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Portrait of the Microsoft Ballmer's successor inherits

Steve Ballmer's retirement leaves his still-unnamed successor a busy agenda and battles on many fronts.

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25 excellent apps to install on your new Windows tablet

From entertainment offerings to e-reading tools to apps that bask in 'One Microsoft' synergies, these are the apps you should install on your new tablet right now.

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2013 in Video: Microsoft's year in review

Take a look back at an eventful year for Microsoft in this video report.

Microsoft's 2013 in review

Microsoft struggled to stay relevant in the world of desktop and mobile computing, but its games division continued to achieve success. In this year in review we’ll take a look at the Microsoft stories of 2013.

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Your new PC needs these 22 free programs

Start off right with solid security tools, productivity software, and other programs that every PC needs.

PC Plus Android: Microsoft to face computer makers' rebellion at CES

Windows 8.1 PCs that also run Android should 'scare the heck' out of Microsoft, says analyst

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Easily find far-flung customization options with Windows' secret GodMode

All of Windows' customization options, all in one place.

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Closing the door on Windows: A guide to changing operating systems

Microsoft's support of Windows XP is ending. So are Windows 7 sales. And Windows 8 doesn't cut it. It's time to consider alternatives to the long-venerated OS.

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Windows XP retirement nears

After a dozen years, Windows XP is ready to retire, and Microsoft promises to cut off tech support and security updates soon.

Windows 7 gets reprieve for PC makers

Microsoft tells Neowin.net that there is no end-of-life for Windows 7, at least from PC makers.

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Microsoft's most monumental hits, misses, and moments of 2013

Windows 8.1 and Xbox arrived. Ballmer's leaving, but he bought part of Nokia first. Just another year in the life of a company struggling to stay relevant.