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  • Calling all developers. Microsoft's retooled app marketplace aims to become the one-stop shop for a device ecosystem powered by Windows 10.

  • The company, which went private almost two years ago, reportedly sees an IPO for SecureWorks as a way of generating more capital.

  • With the release of Windows 10 just a day away, many Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will soon start installing the new operating system on their current computers or buying up new PCs that bundle the platform. This will be a good time for Windows 10 to add some new apps to get the most productivity out of the operating system. Windows 10 will, of course, come with some built-in apps that will provide easy access to email and news, but there are many outstanding third-party apps, available right now, that will be ready to go when Windows 10 launches on July 29. This slide show highlights some of the applications that might be worth adding to your Windows 10 devices after the operating system launches. These apps include file and folder management, personal finance management and a variety of productivity apps. Read on to find out which of these apps will be available for download from the Windows Store once you get the operating system up and running.

  • Dell, like HP, will ship overnight preordered systems July 28, while Lenovo will begin sending out PCs with the new Microsoft OS the next day.

  • The A8-7670K offers four CPU cores for Windows 10 workloads and six Radeon GPU cores for a strong online gaming experience.

  • HP and Dell are letting customers order systems preinstalled with the OS that will ship in time for the Windows 10 launch July 29.

  • The dearth of Kinect news from this year's E3 conference in June, the video game industry's premiere event, raised eyebrows among technology watchers. Was Microsoft throwing in the towel? The motion-sensing peripheral, now in its second generation, was originally bundled with the Xbox One in 2013, inflating its price to $500. It's one of the primary reasons Sony, with its $399 PlayStation 4 (base price) was able to establish a commanding lead in the current-generation console war. Microsoft has since made Kinect optional on the Xbox One, helping the console regain lost ground. While the move does not bode well for the device, like its first-generation predecessor, developers and hardware hackers continue to flock to Kinect. A new generation of Kinect-based innovations range from smile-inducing to potentially life-saving. Developers are also harnessing the motion controller's sensors to power new experiences that help brick-and-mortar shops, which are constantly under siege by e-commerce companies, engage with consumers in new, revenue-boosting ways. Here are some of the ways Kinect is branching out from its video game roots.

  • The company sees its second-quarter revenue fall 35 percent and losses mount to $181 million after consumer PC demand declines.

  • CEO Brian Krzanich says the company will add a third 14nm chip, called Kaby Lake, to the roadmap as it works through issues with the 10nm process.

  • Tsinghua Unigroup reportedly is interested in buying the memory chip maker, expanding its capabilities and adding to the consolidation in the market.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft has put everything in place to start the Windows 10 upgrade process, but whether you will be able to successfully convert all your hardware could be another story.

  • With Microsoft planning to launch its Windows 10 operating system on July 29, many enterprise customers and consumers will be looking for a new desktop computer that will accommodate the upcoming OS. But if you are in need of a desktop now, why wait for the OS' launch? Microsoft has promised that Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will automatically get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when the operating system launches, so choosing a PC that is available now isn't such a bad idea. All of the desktops featured in this slide show come with components that will easily accommodate Windows 10—and with a simple upgrade at the time of the OS' launch, those who want to buy a computer now can get Windows 10 up and running in no time. But if you do decide to wait to buy a PC until after Windows 10 launches, you will likely find that the following desktops will come bundled with Windows 10, taking the extra step of upgrading out of the equation. Either way, check out this list of desktops to see which may be best for fit for you—whether you are a consumer or an enterprise customer—if you are looking to make the jump to Windows 10.

  • The upcoming OS will help boost sales starting next year, but analysts warn against seeing any immediate benefit when it's released.

  • Ahead of the July 29 launch of Windows 10, Microsoft releases an Xbox One system update that will allow users to stream games to their PCs and tablets.

  • The company is looking to move beyond PC peripherals by growing its portfolio while giving more emphasis to the design of its products.

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