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Cortana, say goodbye

The digital assistant isn’t entirely going away, but we’re near the end of the road for another me-too technology from Microsoft that nobody really wanted.

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Patch Tuesday’s tomorrow. We're in uncharted territory. Get Automatic Updates paused.

Even in the best of times, it’s wise to hold off on updating Windows until the dust has settled. This month, there are two additional, extraordinary reasons. Take a few minutes to make sure you aren’t in the line of fire.

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Containers on the desktop? You bet — on Windows 10X

Microsoft has invented a new kind of container for its dual-screen Windows 10X operating system, mainly to enable legacy Windows apps to run. The implications for Windows’ future might be big.

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In spite of the disappearing Windows desktop bug, now’s a good time to install the February patches

It doesn’t look as if Microsoft is going to fix the 'temporary profile' bug in the February Win10 cumulative update that causes random users to lose their desktops and files, but we have a pretty good handle on how to recover. Get...

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Google plugs for Chrome when Edge accesses search firm's services

Google is pushing warnings and alerts aimed at Microsoft Edge users who navigate to several of its services' websites, including the Chrome Web Store add-on market, Google Drive, Gmail and the company's default search page.

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Answering your Windows questions: February 2020

Computerworld contributor Preston Gralla and Executive Editor Ken Mingis answer viewers' questions about the latest Windows 10 release.

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With a fix for the 'temporary profile' bug still elusive, Win10 1903 and 1909 customers should check Pause Updates

Microsoft has not yet acknowledged — much less fixed — the widely publicized bug in its February Patch Tuesday update that causes Win10 1903 and 1909 customers’ desktops to disappear. If you haven’t yet installed KB 4532693, make sure...

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The mess behind Microsoft’s yanked UEFI patch KB 4524244

Patch Tuesday’s truly odd Win10 patch KB 4524244 wreaked havoc before it was finally pulled last Friday night. Since then, accusations have flown about Kaspersky, in particular, and Microsoft’s complicity in signing a rootkit. There’s...

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RIP: Larry Tesler, inventor of copy & paste

Tesler, who was 74, invented a user interface while at Xerox PARC that most of us rely on each day.

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Windows as we know it is dead; what comes next?

Microsoft’s recent organizational change combining the Windows and Surface groups will have a big impact on the quality, reliability, and innovation of PCs – and should result in higher customer satisfaction. While it puts PC OEMs...

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Edge roadmap reveals user requests — and work undone

Among other tweaks, Microsoft intends to roll out two syncing features — including one that links up browser add-ons between copies of Edge on multiple devices. User comments, however, reflect frustration at features that have not yet...

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Dump Windows 7 already! Jeez!

Yes, some third parties are still supporting Windows 7, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the status quo, no matter how tempting that may be.

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Microsoft springs last-minute demand on buyers of Windows 7 after-expiration support

IT admins who signed up for Windows 7 post-retirement support found out there's a new prerequisite that has to be installed before they can download patches they've already paid for.

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February Win10 1903 and 1909 cumulative update causing desktops to disappear

Reports are starting to pour in about a bug — or maybe a conflict — with the February cumulative update for Win10 1903 and 1909, KB 4532693. Installing the patch may leave your machine with a swapped-out main profile, removing all of...

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A large – but manageable – February Patch Tuesday brings critical browser updates

The 99 reported vulnerabilities addressed by Microsoft for this February's Patch Tuesday are manageable – even with critical browser patches to deal with.

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How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you shouldn’t

Just because Microsoft wants you to use the Edge browser doesn’t mean you have to. Here’s how to make Chrome, Firefox or another your primary browser in Windows 10. (But are you sure you want to?)

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Patch Tuesday: 99 holes, 'exploited' IE fix, Win7 mayhem and UEFI ghost

Microsoft’s February 2020 Patch Tuesday fixes are out, and the result is a huge, jumbled mess. With 164 patches plugging 99 separately identified security holes, klaxon calls to fix an “exploited” IE JScript hole, an unidentified UEFI...

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Thought you already paid for Win7 Extended Security Updates? Think again.

Even if you bought and paid for Win7 extended security patches, and even if you’ve followed all of the instructions to install the ESU key, and even if Microsoft’s test program said your installation was complete — it wasn’t. And...

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Microsoft syncs Edge's release to Chrome's cadence

It looks like Microsoft plans to update its Chromium-based Edge browser at about the same pace Google updates its Chrome browser.

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Microsoft retreats from scheme to change Chrome's search engine

The browser search change was unveiled in January to howls of outrage from users.

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