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Windows 9 Preview Date: Sept. 30?

Windows 9 Preview Date: Sept. 30?
Microsoft appears to be wasting no time moving on from the disastrous launch of Windows 8 by announcing key features of its successor -- codename "Threshold" -- on September 30.
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Android Crushing Smartphone Rivals
As the smartphone market soars, Google’s Android OS dominates the sector with an 85 percent market share. Apple’s iOS comes in at a distant second, taking only 11 percent of the market.
Plan Your Move from Windows 7 Now
Companies that are still running Windows 7 should start planning now to upgrade their systems if they want to avoid problems transitioning to the successor to Windows 8, according to Gartner analysts.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday Stars IE
Surprise, surprise. Microsoft’s August Patch Tuesday focused heavily on Internet Explorer. Redmond rolled out 29 patches for IE. One plugs a hole that could allow a remote attacker to access a PC over the Web.
Siri Coming to a Mac Near You
Apple is planning to release a version of Siri, its digital assistant, on its laptops and desktops. First released in 2011, the company's mobile assistant has only been available for iOS devices.
MS Plans Final Windows 8.1 Tweak
Focus shifts to upcoming Windows 9.
Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad
Digital assistant heads to U.K., China.
Oracle Releases a Slew of Upgrades
Database 12c, Linux 7, Data Cloud.
China Puts Microsoft Under the Lens
Official anti-monopoly probe launched.
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