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Microsoft's 2014 new year's resolutions (our suggestions)

2013 was a busy year for Microsoft, from Ballmer's retirement announcement to product action involving Windows, Surface, and Office 365. Here's what to do in 2014.

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2013 in Review: PCWorld's top stories

The Windows 8.1 update was a big story for PC users, but it wasn't the only thing to land on our list of most-read stories for 2013.

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.

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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.