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PCWorld Show Episode 2: VAIO's New Windows Phone

PCWorld's Gordon Mah Ung, Florence Ion and Jon Phillips discuss the significance of the new Windows Phone release from VAIO.

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New Windows 10 Insider preview build brings bug fixes and a ninja monkey

Windows 10 preview build 14257 paves the way for faster updates, and placates Insiders with ninja monkey wallpaper.

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Microsoft imagines future NFL games played out on your coffee table, via HoloLens

From an improved sideline Surface experience to an audacious vision for HoloLens, Microsoft is digging deep into its role as an NFL technology partner.

PCWorld Show Episode II: Tanking tablets, the SwiftKey acquisition, and the new Windows phone

In this week's episode of the PCWorld Show, we ponder why PCs are killing tablets, why Microsoft would buy SwiftKey, why anyone would make a new Windows phone, and why we love (or hate) USB-C.

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A third of all PC gamers on Steam use Windows 10

Steam users are moving towards Microsoft's latest operating system in large numbers, but Windows 7 still reigns supreme.

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You will upgrade to Windows 10: Inside Microsoft's strong-arm upgrade tactics

Now that the carrots aren't luring new users to Windows 10, Microsoft's breaking out the sticks

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It begins: Microsoft starts 'recommended' rollout of Windows 10

Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will start seeing a more aggressive push to upgrade to Windows 10 in the coming days, as Microsoft starts rolling the new operating system out as a recommended update which will automatically download.

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Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586.71 edges closer to the final release for older phones

Microsoft fixes some annoying bugs in Windows 10 Mobile as it preps a broad rollout to older phones.

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Vaio confirms its Windows Phone will be launched this week

Mere days after Microsoft reported plummeting sales for its own Lumia handsets, Vaio says it will launch its own Windows 10 Mobile phone. Whether third parties like Vaio and Acer can succeed where Microsoft hasn't remains an open question.

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Windows 10 usage skyrocketed in January

Windows 10's user share jumped in January by its second-largest one-month increase since its launch, data from analytics vendor Net Applications showed.

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Windows Server 2016 could cost you more than you think

A few years back Microsoft switched from per-processor to per-core licensing in SQL Server, and now it's about to do the same thing with Windows Server 2016. You may not be thrilled with the results.

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You can run Windows 95 inside your browser now

Windows 95 now runs in a browser. Just don't expect to do much with it.

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Microsoft's Lumia may be a dead phone walking, as sales continue to fall

Microsoft said Thursday that its Lumia smartphone revenue fell by 53 percent—and that it expected a similar drop this quarter as well. With Lumia's future looking dim, we can only hope that rumors of a Surface phone might come true later this year.

The PCWorld Show Episode 1: Surfacegate, spec leaks and teeny-tiny phones

Welcome to the first installment of PCWorld's first long-form video show! Florence Ion, Gordon Mah Ung and Jon Phillips discuss, analyze and goof on the most interesting news of the week.

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Preloading Windows 10 mobile apps like TripAdvisor is a desperation move for Microsoft

TripAdvisor said its app will come preloaded on millions of Windows 10 mobile and desktop devices—a practice most consumers despise, but one that Microsoft may be forced into.

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Windows 10 build 14251 fixes gaming bugs, but the roadmap for older phones is unclear

Call this Insider preview build 14251 a calm before the storm, as Microsoft tries to sync desktop and mobile Windows before further upgrades.

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Chrome 48 rolls out, Data Saver extension exits beta

The latest Chrome release doesn't offer a ton of new features for PC users, but there's a new-ish extension for compressing your data usage similar to what's available on Android.

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How to make OneDrive your personal music streaming service with the Groove app

Windows 10's cloud storage and music player combo are just begging to store and stream your entire personal music collection.