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Build 2014, Day 1: The highlights, the surprises

Microsoft made a splash on the very first day with impressive upgrades coming for Windows, Windows Phone and more.

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Microsoft makes Windows free on phones, small tablets, and gizmos - but not PCs

Microsoft's fortune was built on selling its software, but now it's giving Windows away for free in the war against Android.

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Windows XP still going strong despite looming end of support deadline

Microsoft may be giving up on Windows XP, but many users don't appear to be ready to do the same.

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Microsoft's Build 2014 conference: What we know, what we expect

Microsoft's developer conference will usher in the "Spring Update" to Windows 8.1, and more news on Microsoft's touch-based Office suite.

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A closer look at your Windows XP investment

Some users are balking at being “forced” to spend more money to upgrade, but they’ve already received a remarkable ROI on XP.

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If $50 won't do it, what about $100? Microsoft sweetens trade-in deals for XP holdouts

Procrastination pays! Microsoft really, really wants you off XP and is willing to pay for your cooperation.

Avast: Windows XP users already attacked 6 times more often than Windows 7 users

And that's BEFORE Microsoft discontinues Windows XP security support on April 8.

Why Support Matters: Thwarting Data Loss Through Upgrading Windows

Once Microsoft flips the switch to turn off XP support, your already vulnerable systems and data will become even riskier and costlier to maintain. Upgrading Windows is the key to preventing serious problems.

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Microsoft woos Windows XP holdouts with $50 gift cards

Unfortunately, that $50 can't go to the purchase price of the new PC you need to buy to get the gift card.

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Windows 8.1 with Bing appears to pay for Windows... with Bing

Bing could be the revenue vehicle that will make Windows with Bing low-cost or free, according to a leak of the installer.

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At least Microsoft is talking about a touch-based Office

The company is looking at digital ink, voice commands, gestures and immersive capabilities to play a big role in that Office edition.

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Mastering Metro apps: 4 ways they can work for you

Even Start menu diehards should give these winners a try.