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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020.

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The next phase of Google's Chrome OS takeover

As the lines continue to blur between Chrome OS and Android, some once-crazy-sounding concepts are about to shake up mobile computing as we know it.

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The future of Windows-as-a-Service

Moving to a cloud- and stream-based service could do amazing things to our security exposure and remove much of the pain of patching.

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Why Linux is better than Windows or macOS for security

Decisions made years ago about which operating system to roll out can affect corporate security today. Of the big three in widespread use, one can credibly be called the most secure.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 posts strongest share gains since mid-2016

Migration watch: Windows 10's share of all Windows PCs is now expected to exceed Windows 7's by September 2018. Even so, large numbers of users will still be using the older OS when support ends in two years.

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Hold your breath, avoid the snake oil, and get Windows updated

The latest Windows patches have a few identified problems, but for most people now’s the right time to get the January patches installed.

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Top web browsers 2018: Microsoft's IE and Edge shed share as Chrome gains

Browsers from Microsoft and Mozilla lost some of their user share in January, with Google's Chrome grabbing what its rivals lost.

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How to avoid paying Apple for extra iCloud storage

Apple offers just 5GB of free storage to iCloud users, far less than many need. Here's a rundown on what you can do to put your iCloud storage needs on a diet and what other options are available.

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Windows 10 shows users what data it collects and phones in

With Windows Insider build 17083, Microsoft responded to criticism about transparency by adding a 'Diagnostic Data Viewer' app to the OS for beta users to try out.

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Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258

Today is the 15th day this month that we’ve seen Windows patches, yanked patches, patches of patches and re-re-re-patches. Welcome to the third cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Update this month.

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Don’t believe Microsoft’s latest privacy hype

The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that’s not what it has in mind.

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Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!

The venerable, now vulnerable, zipping/unzipping utility 7-Zip needs your attention. Here’s how to see if you have a bad version, and what to do about it.

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Microsoft releases emergency Windows update to hamstring earlier 'Spectre' defense

Intel urged customers not to deploy firmware updates aimed at the Spectre and Meltdown flaws because the updates caused system instability; Microsoft reacted with its own release – KB4078130 – on Saturday.

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KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles

With the aid of a remarkable new program from @MrBrian, we now have lists of which Microsoft Knowledge Base articles have changed, and when new versions were posted. Many surprises await.

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Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2

Disabling the disruptive 'Spectre 2' bugs in Intel processors has always been quite straightforward, but on Friday night Microsoft released a download-only patch that also does the job. You probably don’t want it.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month

In spite of a whiplash patch/re-patch/re-re-patch cycle earlier this month, all is not doom and gloom. There've been a few actual fixes, too.

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Target, education: Windows S vs MacOS vs Chrome

As Microsoft looks to entrench their hold on the education market, can they compete with the appealing, competitive offerings by Apple and Google?

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Let the BIOS/UEFI firmware recall begin!

If you own a PC from Dell, HP or Lenovo, chances are very good that the BIOS or UEFI firmware update you installed earlier this month is bad. Here’s how to dig yourself out of the Meltdown/Spectre mess.

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Apple reveals 6 huge iOS improvements for 2018

Apple announced several important details around some of the key iOS improvements the company hopes to make available to the rest of us in the coming weeks.

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When does your Surface support life cycle end? Will it get fixed?

Microsoft seems to have yanked all of its information about Surface device life cycles. Older Surface owners, in particular, wonder if they’ll ever see Meltdown/Spectre patches.

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