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Microsoft releases its first Windows 10 beta build of the year

Members of the Windows Insider Program got their first new beta build of Microsoft's operating system for 2016, and it's a snoozer when it comes to user-facing features.

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What's ahead for Windows 10: Needed upgrades, forced updates

Windows 10 was the biggest news story out of Microsoft in 2015, and looking forward to the coming year, it’s slated to continue as one of the pillars of the company’s business. Here's what to expect.

Windows Server 2016 adoption will be a marathon, not a sprint

Microsoft is launching the next version of Windows Server next year, and IT departments are gearing up to take their time adopting it, according to a new Spiceworks survey released Wednesday.

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Microsoft's November Windows 10 update screwed up some users' privacy settings

Microsoft revealed Tuesday that an update to Windows 10 changed some users' privacy settings accidentally.

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Half of all enterprises to start Windows 10 rollouts in the next year

Gartner expects that half of all enterprises will at least begin their roll-outs of Windows 10 by January 2017, according to a report the analyst firm released Monday.

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In Sailfish struggles, a cautionary tale for alternative mobile OSes

With Android and iOS dominating the mobile OS market, it's tough going for alternatives like Sailfish, now in survival mode as its maker, Jolla, moves to lay off "a big part" of its personnel.

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10 offbeat, odd, and downright weird places you'll find Linux

Why worry about the desktop when you've conquered everything else?

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Microsoft goes all-out for enterprise with its latest Windows 10 update

Microsoft released its first major Windows 10 update on Thursday, and it includes a bunch of features aimed at improving the operating system for business users.

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New Windows 10 beta build is all about bug fixes

Microsoft on Thursday launched another beta build of Windows 10 to public testers that's crammed full of bug fixes and performance improvements.

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8 facts that explain Google's complex situation with Chrome OS

This explainer puts Android and the Chrome OS into perspective and shows why these Linux derivatives will both come together and remain separate.

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Chrome OS is here to stay, Google blog emphatically states

Google further clarified its position on the future of the Chrome and Android operating systems on Monday, saying Google is bringing together the best of both but has no plans to phase out the Chrome OS.

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With Surface Book, Microsoft targets Apple -- and OEMs

With the Surface Book launch, Microsoft may be eyeing Apple’s share of the hardware market while seeking a way to keep Windows afloat in case its OEM partners give up on its flagship operating system.

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5 dead operating systems, and what their ghosts can tell us

We conduct a séance of sorts to call forth the souls of operating systems past—not so we can gaze upon their ghastly interfaces, but to learn from their tragic demises. What happened to OS/2? Why won't Windows XP users give up? Find...

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New beta build of Windows 10 enhances Microsoft Edge

As part of a massive suite of Windows 10 news on Thursday, Microsoft rolled out a new beta version of its PC and tablet operating system to members of the Windows Insider Program.

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Microsoft to users: You'll download Windows 10, and you'll like it

Microsoft really wants people to get on the Windows 10 bandwagon, so much so that the company plans to start automatically downloading its new operating system to some users' computers next year.

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Microsoft doesn't see Windows 10's mandatory data collection as a privacy risk

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore says the telemetry data that its new operating system collects is so important to the health of the Windows ecosystem that the company has to take it.

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Microsoft exec says cumulative Windows 10 updates are better than the alternative

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore said the company's policy of requiring cumulative updates to Windows 10 is actually better for reliability than the old model of letting users and IT administrators apply piecemeal...

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