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Microsoft's support rules for Windows 10 LTSB void allure to enterprise customers

Microsoft has largely invalidated one of Windows 10's signature concessions to corporate customers, said Gartner analysts Stephen Kleynhans and Michael Silver.

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Google discloses unpatched IE flaw after Patch Tuesday delay

Google's Project Zero team has disclosed a potential arbitrary code execution vulnerability in Internet Explorer because Microsoft has not acted within Google's 90-day disclosure deadline.

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Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Nougat

Six months after Nougat's release, how have different Android manufacturers done at delivering upgrades to their devices? A sobering analysis.

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Eleven-year-old root Linux kernel flaw found and patched

Linux system administrators should watch for kernel updates for their distributions and apply them as soon as possible because they fix a local privilege escalation flaw that could lead to a full system compromise.

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Apple grabs icloud.net domain to solidify links to sync and storage service

Apple this week took control of the icloud.net domain, the last notable web address it did not govern that users could have linked with its online sync and storage service.

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New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through bit torrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won't be able to recover their files -- even if they pay.

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What’s up with Windows patching, Microsoft?

A month late? Seriously? It’s both outrageous and unsurprising.

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Microsoft pushes out critical Flash Player patches after one-week delay

After deciding to postpone its February patches for a month, Microsoft released one critical security update for Windows on Tuesday that contains Flash Player patches released by Adobe Systems last week.

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Microsoft still plans to ship two Windows 10 upgrades in 2017

Microsoft has reaffirmed that it will issue two Windows 10 upgrades this year, twice the number of 2016 but still shy of the firm's original plans.

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The many faces of grep

The everlastingly useful grep command can change its character in very interesting ways with the flip of a switch

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Changes to Windows 10's data-gathering not enough to satisfy EU privacy watchdogs

European Union privacy watchdogs are still not happy with Windows 10's gathering of data about its users, over a year after they first wrote to Microsoft to complain.

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Who needs Gmail? 5 built-in Windows 10 apps that do the job (with video)

These 5 built-in Windows apps -- Mail, Calendar, Maps, People and OneNote -- were once denounced as inadequate, but have grown into highly useful tools.

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Microsoft's decision to scrap February security updates unnerves patch experts

Patch experts struggled with Microsoft's decision to cancel this month's updates, pointing out that known vulnerabilities will go unpatched and IT planning was disrupted.

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Why February's Patch Tuesday is delayed

After a short break since our Patch Tuesday debugged analysis in January, it looks like we are going to have some delay with Patch Tuesday in February due to a last minute technical issue with the Microsoft release process.

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Windows 10: Maps and Mail

Windows 10's Maps and Mail apps were once deemed inadequate by many, but have recently grown into highly useful tools.

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Apple sets WWDC for June 5-9, leaves San Francisco

Apple has set June 5-9 as the dates for its 2017 annual developers conference and plans to move the event to San Jose, Calif., closer to its headquarters in Cupertino.

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Microsoft's monthlong patch delay could pose risks

There won't be any patches from Microsoft this month, as the company has decided to bundle them together with the patches scheduled for March.

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Microsoft quietly prolongs life of original Windows 10

Microsoft earlier this month quietly extended the life of Windows 10's debut edition, the version launched in July 2015.

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