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Windows 8.1 steps up security with biometrics, encryption, and more

Windows 8.1 Preview promises a safer experience, from antivirus and malware protections baked into IE 11, to VPN and remote-wiping enhancements for business users.

Install any version of Windows using any Windows disc you can find

A free utility tweaks the Windows ISO image file, thus letting you install whatever version matches your product key.

Stardock

'Start' button devs say Windows 8.1 doesn't put them out of business

Even though Microsoft has added features that make the Windows Start page more accessible, developers like Stardock say their custom Start menus aren't going away.

What Microsoft's new product groups mean for Windows, Office, and more

Microsoft realigns groups by function rather than platform or product, aiming for a smoother development cycle internally, and a smoother user experience externally.

One Microsoft, all the time: What Ballmer's newly unified vision could mean to you

Microsoft just overhauled its entire organizational structure to focus on a vision of ubiquity—a vision that could pay dividends to YOU down the line.

Microsoft undergoes sweeping reorg for technology focus

Microsoft consolidates power in a few major executives, as the company refocuses itself on the "devices and services" vision Steve Ballmer previously described.

Desktop land grab: Essential tips for multimonitor productivity

Two or more monitors can enhance your computing experience for work—and play. Here's how to set them up for the best possible viewing experience.

Microsoft's Kevin Turner

Microsoft COO Turner says even more innovation is coming this year

Was Microsoft's launch of Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Office 365, and more not enough for you? Microsoft's Kevin Turner says you ain't seen nothing yet.

July's Patch Tuesday fixes 6 critical Microsoft flaws

Along with rolling out seven new security bulletins for Patch Tuesday, Microsoft also introduced a new policy giving developers 180 days to fix bugs.

Tami Reller, Microsoft

Microsoft: PC manufacturers will get Windows 8.1 in August

Microsoft's Tami Reller tells its Worldwide Partner Conference that OEMs will have Windows 8.1 by August, as Microsoft reboots its corporate Windows message,