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Windows 8.1 boxed copies now available for preorder

But don't buy one if you want to upgrade from Windows XP or Vista!

Windows 8 users now outnumber Mac addicts

But that still doesn't mean Microsoft's new-look operating system is setting the world alight.

Sharp rivals iPad's Retina display with most pixel-packed Windows tablet yet

If you love eye candy, you'll find Sharp's Mebius slate absolutely delicious.

Report: Microsoft's building a single app store for Windows PCs, tablets, and phones

The 'One Microsoft' lines are beginning to blur, starting with the unification of the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store.

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Chromebooks, Windows touch laptops offer lifeline to PC makers

Overall PC sales may be shrinking, but NPD Group says that sales of Chromebooks and touch-based Windows laptops both picked up during back-to-school season.

Enterprises more accepting of Android, while Windows is losing ground

A poll hints at how the enterprise arena is slipping away from Microsoft, while acceptance for Android is growing and iOS is the number one priority.

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Microsoft OS chief: One API to rule them all

Microsoft is pursuing the ideal of OS platforms: a unified code base that runs from smartphones to servers, giving users a consistent experience across devices at home and at work, and developers a common tool set for building applications.

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Microsoft to analysts: consumers are the gateway to cloud, enterprise usage

At Microsoft's financial analyst meeting, executives outline exactly where Microsoft's successes originate.

Four needling questions for Microsoft as it hosts Wall Street analysts

Here are four uncomfortable issues CEO Steve Ballmer and his lieutenants should address when they face Wall Street analysts Thursday in Bellevue, Washington.

Microsoft makes Windows 8.1 more DIY-friendly with full versions

Microsoft forced Windows 8 users to upgrade from a previous edition. But Windows 8.1 will ship in standalone versions, making it much easier for new users to dive in.