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The delightful dozen: 12 fantastic (and free) Windows 8 apps

In the world of apps, there is indeed such a thing as a free lunch, making this roundup of 12 superb—and free!—Windows 8 apps a virtual smorgasbord.

Have some frugal fun with these 11 free Windows 8 games

Games can come cheap in the Microsoft Windows 8 store. In fact, a lot of the best stuff is free. Check out these 11 titles that won't cost you a dime but will keep you entertained for hours.

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Windows 8.1 'smart search' will show you Bing ads

Microsoft said Tuesday that results generated by its "smart search" technology will have ads from Bing. Hurray.

Windows 8's Windows Store hits the 100,000 app milestone as it gains momentum

Microsoft's Windows Store crosses a major milestone as it gains post-BUILD momentum.

Windows 8.1 isn't just an OS, it's a lesson in course correction

Microsoft demonstrated a renewed willingness to listen to its customers, delivering a ton of new features. That's worth cheering for.

HP ElitePad 900 review: A rugged Win 8 tablet for business road warriors

This mil-spec tested tablet can take punishment, but its performance is held back by a slow processor and a small amount of memory.

Make Windows Media Player the default audio player in Windows 8

If you're spending most of your time in Desktop mode, you might not want Microsoft's Music app to be the system's go-to player.

Microsoft channel program will push Surface to businesses

Microsoft launches a channel partner program Monday to help drive sales of its Surface tablet to companies, schools, and other organizations.

Windows 8 finally passes Vista in OS market share

According to Net Applications, Windows 8 is now the second most popular Windows operating system. Meanwhile, Internet Explorer 10 tops IE9.

The top 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 8.1

Sure, Windows 8.1 may be more about refinement than revolution, but it has some killer tweaks to entice users to check it out.