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Google Chrome releases 1.0; no longer in beta

Google’s new web browser, first unveiled just three months ago, has come out of beta. Google Chrome 1.0 is now available for download for the Windows platform. Linux and Mac versions are still being… Read more…

Microsoft releases Vista SP2 beta

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) has just been released as a public beta. Vista SP2 has been in the testing phase since October, and is scheduled for release around April of next year. Because SP2… Read more…

IE market shares slip under 70 percent; Windows drops below 90 percent

Internet Explorer’s market shares dipped below 70 percent for the first time in the wake of the launch of Google’s Chrome web browser, and slightly better showings for Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s… Read more…

Parallels Desktop 4.0 runs 50 percent faster than 3.0

The final version of Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac has been released. This new version of the popular virtualization tool allows Intel-based Mac hardware to run Windows applications, and features… Read more…

EMC unveils its cloud offering

On the heels of Microsoft’s launch of Windows Azure, EMC has stepped out, this week, as the latest IT juggernaut to unveil its own cloud-based platform. Called Atmos, the platform is a combination of… Read more…

Microsoft launches into the clouds with Windows Azure

As promised by Steve Ballmer earlier this month, Microsoft has announced a new version of Windows that will run over the Internet from data centers hosted by Microsoft. Called Windows Azure, the idea… Read more…

Microsoft WGA tactics anger XP users all over China

Microsoft has made good on an August warning and rolled out a new, more aggressive version of its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool for Windows XP systems. Computers running versions of Windows… Read more…

Amazon delivers Windows-powered cloud

Amazon has finally launched a Windows beta of its Elastic Compute Cloud service. The move to launch Windows in its cloud comes barely a week ahead of Microsoft’s Professional Developers’ Conference… Read more…

Sun releases second version of xVM VirtualBox

The second version of xVM’s VirtualBox desktop virtualization software has been released. VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware that is targeted for server, desktop and… Read more…

Microsoft issues massive security updates

Microsoft has released patches for 26 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Windows Messenger and other software. It is the largest update in 18 months and includes 11 bulletins,… Read more…