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Microsoft at War: Keeping Score of Redmond's Success and Fail Stories

Microsoft at War: Keeping Score of Redmond's Success and Fail Stories

Microsoft sits on the edge of a product launch that is plainly among the most important in the company’s history. It comes at a time when the company’s traditional hardware partners are facing ferocious market pressure from the commoditization of their products, and of course, the juggernaut known as the iPad.

As can be expected, the company’s many cheerleaders and haters are out in full force. Pundits can and will pontificate on Windows 8’s chances. However, what might be more useful is looking at Microsoft’s other make or break moments. The upcoming launch is far from the first time that Redmond has fought with its back against a wall. A backward glance at these moments, and careful evaluation of them, may provide a better, ahem, window into the company’s chances this Winter.

Firefox to warn users about outdated browser plug-ins

Firefox to warn users about outdated browser plug-ins

Third-party plug-ins can be a real pain in the back for browser developers. Security holes constantly show up in Adobe Flash and Reader, for example, leaving those running out-of-date versions open to potential remote execution exploits or enduring stability issues.
Weekend tech reading: A love-hate relationship with Firefox

Weekend tech reading: A love-hate relationship with Firefox

Admit it. You are in a love-hate relationship with Firefox. Either Mozilla gets Firefox right and you are jumping up and down, or Mozilla screws up and you threaten to ditch the browser in favor of Chrome. Mozilla’s passionate user base keeps Firefox dangling between constant ups and downs...

Weekend tech reading: Mozilla teases something big for Android

Weekend tech reading: Mozilla teases something big for Android

The folks at Mozilla have taken to Twitter to tease us all about a big BIG update in Firefox for Android next week. The details are sparse (as they should be in any teasers worth their salt) only promising something fast, smart, and safe. Firefox development for Android has been steady...