11 free Microsoft tools that make life easier

These tools secure, automate, and pinch pennies -- including some for Windows 8
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In addition to its commercial operating systems and applications, Microsoft offers up a host of free tools that make it easier, cheaper, safer and faster to accomplish essential tasks from removing malware to converting virtual machines to deploying software. Here is a smattering of some of them, including a few designed for the company’s latest operating system, Windows 8.

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