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Microsoft's aim with the Xbox One was to use as much Windows technology as possible, and when Windows Threshold appears, it should be theoretically possible to run a single piece of code on both platforms. Yet despite that Windows dependency and the need to run multiple apps in parallel, the Xbox One doesn't actually use Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualisation technology. This is why.

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At its Build 2014 developer conference today, Microsoft announced the concept of "Universal Windows Apps": code that can run both as a desktop Windows app and on Windows phone devices. It sounds appealing for both developers and consumers, but the reality is a little messier than the vision.

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One of the most-hated aspects of Windows 8 was that it eliminated the Start Menu. After two years of users screaming, it seems Microsoft has finally listened: a future version of Windows will include the return of the Start menu in enhanced form.