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Surface sales sag and Windows Phones fade, as Microsoft's hardware business takes a hit

Microsoft's device businesses took a hit this quarter, as Microsoft admitted during an earnings call that Surface sales were lower than expected and sales of its branded Windows phones would essentially end by June.

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Newegg has lowered the price of HP's Stream 11 Pro G2 to $180

The HP Stream 11 Pro G2 won't win any awards for innovation or excitement, but it'll do as a travel laptop.

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Don't install the Windows 10 Creators Update on your own, Microsoft advises

Manually installing the Windows 10 Creators Update could introduce hardware compatibility problems, Microsoft warns.

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Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here's how

Keeping a computer up-to-date, with the latest OS and software patch, is one of the best things you can do to stay safe from cyber threats.

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Microsoft cuts off 40 percent of Windows phones with Creators Update shift

Microsoft has cut off nearly 40 percent of its existing user base of phones from the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update. The alternative: run the beta OS.

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How to delete and disable location history in the Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows 10's built-in location services can be disabled with a few clicks, and you can erase your location history, too.

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Microsoft offers Gmail users some key Outlook features, but only via Windows 10

Microsoft is giving Gmail users some key Outlook.com features via the Windows 10 Mail and Calendar app, meaning they'll work only on a Windows 10 device.

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Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor

Called "Cloudbooks" by industry watchers, a leaked Microsoft document sets minimum specs for cloud-based laptops powered by Windows 10 Cloud.

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Microsoft commits to twice yearly updates to Windows 10, Office 365

Microsoft is offering IT pros some new guidance on when they can expect major feature updates for Windows 10, Office 365's client applications, and System Center Configuration Manager.

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Microsoft will cut services to standalone Office users so they’ll subscribe to Office 365

Standalone Office users will start to feel the pinch in a few years, when Microsoft will cut off services unless you subscribe to Office 365. OneDrive and Skype for Business will be the first perks to go.

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Microsoft commits to a permanent schedule for new Windows 10, Office updates

Microsoft reveals when Redstone 3 will ship—as well as every Windows feature update beyond that—as part of its new semiannual schedule for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus.

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User-created patch lets Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs receive Windows 7 updates

A new user-created patch lets Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs get updates on Windows 7 or 8—but it may be more trouble than it's worth.

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3 new Cortana features that can tackle common tasks

Boost your productivity with recurring reminders, voice control of your PC and apps, and more.

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Meet the new Wunderlist: Microsoft's To-Do task manager takes over

Microsoft has taken the wraps off its Wunderlist successor, an overly simple task managing app called To-Do.

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Windows 10's power-throttling feature will benefit battery-hungry laptops

A feature available for Windows 10 Insiders could extend your battery life by about 10 percent, Microsoft claims.