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Microsoft to simplify Azure migration with bigger VM drives

Enterprises can now migrate virtual machines whose OS drives size exceed 127GB

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Spartan forecast: Browser of choice for 1 in 7 Windows users within a year

The calculations by Computerworld, based on operating system and browser user share statistics from Net Applications, were conservative estimates that could be exceeded if users end up being more enthusiastic about Spartan than they...

And at 80, standing on your head won't work either

Pilot fish with a side business helping out home users with their IT problems gets a call from a panicked elderly customer: She's trying to set a new new background image and something has gone terribly wrong.

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More than half of all IE users face patch axe in 10 months

The majority of IE users face a support retirement deadline that Microsoft unexpectedly announced last August.

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Microsoft updates Windows 10 preview for 'slow' testers

Microsoft earlier pledged to accelerate the pace of Windows 10 updates, but the firm has not committed to a specific timetable for either the fast or slow "rings."

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Microsoft prepares Windows 10 for panoply of sensors

Windows 10 devices in the future could be measuring temperature, environmental pressure and carbon dioxide levels, as Microsoft provides an interface to support a wide range of sensors.

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Microsoft draws line between Spartan and IE11 browsers

Microsoft on Tuesday said that, contrary to earlier statements, it would not make Project Spartan, the new browser for Windows 10, backward compatible with websites and Web apps designed expressly for Internet Explorer (IE).

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Microsoft packages Azure for Web and mobile developers

The new Azure App Service was designed to streamline the process of building apps and connecting them to back-end data sources

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Microsoft hopes to drum up developer interest in Windows 10 with Visual Studio preview

Developers can start testing Windows 10's adaptive user interface and other features.

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Microsoft to support 8K video resolutions with Windows 10

Microsoft is looking beyond 4K with Windows 10 and bringing 8K support to the operating system, years before TVs, monitors and content for that display resolution become widely available.

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Get ready for Photos for OS X

Photos for the Mac is coming, it's good but different.

Office 2016 for Windows preview not open to all O365 biz subscribers

Microsoft has limited the Office 2016 for Windows preview to customers with subscriptions to the enterprise-grade plans ProPlus, E3 and E4.

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Microsoft answers Windows device share slump with freemium strategy

Microsoft's strategic shift to creating apps and services for rival operating systems was born from the hard realization that Windows' share of the total device market was in the middle of a three-year slump, according to new...

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After hitting Raspberry Pi 2, Windows 10 will head to Qualcomm's board

Raspberry Pi 2 has been the only announced option for enthusiasts looking to make electronics using Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10, but Qualcomm is now offering its DragonBoard 410c as an alternative.

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Pirates will stay pirates, even after Windows 10 upgrade

Although Microsoft will let pirates upgrade to Windows 10, the company's not giving them a free pass.

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Microsoft reveals who gets Windows 10, and how

Not everyone will be candidates; Windows Phone 8.0, for instance, isn't on the upgrade list.

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Microsoft open-sources .Net build system

The platform is now available on GitHub, and Microsoft intends to bring it to Linux and Mac OS X.

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6 important things you might not know about Chrome OS upgrades

Google's Chrome OS isn't like other operating systems -- and the way it handles upgrades is no exception.

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