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Microsoft adds critical IE, XP fixes to Tuesday's patch slate

Two more updates boost the total for tomorrow to seven, including patches for Internet Explorer and Windows XP.

Microsoft patches next week even include Windows XP

Three of the four updates for Windows on Patch Tuesday will affect Windows XP, which is scheduled for retirement in April.

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How effective will Gates be in his new tech advisor role?

Microsoft's co-founder hasn't been involved in the company's day-to-day operations since 2008.

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Why a leaked Windows 8.1 update and Microsoft's new CEO bode well for PC lovers

After taking a plunge with Windows 8's modern UI, Microsoft appears ready to let a PC be a PC and a tablet be a tablet.

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Nadella's salary set at $1.2M for first year as Microsoft CEO

He's also eligible for a cash bonus of up to $3.6 million.

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Nadella's challenges: Surface, Android, and oh, that Windows

They include the future of Windows, uncertainty over the Surface tablet, the Nokia acquisition and the One Microsoft reorganization.

Three Windows multitasking features that help maximize your screen space

Need to get more than one thing done at a time? There's a Snap for that.

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Windows XP gained market share in January (or did it?)

According to Net Applications, use of the aging system has actually increased—just months before official Microsoft support is slated to end.

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9 free tools that make Windows much better

Nix Notepad. Pack away Paint. These free utilities do image editing, file management, screenshots and more, much, much better than Windows’ own versions can.

Windows 8.1 Update 1: Everything we know so far

The next refresh of Windows will place more emphasis on desktop-friendliness, and it's said to be right around the corner.