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Microsoft files patent for new open windows viewer

Microsoft has filed a patent application for a new method of browsing through open windows on the desktop that builds on an older, now-abandoned feature in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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Microsoft adds two-factor authentication to keep accounts secure

If you're an active user of Outlook, SkyDrive, Office Web Apps, or other Microsoft services, you may want to add two-step verification for an extra layer of security.

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New Windows 8 Blue leak shows more refinements

A new development version of Windows 8.1, aka Windows Blue, was leaked this week on P2P sites.

Windows Blue Rumored to be the Return of the Start Button

Microsoft's Windows Blue update coming this summer may allow users to access the desktop version of Windows.

Windows Blue may bring back boot-to-desktop, Start button

A pair of reports have Microsoft considering a boot-to-desktop option in Windows Blue, an update to Windows 8 that's expected to arrive this summer.

Windows XP's looming retirement won't shake PC business out of sales funk

Even if Windows XP's retirement won't stem the dramatic drop in PC sales, Microsoft is likely to reap more revenue from the disappearance of XP than will system builders, as many customers will do in-place upgrades to Windows 7 on current hardware.

Microsoft amends security update after reports of system errors

Microsoft has amended a security update containing a patch that reportedly caused errors in some third-party software.

Report: Microsoft plans 7-inch tablet to compete with Apple, Google

Microsoft is said to be planning a 7-inch version of its Surface tablet to help it compete with similar size devices from Apple and Google.

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Microsoft extends Windows 8 management features for IT pros

Microsoft has released the latest version of its Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite of IT management tools, an upgrade that deepens its ability to manage Windows 8 PC deployments.

Microsoft warns the end is near for Windows XP

In just one year, on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will stop delivering security updates for Windows XP, the second most popular operating system in the world.

Microsoft tempts XP laggards with $84 upgrade discount

Microsoft kicked off a new promotion aimed at Windows XP customers, who have just one year to ditch the 12-year-old OS before it's retired from support.

Microsoft to patch IE10 Pwn2Own bugs next week, says security expert

Microsoft will ship nine security updates next week, two rated "critical," to patch Internet Explorer, Windows, SharePoint Server, Office Web Apps, and the company's anti-malware software in Windows 8 and RT.

6 killer Mac features we'd love to see in Windows PCs

Even if you'd never lay a finger on a Mac, you have to admit these Apple-made features would rock on a Windows PC.