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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.

Microsoft ends Windows 7 retail sales, but the real deadline looms in 2014

But you can still find boxed copies if you shop around.

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Microsoft CEO watch continues: Mulally commits to Ford, not Microsoft

Ford chief executive Alan Mulally says, again, that he's interested in leaving the car maker. Bloomberg reports that Mulally isn't going anywhere through 2014.

Another reason to ditch Windows XP: Admin rights loophole

Microsoft's investigating an exploit at the kernel level that could give admin rights to an industrious hacker.