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Top Tech Stories of the Day: Microsoft Releases 'refined' Windows, Revs up Developers

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Microsoft Corp released a test version of its Windows 8.1 software, bringing back the 'start' button and adding a host of features it hopes will appeal to users, while spurring developers into writing more applications for it. At the Microsoft Build 2013 keynote in San Francisco, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer wanted everyone to know that Microsoft is not a lumbering giant. "We're transitioning from a software company to a company that's building software, devices and services," Ballmer said. "And the only way we can do that is to adopt a rapid product release cadence. This is fundamental to what we're doing and what we must to do to mobilize our ecosystem and our partners." Amazon and PBS have expanded their streaming partnership. The companies announced that Amazon's Prime Instant Video service will now included "hundreds of additional episodes" of "Nova," "Masterpiece," and several other PBS shows.

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