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Is Windows pushing you to upgrade? Don’t be bullied. There’s a middle path.

Many people running Win10 version 1803 — the most common version of Win10 — are seeing dire notices that they need to upgrade to 'the next version of Windows,' by which Microsoft means 1903. Hogwash. You have options. Here’s what you...

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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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When will your phone get Android Q? A data-driven upgrade guide

Wondering when the soon-to-launch Android Q software will make its way to your device? Let cold, hard data guide your guess.

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Microsoft relaxes telemetry rule for PCs managed with Windows Update for Business

A rule that kept privacy-first organizations from using group policies to manage the update service will no longer have to set the "diagnostic data level" for devices to Basic or above.

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The smart worker's guide to using a Chromebook offline

Chrome OS may be cloud-centric at its core, but you can get plenty accomplished offline on a Chromebook — if you set things up thoughtfully in advance.

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Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps

These guides will help you find your way around several generations of Microsoft’s Office apps for Windows — and Windows itself.

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New Surface firmware/driver update knocks out Wi-Fi on some systems

The problem seems to lie with a new driver, “Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Net – 15.68.17013.110,” which was also installed on many Surface machines running the beta of Win10’s next version, 20H1 -- and caused similar problems. Is...

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For Microsoft, Windows 10 is a ‘cornerstone’ no more

For four years, Microsoft described Windows 10 as the very foundation of its ambitions. But in this year's Form 10-K filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, that description no longer applies, raising questions about how the...

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Windows is now officially irrelevant. Here’s why that makes Microsoft happy.

Sometimes it’s good not to get all the attention.

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It’s time to install most of July's Windows and Office patches

If you’ve been keeping your Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 machines clean with “Security-only” patches, July has an important change to consider. For most people, the coast is clear to install the July 2019 patches.

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Windows by the numbers: Finally, the 7-to-10 migration kicks into high gear

Windows 7's share of all PCs dropped sharply in July, indicating users are finally migrating to Windows 10 as 7's end-of-support date draws ever closer.

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How Windows 10 users can upgrade on their schedule, not Microsoft's

Now that Microsoft has changed the way Windows upgrades are rolled out, it's possible for users to delay updating – within limits. Here's what to do.

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Top web browsers 2019: Chrome swallows more share

Its biggest monthly user-share gain in three years pushes Google’s browser ever closer to the 70% mark.

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Windows 10 quick tips: Get the most out of Cortana

Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can make your life easier and more efficient — if you know how to really take advantage of it.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: Welcome to the Upside Down

In July’s patches, Win7 basks in telemetry, the Win10 1903 RST upgrade block casts an unintentionally wide net, and we see problems with Visual Studio. Also: yet another fervent call to block the BlueKeep hole.

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Elementary, my dear: How to revive an old PC with elementary OS

Breathe new life into tired computers by installing elementary OS, a Linux distro that feels like macOS.

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5 smart questions that'll smother most Android security scares

Start asking the right questions — and stop freaking out.

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The push to Win10 version 1903 takes in more 1809 machines, yields few complaints

Those of you running Windows 10 version 1809 with the branch readiness level at Semi-Annual Channel are now part of the countdown to 1903 hegemony. The old Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) no longer exists, but there are few gripes. Is...

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What Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update upheaval means

The company's changes to support timelines and its plans for each spring and fall Windows 10 upgrade will affect how often and when companies and consumers update their PCs. Here's how things could shake out.

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How Chrome OS Virtual Desks could change the way you work

A new feature coming to Chromebooks has tons of productivity potential — but it's up to you to put it to use.

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