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Macs reach 23% share in US enterprises, IDC confirms

Apple is seeing astonishing Mac market growth in the US enterprise market.

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In a SaaS world, Tucows closes the Internet shareware barn doors

The end of the long-time software-sharing repository underlines that personal computing isn't what it used to be, as we keep moving apps (and desktops) to the cloud.

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Decoding Microsoft Defender’s hidden settings

Though many Windows 10 users opt for third-party antivirus protection, those who use Microsoft Defender may not be getting all of the protection they could. Here’s how to check your settings and what to change.

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Is Windows 10X a Chromebook killer?

With Windows 10X, Microsoft could deliver a slimmed-down version of Windows that could help the company fend off growing interest in Chromebooks. Or it could make a mess of things, again.

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Pandemic rebound? PC shipments post biggest upswing in a decade

The pandemic-induced rush to work at home also helped drive up PC sales at the fastest rate in 10 years. But will that buying surge last?

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Microsoft reveals new Surface Pro 7+, business-only 2-in-1

A variant of the consumer-aimed Surface Pro 7, the Surface Pro 7+ is a new device that will be sold only to commercial and educational customers.

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The end-of-the-year patching all-clear

As 2020 slips away and '21 comes into view, it's time to get Microsoft's latest patches installed, and maybe do a little DIY upgrades on your hardware.

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Tips for new tech devices

Tips, tricks, apps and advice for getting the most out of iPhones and iPads, Android devices, Macs, Windows 10 PCs, and Chromebooks.

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The patching conundrum: When is good enough good enough?

Patches and updates are designed to fix problems, not cause them. But sometimes a few users still get bitten. When that happens, what do you do — avoid, delay or dive in anyway?

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2020: A look back at patching and the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many things in the tech world, not the least of which was Microsoft's patching processes. Here's a look at a few highlights to keep in mind as we head toward 2021.

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Microsoft shows a little (more) love for Apple’s Touch Bar (u)

Microsoft is about to introduce contextual Teams for Mac meetings controls for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar - and now offers Office as a Universal app for M1 and Intel Macs.

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December Patch Tuesday round-up: Winding down for the year

The final Patch Tuesday for 2020 has come and gone, though Microsoft likely isn't quite finished with updates and fixes for the year. Here's where we stand now.

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Microsoft previews new way to upgrade Windows 10

The company is now touting 'Windows Feature Experience Packs' as a way to increase the number of features it rolls out to users over the course of a year.

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On the future of Windows 10’s feature releases

Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates arrive every six months — whether users want them or not. The company needs to do something to make this upgrade process less disruptive and avoid patch fatigue.

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It's December patch prep time

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday is coming up. Time to get your hardware ready and delay updates until any issues are worked out.

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A pre-Thanksgiving all-clear to install patches

As the US gets ready for Thanksgiving, Windows 10 users can be thankful for one thing: you can go ahead and install Microsoft’s November updates on laptops, desktops and workstations.

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Deciphering (and understanding) Microsoft’s patch management options

The pandemic this year forced admins to scramble to keep their Windows systems up and running (and properly patched) at a distance. So it's important to understand what options are available and which work best in different situations....

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Microsoft deviates from the norm, forcibly upgrades Windows 10 1903 with minor 1909 refresh

The latest 1903-to-1909 migration, a departure from the company's recent practices, may offer clues to how Microsoft plans to service Windows 10 next year.

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Microsoft, it's time deliver these four Windows wishes

When is a "major" OS upgrade not really a big deal? And just what would constitute big changes in Windows 10? Herewith, a few thoughts and wishes.

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Apple silicon Macs: 9 considerations for IT

Apple’s shift to customized ARM processors in its newest Mac models gives IT several things to consider when planning Mac purchases.

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