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Global PC sales dive in move towards tablets

Microsoft's Windows 8 software appears to be driving buyers away from PCs and toward smartphones and tablets, research firm IDC said last night. Global shipments of PCs fell 14 per cent in the first three months this year, it said, the sharpest plunge since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994.

Windows warning for IT

Over half of the UK's large businesses are putting themselves at risk of cyber-attacks and security breaches by sticking with Windows XP, according to new research.

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Why do we only hear one side of society in Sherborne's Tesco spat?

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Microsoft: warned by European Union regulators to modify how it presents Internet Explorer in Windows 8

Microsoft hit with massive €561m fine for breaking EU deal on user choice over internet browser

Software giant will have paid  €2.24 billion (£1.94 billion) in penalties racked up in clashes with EU over past decade.

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