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Why Microsoft might give Windows RT and Windows Phone away for free

Maybe it's desperate, maybe it's disruptive, but nixing licensing fees for Windows Phone and Windows RT could encourage greater adoption of those platforms among hardware vendors. Whether it'll work is anyone's guess.

Outlook.com aims to ease the switch from Gmail

If you want to jump from Gmail to Outlook.com, Microsoft has a new import tool.

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A Nokia Android phone might not be so crazy

Several reports claim Nokia's working on a low-end phone running a highly modified version of Android, despite its new Microsoftian overlords

Google Chromecast gets 10 new apps but app floodgates stay closed

It's still unclear when Google will open the door to more third-party apps for Chromecast by releasing public software-developer tools.

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Battle of the Windows RT displays: Lumia 2520 shines but the Surface 2 stutters

Nokia's Lumia 2520 has the best screen that DisplayMate has ever tested. The Surface 2? Not so much.

Microsoft beefs up account security

Users will soon be able to see a recent activity log through Microsoft's website, as well as the locations of each activity.

Black Friday doorbuster deals: The TVs, phones, and PCs that aren't total ripoffs

We evaluate specs and prices to help you make your Black Friday deal-buying count.

Congratulations! You just won Black Friday with these 11 awesome tips

Don't venture into the jungle of holiday shopping unarmed. Boost your chances of success with these essential Black Friday apps and shopping tips.

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Microsoft's Xbox One launch: Everything you need to know

The next generation of gaming is here, and beyond the games, the Xbox One is intertwined with the greater Windows universe. Here's everything you need to know.

Bing now pulls in TripAdvisor results for travel searches

Microsoft's search engine is integrating TripAdvisor data into its search results, stepping up the search competition with Google.

Acer's funky R7 laptop gets the Haswell treatment and active stylus support

The hybrid with the Star Trek-inspired screen is powering up with Intel's battery-boosting processor and more.

Bitcasa's jacks unlimited storage plan pricing tenfold

Say goodbye to the days of Bitcasa's cheap, unlimited cloud storage—prices just jumped from $99 per year to $999 per year.

'Selfie' strikes a pose as Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

Bitcoin, twerk, and schmeat put in a good showing, but even the Oxford Dictionary can't resist the allure of duck face.

In the wake of NSA spying, Yahoo promises encryption everywhere

By March, Yahoo users will have the option to encrypt all data flow to and from the Web company's services.