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Analysis: Is Microsoft's IE Flaw The Last Nail In Its Desktop Coffin?

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| Fierce competition in the desktop and end-user application space is looming 
| large over Microsoft. Google continues to develop knockout, Web-based apps 
| like Desktop, Video and Docs. OpenOffice is going mainstream -- the new 
| Ubuntu distro makes Linux easier than ever for the layman.   
| Mozilla and Sun Microsystems have developed serious alternatives in the 
| browser and productivity suite arenas with Firefox and OpenOffice.org. 
| Microsoft has long had a stranglehold on the browser and productivity suite 
| markets. That hold may start to slip. In the Test Center, we are seeing the 
| number of SMB and consumer applications and devices that are being developed 
| with Linux compatability at an all-time high.   
| Could this latest security issue and the fact that it had not been addressed 
| for the last several years by Microsoft, arguably the Earth's most wildly 
| successful software company, be that proverbial straw that draws the masses 
| to alternative personal computing offerings?    



MS issues brown alert over unpatched IE 7 flaw

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| Microsoft warned on Saturday that attacks targeting the vulnerability, which
| affects versions of its flagship browser on all supported versions of
| Windows, are becoming more widespread. The security bug first came to
| prominence a week ago, just before the latest edition of Microsoft's update
| cycle.


Microsoft rushes out emergency Windows update

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| Microsoft is about to issue an emergency security update to plug a
| vulnerability which could allow an internet worm to be spread via a computer
| without the user doing anything.


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.

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