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Microsoft Tightens Restrictions on Adware on Windows PCs

Starting July 1, developers of adware for Windows will have to contend with new Microsoft-imposed rules aimed at making it easier for people to stop bothersome ads. Full Story »

5 Key Things Windows XP Users Need to Know Before Buying a New PC

On Tuesday, April 8, Microsoft will bid adieu to Windows XP, delivering the final security updates for the twelve year-old OS. While many XP users out there plan on keeping their PC--with or without Microsoft's support--many others are looking to at long last switch to a new computer.

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Why Steve Ballmer Left Microsoft Better Than He Found It

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella certainly has his work cut out for him, but his job pales in comparison to the mess Steve Ballmer inherited in 2000. Nadella should succeed -- and if he does, he owes a lot to his oft-maligned predecessor.


Windows 8.1 Update 1 Leak: More Changes for Start Screen, Desktop

Big changes in this update include improving the modern UI experience for traditional point, click, and type PC users.

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10 Free Ways to Do Things Faster on Your PC

Looking to hit the ground running? These 10 tips won't cost you anything but will help you work faster and more efficiently on your PC.


Mac and Windows Compatibility Through the Decades

A trip down memory lane: Macs and PCs haven't always gotten along, but the problem has largely gone away.

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Windows XP Migration Window Is Closing Fast

Microsoft will cease providing security updates and supporting Windows XP in April. Is your migration under way? Here are some steps to take to start the process.


Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p a Small But Mighty Desktop PC

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tiny is a reasonably priced desktop PC in a package that won't clutter your desk. It supports up to four monitors, runs coolly and quietly and can charge your peripherals thanks to an 'always on' USB port.

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The State of HP, As Told by Meg Whitman

Hewlett-Packard is in the midst of a very public turnaround. This week, CEO Meg Whitman spoke to analysts about it. Her message -- and the way she delivered it -- should inspire HP customers and consumers at large.

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Why Microsoft's Next CEO Will Fail

Steve Ballmer isn't necessarily a bad CEO. After all, Microsoft's on strong financial footing. But Ballmer made enough bad product decisions--Zune, Kin, Vista and perhaps Surface--to suggest that Microsoft employees, swayed by a forced-ranking employee rating system, told him what he wanted to hear, not what he needed to hear. If that culture doesn't change, Ballmer's replacement will fare even worse than he did.

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Steve Ballmer's Departure From Microsoft Isn't News, But Timing Is

Microsoft observers knew CEO Steve Ballmer was due to step down soon, but announcing his impending retirement weeks after an executive reorganization seems odd. With that in mind, contributor Jonathan Hassell examines the triumphs and missteps of Ballmer's 13-year tenure in Microsoft's corner office.

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4 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Reorg

The entirely expected Microsoft reorganization, and the accompanying memo from CEO Steve Ballmer, suggests that the company plans to focuses on devices, the cloud and a much shorter development life cycle. This will have a major impact on how your IT department operates.

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Peak PC and Microsoft's Dilemma

Here's the big question: Does the personal computer industry stabilize, and if so, where?

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How Analytics Is Helping IT Vendors Sell Actual Solutions

For decades, IT vendors have offered small 's' solutions that were really bundles of hardware, software and services that they wanted to sell regardless of what customers actually needed. Now firms such as Dell, IBM and EMC are using analytics to help customers decide which products are best for their needs. Oracle, HP and others struggling with big 'S' solutions may get left behind.

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How to Solve 4 Impending Windows 8 Problems

Enterprises have been slow to adopt Windows 8--and when they have, they've encountered migration, usability, security and hardware issues. Luckily, these challenges aren't impossible to overcome.