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66% Of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

"New market share data recently released by Net Applications puts XP’s market share at 60.03%, down from 60.89% in the month before. Windows Vista fell from 14.00% to 13.35%, while Windows 7 gained 1.25 points to 17.10%.

Windows XP SP3 (End of Service)

If you're running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and you're not ready to upgrade to Windows 7, you should install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), a free update.

Windows XP SP3 includes all previously released updates and a small number of new updates. It won't significantly change the Windows XP experience.

 
 
 

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Microsoft drops support for WinXP SP2

"13 July is the last day you’ll get support for XP SP2 and Windows 2000, with Vista RTM support ending sooner."

Microsoft Patch To Leave IE Hole Open

Microsoft on Thursday said that its monthly security patch, to be issued on Tuesday, February 9th, will include 13 security bulletins.

That's the largest number of security bulletins issued in February for the past four years, according to Sheldon Malm, senior director of security strategy at Rapid7.

Next week's patch is scheduled to include five "critical" bulletins. Two of the bulletins affect Microsoft Office, and eleven affect Microsoft Windows.

Malm notes that all of Microsoft's operating systems, including Vista and Windows 7, will get fixes.

Chinese pirates clone XP

Chinese pirates are set to miff Microsoft by adapting the Open Source Ubuntu until it is the spit of Windows XP. Apparently the pirates had made a hacked version of Windows XP but for some reason Microsoft cracked down on it.

Now the answer to that is the Ylmf OS. If you have a look at the download page and are fluent in Chinese you will find an ISO that you can download. Unfortunately looking at the testing, and the screenshots, would suggest that the OS's GUI is purely Chinese too.

Microsoft loses font war in China

Microsoft has suffered a blow behind the bamboo curtain after a Chinese court ordered versions of Windows with a particular typeface withdrawn from sale.

Vole had an agreement with Chinese technology company, Zhongyi Electronic, which designs Chinese character fonts. However the court said that Vole violated the scope of licensing agreements and will have to stop selling its Chinese versions of its Windows 98, 2000, 2003 and Windows XP.

Windows 8 in 2012?

Steven Sinofsky may not be talking about Microsoft's future Windows plans, but the Windows Server team appears to see more value in letting customers know its road map.

In at least two slides apparently shown at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles this week, Microsoft suggests that a major release update to Windows Server is due around 2012, with one of the slides confirming the Windows 8 code name.

First look: Microsoft Security Essentials impresses

Microsoft's new antimalware solution, Microsoft Security Essentials, is now available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Ars puts MSE through its paces and finds an unobtrusive app with a clean interface that protected us in the dark corners of the Internet.

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Microsoft to Google: Stay Out Of Our Browser!

On Tuesday, Google announced the release of Chrome Frame, an engine that can be used within Internet Explorer 6, IE7, and IE8 that allows Chrome to render Web pages rather than Microsoft's IE engine; Chrome Frame also executes Google JavaScript programs. To enable Chrome Frame within Internet Explorer, surfers simply must install a plug-in while Web developers must insert a line of code into their pages that speaks directly with Chrome Frame upon each visit.

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