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Microsoft plans stable Windows 10 transition for businesses

Microsoft will offer a very reasonable means for businesses to transition to Windows 10, as conservatively or aggressively as they choose. But Microsoft's "Windows as a service" offering will still be pay-to-play.

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Google Inbox is lousy; try it for yourself and see if you agree

Google opens up Inbox to all for 24 hours, although I feel that the existing Gmail is still a better solution.

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Intel's vPro Core chips advance wire-free computing with wireless dock, Pro WiDi tech

The fifth-generation Core processors include new tech to free workplaces from unsightly wires, and make docking and authentication easier, too.

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Bill Gates tells Reddit about his mysterious 'personal agent' project at Microsoft

If it isn't Cortana, then what is it? The man who built Microsoft didn't elaborate, but he did have some cautionary words for the development of artificial intelligence over the next 30 years.

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Microsoft OneDrive adds super-intelligent searching of document text, photos

Microsoft's OneDrive now sifts through your cloud documents to better find the ones you're looking for. It also adds an attractive Albums feature for photo management, and camera backup for your DSLR, too.

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Confirmed: Microsoft Spartan browser will have extensions, unlike Internet Explorer

Microsoft wasn't kidding when it said Spartan would be totally different from Internet Explorer. The older browser never trafficked in extensions, but Spartan will take the opposite tack.

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Microsoft has stopped making the Surface 2 tablet, spelling trouble for Windows RT

Don't worry, the Surface Pro tablet is safe and selling great. But the basic Surface and Surface RT operating system are dead in all but name.

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Google Fiber coming to 18 new cities in Southeast

Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh will all surf on Google's 1-gigabit fiber network. But Google's competition is much stronger than ever before, too.

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Microsoft updates PowerBI tool with new mobile apps, free service

Microsoft tries to make its business-intelligence tool more broadly accessible with a new mobile app for the Apple iPad, and a free tier for customers.

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In Microsoft's mobile-first, cloud-first strategy, Windows takes a supporting role

The operating system that built Microsoft will serve as a conduit for the cloud services that now earn far more for the company.

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Internet problems take out Facebook, Instagram, others; Lizard Squad takes credit

Unexplained outages take out several popular Internet services, including Facebook, Instagram, and HipChat. Hacker group The Lizard Squad takes credit.

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Microsoft's earnings stars include Surface and Office 365, but Windows stumbles

Heavily discounted Windows licenses led to a revenue shortfall of 25 percent year over year, highlighting the importance of successful launch of Windows 10 later this year.

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Windows 10: The 10 coolest features you should check out first

From Cortana to the fancy new Start menu, you won't want to miss these Windows 10 features.

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Microsoft Cortana on the PC: She's not fully alert in Build 9926 of Windows 10

We go hands on with Cortana in Build 9926 of Windows 10, and find the digital assistant is disappointing compared to what's installed in Windows Phone.

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Windows 10 preview download is available now

Microsoft has published Build 9926, the version of Windows 10 the company showed off at its event this week.