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And in a week where the world is grappling with the consequences of just how vulnerable computers are is this joyous nugget of news: more Australians are using Windows XP than Windows 8.1, even though support for the former was officially canned years ago.

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At Microsoft's Build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it's a cool competitor to Apple and Google. The speakers who came on stage during keynotes had stylish hair. "Do they have dressers backstage?" an attendee asked a group of us when it was all over.

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Jarem Archer has created a concept Cortana Appliance, which he explains as "basically what imagined Microsoft's version of Alexa or Google Home would be like if they were to use the holographic AI sidekick from the Halo franchise."

Still a work in progress, this is already looking incredible.

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It has been nearly two years since Microsoft introduced a new Windows phone. Sure, HP is still making Windows phones and marketing them to businesses, but Microsoft has been basically silent on the subject of its flagging mobile platform since 2015. There have been zero flagship devices, despite the persistent rumours of a super Surface phone. Logic dictates that Microsoft needs to get in the game here.

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The future of Windows computers could soon be worn on your face. Recently at a special media event in New York City, we got our hands on the first Windows 10 "mixed reality headset" from Acer. The device is only a developer kit for now, but it's expected to be commercially available before Christmas this year.

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It doesn't matter if you're pumped for the Creators Update, the new version of Windows 10 that makes drawing all over you screen easier. Whether you like it or not, your Windows 10 device will be getting it. If you're a part of Microsoft's Insiders Program — a beta-like program that gives you builds of Windows 10 early — then you'll already be on Creators Update. For the rest of us it will come, like a little surprise, over the coming months.

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Not all applications and browser add-ons come in peace. So you need to know a few warning signs to look out for if you want to make sure that only legit software makes it onto your machine. Here's how to avoid bad actors and weed out any shady apps that have already taken root.

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It's official: Come April 11, the Windows 10 Creators Update will begin slowly rolling out to every Windows 10 machine on the planet — whether you want it on said machine or not. Microsoft is clearly fond of the ample changes it made when launching Windows 10 back in 2015 because two years after its initial release, the operating system is on its third major update, and Microsoft seems to have nothing truly spectacular to add.

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You don't have to wait around like a normal person for the Creators Update to drop — it's available to download right now, if you're a Windows Insider. The Windows Insider program lets you beta test advance versions of the OS for free, if you don't mind the occasional bug, and here's what you need to do to get enrolled