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How to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8

As of today, Microsoft has stopped support for Windows XP. To keep your system up-to-date and safe, Windows XP users should move to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (and for those who insist on clinging to their old OS, see our tips for making Windows XP more secure). To help you through the pains of migration, we've compiled apps and tips for transitioning to either Windows 7 or 8. If you're considering upgrading to Vista...don't.

File Transfer

Microsoft Easy Transfer

Microsoft has its own transfer manager to help migrate files, pictures, and basic settings to Windows … Read more

Get Any Video Converter Ultimate for half off

In the age of handheld devices and mobile computing, video remains the ideal media. Whether you're into sports, news, music, films, or even home movies, you should always be able to watch them on the go. In comes Any Video Converter Ultimate, a DVD converter, video converter, downloader, and recorder that can help you enjoy videos from anywhere. This all-in-one package, which is now available at half the regular price, also allows you to capture videos from any online sites or traditional DVDs and convert them for viewing on any mobile devices. Want to keep a backup of your … Read more

Windows 8.1 announcements at Build 2014

Today Microsoft officially announced upcoming features for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 at the Build developer conference in San Francisco.

The Windows Phone 8.1 update introduces the Action Center, a slide-down panel for notifications and phone activity similar to what's available for iOS and Android. The update brings customizable notification settings for developers, including app-specific triggers for vibration and sound.

Another big update is the introduction of Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant powered by the Bing search engine. Though the keynote demo had some hiccups, Cortana's voice recognition shows a lot of progress and … Read more

CorelDraw Graphics Suite X7 review

CorelDraw Graphics Suite X7 offers professional-quality design tools for graphic artists of all levels. The latest iteration of CorelDraw comes with a sleeker UI, additional tool sets, and greater flexibility. By empowering users in their workflow, Corel offers a more competitive package for digital designers.

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Personalized digital studio: With CorelDraw X7 you have total control over your workspace and design process. Both CorelDraw and Corel Photo-Paint offer different types of intuitive layouts for designers of all levels. Workspaces range from minimalistic (lite), to familiar (default) and even allow custom setups. This means you can spend more time creating instead … Read more

Spring into cleaning with Wise Care 365 Pro

Spring is here, which means it's time to give your home a good deep cleaning. Why not give your computer a refresher as well? Fortunately for you, we're bringing back our popular Wise Care 365 Pro deal. An all-in-one utility, Wise Care 365 Pro will clean, optimize, and slim down your PC for faster booting. Now you can get a lifetime subscription of Wise Care 365 Pro for half off! Pay only $27 (regularly $54), exclusively on Download.com.

With all the PC optimizers, Registry cleaners, and disks sweepers, it can be time-consuming to switch between different utilities … Read more

Microsoft: Here's $100 if you drop Windows XP

April 8 is the day support for XP ends. So, Microsoft is reaching into its bag of discount tricks to get users to drop the decade-plus old operating system.

If you own a PC with XP and upgrade at the Microsoft Store, you get $100 off, 90 days of free support, and a "free data transfer," as spotted by Neowin.

The offer includes a new PC or Surface device priced at $599 or more and excludes Surface 2 "and some PCs," Microsoft said.

And you have to make an online purchase with a Windows XP machine … Read more

Papers, Please dominates IGF Awards at GDC 2014

Many great indie games and AAA titles featured at GDC 2014 were collaborative efforts from highly talented individuals. But Papers, Please proves that there is still room in the gamers' hearts for lone-wolf developers. With an usual narrative, Papers, Please captures the emotional toll of working as an immigration officer in a fictional dystopian country. Using detective skills and powers of observation, players can allow or deny refuge for immigrants trying to get into the nation of Arstotzka.

Lucas Pope drew from personal experience as an American living abroad and applied the skills he acquired at Naughty Dog working on … Read more

Microsoft defends opening Hotmail account of blogger in espionage case

Microsoft defended what it called the "exceptional" step of a "limited review" of a blogger's Hotmail account as part of a larger Windows espionage case, saying it had caught the blogger selling Microsoft's intellectual property without permission.

A court filing alleges that the unnamed blogger had been provided prerelease Windows 8 RT source code by then-Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo. Kibkalo is being charged with stealing trade secrets.

The filing says that Microsoft triggered an internal investigation into the blogger's actions when the blogger sent the source code to an unnamed person, hoping for … Read more

Huawei drops plan for dual Android-Windows Phone device

Huawei has reversed course on plans for a handset equipped with both Android and Windows Phone.

In a statement sent to FierceWireless on Wednesday, the China-based mobile phone vendor indicated it will continue to support Android and Windows Phone but as separate items.

"Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach towards mobile operating systems to provide a range of choices for consumers," the company said in its statement. "However, most of our products are based on Android OS, [and] at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future."… Read more

Ex Microsoft staffer arrested for allegedly stealing Win 8 trade secrets

Alex Kibkalo, a former senior architect at Microsoft who most recently served as a director of product management in 5nine Software (according to his LinkedIn profile), has been arrested for allegedly stealing Windows-related trade secrets while working for Microsoft.

Kibkalo was arrested on Wednesday, according to a report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

According to a complaint filed on March 17 in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, Kibkalo -- a Russian national and former Microsoft employee based in Lebanon -- passed on trade secrets involving Windows 8 to an unnamed technology blogger in France.

Microsoft's … Read more