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Here's how Microsoft may slow down to only one Windows 10 upgrade a year

If Microsoft dumps its major/minor release cadence for Windows 10, opting for a lone feature update every year, the result could be chaotic for some users.

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The Windows 10 'End-of-Service' myth

Microsoft publishes an “End of Service” date for each version of Windows 10. While you might think you can hold onto your version of Win10 until that date, Microsoft starts pushing you onto the next version four months early. That...

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Android's oft-forgotten time-savers

These long-standing Android shortcuts can make you much more efficient — if you remember to use 'em and know how to tap into their full potential.

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Microsoft will pitch virtualized Windows-as-a-subscription service, update and maintain VMs for customers

A recent job posting by Microsoft indicates the company may be crafting a new device-as-a-service subscription offer for Microsoft 365 customers that won't actually include the device.

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Windows Update is a bifurcated mess

Windows 10 now has two different Windows Update subsystems, running simultaneously, with different rules, conflicting goals and little documentation. Can’t see this week's Previews? You aren’t alone.

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Microsoft releases some 'optional, non-security, C/D Week' Win10 patches. Avoid them.

In a return to its boorish behavior, Microsoft released several Windows 10 patches, presumably to preview non-security fixes as well as another .NET preview. Microsoft had stopped releasing these confusing middle-of-the-month patches...

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Advisories and mitigations, oh my! Critical updates for Windows this July

July's Patch Tuesday update round-up deals with 123 separate security vulnerabilities, including an urgent issue with Microsoft Outlook and a very serious flaw in Windows CVE-2020-1350.

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Outlook Woes: I have no email and I must scream

Outlook, like Windows 10, has been plagued by one update problem after another. Come on Microsoft, can't you do better!?

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Apple refreshes macOS Catalina with final non-security update

If Apple hews to its macOS development timing of the last three years, it will release Big Sur on Sept. 27.

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When will Apple break up iTunes for Windows?

One year on and Windows users are still stranded with iTunes.

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Outlook went down for four hours Wednesday. What happened?

The version of Outlook that runs on Windows PCs suddenly stopped working worldwide on Wednesday. The outage wasn’t caused by a bad patch. It wasn’t restored by an update. Microsoft isn’t saying much, but there’s a plausible...

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Big Sur: The most interesting macOS beta in a generation

But the introduction of support for Apple Silicon for future Macs means beta testers this year should expect the unexpected.

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Apple ARM Macs: What you need to know now

Apple is moving ahead with its big processor switch – leaving Intel behind and bringing major changes to the company's hardware and software. Here's what that means.

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It's Patch Tuesday; make sure you pause Windows Updates

Every month we see the same pattern: Microsoft releases a ton of patches, some of them go kablooey, the Chicken Littles cry that you need patch everything right now -- and there are no immediate security problems. Break the habit....

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Most bugs in Microsoft's June patches have been fixed; go ahead and patch

June was a cruel patching month, with loads of bugs, lots of initial confusion and a few belated fixes. We now have a pretty good handle on what’s going bump in the night. Here’s how to get your patching caught up.

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Did Microsoft kill the wrong store?

Microsoft recently announced it's permanently closing its retail stores worldwide. It should have axed the Windows store instead.

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Apple plots path to the next Intel iMac

But where is the next iMac Pro?

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Microsoft to auto upgrade some business and education PCs to Chromium Edge in August

Coming soon to a Windows 10 PC near you: the new Chromium-based version of Microsoft's Edge browser.

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FAQ: What's new in Safari 14

With the arrival this fall of macOS 11 Big Sur, Apple users will get an updated Safari browser. Coming soon: web extension support, TouchID for password authentication and a variety of customizations.

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How to choose the right Windows 10 preview and update channels

Individual users and IT administrators alike are confused by the options Microsoft offers for Windows 10 Insider Previews and updates. Here’s help choosing the best method of testing and updating Windows 10 for yourself or your...

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