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Windows Server 2016 could cost you more than you think

A few years back Microsoft switched from per-processor to per-core licensing in SQL Server, and now it's about to do the same thing with Windows Server 2016. You may not be thrilled with the results.

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Microsoft releases its first Windows 10 beta build of the year

Members of the Windows Insider Program got their first new beta build of Microsoft's operating system for 2016, and it's a snoozer when it comes to user-facing features.

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Remix OS's desktop-friendly flavor of Android hits PCs with mouse support and windows

Remix OS for PC goes where stock Android hasn't with windowed apps, a taskbar, and proper mouse support.

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What's ahead for Windows 10: Needed upgrades, forced updates, and developer love

Windows 10 was the biggest news story out of Microsoft in 2015, and looking forward to the coming year, it’s slated to continue as one of the pillars of the company’s business. Here's what to expect.

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Microsoft updates trust list after private key for Xbox Live leaks

On Tuesday, Microsoft updated their Certificate Trust List (CTL) after the private key for xboxlive.com was leaked to the Web. The company didn't explain how the leak happened, but the exposed certificates were immediately revoked and replaced.

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Windows Server 2016 adoption will be a marathon, not a sprint

Microsoft is launching the next version of Windows Server next year, and IT departments are gearing up to take their time adopting it, according to a new Spiceworks survey released Wednesday.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 November update screwed up some users' privacy settings

Microsoft revealed Tuesday that an update to Windows 10 changed some users' privacy settings accidentally.

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Half of all enterprises to start Windows 10 rollouts in the next year

Gartner expects that half of all enterprises will at least begin their roll-outs of Windows 10 by January 2017, according to a report the analyst firm released Monday.

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In Sailfish struggles, a cautionary tale for alternative mobile OSes

With Android and iOS dominating the mobile OS market, it's tough going for alternatives like Sailfish, now in survival mode as its maker, Jolla, moves to lay off "a big part" of its personnel.

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10 odd, offbeat, and downright weird places you'll find Linux

Why worry about the desktop when you've conquered everything else?

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Microsoft goes all-out for enterprise with its latest Windows 10 update

Microsoft released its first major Windows 10 update on Thursday, and it includes a bunch of features aimed at improving the operating system for business users.

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New Windows 10 beta build is all about bug fixes

Microsoft on Thursday launched another beta build of Windows 10 to public testers that's crammed full of bug fixes and performance improvements.

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After beating Dark Souls and Pokemon, Twitch is installing Arch Linux

Twitch is using the power of the crowd to install Arch Linux, but a mischievous botnet attempted to take over and install Gentoo Linux, instead.

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Fedora 23 lands with GNOME 3.18, Wayland progress, and a new upgrade system

The newest version of Fedora is here, making life easier for PC users today while simultaneously paving the way for the future.

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FreeBSD hits 64-bit ARM chips, demoed on 96-core server

FreeBSD follows Linux to ARM servers