If your computer is infected, it's probably because of something you did, according to a Microsoft study released this week.
While most of the world has yet to upgrade to Windows 7, Microsoft is gearing up to launch the next version of its PC operating system.
Windows XP, which debuted nine years ago in 2001, will continue to be with us for most of the coming decade.
Microsoft has pumped out voice recognition software for years, but the company has a curious aversion to publicizing the fact. With Windows 7, Microsoft's speech recognition has become a decent productivity tool and one that the company should be proud to proclaim as an OS feature. For the casual speech recognition user, nothing beats free -- especially when one considers the $100+ price points for third-party software.
Microsoft launched Windows 7 in late October to much fanfare. But, just like with previous Windows upgrades, complaints about bugs have already started rolling in.
I love upgrades. But I hate upgrade discs and upgrade pricing. Let's find a way to do away with both, or at least make the upgrade transaction a bit cleaner.
OK, so after eight years and a lot of grumbling -- Vista, anyone? -- Microsoft has finally released a new operating system that people seem excited about.
If consumers like the new Windows 7 operating system, they'll have the much-maligned Windows Vista to thank.
Microsoft is banking on Windows 7 to breathe new life into a PC world where most computer users are running XP -- an operating system that was released in the early days of the Bush administration.
With Windows 7, Microsoft is going back to basics.
From the mid-1980s to 1999, a period that marked the rise of the PC, Microsoft made a lot of people rich: Its shares soared 59% a year.
Landing in stores October, Windows 7 is sparking a surprisingly heated debate (in our forums, at least) on whether or not upgrading from XP is a good idea. If you're in the "nay" camp, we're going to lay out seven reasons why you should consider switching your stance to "yay."
Microsoft on Wednesday said it has finalized the code for Windows 7, paving the way for the new operating system to make its way onto retail shelves and new PCs in time for its October 22 launch.
Getting an electronic health record system in place by 2014? Tough.
Microsoft recently announced retail pricing for Windows 7 that was at or below comparable Windows Vista prices, while also offering a chance for people to preorder the software at a substantial discount.
Windows 7 is coming soon. But having a PC sales rebound come with it seems unlikely.
Microsoft confirmed on Monday that it is planning to release Windows 7 this year, in time for the holiday shopping season.
With the Conficker worm still hot and Microsoft patching multiple more software vulnerabilities last week, it might be reasonable to assume the bad guys are winning the battle to get control over Internet-connected computers.
To paraphrase a complaint from the late James Doohan, my computer's giving me all she's got, but Vista's more than she can handle! My system should be able to deal with this version of Windows just fine, but it's just not happening. I'd add more RAM if it were possible, but my slots are all maxed out. I've tried various freeware that promises to keep my RAM working at maximum efficiency, but it's just not enough. Is there anything out there for enhancing the memory I do have until I can get a newer, faster machine?
CNN's Nicole Lapin has a preview of this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday with an impassioned endorsement of PCs and a sneak peek at the company's future Windows 7 operating system.
Many business owners regularly talk to inanimate objects. Don't believe me? I'm guessing that in the last week alone you've begged your PC not to lose valuable data or implored your notebook to recover lost documents. While we all have one-sided conversations with our tech toys, we generally don't expect them to answer, much less complete tasks simply because we say so. But today's voice-activated software promises to do just that, claiming faster speeds and an impressive 99% accuracy level.
Apple Inc. touched up its line of laptop computers Tuesday with a minimal nod to the economic turmoil that might push consumers to be more frugal this holiday shopping season
TiVo Inc. and Nero AG of Germany were set to announce Monday that they will be launching a package that turns a Windows PC into a TV recorder, just like a TiVo set-top box
The $550 Gateway GT5692 is part a new batch of recently released midrange desktop PCs. This particular configuration has an AMD Phenom X3 8450 triple-core processor, 4GB of memory, HDMI-out, and 64-bit Windows Vista.
Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to stop selling its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers Monday
Is it time to consider moving your small business to Macs?
Microsoft Corp. said its next operating system will be made for touch-screen applications, an alternative to the computer mouse
While the Asus Eee PC and Intel's Classmate and Netbook platforms have convinced us that low-cost, low-power laptops can be genuinely useful, we still long for something a little more upscale than the plastic construction of those systems.
CNN's Veronica De La Cruz is in Las Vegas at a convention previewing the lastest technologies in 2008.
CNN's Veronica De La Cruz talks to the Microsoft boss about his CES keynote speech and his transition to philanthropy.
One electronics giant aims to cut the environmental impact of their products. CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.
Ending court oversight of Microsoft's business practices in November would not allow enough time to consider the antitrust implications of the new Windows Vista operating system, a group of states led by California said in a filing Thursday.
