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Windows 8 gains as XP wanes

Windows 8 adoption increased in December to claim almost 12 percent of all Windows systems, while users finally start to abandon Windows XP, Net Applications reports.

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CES Scorecard: the biggest misses of CES 2013

For all the solid technology shown at CES, there's an equal amount of "throw it out and see what sticks" gadgets and gizmos. Here are some products that didn't work or didn't materialize.

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How to clean up File Explorer's cluttered Ribbon menu in Windows 8

The Ribbon rocks in Microsoft Office. As an everyday menu, not so much. Here's how to cut it down to size and leave your most-used features intact.

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Modern-style Firefox for Windows 8 pushed back to March

Previously set to launch with Firefox 27 in January, the touch-optimized browser will now arrive six weeks later with the Firefox 28 update.

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Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut

Amazon, NPD Group trumpet sales of the bare-bones laptops in 2013 to consumers and businesses

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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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Holiday cooking tip: Windows 8's Food & Drink hands-free mode keeps your screen clean

The Food & Drink app's hands-free mode will keep your Christmas ham's succulent juices from smearing your device's display.

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Shopping for last-minute tech gifts? Here's our one stop guide

We've put our recommendations for best laptops, printers, scanners, and more in one convenient place.

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How to turn any Web page into an impromptu Music app playlist in Windows 8.1

A hidden new addition to Windows 8.1 can create long, impromptu playlists based on any artist or topic in mere seconds.