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Microsoft purges 1,500 copycat, fraudulent Windows 8.1 apps

Microsoft is clamping down on sham Windows Store apps that try to dupe users into paying for free software....

Free, fast Windows updates are the future -- and they could hurt PC sales

Microsoft has accelerated Windows' release schedule, which could bode ill for PC makers hoping to goose sales....

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Using Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.0

Here's why you want to use this security enforcer for your Windows apps and how to get started....

Microsoft reissues patch that crippled Windows PCs

Microsoft today re-released a security update it pulled two weeks ago after users packed the company's support discussion forum with reports of crippled computers....

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Surface Pro 3 isn't overheating but still needs a software fix

An update will be released soon that will fix a problem that causes a temperature gauge to be displayed when rebooting...

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Customers praise Microsoft's 'no BS' explanation of cloud service outage

A Microsoft executive last week gave what some users called a "refreshingly direct" and "no BS, straight-talking" explanation of a several-hour outage of the cloud-based Visual Studio Online, collecting kudos for acknowledging...

China says Microsoft hasn't been fully transparent in anti-monopoly probe

Chinese authorities say Microsoft has yet to fully comply with the government's anti-monopoly investigation, and want more information about its media player and Web browser distribution....

Munich may ditch Linux for Microsoft

The German city of Munich, long one of the open-source community's poster children for the institutional adoption of Linux, is close to performing a major about-face and returning to Microsoft products....

Microsoft cuts prices of Surface 2 in possible sign of new models this fall

Microsoft yesterday cut the prices of its Surface 2 tablets by as much as 22%, dropping the entry-level Windows 8.1 RT device to $349....

China launches homegrown OS to compete with pirated US software

China's OS: If you can't beat 'em, ban 'em. China -- satisfied it has conquered all Earth based manufacturing -- is now on a long march towards dominating the software market. Or at least it hopes anyway. Actions such as...

Microsoft Surface 2's price slash: Great deal or a waste of your money?

Microsoft just temporarily slashed the prices on all of its Surface 2 Windows 8.1 RT-based tablets by $100, to as low as $349. Is this the deal for you, or one you should avoid? The price cut lasts only from August 24 through...

Inexpensive Windows PCs hit the market with help from Microsoft

Microsoft is helping hardware makers build low-priced Windows PCs to combat Chromebooks, and the early results of that effort are hitting the market....

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Microsoft engineer: 'Definitely problems' with test process after crippling Windows patch

A week after Microsoft pulled a Patch Tuesday update that crippled some Windows 7 PCs, the company has yet to provide a working fix for either the original flaw or the resulting problem....

Why Windows 9 beta download date will be a ''HUGE'' step for Microsoft [u]

Big boy Satya Nadella: Size matters. Microsoft is said to be ready to launch Windows 9 at the end of next month, with a beta / preview download available on a date soon after. Code named Threshold, the new operating system is...

Will September 30 be the date a Windows revival begins?

Reports say that the first Windows 9 preview will be released on September 30. Will that be the day that Windows finally gets back its mojo, or will the operating system continue to be lambasted by critics and users alike? ...

As sales deadline approaches, OEMs continue to push Windows 7 PCs to consumers

With a Microsoft-mandated deadline a little more than two months away, computer makers are still selling PCs equipped with Windows 7 Home Premium....

Steve Ballmer's 5 greatest YouTube hits

With Steve Ballmer leaving the Microsoft board, it's time to bid him a fond farewell -- and the best way to do it is with a look at five of his greatest YouTube hits....

16 tips for mac users who must use windows

16 tips for Mac users who must use Windows

I was forced to use a Windows PC the other day. It was a shock, particularly because search engines generally generate tips for switching from Windows to Mac when queried on this. It made me suspect Mac users may sometimes need a...

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