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A tale of two Microsofts

It was the best of times, it was the “not so great” of times...

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Tweaking Internet Explorer to only use TLS 1.2

For security purposes, it's best to stay away from Internet Explorer. But if you do run it, follow these steps to ensure it uses TLS 1.2.

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The PC business: Decline continues in Q2

Personal computer shipments declined between 3% and 4% in the June quarter from the same period in 2016; one analyst doubts Windows 10 will help much.

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Update: How to get the macOS ‘High Sierra’ public beta

Apple's free preview lets all Mac owners try out High Sierra.

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Problems with Surface Pro 4/Surface Book firmware update

Microsoft releases new round of firmware and driver updates for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. There’s no documentation and plenty of complaints.

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Windows 10 is making too many PCs obsolete

Windows 10 will be supported until Oct. 14, 2025 -- unless your computer has a Clover Trail CPU. Then, you’re out of luck.

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If you're going to lose a laptop, better it be a Chromebook

I left my Chromebook on a bus yesterday, and my own Defensive Computing let me down.

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Where are the fixes to the botched Outlook security patches?

After a series of pushed-then-pulled buggy fixes to the admittedly buggy Microsoft Outlook patches on June 13, we’re still waiting for updated versions.

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Apple's macOS Sierra update hints successor is on schedule

The current pace of releases indicates macOS High Sierra will likely arrive the third week in September.

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How to get the latest Windows Server preview from Microsoft

To test build 16237, IT pros need to be a Windows Insider and register a Windows 10 device

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More June security patch bugs: You can patch an IE flaw, CVE-2017-8529, or print inside iFrames—but not both

The latest IE patching conundrum deals with a bug in the June patches that broke the ability to print in iFrames. Automatic Update flops between one choice and the other.

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PowerShell: Learn to tap the pipeline

How to use the humble pipe character to string together PowerShell cmdlets to format, filter, sort and refine results.

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M365 Business means free Windows 10 upgrades, but for business only

Upgrade licenses to Windows 10 Pro that businesses get from the free preview of Microsoft 365 Business will remain in place.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 16241, released on July 13, 2017.

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Verifying and testing that Firefox is restricted to TLS 1.2

After having tweaked Firefox to only use TLS version 1.2, one website can verify that the tweak worked and another can test it.

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Microsoft yanks bad Outlook patches of patches KB 3191849, 3213654, 401042

If you have Auto Update turned on, the Outlook patches are still doing their dirty work.

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Driver fix for Surface Pro 2017 hibernation seems to work; now, about that backlight bleed

Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro appears to have kicked the narcolepsy problem, but many customers still aren’t happy.

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The IT upgrade cycle has never looked better for Apple

Goodbye and farewell Windows XP. I never knew ya. I was upgrading to OS X ‘Puma’ when you shipped. I never looked back. Did you?

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