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Microsoft's hardware chief shifting to services when Nokia's Elop arrives

Julie Larson-Green, who now runs Surface and Xbox, takes a lower-level job with the group responsible for Office

Windows 8 may be selling, but different figures define its use

Calculations show that between 165 million and 184 million copies of Windows 8 are being used to access the Web.

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Windows 8.1 update due in spring with concessions to mouse and keyboard users

Changes to the user interface will make it easier to hold onto your input devices. Microsoft will also loosen the hardware spec to allow for lower-cost gear.

Microsoft to drop price of Windows 8 licenses 70% for low-end devices, report says

Boot-to-desktop also to become standard for non-touch PCs, according to anonymous source.

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Nokia Here Maps is heading to Windows 8.1 to fill in Bing's mapping gaps

Recent enhancements include high-resolution satellite views.

Windows UI designer explains why forcing Metro on all is great for power users

Sure, Metro isn't great for getting things done, but a Microsoft designer says that's the entire point.

Five Tips for Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8

Ready to upgrade from Windows XP? Here are some tips to making that transition seamless.

Can 200 million licenses be wrong? Windows 8 hits major milestone

License sales lag behind Windows 7, but are ahead of Windows Vista.

Hands-on with Mozilla's long-delayed Metro Firefox app: Good thing it's a beta

It's not all bad, but you can't call it good.

Microsoft names Satya Nadella CEO

Microsoft has named Satya Nadella its next CEO. The company's cloud and enterprise chief, Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer after a five-month search.

How to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 or 8 with the least cost, hassle, and downtime

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 leak: More changes for Start screen, desktop

Big changes in this update include improving the modern UI experience for traditional point, click, and type PC users.

Incoming Windows 8.1 update might boot to desktop by default for PC users

Live Tiles aren't dead, but they might be hidden in the next version of Windows.

Windows 8.1 Update 1: Everything we know so far

The next refresh of Windows will place more emphasis on desktop-friendliness, and it's said to be right around the corner.