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Windows 10 90-day free trail version now available

Windows 10 90-day free trail version now available

While 14 million people or so may have already installed Windows 10, Microsoft's just-released operating system, you may be curious to try it without wanting to make the full commitment yet. See, while Windows 10 may be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, installing it will completely overwrite the older OS. Thankfully, Microsoft has made a free, 90-day trial version of Windows 10 Enterprise available, letting users try Windows 10 without completely eliminating their Windows 7 or 8.1 installation.

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Can Windows 10 save the desktop?

Can Windows 10 save the desktop?

Today Windows 10 is released to the bulk of the first wave of users that'll be running Microsoft's next desktop-based OS. It works with a variety of features that aim to make users happy they've decided to purchase a new PC - it'll also be aiming to bring Apple desktop users to the Windows PC environment. But what will Windows 10 do to stem the leaky boat that is user movement from full-time daily desktop to 60% (or more) mobile computer users? Microsoft might by trying to save their share of the desktop PC, but what's left to save?

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Windows 10 guide to downloading and loading from a USB stick

Windows 10 guide to downloading and loading from a USB stick

Today upgrades to Windows 10 begin to be unleashed by Microsoft for all the most modern computers, including yours. Microsoft is releasing this operating system upgrade for free for most users - assuming they've got a Windows operating system from the past couple of generations -- if you're running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you should be safe. Today we're having a peek at how simple it is to load Windows 10 to your computer using a disk image (ISO file) downloaded from Microsoft to a USB stick.

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Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

This week the folks at AT&T have announced that they'll be the first 4G LTE carriers of the Microsoft Surface 3. This machine is the third in the standard line of Surface tablets, and it'll be available through AT&T stores in-person and online starting on the 24th of July, 2015. This machine comes with an integrated three-position kickstand is made to be upgraded to Windows 10 this Fall. AT&T will be selling this tablet outright or with a package deal that includes a Microsoft Lumia smartphone with Windows Phone onboard.

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Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

It's time to dive back in on one of the biggest up-and-comers in the straight-to-consumers gaming peripherals game: Corsair. With the Corsair STRAFE, users work with the same high-quality mastery in mechanical keyboard clicking as the rest of the recent Corsair Gaming RGB light-up series, but here the options - and therefor the price - take a cut. You still get the high-end German-made quality of Cherry MX switches, of course. If you like lights, but you don't need the full rainbow, this chop of a keyboard might be right up your ever-loving red-lit alley.

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Windows 10 arrives July 29: How much will you pay?

Windows 10 arrives July 29: How much will you pay?

While the announcement of Windows 10 included word that the upgrade to this OS would be free, not every user will have that opportunity. The opportunity to attain this operating system at no cost is limited. Only those who have Windows 7 or 8.1 "Pro" editions - not those with the "Enterprise" editions - will receive this upgrade for free. This push also only exists within the first year of release of the OS. You'll want to read this fine print before you proceed to the "go" button.

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Windows 10 upgrade paths get more detailed

Windows 10 upgrade paths get more detailed

It seems that Microsoft has settled on a new strategy involving Windows 10 announcements, leaving them in tiny bits and pieces all over the place, like breadcrumbs we have to follow, pick up and piece together ourselves. Of course, until we finally get the full picture, there will always be holes in our knowledge, questions left unanswered. The latest crumbs seem to be the upgrade path for existing Windows users, courtesy of Microsoft's Australia Partner Network. But while it does clarify some scenarios, it still leaves us scratching our heads in others, especially when Windows 10 Mobile is concerned.

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Windows 8: what Microsoft did right and what went wrong

Windows 8: what Microsoft did right and what went wrong

Windows 10 is coming really soon. If AMD is to be believed, that is happening around July. Given this upcoming version of Windows is set to fix a number of complaints about Windows 8, it's release will surely call to mind some its predecessor's shortcomings. But for all the warts that Windows 8 had, it wasn't completely a failure in all aspects and even laid the foundations of many features and mindsets still present in Windows 10 and elsewhere. Here we take a look at 5 of the things Windows 8 could have gotten right and also how they failed to reach the mark.

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Halo: Spartan Strike launches on multiple platforms

Halo: Spartan Strike launches on multiple platforms

Microsoft Studios is once again expanding its Halo franchise beyond genres and beyond platforms. It has just announced the launch of Halo: Spartan Strike, actually its second top-down shooter game that eschews the FPS conventions of the main titles. And also unlike the main titles, which are mostly confined to Xbox consoles, Spartan Strike is available for a whole lot more platforms and devices, including the iPad, the iPhone, Windows 8, Steam, and even Windows Phone. Curiously, there is still no sign of an Android port.

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StaffPad lets you draw music on that expensive Surface Pro

StaffPad lets you draw music on that expensive Surface Pro

Microsoft has always been marketing its Surface Pro tablets to creatives, but with the stylus that comes with it, it has mostly been of more interest to those with a visual flair more than any other type or creator. A new app that just debuted for Windows 8, however, gives that stylus a new purpose beyond scribbling and drawing. StaffPad utilizes the precision and flexibility that the Surface styluses have to offer in order to let musicians write, but really "draw" music just as they would on a physical music sheet.

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Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

The Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center is a relatively small computer meant to sit out in the open - up near your television where you can see it. Inside you'll put your movies, your internet-connected video and music, and the ability to sync with devices like your smartphone or tablet. This machine works with HDMI and Mini DisplayPort for dual-display support, and the ability to power 4K2K ultra high-definition monitors as well as 4K televisions - just so long as you've got enough processing power inside.

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Windows Defender destroys Superfish

Windows Defender destroys Superfish

Supposing you were worried that Superfish was going to ruin your Lenovo computer-loving life, there's good news this afternoon. Windows Defender version 1.193.444.0 has been pushed. This version of Windows Defender does two things. First, it detects and removes Superfish entirely. Second, it detects and removes all system certifications affected by Superfish. This means Superfish is gone, erased, and will have left the building in a way that should make it seem like this was all a bad dream. It's time to kick Superfish directly out the door.

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