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Microsoft sets Windows 9 reveal for Sept. 30

Microsoft issued invitations on Monday for a Sept. 30 event where it will unveil the next version of Windows, according to multiple online reports.

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Mojang Unchained: Why Microsoft wants <i>Minecraft</i> maker

Microsoft will pay $2.5 billion for Mojang, the developer of the very popular Minecraft game, a move some analysts see as a purchase of the massive community around the game as much as an acquisition of the game itself.

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Windows 9 video leaks: Virtual desktops and Notification Center in action

Another day, more Windows 9 leaks, this time of the new virtual desktops and Notification Center. I've got the videos, and you'll want to see them.

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Nadella regime board shuffle continues at Microsoft

Microsoft's board of directors continued to morph yesterday as it turned over two members, the latest move in the biggest shuffling of the board since the company went public nearly three decades ago.

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4 Windows tablet/keyboard combos take on the Surface Pro

Microsoft's Surface Pro can be used as both a tablet and a laptop. We test four devices from Acer, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba that make the same claim.

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Leaked video shows Windows 9 Start menu in action -- I want it now!

A leaked video shows the Windows 9 Start menu in interactive glory. If it's for real, this Start menu beats out all other previous versions, as you can see in the video I've embedded. I'd like to get my hands on it right now.

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Windows 9 leaks show the desktop rules again

Desktop users, rejoice. A new batch of leaked screenshots from Windows 9 shows an operating system designed for desktop users, not just for those with tablets.

Microsoft pulls OneDrive for Business patch issued Tuesday

Microsoft yesterday pulled another patch, this one released Tuesday, meant to fix OneDrive for Business, the online storage service for employees running Office 365.

Microsoft expands Windows on Devices program

Microsoft wants to put a small version of Windows 8 on more developer boards

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday thwarts nosey malware

Cyberattackers curious about the contents of users' hard drives will have a tougher time finding that information because of the latest patch Microsoft issued Tuesday.

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Attack of the killer Windows laptops: Say goodbye to Chromebooks

A slew of new $200 Windows laptops, including a new Asus EeeBook, are taking direct aim at Chromebooks in the upcoming buying season. Will this kill off Chromebooks for good, or can they survive the onslaught?

Microsoft plans critical IE update next week

Microsoft will issue just four security updates to customers next week, with the usual patches for Internet Explorer as well as others for Windows, the .Net Framework and Lync, the company's communications server software.

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Microsoft's StorSimple: A first look at the 8000 series

These arrays add a cloud tier to the traditional storage tiering approach, but the high price tag and the Azure-only feature set could be deal-breakers.

Windows 8 user share, August 2014

Windows 8's uptake climbs but still trails Vista's

Windows 8's uptake shoved into a forward gear last month for the first time since May, but the OS trailed Windows Vista's tempo of six years ago.

Microsoft China uses 'Windows 9' as official name of next edition

Microsoft's China division today briefly touted "Windows 9" in a post to the Weibo micro-blogging service, bolstering speculation that the company will stick to a numerical name for its next OS.

China orders Microsoft to explain Windows, Office practices within 20 days

Chinese antitrust regulators today ordered Microsoft to explain compatibility and bundling issues with its software and gave the company 20 days to comply.

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Did Microsoft help seed the market for Windows Store scam apps?

Microsoft has finally begun cleaning out the Windows Store by killing 1,500 scams and copycat apps. But by turning the other way when bad apps were uploaded, and maybe even paying for them, Microsoft was part of the problem.

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Microsoft should ante up to users for scammed Windows Store apps

Microsoft finally did the right thing by finally ridding the Windows Store of 1,500 scams and copycat apps. But here's one thing it's not yet doing: Actively searching out users who paid for the fraudulent apps and paying them back.

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