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Windows 10 aims to blend best of 7 and 8

Skipping over Windows 9, Microsoft will combine elements of Windows 7 and 8 into the next operating system. In the world of smartwatches, Pebble drops prices, Basis beefs up its fitness watch and Pavlok shocks you into going to the gym.

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Microsoft VPs Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson gives a live demo of Windows 10 onstage at an press event in San Francisco, Calif., on September 30.

First look at Windows 10 (pictures)

These initial views of Microsoft's new operating system show why the company leapfrogged past version 9.

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Microsoft VPs Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson gives a live demo of Windows 10 onstage at an press event in San Francisco, Calif., on September 30.

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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Microsoft to open flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue

Microsoft confirms it is planning to open its first New York City flagship store -- just blocks from Apple's flagship shop known as the Cube.

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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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