware, according to an online report, putting an apparent end to one of the more persistent rumors weaving around the Cupertino, Calif. company's future.

Coming soon to Firefox: More ads!

Mozilla today announced an expansion and rebranding of its in-browser advertisements, now dubbed "Suggested Tiles," that will by default show in the new tab page of all Firefox users.

Microsoft issues crash warning with latest Windows 10 update

Microsoft has released another update for Windows 10, but warned users with an Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) graphics chipset to expect "frequent crashes" of the new Edge browser.

Logjam: How to tell if your browser is vulnerable

Cousin of FREAK, the just-disclosed Logjam flaw has again sent browser makers and website administrators scrambling to craft and apply patches, a repeat of the March rush to shut down its predecessor.

Microsoft wraps up alt platform Office run with app previews for Android smartphones

Microsoft today opened a public preview of the three core Office apps -- Excel, PowerPoint and Word -- for Android smartphones, following a similar sneak peak in January for Android-powered tablets.

Apple spreads Force Touch trackpad to 15-in. MacBook Pro

Apple today refreshed the 15-in. MacBook Pro, adding its new Force Touch trackpad to the laptop to match the move made in March on the smaller 13-in. model.

Even with free annual upgrades, Apple faces stubborn OS X fragmentation

Although Apple has done a better job of moving its Mac users along with each new operating system than has rival Microsoft, the Cupertino, Calif. company has been unable to eradicate fragmentation as it accelerated upgrades to an annual cadence.

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