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Microsoft partners with ESPN on touch-friendly World Cup site

Microsoft launches an "essentials" site to introduce casual fans to the madness that is the World Cup soocer tournament.

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Windows 8.1 finally overtakes Windows 8 in usage share

Microsoft's latest operating system is on the rise, but so is Windows 7

So long, TrueCrypt: 5 alternative encryption tools that can lock down your data

Don't trust TrueCrypt anymore. Take a look at a few of the options available to you.

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Windows XP registry hack keeps security updates rolling for the dead operating system

Microsoft, unsurprisingly, thinks you should just upgrade already.

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A beginner's guide to BitLocker, Windows' built-in encryption tool

Now that TrueCrypt is seemingly gone, here's how to get started with BitLocker, the encryption tool Microsoft built right into many versions of Windows.

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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.