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Windows 10 for pirated copies? Yes. For free? Maybe not

Windows 10 for pirated copies? Yes. For free? Maybe not

There has been a lot of talk lately about Windows 10, considering it will land in users' hands by Summer this year. One of the most talked about point, however, is the possibility that the upgrade might be available for pirated copies of older versions, particularly Windows XP. And they might even get it for free like other legitimate Windows owners. In a practice of perfect PR ambiguity, Microsoft has "clarified" its plans for owners of non-genuine Windows copies, but at the same time, leaves some of the important questions still unanswered.

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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Things are starting to heat up for Windows 10. Just this week, Microsoft has dropped word on various features and interesting tidbits to look forward to in the next major version of Windows. Free upgrades were promised, probably even for pirated copies of the OS, and a summer launch has been mentioned. But just because the upgrade will be free and available doesn't immediately mean your PC or smartphone will be able to get it without a hitch. Again in China, Redmond is sharing what it will take for your PC or mobile to get Windows 10 up and running.

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Xbox Music scores OneDrive integration

Xbox Music scores OneDrive integration

Microsoft wants you to "liberate your music," and to help you do that is a new feature that has arrived for Xbox Music: OneDrive integration. It's a relatively simple update, at least as far as the user-end of things go, bringing a "Music" folder to OneDrive in which audiophiles can plop their library of MP3s. Doing so will make that music available on Xbox Music apps on your Windows system, your mobile, Xbox console, and music.xbox.com -- as well as another perk on top of it all.

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New Windows 10 build sees Cortana explode

New Windows 10 build sees Cortana explode

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Build 10041, the company has announced. The latest preview build brings with it some bug fixes and some new features, and is available to those who have been trying out Windows 10 through Windows Update. Before you get your hopes up, don't: Spartan isn't included with this build. Good news comes in particular for those in certain markets around the globe, however, with Cortana expanding on desktop to include China and various regions in Europe.

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 PC-on-a-stick dongle

Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 PC-on-a-stick dongle

Yesterday at an event in South Korea, Microsoft discussed its Windows operating system and, among the talk, took the wraps off a new PC-on-a-stick dongle made by Lucoms that shrinks the desktop PC down to nearly USB flash drive size. The Lucoms PC stick measures in at 11cm in length and features a few different common ports needed for basic peripherals, as well as Intel hardware and a couple different configuration options. Some of the finer details about the PC stick weren't provided, but what we do know is detailed after the jump!

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Microsoft reveals summer launch for Windows 10

Microsoft reveals summer launch for Windows 10

Barring last minute showstopper bugs, there seems to be no stopping Microsoft from revealing to the world once and for all the new Microsoft. As well as the new Windows 10, of course. The technical previews for the next major version of Windows has already been out for a month or so now, but what we're really waiting for is the actual and, for a year, free launch of Windows 10. At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China, Redmond revealed that Windows 10 will arrive in Summer 2015, in 190 countries and supporting 111 languages

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Windows Hello lets your face, finger do the talking

Windows Hello lets your face, finger do the talking

Ever since Apple introduced Touch ID in the iPhone 5s, the tech world has started, or re-started, to become obsessed with using our unique body features to implement security on our mobile devices. After all, fingerprints and irises are much more difficult to hack than alphanumeric passwords. Riding on that wave, Microsoft is announcing two new complementary security features coming in Windows 10. Windows Hello lets you use some body parts to greet and unlock your device while "Passport" can use that to authenticate you to apps and websites.

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Microsoft puts Windows 10 on a diet for low storage devices

Microsoft puts Windows 10 on a diet for low storage devices

The words "Windows" and "lightweight" don't usually go together, unless bridged by a negation. However, with Microsoft's push to make Windows 10 a universal OS for all its devices, it cannot but put the operating system on a crash diet to fit devices with as little as 32 GB of storage. Microsoft claims that it has made significant strides in that aspect, thanks to changing the way recovery is done as well as making Windows smarter about how it compresses system files depending on the hardware capacity of the device.

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Windows 10 leaked build hints at P2P update distributions

Windows 10 leaked build hints at P2P update distributions

Considering Microsoft is taking its sweet but absolutely necessary time to get Windows 10 finally into users' hands, it isn't unusual to turn to leaks for clues of what might soon be either the tech giant's salvation or its final damnation. Microsoft has taken great pains to ensure Windows 10 won't be as hated as Windows 8 and it has indeed introduced some rather interesting new features to make that happen. One of the latest isn't exactly going to make you drool in awe but should make updates a bit easier on bandwidth thanks to peer-to-peer technology.

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Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Back in late January, it was reported that Microsoft was eager to invest as much as $70 million in Cyanogen, the developers behind a customized version of the Android operating system. This would've been a move by Microsoft to help strengthen the competition against Google's standard Android versions, even it wasn't directly benefitting their own Windows platform. However, it appears things have changed in the last six weeks or so, as Cyanogen is said be raising roughly $110 million in a new funding round, but without any participation from Microsoft.

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