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Windows 'Threshold' to drop charms, add virtual desktop

Microsoft plans to do more than just reintroduce a Start menu to make Windows 9, aka "Threshold," more appealing to Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 users.

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9 tips every Windows user should know

It can be hard to transition to Windows 8.1 from an earlier version. These tips will help get you started with Window 8.1 and make your experience more enjoyable.

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Windows 8.1 update for August to offer minor tweaks

Microsoft's latest strategy with Windows 8.1 is to roll out regular updates that refine the OS but don't deliver major new features.

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<p>We first saw the three-column view in the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/nokia-lumia-1520/4505-6452_7-35829228.html">6-inch Lumia 1520</a>, but the Icon uses it as well. One benefit is being able to squeeze more live tiles onto the display before needing to scroll down for more.</p>

The pane points of Microsoft's 'one Windows'

Microsoft has said it doesn't intend to bring a single operating system to all devices that can run Windows. But if it did, there would be many interface issues to overcome.

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The new Acer Aspire all-in-one is a budget-friendly entertainment station

The $999 Acer Aspire AU5-620-UB10 all-in-one keeps things simple, but fun.

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Microsoft's 'one Windows' -- what it really means

Is Microsoft building a single version of Windows that will run on phones, tablets, PCs, and gaming consoles? Nope. Here's a refresher on what's really happening.

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Next version of Windows shown off in alleged screenshots

Apparently leaked screenshots of the next Windows reveal the upcoming new Start menu and a resizable Windows 8 app running on a desktop.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs. MacBook Air 13" 2014

Microsoft made a direct comparison between the Surface Pro 3 and the MacBook Air 13", so we're throwing them into the Prizefight Ring to settle the score once and for all. Let's get it on!

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Windows 8.1 update 2 reportedly will land August 12

The next update to Windows 8.1 will arrive during August's Patch Tuesday, claims a Russian website.

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Why Windows needs a Start menu

Commentary: The Windows 8 Start screen does offers certain benefits, but the good, old-fashioned Start menu is still the best way to access all your programs and settings.

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Microsoft talks up 'next version of Windows'

The company opens up more about its plans to build bridges between the Windows 8.1 Modern UI and the desktop.

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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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