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Learn Windows PowerShell

Go from beginner to advanced with this in-depth guide, a Computerworld Knowledge Pack.

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9 ways Windows 10 just got better

We rank the new features and tweaks to Windows 10 that were included in last week’s update.

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Half of all enterprises to start Windows 10 rollouts in the next year

Half of all enterprises will at least begin their rollouts of Windows 10 by January 2017, according to analyst firm Gartner.


How to buy a productivity tablet

Whether you're opting for an iPad or a Surface, here are five things to consider before you buy a tablet.

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Update: Microsoft yanks Windows 10 November upgrade from download site

Microsoft last week stopped offering Windows 10's November upgrade as a disk image, closing down the route many had used to skip the wait as the company slowly rolls out the refresh via Windows Update.

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In Sailfish struggles, a cautionary tale for alternative mobile OSes

With Android and iOS dominating the mobile OS market, it's tough going for alternatives like Sailfish, now in survival mode as its maker, Jolla, moves to lay off "a big part" of its personnel.

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HP Enterprise hands Windows 10 a vote of confidence

HP Enterprise's decision to expand its partnership with Microsoft is a vote of confidence in Windows 10, an analyst said today.

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Microsoft Lumia 950: The first Windows 10 smartphone tries hard -- but can it succeed?

Microsoft's Lumia 950, the first Windows 10 phone, has all the right specs, but we've yet to see if it's got what it take to become a preferred corporate device.

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Review: 5 memory debuggers for Linux coding

When you're working in Linux, manually debugging memory-related errors can be difficult and time consuming. These five tools can help.

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Red Hat delivers more container love in its latest Linux update

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 is now generally available, with new additions focusing on containers, security, networking and system administration.

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Windows 10 hits another growth spurt

Windows 10's usage share gains have jumped since last week's release of the operating system's first upgrade, part of another "wave" of increases that started at the beginning of the month.

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Apple apologizes to Mac devs for App Store certificate screw-up

Apple has apologized to developers for the snafu that sent Mac users scrambling last week to reboot and re-enter Mac App Store credentials when their apps refused to launch.

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What to do when OS X Recovery Mode lets you down

Different ways to use Recovery Mode to fix a broken OS X Mac

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Bing gains search share after Windows 10 gives it a hand

It's no surprise that Microsoft has banked on Bing growth: The company hoped that increased advertising revenue from Bing searches would replace some of the money lost as Windows license sales continue to fall.

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What you need to know about Windows 10's new upgrade

The latest upgrade to Windows 10, codenamed Threshold 2, adds a variety of fixes and tweaks. But there are still a few features missing.

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Microsoft debuts controls that postpone Windows 10 feature upgrades up to a year

Microsoft last week fulfilled a promise to give businesses the tools to delay Windows 10 feature upgrades for up to a year after consumers begin running the operating system's latest changes.

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How to defer upgrades and updates in Windows 10 Pro

Microsoft has not advertised the fact, but anyone with a copy of Windows 10 Pro can postpone upgrades and defer updates using the Windows Update for Business service.

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ASUS Chromebit—Chrome OS in HDMI stick. But what's the point?

ASUS and Google are proud to announce a Chrome OS stick that plugs into a TV or monitor: The Chromebit works via HDMI, like the Intel Compute Stick and others...

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