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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 review: Major upgrade closes the gap with iOS and Android

With the Cortana digital assistant and a vibrant new interface, the OS is finally positioned to attract the users and developers it critically needs.

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The future of Live Tiles could be more widget-like and interactive

The forward-looking folks at Microsoft Research demo'd Live Tiles that scroll and expand. It's still just an experiment, but it sure sounds cool.

Microsoft ends free custom email domain support for Outlook.com

Start paying for Office 365 if you want to manage email addresses with a personal domain, Microsoft suggests.

Heartbleed, gossip, TV shows and WWDC

What we'll see at WWDC, the troubling rise of tech-industry gossip, the Heartbleed security fiasco, and Yahoo and Microsoft become TV networks. With guests Philip Michaels and Serenity Caldwell.

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Hot Deals Thursday: sweet savings on a Dell XPS 11 Convertible, Lenovo Yoga 8, MS Office, and more

Today's top deals from LogicBuy include the best-yet price on a Dell XPS 11 Convertible, super cheap prices on Microsoft Office for Home or Business, a Dell accessory bundle including headphones, and even a toy helicopter.

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Windows XP is still running thousands of websites worldwide

It's not just diehard individuals clinging to XP. More than 6,000 websites worldwide still use it, and nearly a third of those are in the United States.

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China obtains patent concessions in return for approving Microsoft-Nokia deal

China has given conditional approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset business, in return for promises on fair patent licensing.

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Windows 8.1 Update is required for future Windows 8.1 patches

There's no need to worry unless you've disabled automatic updates.

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Three power user menu options every Windows 8.1 user should know

You may already be using it to shut down your PC, but there's so much more to the power user menu. Here are three options you should be using regularly.

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The story of the Windows XP 'Bliss' desktop theme—and what it looks like today

Like Windows XP itself, Microsoft's 'Bliss' image of rolling green hills has aged, and evolved. Here's its story— and what the real-world site looks like today.