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Microsoft presents us with a light Patch Tuesday for December

With only 58 reported vulnerabilities, this month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday represents a welcome respite from the large and broad updates seen during the past year.

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December Patch Tuesday round-up: Winding down for the year

The final Patch Tuesday for 2020 has come and gone, though Microsoft likely isn't quite finished with updates and fixes for the year. Here's where we stand now.

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Windows hackers target COVID-19 vaccine efforts

Hackers appear to be targeting vaccine researchers, manufacturers and the COVID-19 “cold chain” that will be used to keep the vaccine cold enough for distribution.

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Microsoft previews new way to upgrade Windows 10

The company is now touting 'Windows Feature Experience Packs' as a way to increase the number of features it rolls out to users over the course of a year.

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On the future of Windows 10’s feature releases

Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates arrive every six months — whether users want them or not. The company needs to do something to make this upgrade process less disruptive and avoid patch fatigue.

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Why Android apps on Windows will be an uphill battle

Microsoft supposedly has a plan for a new kind of Android-Windows marriage — but it isn't quite as simple as it seems on the surface.

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It's December patch prep time

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday is coming up. Time to get your hardware ready and delay updates until any issues are worked out.

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Windows runs fast on Apple Silicon, developer shows

Apple’s M1 Macs don’t officially support Windows, but a developer has managed to get Microsoft’s OS running on an ARM-based MacBook anyway.

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How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware

Ransomware is running rampant these days, but there are several ways Windows 10 users and admins can protect their PCs. Here’s what to do.

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Microsoft discounts M365 Business Premium by 25%

Citing "Small Business Saturday," an upcoming American Express-created promotional event, Microsoft is cutting Business Premium's per-user per-month cost to $15.

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What's in the latest Edge update? Automatic IE redirection and custom content on the new tab page

Microsoft's Edge 87 debuts automatic IE-to-Edge redirection for some sites and beefs up the new tab page with customizable feeds.

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A pre-Thanksgiving all-clear to install patches

As the US gets ready for Thanksgiving, Windows 10 users can be thankful for one thing: you can go ahead and install Microsoft’s November updates on laptops, desktops and workstations.

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Windows 10 recovery, revisited: The new way to perform a clean install

Windows 10 version 2004 removed the “start fresh” recovery option, but the functionality still exists. Here’s how to perform a clean install in newer versions of Windows 10 — and some workarounds if it doesn’t work.

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Deciphering (and understanding) Microsoft’s patch management options

The pandemic this year forced admins to scramble to keep their Windows systems up and running (and properly patched) at a distance. So it's important to understand what options are available and which work best in different situations....

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Microsoft deviates from the norm, forcibly upgrades Windows 10 1903 with minor 1909 refresh

The latest 1903-to-1909 migration, a departure from the company's recent practices, may offer clues to how Microsoft plans to service Windows 10 next year.

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Microsoft, it's time deliver these four Windows wishes

When is a "major" OS upgrade not really a big deal? And just what would constitute big changes in Windows 10? Herewith, a few thoughts and wishes.

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Microsoft exhorts enterprises to quit text, voice multi-factor authentication passcodes

Microsoft Authenticator, the company's app-based authenticator, and Windows Hello, the umbrella label for Microsoft's biometrics technology, are better methods of authentication, a Microsoft exec says.

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Browser updates are back for Update Tuesday; testing may be needed for Windows patches

Microsoft this week released 112 updates to its Windows, browser, development and Office platforms. But there were no zero-days or reports of publicly exploited vulnerabilities for November.

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How to migrate to a new Windows PC

All your files, apps, and settings are on your old computer. Here’s how to move them to your new Windows PC, from either Windows or macOS.

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The November Patch Tuesday aftermath

There were a few surprises in this month's updates released on Tuesday, including Office 2010 updates, some Intel Microcode updates you can probably skip and fixes for Outlook memory issues.

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