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Kinect for Xbox One will be incompatible with PCs

If you’re buying an Xbox One this fall, don’t think you're going to be able to use the included Kinect motion controller on your PC.

Windows 8.1 apps: New additions and crucial updates

Windows 8.1 Preview shows much-improved internal apps, and the Windows Store is much friendlier and more filled-out than it used to be.

How to download Windows 8.1 Preview

Ready to try Windows 8.1? Here's what you need to know.

Kinect for Windows developer's kit slated for November, adds 'green screen' technology

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows will be released in final form by next year, and include "green screen" technology to strip out backgrounds from behind users.

Apple OSes to narrow gap with Windows, says Gartner

Android, however, will continue to dominate the market, Gartner says.

Microsoft hopes for second chance with Windows 8.1

What does Microsoft need to accomplish at its BUILD developer's conference this week? Establish that it can listen to customers, analysts say.

Facebook touch app for Windows 8

Microsoft's answer to the Facebook Win8 app question: pin a shortcut

As Microsoft rolls out new apps like Vevo for Windows 8, when should we expect a dedicated Windows 8 app for Facebook? The unofficial answer: try pinning a shortcut instead.

Microsoft partners with Samsung, HP to help stop Windows piracy in China

Hewlett-Packard and Samsung Electronics will now ensure that their PCs in China are installed with licensed Windows and Office software as part of new agreements signed with Microsoft meant to fight piracy.

Microsoft seeks entry to the education market via the Surface RT

In a bid to encourage educators to adopt its tablet, Microsoft will offer a $199 Surface RT special to K-12 schools.

Do Microsoft's vulnerability tip-offs give the U.S. a cyber sword or a cyber shield?

Microsoft's early vulnerability disclosures to the U.S. may give the government both a shield and a sword.

Microsoft goes 'Windows Everywhere' with Best Buy takeovers, new ad

Over 500 Best Buys will integrate Windows Store-within-a-store boutiques, a partnership arriving as Microsoft shows off the depth of its ecosystem.

Apple sees chance to compete with Office on the Web

Apple announced Monday it was working on browser-based versions of its iWork productivity applications, a move one analyst said challenged Microsoft's Office behemoth.

HP: Windows XP's demise will do more for PC sales than Windows 8

Hewlett-Packard executives say that the coming demise of Windows XP may do what Windows 8 could not, and that's boost PC sales significantly.