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Windows 10: Truth and lies

Windows 10: Fact vs. fiction

With Win10 slated to drop July 29, we give you the straight dope on support, upgrades, and the state of the bits.

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Microsoft starts pre-loading Windows 10 upgrade onto PCs

Microsoft has begun downloading the Windows 10 upgrade to some PCs whose owners had previously "reserved" a copy, hinting that they'll be among the first to see the upgrade notice on their Windows 7 and 8.1 devices.

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Windows 10: What we like, what we don't like

Computerworld contributing writer/reviewer Preston Gralla summarizes three features of Windows 10 that he likes and two features he doesn't like. The new operating system from Microsoft launches for consumers on Wednesday, July 29.

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Windows 10 roll-out will break Internet traffic records

Microsoft will break Internet traffic records this week as it begins to distribute Windows 10.

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Microsoft fixes crash-bug in Windows 10 just days before launch

A new patch fixed a recently introduced bug that caused Windows Explorer to crash following use of the Control Panel.

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Microsoft updates some Surface tablets ahead of Windows 10's launch

Microsoft pushed out a new firmware update for its Surface tablets that improves how the devices work with Windows 10.

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Deep-dive review: Windows 10 -- worth the wait (video)

Windows 10 is finally out in the wild, and it is a truly integrated and feature-filled operating system. We take a close look at the final product.

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Microsoft pours out the patches as Windows 10 nears release

Microsoft has been pushing out Windows 10 patches almost daily as it preps for this week's launch of the new operating system.

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Mac OS: How to uninstall Flash (and why we all should)

Adobe Flash needs to be put to sleep. It's the only kind thing to do.

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Patch Tuesday: Not dead yet

Even though Microsoft won't say if it plans to end its 12-year practice of providing security patches on the same day each month to everyone, security experts have concluded that Patch Tuesday isn't going anywhere.

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Final Windows 10 upgrade forecast sees OS on 440M PCs by early '17

Microsoft should have Windows 10 on more than 440 million personal computers by early 2017, according to a new analysis of user share data and upgrade tempo.

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Windows Phone flagship hope kindled: ''Cityman'' and ''Talkman'' rumors

For users sick and tired of being sick and tired of waiting for a new Windows Phone flagship, Daniel Rubino is a hero...

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Windows revenue takes another bad beating

Microsoft's Windows revenue again declined by double digits, the third straight such quarter, with sales of licenses to computer makers down 22% from the same period last year.

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7 places you’ll be surprised to learn are still using Windows XP

More than a year after Microsoft ended support for the aging OS, some high-profile organizations are still using Windows XP -- and putting themselves at risk.

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Downbeat: Apple Music not a hit with watchdogs, senators, and bloggers

Yesterday wasn't a good day for Apple's streaming music service. A consumer watchdog group, a U.S. senator, and a popular blogger weren't praising Apple Music, they were, in effect, burying it...

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Windows 10's decade of support starts when customer begins using the OS

Microsoft will provide feature and functionality updates and upgrades to Windows 10 for a full decade from the time the OS is purchased, an analyst briefed by the company said.

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The more customers Microsoft adds to Office 365, the less it makes from each subscriber

The more consumers that Microsoft puts on its Office 365 subscription rolls, the less it makes from each customer, data the company disclosed Tuesday showed.

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Microsoft reports $3.2B quarterly loss after Nokia write-down

Microsoft reported its first quarterly loss in three years, largely as a result of a $7.5 billion write-down for its acquisition last year of Nokia's devices and services business.

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