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Top web browsers 2019: Firefox flails as user share falls again

Mozilla’s browser continued its downward slide in June, and even mighty Chrome took a step back. Microsoft’s Edge gained ground, reaching its highest point ever.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: The Windows patching heavens buzz with silver bullets

June was one of the buggiest patching months in recent memory – and we still don’t have a straight answer on Win10 1903’s bizarre Update advanced options behavior.

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Following Mozilla's lead, Microsoft pushes Edge onto anti-tracking bandwagon

By adding 'tracking prevention' to the Chromium-based version of Edge, Microsoft can show it's putting a little distance between its browser and Google Chrome.

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Microsoft previews 'full-Chromium' Edge on Windows 7, Windows 8.1

But the company's decision not to stick with a set update schedule when Edge reaches the Stable version raises questions about how quickly the Chromium-based Edge will get security fixes.

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Microsoft cranks up Windows 10 1803-to-1903 forcible upgrades

The company is now telling customers running last year's Windows 10 version 1803 that it will soon begin forced upgrade to the latest feature refresh released in May.

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Macs in the enterprise: 6 stats every IT purchaser needs

If you run a business and are looking for a way to boost productivity, reduce costs, and improve employee retention, these statistics prove Macs are for you.

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Windows 10 version 1803 customers: Brace for impact

Microsoft just officially announced that it’s revving up its algorithms, with an eye toward pushing Win10 version 1903 on machines running Win10 1803 or earlier. One little problem: It didn’t say how it's going to push. Possibilities...

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How Windows 10 users can dial back upgrades to just one a year

In recent months, Microsoft has changed Windows 10's upgrade cadence in ways that allow users to slow the pace at which their computers are updated.

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The case against knee-jerk installation of Windows patches

You have to install Windows and Office patches sooner or later. But there’s little reason to install them as soon as they’re rolled out the automatic update chute — and all the reason in the world to wait a couple of weeks. Unless you...

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Microsoft is better at documenting patch problems, but issues abound

For years we’ve been flailing around in the dark after bad patches wreaked havoc on Windows PCs. It often took days, or weeks, to identify bugs based on sporadic reports. The last two months have seen improvement, but there's still a...

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Big, complex Patch Tuesday for Windows, critical updates for Adobe and Edge

This month, Microsoft delivers a big, complex series of updates to Windows, Azure and Edge. With 88 vulnerabilities addressed and four made public, we see "Patch Now” recommendations for both browsers, Windows and Adobe. I think that...

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Microsoft’s App Store now offers Apple’s iCloud for Windows

What it is and how to use it

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Free course: Managing PCs and Devices with Microsoft Intune

Managing corporate hardware can be a bewildering process for some IT shops. With that in mind, Computerworld – in partnership with tech training provider Pluralsight – is providing this free course on using Intune to make device...

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Save yourself a headache: Make sure Windows automatic update is off

If you’re running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, and you haven’t yet installed the latest patches, drop everything and get patched now. For everybody else, it's Patch Tuesday week; you’d be well advised to remove the claws from...

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NSA, Microsoft implore enterprises to patch Windows' 'BlueKeep' flaw before it's too late

The warnings refer to vulnerabilities in Windows' Remote Desktop Services that could be exploited by attackers; patches have been available since May 14.

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It’s time for Microsoft to kill the Microsoft Store — or else fix it

Fixing it would be easy: Just offer people the software they want to download.

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It’s time to install the May Windows and Office patches

If you haven’t yet installed the Windows XP/Vista/Win7 patches to guard against the “wormable” BlueKeep Remote Desktop hole, do so now.

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How to make sense of Windows updates and upgrades with Microsoft's new release dashboard

Microsoft's new Windows release health dashboard is a one-stop shop for Windows 10 users seeking information on the status of upgrades and ongoing problems.

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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 and beyond.

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Enterprise alert: Microsoft slates next Windows 10 long-term release for 2021

The three-year gap between the current version – Windows 10 Enterprise LSTC 2019 – and the next will be the longest yet for Windows 10's most constant edition.

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