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Windows 8.1 boxed copies now available for preorder

But don't buy one if you want to upgrade from Windows XP or Vista!

Windows 8 users now outnumber Mac addicts

But that still doesn't mean Microsoft's new-look operating system is setting the world alight.

'Free Unix!': The world-changing proclamation made 30 years ago today

It was 30 years ago today -- Sept. 27, 1983 -- that the seeds were planted for both Linux and the open-source software movement.

Thank you Mr. Gates, CTRL-ALT-DEL was the best mistake to happen to PCs

Bill Gates claims that the three-key combination was a mistake, but it was one that all businesses should be thankful for.

Tizen could reach printers, cameras, smart TVs

Tizen is for tablets, smartphones and laptops, but the operating system could also be headed to printers, cameras and smart TVs.

Microsoft wants to scan your JavaScript libraries

Microsoft has launched a new service that provides free automated unit testing for anyone who loads a JavaScript framework or library into a GitHub.

Enterprises more accepting of Android, while Windows is losing ground

A poll hints at how the enterprise arena is slipping away from Microsoft, while acceptance for Android is growing and iOS is the number one priority.

Why SteamOS will challenge Windows for PC gaming supremacy

Valve's Steam Box endeavor is ostensibly designed for the living room, but make no mistake: SteamOS is a serious threat to Windows.

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Microsoft teases about Office on iPad, Android tablets

Microsoft executives last week came the closest yet to saying that the company will release Office on iPads and Android tablets, but stopped short of specifics.

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Microsoft OS chief: One API to rule them all

Microsoft is pursuing the ideal of OS platforms: a unified code base that runs from smartphones to servers, giving users a consistent experience across devices at home and at work, and developers a common tool set for building applications.

Device-spanning Ubuntu Touch OS gets October 17 launch date

Canonical's vision of one OS to rule all devices is nearing release.

Cyanogen goes corporate, aims to build a better Android

ROM maker Cyanogen Inc. now looks to be the third major mobile OS.

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Munich to hand out Ubuntu Linux CDs to ward off upcoming Windows XPocalypse

The open source operating system offers safe haven from the impending hacker free-for-all.

IBM's Power Systems Linux Center in Montpellier, France

IBM hopes to Power cloud, analytics with $1 billion Linux investment

IBM will invest $1 billion to promote Linux development over the next five years as it tries to adapt Power mainframes and servers to handle cloud and big data applications in distributed computing environments.

Valve boss says Linux is the future of gaming, hints at Steam Box announcement

Open source trumps walled gardens, says Valve's Gabe Newell—but that's not all he said.