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Microsoft demos touch-focused Office apps at Build

Modern Office apps will be touch-first yet intimately familiar - and they'll scale across devices as part of Microsoft's new universal app initiative.

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Microsoft details mouse-focused Windows 8.1 Update

The new update isn't as exhaustive as Windows 8.1 was itself, but it'll still bring a smile to the faces of traditional PC users.

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Meet Cortana: Microsoft announces sweeping Windows Phone 8.1 update

Microsoft revealed the grand Windows Phone 8.1 update at Build 2014, and don't let the ".1" fool you: It's a doozy.

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Microsoft reveals next-gen Kinect for Windows design, teases launch

A powered-up Kinect for Windows sensor is coming. Surprise! It looks an awful lot like the Xbox One Kinect.

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Office for iPad shoots to the top of Apple's free app chart

So much for Office for iPad arriving too late.

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Shining light on virtual reality: Busting the 5 most inaccurate Oculus Rift myths

Do believe the hype, but don't believe the rumors. A lot of the myths swirling around the Oculus Rift VR headset are pure hogwash.

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Oculus fallout proves nobody understands what Kickstarter truly does: Fund hope

No, Oculus' Kickstarter backers didn't receive a slice of the $2 billion Facebook pie, but we ALL got so much more.

Just previewing email can give attackers control of your PC, Microsoft warns

Poisoned RTF files can give hackers full control of your machine - even if you only preview the document in Outlook.

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DirectX 12 vs. Mantle: Comparing PC gaming's software-supercharged future

What's the difference between DirectX 12 and AMD's Mantle? Why should you even care? Here's the answers you need to know.

Avast: Windows XP users already attacked 6 times more often than Windows 7 users

And that's BEFORE Microsoft discontinues Windows XP security support on April 8.

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Microsoft releases OneNote for free on Mac and Windows, adds new note-taking tools

OneNote's note-taking options just got a whole lot cheaper, flexible, and more diversified.

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Microsoft woos Windows XP holdouts with $50 gift cards

Unfortunately, that $50 can't go to the purchase price of the new PC you need to buy to get the gift card.