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It has been an indispensable fixture of computing for as long as most people can remember. But sentences beginning with the words "click on" and "click and drag" may not be part of future office parlance as the humble computer mouse comes under threat from new touch-screen technology which is being rolled out by the major players in the computer industry. It promises to be the biggest change to personal computing in a quarter of a century.
Microsoft reported quarterly earnings Thursday in-line with estimates and revenue slightly higher than expected, as strong sales of its Vista operating system offset charges related to the Xbox game console.
Nearly six months after it launched, gripes over what doesn't work with Vista continue, eclipsing positive buzz over the program's improved desktop search, graphics and security
Microsoft Corp. published six security fixes -- half of them rated "critical" -- in its regularly scheduled software update Tuesday
The federal judge overseeing Microsoft Corp.'s antitrust compliance said on Tuesday that she will rely on the Justice Department and state attorneys general in deciding how to handle Google Inc.'s concerns about Microsoft's Vista operating system.
Google asked a federal judge Monday to extend the consent decree that settled the landmark antitrust case against Microsoft in order to address competition concerns involving the Windows Vista operating system.
Microsoft Corp. has agreed to modify its Windows Vista operating system in response to a complaint that its computer search function put Google Inc. and other potential rivals at a disadvantage, the Justice Department and Microsoft said on Tuesday.
Microsoft has agreed to modify its new Vista operating system in response to complaints that its desktop search function puts Google Inc. and other potential competitors at a disadvantage, a source familiar with the case told Reuters Tuesday.
If you listen closely, you might just be able to hear a confused video gamer struggling to find the single-player story mode in "Shadowrun," the latest video game published by Microsoft Game Studios.
Dear FSB: I keep hearing that the new Microsoft Vista software for small business offers better security, more efficient file-sharing, and other great features. Should I switch my travel agency over to it? -Jess Kalinowsky, Managing Partner Friends Travel, West Hollywood, Calif., FriendsTravel@earthlink.net
Most technologies these days are spawned in the consumer world and laboriously swim upstream into the heavily dammed networks of corporations. But widgets--tiny, downloadable applications that display data from the Internet on websites or your PC's desktop--could make that leap in record time.
Stocks managed slim gains Wednesday, following the previous session's big rally, as investors eyed lower oil prices and weaker than expected economic reports.
Stocks managed modest gains Wednesday afternoon, following the previous session's big rally, as investors eyed lower oil prices and weaker-than-expected economic news.
The Nasdaq managed slim gains but the broader market was mixed Wednesday afternoon as investors weighed lower oil prices, weaker economic news and strength in Dow stock Microsoft.
The Nasdaq jumped and the broader market crept higher Wednesday afternoon as investors welcomed falling oil prices and bullish analyst comments on Dow stock Microsoft.
Let us quickly review the technology set-up for the average small business: Make a quick trip to Staples, get a PC and call over to the phone company. But not so fast. These days, choice rules. New Web-based office and telephony tools and wireless data services are rocking the once-simple tech universe of the small business.
Stocks were set for a slight pullback at Wednesday's open, indicating little follow through for the prior session's rally.
We're springing forward three weeks early this year and that could cause some computer and gadget headaches. We'll give you the preparation tools you need to navigate through this year's time change.
They fit in the palm of your hand, weigh 2 pounds or less, and pack enough power to run full versions of Windows Vista and other applications—unlike the scaled-down versions used in smartphones. We...
The CineMagix Grand Theater represents Velocity Micro's first foray into the realm of the all-out home theater PC.
Hewlett-Packard reported a sharply higher quarterly profit Tuesday, thanks to strong computer and printer sales during the holidays, as the tech giant continues to gain momentum against struggling rival Dell.
Stocks slipped early Friday after a government reports showed new home construction slowing sharply, raising fears the sector might be a drag on the overall economy.
Stocks were set for some turbulence on Wall Street Friday after the latest government report showed that the housing slump in January was much worse than anticipated.
The ambitious, ground-up rebuild of Microsoft Office Standard 2007 presents drastically different interfaces and new file formats.
Toshiba's first Windows Vista laptop, the Portege R400, is a beautifully crafted convertible tablet that unfortunately is every bit as expensive as it looks.
Six years and $6 billion later, Microsoft's Vista finally hit store shelves Tuesday - the software company's first upgrade to its dominant computer operating system since Windows XP in 2001.
What does Windows Vista have in common with the just-christened nuclear aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush? Answer: They are both powerful flagships of technology that took five years and billions o...
Dell announced Friday it will begin taking orders this weekend for computers loaded with Microsoft's Vista operating system.
When it comes to splashy doodads, the Consumer Electronics Show hasn't disappointed. Here are just a few of the gadgets arriving soon in a store near you.
