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Lenovo's new Windows 10 tablet to arrive in August

Lenovo will be one of the first to offer a Windows 10 tablet, with a new ThinkPad device that's slated to arrive in August.

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Review: Windows 10 Insider Preview -- a nearly finished OS

We look at the current build of Microsoft Windows 10 Insider Preview, which offers several improvements to what looks like a very promising OS.

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Microsoft implores enterprises to help it test optional Windows 7 updates

Microsoft wants enterprise IT administrators to play guinea pig by deploying many more fixes to Windows 7 and Server 2012 R2, another step in getting customers to test patches before they're rolled out everyone.

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Microsoft offers Windows 10 carrot, threatens with stick

Microsoft has extended the Windows 10 carrot. Later it will brandish the stick

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Microsoft issues crash warning with latest Windows 10 update

Microsoft today released another update for Windows 10, but warned users with an AMD graphics chipset to expect "frequent crashes" of the new Edge browser.

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First look: Windows Server 2016 goes on a cloud diet

Under the familiar skin, Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 offers something very different.

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Even with free annual upgrades, Apple faces stubborn OS X fragmentation

While Yosemite powered the majority of Macs last month, Mavericks accounted for 21%, Mountain Lion and Lion for 6% each, Snow Leopard for 8%, and Leopard for nearly 2%. More than four in every 10 Macs ran an aged OS in April.

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Forecast update: 410M PCs on Windows 10 in 18 months

Microsoft should have Windows 10 on more than 410 million PCs within 18 months of the new OS's release, an analysis of user share data and upgrade tempos shows.

Microsoft bars more enterprise devices from seeing Windows 10 upgrade 'nag' campaign

Microsoft has modified an update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs so that fewer business devices will see a campaign hawking the Windows 10 upgrade with on-screen ads.

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Microsoft's latest on Windows 10 to pirates: No deal

Microsoft has retreated from earlier statements that owners of counterfeit copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 this summer.

Some perspective on Flash Player bugs

Adobe's Flash Player has had 143 bug fixes in the last year. After 18 years of development, no software should be this flawed. Here are four Defensive Computing approaches to being as safe as possible when running Flash.

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Whole lotta Windows 10 goin' on as Microsoft spells out 6 SKUs

Microsoft has laid out the list of Windows 10 editions it will sell this summer, adding a new academic SKU and one for smartphones and smaller tablets in the enterprise.

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Windows 10 must somehow form a family (it was much more than a hunch)

Preach it. Microsoft's VP of Windows Marketing, Tony Prophet, did just that yesterday -- spreading the word about multiple (and we mean multiple) versions of Windows 10...

China-based hackers used Microsoft's TechNet for attacks

Microsoft has moved to stop a China-based hacking group from using its TechNet website as part of its attack infrastructure.

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GPU malware could also affect Windows PCs, and maybe Macs

A team of developers who created a Linux rootkit that runs on graphics cards has released a proof-of-concept malware program that does the same on Windows. And a Mac OS X implementation is in the works.

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If Windows 10 is the 'last version,' it needs names

With Microsoft now saying that Windows 10 "is the last version of Windows," the company may have a naming problem.

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Microsoft nixes ActiveX add-on technology in new Edge browser

Microsoft's new Edge browser will discard two of the oldest browser technologies found in the aged Internet Explorer and replace them with add-ons based on HTML5 and JavaScript.

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Patch Tuesday may be dead, but Microsoft's not confessing to the crime

Microsoft is set to upend a 12-year practice of providing security patches on the same day each month to everyone. Maybe.

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