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An application has expectedly quit. Windows 3.x has come to the closing moments of its long life. On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences for the software that made its debut in May 1990 in the US.


 Windows 3.x Windows Microsoft Windows 3.1
Steve Ballmer, who has reportedly offered to pay $300 million to $500 million for a 5 percent stake in Facebook has warned that the social networking phenomenon risks becoming no more than a "fad".


 Microsoft Facebook
There is technology now that recognises not just your thumb, it recognises your entire person. The technology knows who you are.


 Xbox Microsoft Natal artificial intelligence virtual gaming future
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) promises to provide people with basic protection against viruses, trojans, rootkits and spyware.


 Microsoft anti-virus virus software
On Thursday, Microsoft launches Windows 7, the latest version of its operating system. Its success or failure will determine the future of the world's biggest software company.


 Microsoft Windows 7 operating system
Microsoft has teamed up with a web tool once hailed as a rival to Google to provide results for its search engine Bing.


 Bing Google Microsoft Wolfram Alpha
US congressmen have condemned major IT firms including Microsoft and Google for helping China censor the internet.


 freedom censorship China Internet Microsoft Google
The European Commission has threatened to fine Microsoft up to 2m euros a day until it gives rivals more access to its systems.


 software Microsoft monopoly
Twitter has signed deals to put messages sent via the microblogging service into the Microsoft and Google search indexes.


 Twitter Google Microsoft search instantaneous
Microsoft has announced plans to open up the format of the data files used by its e-mail program Outlook.


 Outlook Microsoft e-mail source code
The German government has warned web users to find an alternative browser to Internet Explorer to protect security.


 Internet Explorer browser security Germany Microsoft hacking
The system allows users to play games controlled by body movements and speech rather than a handheld device.


 Microsoft Natal game control body gesture
A 17-year-old bug in Windows will be patched by Microsoft in its latest security update. The February update for Windows will close the loophole that dates from the time of the DOS operating system. First appearing in Windows NT 3.1, the vulnerability has been carried over into almost every version of Windows that has appeared since.


 Windows bug security Microsoft
Yahoo's website will use Microsoft's Bing search engine, and the two firms will share the revenues.


 Yahoo Microsoft search engine
Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) web browser, now accounts for less than 60% of the market, down from 95% at its peak in 2003, according to new figures.


 browser Internet Explorer Microsoft Firefox Google Chrome