Is Microsoft Doing Enough to Stay Relevant?

Though it seemed likely that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) would be well aware of problems that have plagued it for the past couple months — including a rocky launch of the Surface RT — Microsoft’s moves to address these issues may prove insufficient.

In a direct move to remedy some of Microsoft’s ailments, the company is going to release 12 security updates Tuesday. Two of the updates will target an amazingly high 57 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, and another update will solve issues on the Windows RT operating system for the Surface RT tablet and others.

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These updates should prove important for Internet Explorer, which has been struggling to remain a popular web browser, especially among younger demographics drawn increasingly to Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Safari, Mozilla’s Firefox, and the newer Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chrome. Microsoft recently launched an ad campaign targeting users who grew up in the nineties. But while the security updates are intended to make Internet Explorer safer for users, the number of vulnerabilities that needed patching might just tell those nineties kids that IE is still to be avoided…

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