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Would Microsoft be better off without Xbox?

Some suggest that Microsoft sell off its Xbox franchise to cut losses and eliminate a distraction from its core mission, but others say the game console plays an important role.

How to check for hackers

Microsoft offers a quick way to check for possible intrusions to your accounts with its services.

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Xbox Video, Xbox Music finally arrive on Windows Phone

Xbox Video arrives with a bonus for Windows Phone users: you can save movies to your phone for offline viewing.

Microsoft launches Xbox Video website without crucial feature

The browser-based version of Xbox Video is now live, but Microsoft's using it to herd you towards Windows 8 and the Xbox One.

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Clockwise Podcast: Tablets, office suites, and gaming consoles

What Apple might do with the technology behind Kinect, choosing a tablet over a laptop, the office-software yard sale, and the relevance of new gaming consoles. Dan Moren and Jason Snell are joined by Dan Miller and Armando Rodriguez.

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Report: Microsoft cookies would share data between desktop, mobile, Xbox

Microsoft is said to be working on a replacement cookie technology that would share information between your desktop and smartphone.

Microsoft makes Xbox Live Gold free for the weekend

If you've let your Xbox Live Gold subscription lapse, Microsoft would like to re-introduce you to the service.

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Microsoft presses play on Web, Android, and iOS apps for Xbox Music

Microsoft is trying to be Pandora and Spotify, all in one. But it's probably a better bet to stick with the Windows 8 app, if you just want to stream music every so often.

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Redbox brings back free games week

Its back! Redbox is offering one day's game rental when you reserve it online, beginning next week.

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Microsoft deal offers free Xbox LIVE Gold sub for Office 365, with numerous caveats

A new Microsoft deal offers a free year's subscription to Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Gold service. Read the fine print on this one.