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When hybrid tricks devolve into hype

Commentary: In a breathless bid to differentiate their devices, PC makers are looking to outdo each other by adding unique ways to twist, turn, and tear apart their screens and keyboards. At some point, it becomes a case of diminishing returns.

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Windows 8 gets Apportals tool for app management

Microsoft tries to reduce hurdles for its business users with a new app-management tool called Windows Apportals.

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Satya Nadella, senior vice president of research and development for the online services division for Microsoft Corp., speaks during a Microsoft Search Summit event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Microsoft Corp. updated its Bing search engine today, aiming to build on U.S. market-share gains last month as it chases Google Inc. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Microsoft layoffs coming soon, analyst says

Announcement of layoffs ranging between 5 percent and 10 percent expected this month when the company reports its fiscal quarter.

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Nadella to Microsoft rank-and-file: It's time to question orthodoxy (Q&A)

Nearing the half-year mark as CEO, Satya Nadella issues a call for change. But he tells CNET News, one thing that won't change is the future of Xbox at Microsoft.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft will 'reinvent productivity'

Microsoft's CEO gives employees new marching orders: the focus is productivity and platforms, not devices and services.

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Microsoft's Lumia 930 hits Asia as launch rolls on

The new Windows Phone 8.1-powered smartphone is set to launch in Singapore on July 12, and is already available in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Microsoft's mobile OS and phone future at a crossroads -- again (Smartphones Unlocked)

In buying Nokia's phone division, Microsoft has suddenly taken on a role it's never played before: being a phone-maker. As a hardware and OS challenger to Android and iOS devices, there's much at stake as Redmond roars ahead.

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Adobe's Flash Player update pop-up doesn't warn unsuspecting users that they may get more software than they want or need.

Adobe pushes critical Flash update for Windows, Mac

The company patches a vulnerability that could let hackers "take control" of people's computers after they visit sites like eBay, Tumblr, and Twitter.

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How to organize your Windows Start menu

The good, old-fashioned Windows Start menu still has many fans. But keeping it organized can be a challenge. Here are a few tips for maintaining a neat and clean Start menu in Windows 7.

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Aero Peek, the well-received feature in Windows 7 beta that shows the desktop when you hover over the right edge of the toolbar, has been added to the program-switching hot key Alt+Tab.

Microsoft warns support ending for popular Windows products

Microsoft sounds support warning bell for customers running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and more.

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Xbox One update will better understand certain accents

The latest update also provides a quicker way to see your achievements and "like" game clips captured through the SmartGlass app.

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New Kinect for Windows to start shipping next week

Microsoft says it plans to release the new motion-sensing device to developers starting July 15 for $199 each.

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