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Test and test again: the lesson from Windows 8.1's bumpy rollout

After it shipped on Oct. 17, Windows 8.1 in certain scenarios clashed with incompatible software, crashed due to outdated firmware, and stumbled over unrecognized drivers.

Microsoft giving away free IT training -- and a job -- to soldiers

In a bid to help soldiers transition from the military to civilian life, Microsoft is offering a free IT training for soldiers in the military, plus a job.

Micrsoft urges: Upgrade to Windows 8 for better security

Even those who don't like Windows 8 should consider it for its superior security versus older Microsoft operating systems, if nothing else the company says.

Windows 8/8.1 sloooowly nears 10 percent of PC market

The combined might of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 should break double digits by the end of the year. However, a key issue for Microsoft remains the large number of PCs still running Windows XP.

Windows 8.1 surprises: 25 hidden features and little extras

Tiles. Files. Apps and Snaps. The update's jam-packed with little things that add up to a big improvement over Windows 8.

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Microsoft won't turn on Windows Defender for unprotected PCs

A Microsoft executive misspoke when she said that Windows would turn on the built-in Windows Defender technology for users who had let their antimalware subscriptions lapse.

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Massive ads set to take over Windows' Bing app

New "hero ads" within the Windows Bing app will dominate your entire screen. So far, however, they're confined to Windows 8.1.

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Some Windows 8.1 updates tripping over driver problems

Users say they're getting an error message when they try to update to Windows 8.1; Microsoft says it's looking into the matter.

Apple's tablet lead shrinks as Android gains momentum

Android tablets drove tablet sales growth in the third quarter of 2013. Appleā€™s iPad shipments were flat, and Windows tablets continued to struggle, according to two research reports.

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Microsoft disputes tests that suggest Windows 8.1 has a battery life problem

MacBooks continue to outlast PC laptops. But why?

New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on Windows 8

A subtle tweak in Windows 8.1 hardware requirements is leaving some users behind on Windows 8. Even worse, affected users will be cut off from critical updates in 2015.

PCs left unprotected as ZoneAlarm, Comcast's Norton struggle with Windows 8.1

We all know that apps installed while running the preview release of Windows 8.1 need to be reinstalled after upgrading to the final version. But what about apps that just don't work?

Record first-quarter sales for Microsoft, but Windows OEM revenue falls

Microsoft saw record first-quarter revenues in the first quarter after drastically reorganizing its reporting structure. But excluding sales of Windows Pro, OEM Windows sales dropped 22 percent.