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How to hold on to Windows 7 for the long haul

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Microsoft to dump Windows 10's smaller delta updates

The company has decided they're no longer needed because express updates can fill the bill. The delta updates will end in February 2019.

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How to handle Windows 10 updates

Step 1: Understand that there are updates, and then there are updates.

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Microsoft lures Windows 2008 users to cloud with offer of extra support

The company will provide three more years of support to Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 when workloads are moved to Azure virtual machines or Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, which debuts later this year.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4345421 (OS Build 17134.166), released July 16, 2018.

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Stung by a festering pile of bugs on Patch Tuesday, MS releases 27 more patches

The bugs in this month’s Windows and Office patches were so bad that Microsoft rushed out a second set of patches six days later. Every version of Windows is affected.

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Enterprise PC-buying spree spurs first shipment climb in six years

A 3% year-over-year increase in PC shipments is being pegged to renewed demand in the business market. And the rise of device-as-a-service models could spur continued buying in the years ahead.

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Surface Pro 2 owners wonder: Will Microsoft ship TPM firmware that works?

On the one hand, Surface Pro 2 machines say they need a TPM firmware update. On the other hand, Microsoft doesn’t have one -- and doesn’t appear to be working on one.

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Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, republishes all of this month’s patch downloads

Bugs galore in the July patches led to an unprecedented (and unexplained) re-release of everything, and a complete takedown of KB 4018385. Note to self: Who’s testing this stuff?

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Patch Tuesday problems abound, Server 2016 crashes, and a .Net patch goes down in flames

The July Patch Tuesday crop teems with bugs — some of them acknowledged. Snooping patches KB 2952664 and 2976978 return. If you ever needed a good excuse for delaying patches, this month is it.

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Microsoft Surface Go: rethinking the millennial laptop/tablet and creating an IT bridge product

Microsoft Surface Go is likely the closest we have to a product that could bridge what millennials seem to want with what IT still needs.

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Microsoft puts Dynamics 365 on twice-a-year release cadence

The move puts the software on essentially the same schedule as Windows and the company's Office 365 suite.

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Why Microsoft's Surface Go is no 'iPad-killer'

I hoped the whole "iPad-killer" meme had finally kicked the bucket, but I was wrong: The hype is back around Microsoft’s overpriced and underpowered Surface Go. Here are the facts.

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Make sure Windows Update is temporarily disabled, particularly on Win7

With Patch Tuesday arriving, take a moment to make sure Auto Update is turned off. Reports of Win7 users getting pushed to Win10 (again) make the check even more imperative.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone 5 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 17711, released on July 6, 2018.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 gains ground but still trails Windows 7

Migration watch: Windows 10 in June posted its largest user share gain since January, but Windows 7 is hanging tough.

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Top web browsers 2018: Being the default does little good

Did Microsoft’s own policies hasten the decline of its browsers?

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Does your Surface Book 2 or Pro 4 have super slow write speeds? You aren’t alone

After six months, there's still no definitive answer from Microsoft about the slow writes speeds affecting the Surface Book 2 and Surface Book Pro 4.

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Get the Microsoft June patches applied, but watch out for Win7 NICs and old antivirus

June was a relatively benign month for Windows and Office patches, but the lingering problem with certain Win7 network interface cards, and a surprising revelation that Windows Defender isn’t being updated, should put Win7 folks on...

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