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IDC predicts modest rise in Windows Phones by 2018

Analyst firm IDC predicts that while Microsoft's phone platform will continue to grow, it will still be a second-tier player chasing down Apple's iPhone.

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TrueCrypt now encouraging users to use Microsoft's Bitlocker

The TrueCrypt Web page is now encouraging users to instead encrypt files using Microsoft's Bitlocker technology, because of apparent security issues. Is TrueCrypt dead?

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Bing Maps adds better Cortana integration, recommendations

Microsoft weaves its Maps app more tightly into its Cortana digital assistant, although it will also require a forthcoming Windows Phone update. Personalized recommendations have also been added from Yelp and TripAdvisor.

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Microsoft simplifies security updates with MyBulletins

Tired of wading through Microsoft's security updates to find out which ones are relevant? Microsoft has a new tool to help with that.

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Microsoft demos real-time Skype Translator tool, beta coming this year

Before the end of the year, Skype plans to launch an app that can translate your words into other languages, in real time. The babel fish is real.

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10 indispensable iPhone apps for Windows users

Office Mobile (of course), OneNote, Skype, Yammer and more have iPhone apps that can help you keep working as you move from PC to iPhone and back again.

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In Surface Pro 3 Reddit AMA, users protest lack of GPU, bundled Type Covers

Many questions and few answers arose from a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session with Microsoft's Surface team. Users posted complaints about the price and variety of type covers, and the lack of a discrete GPU, for the so-called laptop killer.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: A legitimate work PC in tablet clothing

A number of small changes make a world of difference. In all, Microsoft has made the choice between a traditional notebook and a Windows tablet far more difficult.

Tech giants team up to take on US Government gag orders

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo are working to end US government gag orders that prevent them from disclosing how many national security data requests they've received.

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Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 with Bing for low-cost devices

It's like Windows 8.1, but with Bing as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. So, uh, it's like Windows 8.1?