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Acer to bring Chrome OS to an all-in-one PC, as vendors experiment

The Chrome OS still hasn't found much demand in the desktop space

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Universal apps will be key to Windows 10's success

Microsoft's Windows 10 SDK lets developers create apps that easily run across Windows devices

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Microsoft updates Windows 10, debuts Project Spartan browser

Microsoft starts to set stage for the overthrow of Internet Explorer

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First look: Project Spartan, Microsoft's next-generation Web browser

Microsoft’s new browser combines a minimalist look and feel with a rendering engine designed to keep pace with a rapidly evolving Web

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Microsoft releases mystery Windows patch KB 3035583

Out-of-band optional patch to Windows Update notifications gives no clue what new 'additional capabilities' are available


Big Chrome OS change coming: A launcher overhaul adds Google Now

The Chrome app launcher overhaul puts a greater emphasis on search and contextual information

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Could Docker replace package management?

Linux's package management headaches could be solved by way of containers, but experts warn it's only half a solution

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Tuesday's 'optional' Windows patch KB 2876229 can hijack your browser

Microsoft's patch installs Skype, which by default makes MSN your home page and Bing your search engine


Internet Explorer 11 won't use Microsoft's new 'Edge' browser engine in Windows 10

IE is the past and Project Spartan is the future: Microsoft says IE11 will not use Project Spartan's Edge rendering engine

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Microsoft pushes Windows 10 build 10041 out to Slow ring

Clean install ISOs are also available, but problems with the corrupted Mail/People/Calendar app persist

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Windows 10 puts biometric security front and center

The future of travel, mobile payments, system authentication, and even safe driving may rely on biometric technology

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Inside the new Windows 10 Technical Preview tools, SDK

Microsoft's massive Windows 10 developer package contains surprises for developers and users alike

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From the trenches with Windows 10 build 10041: What you really need to know

From features to fumbles, P2P to Photos, install stalls to a recalcitrant Mail app, build 10041 holds many surprises

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Didn't pay for Windows? You might still get Windows 10 for free

Microsoft hopes to convert pirate users into paying customers -- or at least get them off XP

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Windows 10: Still no new beta in sight

Windows honcho Terry Myerson spreads the religion at WinHEC in Shenzhen, but testers come up empty-handed

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Microsoft re-releases EMET 5.2, fixing IE problems under Windows 8.1

The re-released Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit is identified as EMET 5.2, same as the old version

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Windows Server 2003 admins beware: Microsoft reissues Netlogon patch KB 3002657

If you're running Windows Server 2003, Microsoft advises you install KB 3002657-v2 on top of the first patch

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What's behind the stall in PC and tablet sales

Windows 8 may help explain the PC's poor uptake, but you can't blame it for the iPad's fall

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Why you should give the leaked Windows 10 build 10036 a miss

With little that's new or worthwhile in Windows 10 build 10036, it's better to wait for an official release of a later build

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