Ed Bott of ZDNet managed to spot a revision that Microsoft snuck into its support policy sometime this month that ups the support duration ante for Microsoft’s two latest consumer operating systems — Vista and 7 — to 10 years. He initially noticed it on the Microsoft Japan webpage, but shortly after received confirmation from Microsoft U.S. PR that this revision is in fact valid.

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Weibo will replace Twitter, Renren will replace Facebook, and no Xbox LIVE integration, in Windows Phone 7 for China.

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Short URL, BitLocker management, ODF support, paid expansion, remote file browsing, and desktop clients are some of the features expected in SkyDrive’s next update.

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Portugese blog GEMIND managed to snag some screenshots of an upcoming SkyDrive update that has both tiered, paid storage upgrades, as well as a blurb promoting proper SkyDrive clients for both Windows and OS X (in the same area where, visiting SkyDrive now will show a promotion for the new iPhone and Windows Phone clients.) There are going to be three paid tiers of SkyDrive that each offer additional storage on top of the 25GB that is available for free.

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Microsoft’s Business Division has overtaken Windows as the company’s main source of operating income. With chatter abound about how Microsoft should diversify the platforms that Office is available on, the question arises: Why is there no proper Metro Office 15 app?

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If you’re a proud owner of a Windows Phone, you will be able to take advantage of two new Bing features announced today: Bing Vision, and Bing Image Matching for Newspapers.

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It’s official: That rumored Windows 8 logo redesign that surfaced earlier this week is legitimate. In quite a radical change, Microsoft has ditched the former red, green, blue, yellow, gradient-packing logo in favor of something more simplistic and true to the Metro design philosophy. And rest assured: It is indeed a window, and not a flag.

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Better MMS support, new roaming options, lower memory and more languages.

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Microsoft Security Essentials, the free anti-virus program from the Redmond Giant, flagged Google.com, the most popular search in the world as malware for a short period of time, yesterday.

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Microsoft’s email service has taken a temporary time-out.

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Facebook app for Windows Phone updated with a new UX and features.

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Microsoft: A Better Valentines With Office Web Apps & Windows Phone

Microsoft wants users to dump Google Docs and Android for Office Web Apps and Windows Phone this Valentines.

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A new Metro-inspired Windows Start button for Windows 8 will replace the Windows Orb.

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Microsoft’s online store in India has been hacked by a Chinese hacker group that goes by the name of EvilShadow. While the hack seems to have been done for fun — and not as a social or political protest — the hackers still managed to gain access to the database, where passwords were stored in plaintext.

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Microsoft plans to diversify the chassis specs to offer more Windows Phone handsets while keeping the experience consistent.

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