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Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Your one-stop source for Chrome OS advice, insight, and analysis — from someone who's covered Chromebooks closely since the start.

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Lenovo vs. Asus vs. Apple iPad: Approaching the ideal Always Connected PC

The Always Connected PC shows a lot of promise. But as a product class, they've still got a ways to go.

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Windows Update Survey: What do you think about Microsoft’s patching regime?

If you’re involved in patching Windows, spend a few minutes to give your feedback.

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The Clipper Race for Your Life and the Future of rugged computers

Rugged laptops haven't evolved much in the past two decades. But now that Dell is taking the segment seriously, we could seem some real advancements in the art for these systems.

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Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for Business under the bus

Microsoft says its new A.I. is so good, it’s ready to push Win10 version 1803 to your machine – and businesses should follow suit. Patching pros say, 'Wuh?' Hubris, thy name is Microsoft.

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Microsoft proclaims Windows 10 1803 enterprise-ready in record time

The 45-day interval between the launch of the latest feature upgrade to Windows 10 and the announcement that it's ready for business is the shortest yet.

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Microsoft walks away from Windows 7, Office 2013 support forums

Beginning in July, the company will stop participating in several Microsoft Community forums; business-oriented TechNet support discussion forums, however, will remain unchanged.

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Make sure Windows auto update is temporarily turned off, and watch out for SMBv1 fixes

On Patch Tuesday, as usual, you’d be well advised to avoid the first round of traditionally buggy patches. A possible “fix” for the well-documented SMBv1 vulnerability may make this month particularly exciting.

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One month with an Always Connected PC

It sometimes takes time to fall in love.

For sale: New PCs, never used

It's some years back, and this pilot fish is working on a project at a bank branch out in the sticks when a local woman asks him for help selling her brand-new PCs.

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Companies can skip a Windows 10 upgrade, but they have to hurry

A temporary six-month extension of support to the two feature upgrades issued in 2017 will allow corporations to ease into the quick release schedule Microsoft is pushing.

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Windows 10 Pro is a dead end for the enterprise, Gartner says

Recent changes by Microsoft to the Windows 10 support schedule underline why Windows 10 Pro is an ill fit for most companies.

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Gartner: Enterprises should demand 2 full years of Windows 10 support

Two analysts said corporate users should push Microsoft to turn a temporary 24-month Windows 10 support lifecycle into a permanent fixture.

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Microsoft pushing Win10 version 1803 to PCs specifically set to avoid it

We saw it happen three times with Win10 1709. Now we’re getting reports of Win10 1803 being pushed to Pro PCs with “branch readiness” set to Semi-Annual Channel -- the setting that’s supposed to specifically keep 1803 away until it’s...

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Windows 10 quick tips: 10 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

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Is Microsoft avoiding the Win10 (1803) upgrade on PCs running Avast?

Several Win10 version 1803 upgraders have raised a red flag about Avast antivirus: After running the upgrade, PCs hit blue screens with nonsensical options. Now, there appears to be an official note on the Avast forum that says...

Microsoft’s new Surface Hub 2: potential game changer for conference rooms

The Surface Hub 2 could be a significant to digital conferencing and collaboration.

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Patch update: Monthly Rollup previews arrive for Win7, 8.1, along with updates for Win10 1607, 1703

The Monthly Rollup preview for Win7 doesn't fix the network driver bug in this month's Monthly Rollup. The 1607 and 1703 cumulative updates tackle long lists of boring fixes.

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HoloLens and anticipating the next big smartphone/PC-converged solution

But, when it comes to Microsoft versus Apple in this space, will history repeat itself?

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What it costs to keep up with Windows 10's upgrade tempo

Microsoft's twice-a-year feature updates are a greater burden on companies than the old upgrade-every-six-years pace businesses used to face, according to Gartner Research.

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