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Microsoft starts its 'phased rollout' of Win10 1809, now controlled by a next-generation machine-learning model

It’s official. In the mind-bending (and internally inconsistent) quagmire that has become Windows updating terminology, Win10 version 1809 is now in 'phased rollout' but not yet in 'Semi-Annual Channel (not Targeted).' If you don’t...

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Tick-tock: The year-long Windows 7 countdown by the numbers

As of today, it's T-minus one year and counting before Windows 7 exits mainstream support. Let's look at some important numbers for the year ahead.

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CES 2019: The end of the technology segment as we know it

At CES this year I spoke to Frank Shaw at Microsoft about big trends. I found his idea that the tech market, as we knew it, was dead…and had been reborn as it always should have been. This is resulting in solutions that truly showcase...

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MS releases KB 4476976, a test Win10 1809 cumulative update, to the Insider Preview Ring. Bravo!

In the three years since Microsoft defined its Insider Rings, we’d seen it use them in the way they were intended only once. Now we’re up to twice. At last, more signs of intelligence in Redmond.

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The tech world’s best CEO? Microsoft’s Nadella, hands down.

Others have gotten more glory — and have tripped recently.

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A great start to patching in 2019

With a gentle start to Microsoft updates for 2019, Microsoft has addressed 47 vulnerabilities with updates to Windows, Chakra, Edge and IE11. The only critical updates this month relate to both Microsoft browsers.

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Patch Tuesday updates for Win7, KB 4480970 and KB 4480960 knock out networking

Reports are popping up all over that yesterday’s Win7 Monthly Rollup and Security-only patches are causing big problems with networks using SMBv2 shares. The known solution is to uninstall the patch. There’s also a registry fix that...

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Windows 10 1903 to seize 7GB of user storage space for smoother upgrades

The upcoming spring update will include a 'Reserved storage' feature that sets aside disk space for future upgrades.

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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 KB4480116 (OS Build 17763.253), released Jan. 8, 2019.

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Microsoft tries to take on the Chromebook once more

Will the third time be the charm, or will Windows Lite join Windows 10 S and Windows RT as failed Windows variations?

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Microsoft spins off security, compliance bits from Microsoft 365's priciest plan for E3 customers

Microsoft is adding two new M365 add-on plans for corporate customers already subscribing to the Enterprise E3 version.

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How Microsoft lost the wireless smartphone wars

Microsoft is a powerful company. It is a leader with Windows OS and software like Office. Yet over the past decade, it has tried and failed in the wireless and smartphone markets. Why is such a successful company also such a failure?

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Microsoft is yanking patches already. Make sure automatic update is disabled.

The year is yet young, and Microsoft has already issued, then plucked, four bad patches. Do yourself a favor and let the cannon fodder test the patches before you put them on your machine.

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Top web browsers 2019: Microsoft needs to rebuild Edge before Edge disappears

Though Microsoft plans to revamp its Edge browser using Chrome's rendering and JavaScript engines, Windows 10's built-in browser is still bleeding users.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 finally dethrones Windows 7

Migration watch: It's taken three and a half years, but Windows 10 has finally passed Windows 7 is now being used by 45.5% of all PCs running Windows.

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How Microsoft lost the web

Through a series of missteps and outright neglect, Microsoft essentially handed over the fate of its web browser – and its ability to shape the online world – to rival Chrome. The white flag of surrender was raised this month.

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Tech luminaries we lost in 2018

Hailing from five different nations, the 13 remarkable women and men memorialized here had a lasting influence on technology and the world.

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Be of good cheer: The Windows/Office December patching minefield looks clear

There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about the way-out-of-band “emergency” Internet Explorer patch last week and its changing workaround instructions. Server 2016’s known bugs list runs more than a page. Still, now’s a reasonably...

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