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Windows 10: Microsoft aims for Windows everywhere

Windows Insiders have been trying the Windows 10 Technical Preview for a few months, but today Microsoft announced what everyone can look forward to in 2015. This ambitious OS overhaul wants to make all your Windows devices -- PC, phone, tablet, Xbox -- work better together via universal apps, Continuum, the Spartan browser, and Xbox apps. Here's what you need to know about today's announcements.

Windows 10 is coming in 2015, and it will be free

That's right, Microsoft has shifted its strategy and will offer Windows 10 absolutely free for current Windows 7, Windows 8.1, … Read more

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Windows 7 mainstream support ends

On January 13, Microsoft officially ends mainstream support for Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

What end of mainstream support means

For corporate users, it's business as usual.

For home users, free online and phone support are disappearing. Microsoft stopped distributing new licenses to manufacturers and vendors in October 2014, so don't expect to see many more new PCs preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 now enters its extended support phase. Microsoft will continue to release security patches until January 14, 2020. Business PCs with Windows 7 Pro will still … Read more

Best security options

This year has given us plenty of reasons to question the efficacy of our Internet security: Heartbleed vulnerabilities, Target and Home Depot customer data leaks, celebrity iCloud photo hacks, attacks on Sony. While companies batten down their Web servers, you can protect your computer and phone with a security app -- but with so many options, how do you choose? We've reviewed all of this year's major antivirus and security updates, and now here are our recommendations for the apps that will work best for you, whether you're running an old version of Windows or need remote … Read more

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6 apps with Windows 10 features

Microsoft has just announced Windows 10 for 2015, which will work across PCs, tablets, and phones. If you're in the Windows Insider program, you can try a preview build now, but you'll be installing software that's still being tested. Instead, here's how to get Windows 10 functionality right on your Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 PC.

Curb Start button withdrawal with Start8 or Start Menu 8

Killing the Start button was a bad call. Microsoft tried to appease users with the largely unhelpful Windows 8.1 pseudo-Start. Windows 10 will resurrect the button with some … Read more

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