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Brad Chacos spends the days jamming to Spotify, digging through desktop PCs and covering everything from BYOD tablets to DIY tesla coils.

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.

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Forget dual-booting Android PCs, give us Chromebook-Windows hybrids

Dual-booting Android with Windows doesn't make sense, but a Windows Chromebook would be to die for.

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Nook's Windows apps halted for mysterious 'Microsoft Consumer Reader'

Buh-bye Nook, hello Nook content in a Microsoft-made native app?

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Google Search makeover ditches underlined links and downplays ads

Google Search just got a mobile-mirroring makeover.

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Deep inside Windows 8.1's spring update: New changes in pictures

Microsoft's impending update for the Windows 8.1 update tries hard to woo over disgruntled desktop fans.

3 ways to get a new Windows 7 PC in the Windows 8 era

You can still buy or build a PC with Windows 7, or possibly downgrade from Windows 8. It just takes a little extra legwork.

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Oops! Windows 8.1 update leaked by Microsoft itself

Well, that's embarrassing.

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Move over Mantle: Microsoft to reveal next-gen, 'closer to the metal' DirectX 12 at GDC

At this year's Game Developers Conference Microsoft will finally show off the new generation of its graphics API—six years in the making.

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Leaked video shows Cortana, Windows Phone's smarter Siri clone, in action

Cortana wants to know all about you so she can help you better, leveraging her buddies Bing and Foursquare, among others.

Skype for Outlook.com rolls out worldwide with new HD video call support

Now you can chat about how much email stinks while achieving inbox zero.

It's official: Microsoft sheds Bates, Reller from senior leadership team

Reller's departure means the last of the big brain trust behind Windows 8 have now left the building.

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Leak reveals Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1's mashup of Siri and Google Now

New screenshots show the settings and 'face' of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri challenger.

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Windows for free? Microsoft toys with service-stuffed 'Windows 8.1 with Bing'

The mysterious Windows 8.1 with Bing build that popped up last week is Microsoft's experiment in subsidizing Windows with services, sources say.