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Tweak the default behavior of Windows 8.1

Changing default Windows 8.1 settings -- such as the dialog box confirming file deletion -- is easy and potentially useful for desktop admins.


Microsoft offers Windows 8 tools beyond those built in

Microsoft's downloadable, in-house Windows 8 tools can help IT with virtualization, server management and malware removal.


A free Office suite gives Microsoft a run for its money

Is an open source Office alternative enough to dethrone Microsoft's productivity suite? See how LibreOffice compares with Office 2013 and Office 365.


Compare Microsoft Office versions before vetting alternatives

How does Microsoft Office 2013 stack up against Office 365? While the productivity workhorse offers many benefits, the cloud-based Office 365 may deliver comparable perks.

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