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Windows 8 may be selling, but different figures define its use

Calculations show that between 165 million and 184 million copies of Windows 8 are being used to access the Web.

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Windows 8.1 update due in spring with concessions to mouse and keyboard users

Changes to the user interface will make it easier to hold onto your input devices. Microsoft will also loosen the hardware spec to allow for lower-cost gear.

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Use Windows' sorting options to find just the right file

File Explorer's underutilized View options makes sorting through files easy, and it's more powerful than you think.

Windows UI designer explains why forcing Metro on all is great for power users

Sure, Metro isn't great for getting things done, but a Microsoft designer says that's the entire point.

Microsoft nudges us more firmly toward Windows 8

But extends end-of-sales date for business PCs running Windows 7 Professional

Can 200 million licenses be wrong? Windows 8 hits major milestone

License sales lag behind Windows 7, but are ahead of Windows Vista.

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How to force SkyDrive to store your files on your hard drive in Windows 8.1

With Windows 8.1 SkyDrive makes many of your files available only when you're online. Here's how to change that so you always have a local copy at hand.

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Microsoft asks for help coaxing users to ditch Windows XP

As the countdown to Windows XP's cutoff continues, the company encourages users to help users to upgrade, but offers no discounts for the new OS.

Hands-on with Mozilla's long-delayed Metro Firefox app: Good thing it's a beta

It's not all bad, but you can't call it good.

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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.