Don't-Miss Operating System Stories

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Microsoft Q1 earnings top estimates, with strong growth in Office 365 subs, Xbox sales

The company reported revenue growth in all product-related business units.

Mac OS X

Apple users put at risk by 3-week delay between OS X and iOS patches, researchers say

IOS users were kept vulnerable for three weeks to known security issues previously patched in Safari for OS X, a former Apple employee said.

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5 ways Microsoft will enable your PC to see, sense, and understand

At its Silicon Valley TechFair last week, Microsoft Research showed off how its Kinect computer-vision sensor could transform the way you use webcams, whiteboards, and more.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS plays better with high-res displays, forms Ubuntu's tablet backbone

Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' is here as Canonical's latest LTS release. It's more about stability than new features, but still begins a new era for Ubuntu.

Chrome OS may kill the password with Easy Unlock smartphone option

In the future, Chrome OS users may unlock their PCs just by having their smartphone nearby.

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Windows XP's retirement turns into major security project for Chinese firm

Since February, Qihoo 360 has been rolling out Windows XP security software to 200 million users

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Red Hat adds muscle to Docker container technology

Red Hat plans to incorporate advanced Linux tools such as systemd and SELinux into Docker

PCWorld News

Canonical's new Ubuntu focuses on the long haul

The server edition of Ubuntu 14.04 comes with Docker and better support for solid-state disks

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Windows XP lives on: Avast survey shows 27 percent of its XP users don't plan to switch

XPocalypse? What XPocalypse? A big chunk of antimalware software vendor Avast's users are sticking with XP despite the many risks.

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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 review: Major upgrade closes the gap with iOS and Android

With the Cortana digital assistant and a vibrant new interface, the OS is finally positioned to attract the users and developers it critically needs.

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The story of the Windows XP 'Bliss' desktop theme—and what it looks like today

Like Windows XP itself, Microsoft's 'Bliss' image of rolling green hills has aged, and evolved. Here's its story— and what the real-world site looks like today.

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Obituary: Windows XP passes away, leaving behind millions of mourning supporters

Windows XP, Microsoft's beloved seventh major operating system, has died at the hands of its creators. It was 12.

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Windows XP support will be available after April 8—just not for you

Microsoft is busy signing last-minute deals with big business to provide support for Windows XP after the deadline ends. What would you pay to get in on this?