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Microsoft TechEd focuses IT pros on the 'Cloud OS'

For the kickoff of Microsoft's annual North American TechEd conference, the company is urging administrators and IT professionals to think of it as the provider of the "Cloud OS."

Sea change in Microsoft's focus may force restructure of leadership

Microsoft is reportedly headed for a major organizational restructuring as the company continues its march towards becoming a devices-and-services company.

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Microsoft: Here's why businesses will want Windows 8.1

Security, manageability, flexibility: Microsoft executives outlined several undisclosed features of Windows 8.1 at its TechEd conference on Monday.

Lower license costs alone won't save Windows RT from extinction

Windows 8 is already getting all the love at Computex, so reports say Microsoft will slash hardware manufacturers' licensing costs for Windows RT in order to give the beleaguered ARM OS a boost.

Next-generation Kinect for Windows won't be for the average user

The new-and-improved Kinect that's shipping with the Xbox One later this year will find its way to Windows in 2014. But don't expect it to replace your mouse and webcam.

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Windows RT already needs an overhaul, analysts advise

One of Microsoft's top Windows executives said last week that the company is bullish about Windows RT, but analysts remain suspicious of RT's chances unless Microsoft makes changes.

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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday features IE8 zero-day fix

Microsoft will issue ten security updates next week, two of them rated "critical," to patch 34 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day bug that has been used in recent attacks.

Why are you developing that set-top streaming device, Microsoft?

Microsoft is rumored to be developing a set-top streaming device. The move may have more to do with Microsoft's plans to open a production studio than competing with Roku.

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PC makers see lower prices, less touch in Windows' future

Citing various PC industry executives in Asia, the Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is being more receptive to their concerns, and could lower its licensing costs to compete with cheap tablets.

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New boot firmware a step toward 64-bit Windows RT

A standards organization has created a boot environment for tablets and PCs that could potentially run a 64-bit version of Windows RT.

Microsoft says its boxed software probably will be gone within a decade

The software giant is betting that, over the next 10 years, most people will voluntarily pay for subscriptions instead of purchasing boxed software.

Would you use a cloud-based version of Windows?

Instead of having the Windows OS and all your apps stored locally, what if Microsoft hosted your Windows desktop on its servers, allowing you to access your personal “PC” from any device?

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Windows 8 grows slow, XP just won't go

Microsoft was hit with a double whammy last month as it made scant progress in either boosting the usage share of Windows 8 or depressing the share of Windows XP, data published today showed.