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Microsoft cloud service lets firms tap data from Net-connected gadgets

Company is kicking off a limited preview of a new Azure cloud service for managing and analyzing data from Internet of Things devices and sensors.

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Microsoft is inviting people to test the new Xbox One update.

Xbox One update promises to fix Kinect sensor snafus

Rolling out as of Monday night, the latest update hosts improvements to game saves, video quality, and the Kinect.

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Windows Phone 8.1 now available to developers

You can now install the latest version of Microsoft's mobile OS -- but you'll need a developer's account to snag it.

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Windows Phone levels up with 8.1

Microsoft's newest version of its mobile operating system packs a revamped design, a witty voice assistant, and a notification center.

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Send off Windows XP by blowing it up with Microsoft's help

From the good-sport department, Microsoft takes a shot at itself with a Web game that encourages players to send Windows XP back to the early naughts, permanently.

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Microsoft testing ways to make Windows Live Tiles interactive

In Asia, Microsoft researchers are experimenting with new ways to interact with the Live Tiles that are core to the Windows 8.X, Windows Phone, and Xbox user interfaces.

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Tech Retrospect: Heartbleed causes heartburn and Windows XP gets put to pasture

Miss a few stories this week? We'll bring you up to speed with this rundown of all the tech news.

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Microsoft OS chief sees a 'One Windows' future (Q&A)

[q&a] The head of Microsoft's unified operating system group, Terry Myerson, shares more details on Microsoft's vision for Windows.

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Windows XP migrations offer temporary lifeline to sinking PC sales

Microsoft's cutoff of XP support prompted more organizations to upgrade to new computers, but PC shipments still dropped during the first quarter, say research firms IDC and Gartner.

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How to shut down Windows 8.1 in the new update

The Windows 8.1 Update launched on Tuesday adds yet another way to shut down or restart your PC.

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Windows XP continues to hang on.

Why Windows XP users are more vulnerable to threats

Beyond losing official support from Microsoft, the 13-year-old OS was developed in a simpler time when today's cyberthreats were far in the future.

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Microsoft to Windows XP users: The jig is up

Today marks the last day of official support for XP. So what does that mean for the aged operating system and its many steadfast users?

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