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Macs, iPads, price hikes and the enterprise alternative

Although Apple now claims an active installed base of 100M, that doesn't mean the company's computers and mobile devices represent a real alternative to Windows.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 nears 'crossover' point with veteran Windows 7

Migration watch: If Windows 10 continues to gain users at its recent rate, it's likely to overtake Windows 7 this month.

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It’s time to install the October Windows and Office patches — and maybe tweak your settings

Yesterday, Microsoft suddenly stopped playing Three Card Monte with the Win7 Monthly Rollup. The Win10 1809 ‘up’grade remains under wraps. For the first time in a long time, the coast’s clear. Now’s an excellent time to get your...

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Apple's place is in the enterprise

With powerful new hardware, an increasing number of large-scale deployments and the ability to easily manage and support those deployments, Apple's place is in the office.

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Top web browsers 2018: It's 'Groundhog Day' for IE and Edge

With every passing month, Microsoft's browsers lose ground as Google's Chrome gains traction. It could own more than 70% of the browser market by May 2019.

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Mingis on Tech: It's Apple week – the iPhone XR, new iPad Pros and more

In the span of just a few days, Apple's new iPhone XR arrived and the company rolled new hardware at event in Brooklyn, N.Y. Here's what matters.

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A time-saving typing tool that works anywhere in Chrome

Reclaim wasted time and watch your efficiency soar with this spectacularly useful cross-platform add-on.

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As Windows 10 delay continues, support shortfall grows

Microsoft stopped distribution of the OS earlier this month after a file-deletion bug caused problems for users; with October almost over, the rollout delay could disrupt scheduled support timelines.

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What happened to KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup?

You can download and install it manually, but in our tests the Win7 October Monthly Rollup is hard to find through Windows Update — and it won’t install automatically. Why?

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Google Smart Lock on Chrome OS: 2 fast fixes and a power-user tip

Make Smart Lock more effective and efficient with this simple tune-up and time-saving shortcut.

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Windows revenue remains in a $4.6B rut

Microsoft's quarterly earnings this week showed that while commercial sales of Windows 10 PCs are on the rise, consumer interest remains slack.

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It’s time for Microsoft to fix the Surface Pro 4 mess by offering no-hassle refurb SP5s

While some folks with congenital Surface Pro 4 problems get free exchanges, others don’t even get the time of day. We could use some consistency in the exchange policy — and some sympathy for those who bought the worst Surface device...

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No, Windows 10 Home isn’t ‘good enough’ for the Surface Pro 6

With the way features are currently skewed, and the lousy quality of recent patches, every new PC should be configured with Windows 10 Pro. If you’re going to buy a Win10 Home PC, spend an extra $100 for the upgrade to Pro.

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Win10 1803 big bug bash KB 4462933 joins earlier versions, a week late to the party

Almost a week after the big patches for earlier versions of Win10, Microsoft releases more than 50 individual fixes for 1803 in cumulative update KB 4462933. What took so long? Why so many? I have a theory.

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Top 35 free apps for Windows 10

From backup to productivity tools, here’s the best of the best for Win10. Sometimes good things come in free packages.

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Microsoft releases Exchange 2019 – but there's no way to deploy it

Exchange 2019 was one of four Office-related server products to go final on Oct. 22; because Windows Server 2019 remains in software purgatory, Exchange 2019 can't be used, or even tested.

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Windows Server 2019 remains in release limbo

Distribution of Windows Server 2019, the on-premises, perpetual-license successor to Server 2016, stopped at the same Microsoft yanked Windows 10 version 1809.

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1,500 Windows 10 Insiders may have been bitten by file-deletion bug

The bug, which forced Microsoft to pull the Windows 10 1809 feature upgrade from distribution, showed up during Insider testing before the OS was released.

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Linux apps on Chrome OS: An easy-to-follow guide

Linux apps can expand your Chromebook's capabilities and open up all sorts of interesting options — but first, you have to know where to begin.

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Critics warn Microsoft it needs to fix broken update process

Microsoft's decision this month to stop distribution of the fall feature upgrade to Windows 10 is only the latest sign of a broken update process. Upset users want that fixed.

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