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Why Power BI is the future of Excel

Excel isn't going away, but it's going to stop accumulating extra tools like barnacles. Instead Power BI Desktop will become the self-service analytics hub.

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Google's productivity suite updated with dictation, integrated search and more

Google rolled out a big set of updates to its productivity suite today aimed primarily at enhancing its capabilities for students and teachers.

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What does Apple have in store for Windows users?

Apple's Sept. 9 event promises to be a big one. Will there be something for Windows users, too?

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Microsoft browser users kick older IE editions to the curb

With less than 20 weeks left before Microsoft stops serving security updates to most versions of Internet Explorer, Windows users are finally ditching the soon-to-be-retired editions in significant numbers.

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Chrome nears 30% user share milestone as it assimilates declines by IE, Firefox

Google's Chrome browser in August came within sight of the 30% user share milestone, and looks likely to continue growing for the foreseeable future.

How to get security right when embracing rapid software development

Five steps to reduce risk while moving to continuous updates

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How to make money from open source software

Ditching the GPL may be the key to running a successful commercial open source software business.

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Inside Apple's odd, yet effective, social media strategy

Apple does social media differently than its peers in the tech world, and though it isn't ignoring social to the extent it did in the past, you shouldn't expect to see any official @Apple account on Twitter anytime soon.

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5 IT experts reveal their Windows 10 upgrade strategies

Security, usability and support costs are just a few of the factors IT leaders need to consider when determining their upgrade path to Microsoft’s new OS.

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Microsoft and VMware cozy up, forgoing past rivalry

Despite their years-long rivalry, Microsoft and VMware have teamed in a new partnership that's part of Microsoft's collaborative strategy shift.

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Windows 10 sets one-month OS adoption record

Windows 10 in August set a record for a one-month increase in user share for any operating system.

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Windows 10 usage off to a fast start, Edge not so much

Microsoft’s new operating system has a stronger launch than Windows 7, but Edge usage is trending in the wrong direction.

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Microsoft launches new tools for building Office add-ins

Microsoft released a new set of tools on Monday to help developers make slick-looking add-ins for Office apps, at a time when the company wants to boost the ecosystem of third-party applications and services that work with its...

Wikipedia blocks 381 user accounts for dishonest editing

Editors of the English version of Wikipedia have blocked 381 user accounts for editing articles on the online encyclopedia despite being secretly paid to do so by various interests.

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Microsoft slips user-tracking tools into Windows 7, 8 amidst Windows 10 privacy storm

Worried about Windows 10's deep-reaching user tracking? Some of it's coming to Windows 7 and 8, too.

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It's (still) Windows 95's world. We just live in it.

From the Start menu and Taskbar to and device autodetection and free, bundled Web browsers, here’s a brief history of how Windows 95 became the operating system that time never forgot.

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Apple releases OS X El Capitan Public Beta 6

The new update comes less than two weeks after the release of the previous update.

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Developers can now use Embarcadero's RAD Studio for Windows 10 apps

Embarcadero released RAD Studio 10 Seattle, a big upgrade of its rapid application development platform.

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