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Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate VP of operating systems, gives a live demo of Windows 10 onstage at an press event in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday.

Surprise! Microsoft jumps to Windows 10

Forget Windows 9. In an unexpected twist, Microsoft will be going straight to double digits from Windows 8 as it faces a challenging future for its operating system.

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Microsoft's new MSN website.

Microsoft unveils MSN makeover, rebranded apps

The new site promises news and other content from around the world and a simple way to personalize what you want to see.

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Xbox One finally debuts in China

But at the moment only 10 games are available to Chinese consumers -- Master Chief, where are you?

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Ballmer to Clippers: Apple products have to go

Now that the former Microsoft CEO owns the Los Angeles Clippers, there's at least one more thing he needs to do. Eradicate the iPads.

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Microsoft tries to persuade that Surface isn't iPad (again)

In its latest effort to promote its tablet-PC hybrid, Microsoft features the NFL -- the league whose game commentators have been known to refer to the Surface as "iPad-like."

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Nokia will continue to provide its Here mapping platform the Windows phone, but it will be developing it for other mobile OSes as well.

Nokia pulling its maps from Windows Phone? That's 'Here'-say

Even as it expands to support iOS and Android, Nokia says it isn't abandoning Microsoft's Windows Phone platform with its Here mapping technology.

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Xbox One sales in Japan sink even lower

Microsoft's latest game console racked up only 1,314 unit sales in the country last week, says a Japanese gaming news site.

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CSIRO's Chad Henry shows off some 3D-printed bugs.

​Microsoft, Blackphone launch bug bounties

Tech titan and privacy-focused upstart announce an ongoing open season against bugs in an effort to improve security.

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Will this cat video be Microsoft's phone sales breakthrough?

Redmond holds a contest to see who can make the best video using a cell phone. The winner -- filmed, miraculously, on a Lumia 930 -- is a, um, "catz" video.

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Microsoft's Wireless Display Adapter beams your PC to your TV

This new Chromecast-like dongle is built specifically for Windows 8.

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Tech Retrospect: iPhones ahoy, new Kindles too

There are some new iPhones on the streets today, and Amazon has announced a flotilla of new devices. That, plus the latest multibillion-dollar acquisition in our overview of the week in tech news.

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Microsoft cuts 2,100 employees worldwide

As part of a second wave of cuts announced in July, Microsoft is laying off 2,100 employees worldwide on September 18.

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