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Microsoft’s Nokia deal given the final go-ahead, set to close later this month (Updated)

Following a delay, Nokia has confirmed the sale of its Devices division to Microsoft has received the final go-ahead from authorities in China, and now expects the deal to close by the end of April.
Photography

Windows XP is officially gone, but lives on forever through this ‘blissful’ image

In use for more than 12 years, Windows XP is retiring, but the memory of the OS will live on through the iconic desktop image that greeted many XP users at startup.
Gaming

Microsoft exploring Xbox 360 backward compatibility on Xbox One

Microsoft's Frank Savage admits that the company is looking at Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on Xbox One. The problem is getting the older PowerPC-based games to run within the new console's x86 architecture.
Computing

Dutch gov’t pays millions for extended Windows XP support

Many public and private entities are still using computers running Windows XP, including the Dutch government, which just shelled out a boatload of money in exchange for continued support of the aged OS.
Cars

Microsoft wants to bring its Windows tiles to your car dashboard

Left a little cold by the visions Apple and Google have for the future of in-car software? Microsoft has unveiled its own concept of a forthcoming interface that looks a lot like Windows Phone.
Computing

More XP please: UK gov pays $9m to extend support plan

How are you getting ready for the end of Microsoft's support for Windows XP? The UK government has signed an agreement with Microsoft to get an extra 12 months of support while its systems are updated.
Computing

Best free music players for Windows

You can get by with listening to music using Windows Media Player, but there are a whole host of options out there for you to choose from, ranging from the simplistic to the feature-packed. Learn more here.
Gaming

Xbox Live password hack outed by 5-year-old criminal mastermind

A 5-year-old San Diego boy discovered a major Xbox Live security flaw when he accidentally hacked into his father's account using just the space bar.
Computing

Best Buy attempts to lure Windows XP refugees with a $100 trade-in credit

Starting this Sunday, Best Buy will offer a $100 credit to customers trading in a PC that's running Windows XP for a new Windows 8 computer, a Chromebook or a Mac. Learn more here.
Mobile

Microsoft: Office for iPad hits 12 million downloads after only a week

Microsoft's Office apps for iPad have been downloaded 12 million times since the suite debuted a week ago, the company announced Thursday. However, it's not known how many subscriptions have been taken out by users.
Mobile

11 common problems with Windows Phone 8, and how to fix them

If you opted for Microsoft’s latest mobile platform then you might have run into one of these issues. Join us as we take a look at common Windows Phone 8 problems and offer up potential solutions.
Mobile

Windows Phone 8.1 is coming: Until then, enjoy some new tips for good ole’ WP8

Could you be getting more from your Windows Phone 8 smartphone? Come on in and find out, as we explore some Windows Phone 8 tips and tricks that you might find useful.