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One year later, enterprises still wrestle with Windows 7's cumulative updates

Microsoft's decision to change its long-established practice of letting customers decide which Windows patches to apply continues to plague companies.

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Windows on ARM and the future of PCs as a Service

The looming battle has implications for the future of Windows and the future of both PCs and smartphones.

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Retro Start menu star Classic Shell heads out to pasture

Long a mainstay of the old-fashioned Windows interface fan club, Classic Shell’s developer Ivo Beltchev has thrown in the towel, releasing the code to SourceForge

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FAQ: Windows 10's new browser-ized UI – Sets

Microsoft is highlighting previews of Windows 10 that would include new features – 'Timeline' and 'Sets' – aiming at boosting productivity on a PC.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: the best product that never should have existed

In the end, while generally building a product as a parts supplier (any tier) is a bad idea, Surface and Hololens both showcase that every rule can have valid exceptions.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 update strategy is showing strains

Analysts argue that Microsoft should cut the number of Windows 10 upgrades in half and pledge to support each version for 24 months.

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Microsoft grants enterprises 6 more months of support for Windows 10 1511

The company says it want to help early adopters of the 2015 feature upgrade with support through April 2018. The extra support is limited to patches for security vulnerabilities rated by MIcrosoft as 'Critical' or 'Important.'

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Microsoft previews 'Near Share,' an AirDrop clone for nimble Windows 10 file transfers

The new ad hoc file-sharing service – similar to Apple's AirDrop – is included in the latest Windows 10 Insider (Build 17035) and is likely to be available for non-Insider users next year.

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Non-security Office patches appear with the reprise of KB 2952664 and 2976978

We got the usual bunch of non-security Microsoft Office patches, and we saw the relaunch of two widely despised Windows 7 and 8.1 “compatibility appraiser” updates.

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Windows 10 Insider: What's in it for us?

The three-year-old Windows Insider program delivers pre-release versions of the next Windows 10 feature upgrade, allowing Microsoft to sniff out bugs before they go public.

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FAQ: Microsoft adds new Windows 10 data collection setting for enterprise only

The new Enhanced (Limited) setting is designed for customers using the Windows Analytics service to plan for Microsoft's semi-annual feature upgrades, deal with monthly upgrades and check Windows 10.

Throwback Thursday: Paging Dr. Frankenstein

Bank's chief lending officer has a crisis: His laptop is dead and he needs to print out a document for a meeting in 30 minutes. IT manager's solution: a brain transplant.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade offer’s days are numbered

The 'assistive technologies' based free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10 has just received an expiration date.

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Get Windows and Office patched – but watch out for creepy-crawlies

Patch Tuesday brought horrors for some admins, but those problems are gone and others have abated somewhat. Still, be careful when updating this month.

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Could we see a Subscription Windows — Windows as a Service — on the way?

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Windows 10 now does hands-free, no-reboot upgrades

With 'Subscription Activation,' Microsoft lets enterprise IT do away with the old wipe-and-image OS deployment method and use an automatic-on-reboot upgrade scheme to morph Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise.

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Mingis on Tech: Thumbs ups (and downs) for Win 10 Fall Creators Update

If you don't yet have the latest version of Windows 10, you eventually will. Preston Gralla details what to look for – and look out for – in Fall Creators Update.

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Dell integrates desktop, mobile management for UEM

Dell has integrated PC Client Command Suite with VMware’s Workspace ONE cloud portal for mobile devices, giving admins a single view of both for better mobile management.

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Win10 Fall Creators Update’s rapid, rocky rollout

A week after version 1709 hit the waves, reports of success — and some screams of pain — accompany the latest, greatest, bestest version of Windows

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How to connect to a remote computer with Chrome Remote Desktop

Want to access a computer from another desktop or a mobile device? Google's Chrome Remote Desktop is a simple, fast and free way to make the connection.

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