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Cortana comes to iOS and Android as Microsoft builds a bridge to Windows 10

Microsoft is rolling out a red carpet for iOS and Android users, giving them a standalone version of Cortana and some help syncing their data to Windows PCs.

Windows 10 Music Preview app redesign sports a Spotify-like aesthetic

It's late in the game, but Microsoft is still playing around with the visual look to elements of Windows 10 as it tweaks the OS prior to the upcoming launch.

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New Windows 10 preview build drops with Edge browser improvements, UI polish

Windows 10 preview build 10122 doesn't add many new features and is a lot more stable than previous versions—unless you're trying to use the new Edge browser with an AMD Radeon GPU.

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Netgear and ZyXEL confirm NetUSB flaw, are working on fixes

The vulnerability could allow attackers to take over affected routers. And Netgear won't have a fix until the third quarter!

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Android stock browser vulnerable to URL spoofing

It's recommended that users install Chrome or another browser

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Dropbox evolves into a universal app for Windows PCs, phones, and tablets

New features for designers, meanwhile, promises better image handling

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Microsoft will charge for Windows 10 upgrades after one-year freebie offer lapses

It's official: If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 without spending a dime, you'll want to do so in the first year after it launches. Afterwards, it'll cost money.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Solitaire with massive online battle royale

You've been training all your life, and the time to shine is now with Microsoft's solitaire tournament.

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Microsoft taps 'Mass Effect' visionary Casey Hudson to oversee HoloLens, Xbox games

Hudson, who's worked on the games "Mass Effect" and "Star Wars:The Old Republic," will likely be tasked with convincing third-party studios to create HoloLens games.

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Backup and Restore feature returns in leaked peek at Windows 10 build 10123

Microsoft may backtrack on Windows 8's file backup solution, giving users more control over which files they can flag for safekeeping.

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Nvidia says its GeForce drivers are Windows 10-ready

The operating system isn't ready yet, but Nvidia's drivers are—good news for gamers looking to upgrade their systems in a few months.

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Microsoft will bypass carriers, push Windows 10 updates directly to phones

Microsoft's update policy for Windows 10 mobile devices is a break from the fragmentation of the Android world.

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It's official: Windows 10 will not be free for pirates

Sorry, if you want to upgrade to Windows 10, you'll need an authentic, genuine version of either Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, Microsoft said Friday.