Stocks posted slim gains in thin trade Tuesday after a disappointing report on holiday retail sales.
Wall Street struggled Tuesday as stocks fought for gains after surging but ultimately disappointing sales over the Christmas weekend.
The continued dispute with Iran pushed oil prices higher and could give stocks a rough start to the final week of the year, although they could get a boost from reports of a strong end to the holiday shopping season.
Computer security researchers and hackers have found more flaws in Microsoft's Vista, the long-awaited update to the Windows operating system, according to a report Monday.
If you followed Microsoft in the 1990s, you knew it as a company that deftly moved from strength to strength, leveraging its dominance in one area of software to command other parts of the tech business.
Stocks look poised to continue Monday's rally ahead of the latest round of economic reports, as a major builder said the housing slump may have bottomed out.
Here are some of Friday's market-moving stocks:
The textbooks say that summer does not officially end until the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22 or Sept. 23 (depending on the time zone you're occupying at the time), but for millions of young people it's over the moment the first class bell rings for the fall semester.
The first half of 2006 has proven brutal for tech investors, who saw all of their gains for the year wiped out in May and endured more pain when the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite hit a seven-month low last week.
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - It's official: All mentions of Novell must now, once again, be preceded by the adjective "beleaguered."
Computer makers enjoyed strong year-over-year growth during the first calendar quarter this year, according to new U.S. retail sales data.
A stock advance petered out by the close Monday, with only the blue-chip averages managing to stay in positive territory.
Stocks started off the second quarter right Monday, rising in the early going, despite surging bond yields and a jump in crude oil prices.
Stocks look to rebound Wednesday from a selloff sparked by the Federal Reserve's statement on the need for future interest rate hikes and a rise in oil.
Smarthouse, an Australian trade publication, is reporting that more than half of Windows Vista will have to be rewritten. The problems are so severe, Smarthouse claims, that the newly reorganized Windows group is pulling in programmers from Microsoft's Xbox game-console division. However, blogger Alec Saunders doubts that the problems could be that bad -- if so, he writes, Microsoft would be pushing Vista back to 2009, not 2007. Microsoft's own blogger Robert Scoble checked into the story and got a denial from an executive at Microsoft's PR firm, who says he's not aware of any Xbox programmers working on Windows. Microsoft is now targeting next year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as the launch event for the consumer version of Windows Vista. One reason for the delay, and for the possible involvement of Xbox programmers: Microsoft now plans to include functions from the Media Center edition of Windows, which can record TV shows and play photos, music, and videos on a TV, into its mainstream opera...
Microsoft shook up the management overseeing development of its Windows operating system Thursday.
Microsoft stock sank Wednesday, a day after the company delayed the launch of its new operating system, but the biggest hit from the delay will be taken by companies other than Microsoft itself, industry analysts said.
The Dow rose to its highest level in nearly five years Wednesday as gains in the financial sector, an easing of interest-rate worries and uplifting earnings news fueled positive sentiment.
Techs slipped at the open Wednesday, after Microsoft said it will delay releasing its new Windows Vista operating system.
Technology stocks looked to take a hit at Wednesday's open after Microsoft's decision to delay the introduction of its new Windows Vista operating system.
Clay Shirky can be counted among the lucky few who not only appear to have mastered the wired world (and the wireless one) but also get paid to decode it for the rest of us. He teaches graduate cou...
You can already buy just about anything from Amazon.com. But now, TechCrunch reports, you can buy space on Amazon.com's servers. Unlike Google's Gdrive, though, Amazon's online-storage offering isn't meant for consumers. Amazon, whose servers already host terabytes of book-cover images, music-CD reviews and sales data, is offering online storage space to companies who want to store their own data. The new service could make it easier for startups to build new services without worrying about buying and maintaining their own storage servers, writes former Goldman Sachs analyst Michael Parekh on his blog.
At the same time Apple is shifting to Intel microprocessors, Intel is planning a new generation of chips and technologies designed to make notebook computers smaller and less power hungry, and home computers that will emphasize music, video, games and photos.
In 1975, Frederick Brooks published The Mythical Man-Month. It had no right to succeed. The book detailed Brooks' experience managing IBM's bet-the-company System/360 computers and OS/360 software,...
In addition to Time magazine's coverage of "What's Next?" CNN.com asked readers what they thought would be next for 2006. Here is a selection of those responses, some of which have been edited
Microsoft announced Friday that it will call its next-generation operating system "Windows Vista."
THE FIRST THING, and often the only thing, many investors look at when selecting a mutual fund is total return -- dividends plus capital gains -- over the past year or five years. But total return ...
James Frevert just gave each of his grandchildren $1,000 toward a college education. But this grandfather has more than an ordinary clan to crow about. In December 1984, his daughter gave birth to ...