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I can finally recommend Windows Phone

I can finally recommend Windows Phone

It’s taken a while - two major generations and a couple of updates - but Windows Phone finally feels ready to take on Android and iOS with confidence. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the platform, and appreciated its minimalistic UI charms and quiet simplicity, even as I’ve been frustrated by its incomplete feature list and patchy third-party app support. Now, with Windows Phone 8.1, I feel like that quiet enthusiasm can spill over into actively recommending it Microsoft’s OS as a legitimate option.

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Microsoft rolls out Office 365 Personal for desktop, tablets

Microsoft rolls out Office 365 Personal for desktop, tablets

Microsoft has announced they’ve made Office 365 Personal available, ushering in another era of Office for mobile. The service allows for a single PC or Mac and one tablet (iPad included, of course) to be linked per account. The subscription model will also allow for document creation on mobile, as well as the full suite of editing features we’ve grown accustomed to.

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Titanfall update today: what you get and how to get it

Titanfall update today: what you get and how to get it

Today the folks at Respawn Entertainment have let it be known that quite a few changes are coming to Titanfall for Xbox One, PC, and Xbox 360 builds. This update brings on Private Matches in Beta mode, Party Colors, Auto-Titan Color in Obituary, Menu Changes, Game Version notes on Main Menu, and a number of Game Balance Changes. One massive set of bug fixes are in the mix as well.

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Life after Windows XP: Refresh, Replace, Reuse

Life after Windows XP: Refresh, Replace, Reuse

Windows XP is either dead or dangerous, depending on who you ask, but no matter which it's about time to move away from the old platform before stalled security updates leave you open to hacks. Upgrading to Windows 8.1 may be the most obvious option, but it's not the only one: head on past the break as we look at how you can refresh your existing XP computer, discuss replacing it, and explore some safer ways to reuse the hardware you already have.

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Windows XP isn’t dead: It just got more dangerous

Windows XP isn’t dead: It just got more dangerous

Windows XP end-of-life: the day that, for a very long time, seemed like it would never come. Microsoft has officially washed its hands of XP after twelve years, prompting celebration from security experts tired of the old OS' holes. Yet the shift in focus to newer platforms - like Windows 8.1 - means that many at-risk users will simply be left behind, despite Windows XP's still considerable footprint.

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Windows 8.1 Update released: how-to instructions simplistic

Windows 8.1 Update released: how-to instructions simplistic

Starting today, users all around the world will begin to gain access to Windows 8.1 Update. This is the first major update to the Windows 8.1 system, a re-structuring of what was originally offered in the touch-friendly Windows 8. This update will be accessible through Windows Update primarily, a system which you can access by moving your cursor to the bottom-right of your display or by pulling in from the right of your display if you have a touchscreen PC or tablet.

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Windows XP end-of-life tomorrow, Custom Support rides forth

Windows XP end-of-life tomorrow, Custom Support rides forth

Supposing you’re one of the last users of Windows XP out there in the universe, you’ll want to make sure you understand the implications of continuing to use that operating system after tomorrow. Tomorrow, after all, is the last day Microsoft will be offering technical support for Windows XP for the public. After that, it’s all about Custom Support for Windows XP.

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Windows in the Car to put Cortana in the dashboard

Windows in the Car to put Cortana in the dashboard

Apple has CarPlay, Google has the Android Open Automotive Alliance, and now Microsoft has Windows in the Car, its own take on piping smartphone content from your Windows Phone directly to the dashboard. Quietly demonstrated at Build 2014 this past week, in concept form at least, Windows in the Car pares back the standard Windows Phone interface to suit center console touchscreens and safer use while on the move thanks to features like Cortana.

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