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Do not download Windows Movie Maker from any source

Do not download Windows Movie Maker from any source

The start of 2017 was a bittersweet one for many fans of Microsoft’s built-in Windows software like Live Mail and Movie Maker. The company has permanently retired the Windows Essential 2012 bundle from both download and support. But while many of the apps in that pack had counterparts in Windows 10, Windows Movie Maker didn’t, forcing users to look for alternative download sources. Naturally, those illegitimate sources are the perfect breeding ground for scammers looking for a way to make a quick buck out of people’s desperation.

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CrossOver on Chrome OS lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

CrossOver on Chrome OS lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

One of the biggest criticisms of Chromebooks was on how they looked like a laptop but didn’t act like one. At least not like typical Windows or macOS laptops. That might be an unfair comparison but it points out one of the platform’s biggest flaws: the lack of software. Google has partly solved that by enabling Android apps on Chrome OS. The other part of the solution is coming from software developers CodeWeavers, who is making the beta version of their CrossOver for Chrome OS available to the public, allowing Chromebook owners to run some of the most popular and widely-used Windows programs on their laptops.

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Microsoft says last free Windows 10 upgrades will end soon

Microsoft says last free Windows 10 upgrades will end soon

If you're still a Window 7 or 8 user that's been putting off the eventual upgrade to Windows 10, your chance to do so for free will soon be over. Microsoft has stated that there is now an end date for its last remaining offer to upgrade to its newest operating system at no cost. After offering Windows 10 for free to Windows 7/8 users for over a year, followed by a loophole that extended the timeframe from last July until now, a cut-off date has been set: December 31st, 2017.

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Free Windows 10 upgrades end this year

Free Windows 10 upgrades end this year

At one point in time, Microsoft was criticized for being too aggressive and too desperate to get users on Windows 10 immediately. It seems that the desperation has died down and Microsoft is confident enough in the numbers to close the doors on those who still refuse to go from 7 or 8 to 10. Microsoft has just made it clear that its abused extension of free upgrades to Windows 10 is going to end December 31 this year, giving users about 2 months to make up their minds.

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Andromeda: The secret Microsoft folding tablet leaks

Andromeda: The secret Microsoft folding tablet leaks

The Microsoft Courier folding notebook-tablet may finally be getting its launch as a new Andromeda tablet, almost a decade after the ill-fated project first leaked. Way back in 2009, word broke of a skunkworks project within Microsoft developing a twin-touchscreen device that would fold, like a traditional paper journal. Dubbed Courier, it went on to become one of the most popular Microsoft concepts among would-be users.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 25 Review : Back to the Future

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 Review : Back to the Future

The ThinkPad 25 from Lenovo is an extreme rarity in today's world of electronics constantly on the cusp. The ThinkPad 25 is wish fulfillment for fans of the original, made real again here in 2017 with newer more powerful technology to compete with the rest of the real world of laptops for work and play. Now we've got to decide whether we're living dream, or just plain dreaming.

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Harman Kardon Invoke Review: Cortana finds her voice

Harman Kardon Invoke Review: Cortana finds her voice

Move aside, Alexa; back off, Google Assistant. Microsoft's Cortana is here, and she wants to be the de-facto virtual assistant for busy people in their busy homes. Breaking free of the smartphone and desktop for the first time, Cortana's newest form is the Harman Kardon Invoke, a new entrant to the burgeoning smart speaker market that promises audio quality to rival true music systems along with everything from both your home and your work lives.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Today Windows Mixed Reality launches on Windows 10, and several devices are onboard from the start. ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer have their own headsets - not all necessarily out in the wild yet, but (at least) announced. For those users that already know everything there is to know about Windows Mixed Reality, there's a single app that can be downloaded for one first and final check to make sure of hardware compatibility with their Windows 10 PC.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here, and its a big deal for PC users, especially those wanting to dip a toe into Mixed Reality. Microsoft is releasing the latest upgrade for Windows 10 today, and as the name suggests many of the headline features are all about creating and manipulating content. That's not to say gaming has been ignored either, mind.

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Outlook desktop app is finally getting a long overdue facelift

Outlook desktop app is finally getting a long overdue facelift

Outlook, at least until recently, has been hailed as the pinnacle of Personal Information Management (PIM) software. It has, however, never really been user friendly in its interface and appearance. And even when Microsoft gave its Office suite a visual overhaul, Outlook remained inconsistent between platforms and versions. But with Microsoft trying to push its new Fluent Design language, that is slowly changing. Outlook fans will soon be treated to a whole new desktop app that won’t look out of place beside other updated Microsoft Office software, whether on Windows, Mac, and even the Web.

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Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Microsoft just made a big announcement that could change the way we do computing in the future. That is, if it decides to stick to its guns. For many outside Redmond and its close-knit circle of hardware and software partners, "mixed reality" remains little more than a souped up, rebranded virtual reality. On October 17, that could very well change when Windows Mixed Reality launches to the outside world, headsets and all. We joined Microsoft at its Reactor hub in San Francisco to see, no pun intended, for ourselves the vision of the future that Microsoft is trying to promote and, of course, sell.

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Microsoft Edge is finally coming to iOS and Android

Microsoft Edge is finally coming to iOS and Android

For all the problems Windows 10 Mobile may have, one of the advantages it offers over iOS and Android was deeper compatibility with Windows on PC. With Windows 10 Mobile left largely unsupported by app developers, Windows PC users who have been forced to iOS and Android have been missing some of that extra compatibility. That'll be changing soon, at least for folks who use Microsoft Edge as their main browser within Windows 10.

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