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Microsoft, 13 other firms take student privacy pledge

Fourteen companies have promised not to sell student data or use it for advertising

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Microsoft's 'smart cellophane' looks surprisingly useful (at least for academics)

Why in the world would you want to place a sheet of smart plastic over a tablet? To add an extra layer of computing, Microsoft researchers say of its FlexSense project.

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Will Windows 10 TP's spooky data collection carry over to final version?

Microsoft isn't saying, but the terms of the Windows 10 Technical Preview allow the company to collect all kinds of data.

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Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion last year to build Android phones

Microsoft says Samsung is trying to avoid its future payments.

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Cortana learns to speak Klingon at your command

Microsoft's virtual assistant shows its lighter side with Star Trek integration

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How hackers built, then sold, a pre-release XBox One to the FBI

Group member Dylan Wheeler said the FBI ended up buying a mockup of the XBox One for $5,000, after gathering enough confidential information to build it themselves.

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Why Windows 10 isn't named 9: Windows 95 legacy code?

An interesting rumor has popped up suggesting why Microsoft decided to use the name Windows 10, skipping right over Windows 9.

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Windows 10 tips: Your first 30 minutes with the Tech Preview

So you've downloaded Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview. Let PCWorld show you around your new OS with our newbie's guide to Windows 10, complete with tips and tricks.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview: The consumer goodies we expect to see next

The current preview is all about making businesses happy, but Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about the user on the street. Look for news about Cortana, Internet Explorer and more, probably at the Consumer Electronics Show.

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Trying Windows 10 Tech Preview? Keep these 7 things in mind

The software you'll install on your PC is an early stage version of the OS that'll have bugs and will change a lot over time