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Surging Windows 8.1 overtakes Windows XP usage

Microsoft is doing a fine job of burying Windows XP, but Windows 7 proves resilient.

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Microsoft's giving 100 insanely good music albums away for free, selling box sets for $2

But the 50 $2 box sets on sale through Xbox Music may be an even better deal.

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Skype-powered group chats coming to Office Online

If you knew the trick, Microsoft would let you chat with one other person inside Office Online. Soon, you'll be able to chat with all your collaborators inside a document in PowerPoint and Word.

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Product needs, not profit, drove Microsoft layoffs, exec says

CEO Nadella was determined to increase investments in new technologies like IoT, an exec says.

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Microsoft, five other groups race toward automated image captioning

Microsoft and several other teams, including Google, are all apparently planning to publish papers on systems that can "see" images and describe them.

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U.K. lad is youngest ever Microsoft Certified Professional at five years

Like father, like son. A five-ear-old boy peered over his father's shoulder to learn the ins and outs of Microsoft's OS.

This secret power menu unlocks Windows' visual effects options

Want to add a little shadow to your mouse pointer or get rid of window animations? Here's how.

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Sony PlayStation 4 bundles hit $400 on Black Friday

Sony is offering two bundles this holiday season, and only on Black Friday unlike Microsoft's Xbox One holiday-long discount.

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Microsoft announce Skype for Web beta, brings voice and video calls to your browser

Pretty soon you'll be able to use Skype in three different places on Windows: the desktop, the modern UI, and your favorite browser.

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Relax, Windows Phone 8 Lumia users: You'll all get Windows 10

Microsoft assures Lumia Windows Phone 8 users that they won't be left behind when Windows 10 launches next year, but details are hazy.