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Windows 10 might not peacefully coexist with other OS

Windows 10 might not peacefully coexist with other OS

It seems that Microsoft is developing a pattern lately. After a flood of good news comes the fine print and some sad, if not worrying, follow ups. First it was the speculation that the lure of a free Windows 10 upgrade for pirated copies of Windows might not be so sweet after all. Now it seems that Microsoft will potentially ostracize another group of computer users: those who dual boot operating systems. Slides from its presentation in China seem to hint that Microsoft won't block OEM's from prohibiting users from disabling secure boot.

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New MacBooks drop Boot Camp support for Windows 7

New MacBooks drop Boot Camp support for Windows 7

For several years now, Apple computer users who have still needed to run the Windows operating system have been able to rely Boot Camp, a tool in OS X that allows a native installation of the Microsoft software on a partitioned hard drive. If you're one of these users, and thinking of picking up one of the recently announced MacBook Airs or MacBook Pros, then you also need to be happy using a newer version of Windows, specifically version 8 or later.

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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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Hugo Barra clears up Xiaomi/Microsoft Windows 10 program

Hugo Barra clears up Xiaomi/Microsoft Windows 10 program

With news Microsoft was working on a ROM for a handset that was known only as an Android phone, ears perked. A few “power users”, in cooperation with Xiaomi, were given the opportunity to check out a Windows build for the Mi 4. One report cited the Windows-for-Xiaomi build as being used to take the place of Android on handsets. Now, Xiaomi boss Hugo Barra is clarifying what Xiaomi and Microsoft are up to. While he didn’t quite refute any prior claims, he did set the record straight.

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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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Lumia 430 Dual SIM runs Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim

Lumia 430 Dual SIM runs Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim

Microsoft has launched a new Lumia smartphone that is aiming directly at users who need a device that will support dual SIM cards on a budget. The smartphone is called the Lumia 430 Dual SIM and it will be available for $70. The low price makes this device the most affordable Lumia smartphone offered so far. The Lumia 430 runs Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update.

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Microsoft is getting slammed for these Windows 10 icon designs

Microsoft is getting slammed for these Windows 10 icon designs

There's a lot to like about Windows 10, with one very big exception: its icon sets. For many, the first glimpse at the icons produced a sort of visceral disgust. The design had regressed notably, with some likening it to Windows XP-level quality, except worse because they were paired with Windows 10's otherwise beautiful design. Users were quick to voice their harsh criticism about the icons, so much so that Microsoft has pushed out some revised versions about which it is actively seeking feedback. The problem is that they're not much better.

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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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