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  • It's alive! Patch Tuesday survives for Windows 10

    Patch Tuesday, contrary to expectations earlier this year, survived after Microsoft yesterday delivered security updates not only for the legacy editions of Windows, but also for the new Windows 10.

  • Stop the funeral! Objective-C is alive and kicking

    Objective-C may no longer be the stylish language choice for Apple iOS and Mac OS development -- that mantle is being assumed by Swift, <a href="">introduced in mid-2014</a>. But proponents of Objective-C don't expect it to go away quietly anytime soon.

  • Sick of Flash security holes? HTML5 has its own

    HTML5 has been billed as the natural, standards-based successor to proprietary plug-ins such as Adobe's Flash Player for providing rich multimedia services on the Web. But when it comes to security, one of Flash's major weaknesses, HTML5 is no panacea.

  • Windows 10 review: Hold off if you use Windows 7

    After the truly wretched Windows 8 and marginally less wretched Windows 8.1, Windows 10 comes as a breath of fresh air.

  • Deep-dive review: Windows 10 - worth the wait

    Finally, an operating system from Microsoft you can love.

  • Patch Tuesday: Not dead yet

    Patch Tuesday is not dead.

  • Final Windows 10 upgrade forecast sees OS on 440M PCs by early '17

    By February 2017, Microsoft should have Windows 10 on more than 440 million personal computers, according to a new analysis of user share data and upgrade tempo.

  • How to ditch the iOS 9 preview and go back to iOS 8

    This is a time of temptation for Apple enthusiasts, many of whom are eager to get their hands -- and devices -- on the company's newest software. Between June, when company execs tout the upcoming versions of Apple's desktop and mobile operating systems, and the fall, when the polished, finished versions arrive, Apple users get a chance to serve as beta testers.

  • The more customers Microsoft adds to Office 365, the less it makes from each subscriber

    The more consumers that Microsoft puts on its Office 365 subscription rolls, the less it makes from each customer, data the company disclosed Tuesday showed.

  • The end is near for OS X Mountain Lion support

    The security clock is ticking down for Apple's OS X Mountain Lion, which will probably be retired from support this fall before the Cupertino, Calif. company releases El Capitan.

  • 9 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10 -- yet

    Windows 10 is here - and many users (especially those who have been wrestling with Windows 8) are probably eager to upgrade. But even if you can get it now -- the upgrade will be sent first to <a href="">those who signed up for the Windows Insider beta program</a> and then in "slow waves" to everyone else -- you may want to hold off.

  • Microsoft cloaks the details of Windows 10 updates

    Microsoft last week demonstrated how much of a black box a Windows 10 update may be to the millions of users expected to upgrade to the new operating system.

  • The 'when' of Windows 10: Microsoft's update and upgrade schedule explained

    If Microsoft follows through on its announced plans for updating and upgrading Windows 10 after the new OS launches in two weeks, it will issue the first update no later than the end of November or early December, then follow with three more in 2016, repeating with a trio each year following.

  • IoT analytics brings new levels of innovation to new product development

    Studies show that around 40% of products fail. But what if product designers could understand what features are most and least popular, which components tend to fail sooner than others, and how customers actually use products versus how designers think they use them? And, what if product developers could then utilize these insights to develop products that perform better, potentially cost less and, most importantly, are aligned with actual customer needs?

  • Windows 10 fragmentation? What fragmentation?

    Microsoft's Windows 10 will not have a fragmentation problem, analysts argued, even though its rapid development tempo and a host of update cadences will spin off so many versions that not everyone will be running the same code, or even have the same features, at any one time.