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Bypassing the Windows 10 password with a PIN

There's an easier way to get into Windows: setting up a numerical PIN, just like you'd use with a bank ATM. Here's how to do it.

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Microsoft uses the force: You WILL upgrade to Windows 10

Like it or lump it, Microsoft is making damn sure you’re going to be running Windows 10 in the next 12 months.

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Microsoft at MWC: Will anyone care?

Will Microsoft be making any major mobile device announcements at the upcoming Mobile World Congress that will make any difference to its position in the market?

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PCWorld Show Episode 2: VAIO's New Windows Phone

PCWorld's Gordon Mah Ung, Florence Ion and Jon Phillips discuss the significance of the new Windows Phone release from VAIO.

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Edge's weak adoption contributes to Microsoft's declining browser share

The failure of Microsoft's Edge to attract Windows 10 users has contributed to the company's overall decline in browser share, analysis of recently-published data shows.

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Windows 10 quick tips: 5 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

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How-to: Install Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 RC

Microsoft announced the release of SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) and Project Server 2016 Release Candidate.

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Microsoft pushes Windows 10 upgrade using tactic it once called 'a mistake'

Microsoft has begun to deliver the Windows 10 upgrade to eligible Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs through Windows Update.

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Why did Microsoft buy SwiftKey? Was it for the keyboard, or is there a deeper “learning”?

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey: It’s now official. The UK-based company, best known for its predictive keyboard app, will slot under Redmond’s research unit, reporting to Harry Shum. At $250 million, it’s a decent enough exit for...

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PCWorld Show Episode II: Tanking tablets, the SwiftKey acquisition, and the new Windows phone

In this week's episode of the PCWorld Show, we ponder why PCs are killing tablets, why Microsoft would buy SwiftKey, why anyone would make a new Windows phone, and why we love (or hate) USB-C.

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Why DISM is the Swiss Army knife of Windows 10 maintenance

DISM is a Windows command-line utility that helps admins and power users keep a sharp eye on installations and images. It's worth getting to know, and an occasional life-saver.

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Microsoft starts recommended update roll-out for Windows 10

Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will start seeing a more aggressive push to upgrade to Windows 10 in the coming days, as Microsoft starts rolling the new operating system out as a recommended update that will automatically download.

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Long-term review: The Dell XPS 15 Touch is the laptop to beat

Dell's new XPS 15 Touch laptop is lightweight and powerful, with one of the best touch screen displays around. In fact, our reviewer declared it the finest Windows laptop he's ever used.

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IE takes another beating, keeps on retreating

Microsoft's browsers, Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge, continued to bleed users in January.

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Windows Server 2016 could cost you more than you think

A few years back Microsoft switched from per-processor to per-core licensing in SQL Server, and now it's about to do the same thing with Windows Server 2016. You may not be thrilled with the results.

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Windows 10 posts impressive user share gains

Windows 10's user share jumped in January by its second-largest one-month increase since its launch, data from analytics vendor Net Applications showed.

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Microsoft's Windows-and-devices group again records lower revenue

Microsoft again reported a decline in revenue for the group responsible for Windows, the Surface line of 2-in-1s and notebooks, and smartphones, in 2015's fourth quarter. But the contraction was smaller than the previous quarter.

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Windows 10 quick tips: How to protect your privacy

Worried about possible privacy problems in Windows 10? We offer some quick and easy ways to protect your data.

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