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Windows 8 Update: Ballmer redefines the PC

Tim Greene | Sept. 18, 2012
Just as the world is coming to grips with the post-PC era the CEO of PC software behemoth Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, seems to be trying to prolong the age by redefining the iconic business machine to include tablets.

"After the final edition of Office Home & Student 2013 RT is released in a customer's language, their Windows RT device will be automatically updated with the final edition for free via Windows Update (Wi-Fi connection required)" the blog says. "Customers can expect to get these updates starting in early November through January depending on their language. We'll publish the specific update schedule on October 26."

IE 10 patched for Windows 8 launch

Microsoft says it will patch a Flash vulnerability in the new Internet Explorer 10 that is designed specifically to better support the touch capabilities of Windows 8.

This is a decision that counters what Microsoft said earlier -- that it would wait until after the Windows 8 launch Oct. 26 to patch the browser.

The company must have decided the weakness represented a significant security threat that couldn't be ignored.

Traditionally IE supported flash via plug-ins, but they have been banned with IE 10 and Microsoft has instead built flash directly into the browser.



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